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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 begins with 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, or rain.

Tombaugh Observatory Open House Schedule, 2015–2016:

Friday, September 25, 2015
8:00 pm
Faculty: Anatoly Klypin
Students: Sean Markert, Laurel Farris, Lauren Kahre
Friday, October 23, 2015
8:00 pm
Faculty: Jason Jackiewicz
Students: Sten Hasselquist, Jodi Berdis, and Kathryn Steakley
Friday, November 20, 2015
7:00 pm
Faculty: James McAteer
Students: Nigel Mathes, Emma Dahl and Laura Mayorga
Friday, December 4, 2015
7:00 pm
Faculty: Jim Murphy
Students: Jacob Vander Vliet, Kyle Uckert
Friday, January 22, 2016
7:00 pm
Faculty: Rene Walterobs
Students: Kenza Arraki, Diane Feuillet, Drew Chojnowski
Friday, February 12, 2016
7:00 pm
Faculty: Jason Jackiewicz
Students: Amber Hall, Xander Thelen, and Caitlin Doughty
Friday, March 11, 2016
8:00 pm
Faculty: Moire Prescott
Students: Jeremey Emmett, Gavin Mathes, Gordon MacDonald
Friday, April 15, 2016
9:00 pm
Faculty: Nancy Chanover
Students: Carlos Vargas, Sam Schonfeld, Jean McKeever
Friday, May 13, 2016
9:00 pm
Faculty: Chris Churchill
Students: Jacob Vander Vliet, Jean McKeever, Ethan Dederick
Clyde Tombaugh, the astronomer who discovered planet Pluto in 1930 (left) and was a founder of the astronomy department, and the NMSU on-campus observatory named after him (right), with NASA images (middle) of Pluto and its companion moon, Charon.