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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, near the time of the first-quarter Moon from September through May, and often during the summer as well. 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, 2014–2015:

Friday, February 27, 2015
8:00 pm
Faculty: Anatoly Klypin
Students: Amber Hall, Xander Thelen, and Kyle Uckert
Program features Objects to be observed include the planet Jupiter, the Pleiades, the Crab Nebula, the Flame Nebula, the Moon, and the Orion Nebula.
Friday, March 27, 2015
9:00 pm
Faculty: Jon Holtzman
Students: Lauren Kahre, Sean Markert, and Kathryn Steakley
Friday, April 24, 2015
9:00 pm
Faculty: Nancy Chanover
Students: Jeremy Emmett, Jean McKeever, and Carlos Vargas
Friday, May 8, 2015
9:00 pm
Faculty: Bernie McNamara
Students: Kyle DeGrave, Diane Feuillet, Gordon MacDonald
 
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.