Observatory Open House

Our Open House events are held on Friday nights at the Tombaugh Observatory on the NMSU campus (click here to see its location). They occur roughly once per month, often near the time of the first-quarter Moon from September through May, and occasionally during the summer. Each evening program includes a short presentation, followed by guided observing through telescopes. You may call 646.4438 for more information about the program for a specific month. Children are particularly encouraged to attend!

If the weather looks cloudy or stormy on the afternoon of an Open House Event, please call 646.6278 to confirm that the observatory will be open that evening. We cannot operate the telescopes under conditions of heavy clouds, high humidity, high winds, dusty conditions, or rain.

Sep
14
Fri
Observatory Open House
Sep 14 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Observatory Open House @ Tombaugh Observatory

Host: Chris Churchill. Assisted by Trevor Picard, Lauren Kahre, and Ali Hyder

Oct
19
Fri
Observatory Open House
Oct 19 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Observatory Open House

Host: James McAteer. Assisted by Laurel Farris, Kristen Luchsinger, and Matthew Varakian

Nov
16
Fri
Observatory Open House
Nov 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Observatory Open House

Host: Moire Prescott. Assisted by Emma Dahl, Drew Chojnowski, and Oana Vesa.

Dec
7
Fri
Observatory Open House
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Observatory Open House

Host: Jason Jackiewicz. Assisted by Jeremy Emmett, Caitlin Doughty, and Annie Hedlund.

Feb
15
Fri
Observatory Open House
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Observatory Open House

Host: Nancy Chanover. Assisted by Sean Sellers, Sarah Kovac, and Farhanul Hasan

Mar
15
Fri
Observatory Open House
Mar 15 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Observatory Open House

Host: Rene Walterbos. Assisted by Minje Boem, Aleczander Herczeg, and Kelly Sanderson/

Apr
12
Fri
Observatory Open House
Apr 12 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Observatory Open House

Host: Anatoly Klypin. Assisted by Jodie Berdis, Julie Imig, and Rogelio Ochoa.

May
10
Fri
Observatory Open House
May 10 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Observatory Open House

Host: Kristian Finlator. Assisted by Rachel Marra, David Decolibus, and Sean Sellers.