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.
Host: Chris Churchill. Assisted by Trevor Picard, Lauren Kahre, and Ali Hyder
Host: James McAteer. Assisted by Laurel Farris, Kristen Luchsinger, and Matthew Varakian
Host: Moire Prescott. Assisted by Emma Dahl, Drew Chojnowski, and Oana Vesa.
Host: Jason Jackiewicz. Assisted by Jeremy Emmett, Caitlin Doughty, and Annie Hedlund.
Host: Nancy Chanover. Assisted by Sean Sellers, Sarah Kovac, and Farhanul Hasan
Host: Rene Walterbos. Assisted by Minje Boem, Aleczander Herczeg, and Kelly Sanderson/
Host: Anatoly Klypin. Assisted by Jodie Berdis, Julie Imig, and Rogelio Ochoa.
Host: Kristian Finlator. Assisted by Rachel Marra, David Decolibus, and Sean Sellers.
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