We mourn the passing of Dr. Bill Webber

  We are very sad to announce that Professor Bill Webber passed away on November 28, 2018. Bill remained keenly interested in his research of the Voyager mission data to the last moments in his life and continued to publish papers as recent as in August. Bill and his wife Barbara also contributed generously to…
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Sunspot acting as a set of eyes for Parker Solar Probe

Sunspot Solar Observatory assisted NASA’s Parker Solar Probe by predicting and observing the Sun. https://www.alamogordonews.com/story/news/local/community/2018/11/02/sunspot-observatory-helping-nasa-solar-probe/1861301002/

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Inclusive Astronomy Meeting Notes

Recent Meeting Notes 04/11/19: Led by Julie. Final prep for our Pizza Lunch! 03/21/19: David: joined by faculty candidate Wlad, who helped write part of the Best Practices guide we’ve been working on this year. We worked on the pizza lunch talk, listing various items in the three phases described in last week’s meeting notes. Briefly…
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Paper Spotlight: “Extinction Maps and Dust-to-Gas Ratios in Nearby Galaxies”

Dust is a major component of the interstellar medium in galaxies. It plays a major role in star formation, serving as both a means of radiative feedback and an important catalyst for the formation of molecular hydrogen. It also serves as an important reservoir of metals within a galaxy, which can impact chemical evolution models….
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A super blue blood moon

                  http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/2018/01/30/what-las-crucens-should-know-super-blue-blood-moon/1077136001/

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Paper Spotlight: “Determinations of the 12C/13C Ratio for the Secondary Stars of AE Aquarii, SS Cygni, and RU Pegasi”

A Type Ia supernova is the complete explosion of a white dwarf that was being orbited by a secondary star prior to the explosion. Their high luminosity allows them to be used as the primary cosmological distance indicator, yet their progenitors remain unknown. It is almost certain that the progenitors of Type Ia supernovae are…
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2017 Total Solar Eclipse

On August 21, 2017, millions of people across the United States will see nature’s most wondrous spectacle — a total eclipse of the Sun. It is a scene of unimaginable beauty; the Moon completely blocks the Sun, daytime becomes a deep twilight, and the Sun’s corona shimmers in the darkened sky. In Las Cruces, you…
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Paper Spotlight: “A massive, dead disk galaxy in the early Universe”

NMSU Astronomy professor Dr. Moire Prescott recently co-authored an article in Nature on the surprising discovery of a massive, fast-spinning, disk-shaped galaxy in the early Universe that appears to be “dead”, in that it has long since stopped making any new stars.  Dr. Prescott contributed the dynamical modeling demonstrating that the galaxy is rotating more…
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