The Amateur Astronomers Group is located in Alamogordo, New Mexico. The majority of our members are from South Central New Mexico. We are comprised of amateur astronomers with a variety of backgrounds and experience levels. Our group primarily supports Oliver Lee State Park and the Sunspot Solar Observatory with their astronomy events along with other local outreach opportunities. The group actively supports Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education activities in southern New Mexico and west Texas. The membership ranges from beginners to highly advanced individuals conducting scientific research. We welcome everyone, especially families and youngsters. Telescopes NOT required. Best of all membership is FREE!


CURRENT SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
and the
Amateur Astronomers Group


Schedule of Night Sky Programs 2019/2020

For information call: 575-437-8284

Program Name: Cygnus and Lyra
Date(s): October 26, 2019 Time: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm Location: Meet at the Group Shelter
Description: Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group will host a star party on a moonless night featuring the constellations of Cygnus the Swan and Lyra (Harp). Cygnus is sometimes referred to as the Northern Cross and contains wisps of a supernova remnant. See corpses of one great stars now known as planetary nebula (Messier 27 and 57). The Milky Way, Jupiter and Saturn still rein the sky. Mercury will be visible shortly after sunset in the western sky. Come early and dress warmly for a beautiful Dog Canyon sunset.
For information call: 575-437-8284
Sunset: 6:18 PM


Program Name: Venus and Jupiter
Date(s): November 23, 2019 Time: 4:45 pm to 8:00 pm Location: Meet at the Group Shelter
Description: Venus and Jupiter (Aphrodite and Zeus in Greek mythology) were Greco-Roman gods. Aphrodite was the goddess of love, while Zeus was the god of the sky and the king of all gods. Traditionally not paired in mythology, Venus and Jupiter will share our western sky just after sunset. Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group will host a star party featuring a conjunction of the two brightest planets in the evening sky. Hear stories from mythology to modern scientific discoveries. Other deep sky objects will be visible through telescopes. Come early and dress warmly for a beautiful Dog Canyon sunset.
For information call: 575-437-8284
Sunset: 4:58 PM


Program Name: The Great Nebula of Orion
Date(s): February 22, 2020 Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Location: Group Shelter
Join Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group for the start of the 2020 star party season with views of the Orion Nebula. The first published observation of the nebula was by the Jesuit mathematician and astronomer Johann Baptist Cysat of Lucerne in his 1619. Since that time it has become one of the most observed stellar nurseries and a favorite of amateur astronomers ever since. Mercury is low near the western horizon after sunset while Venus and Uranus set a few hours later. For information call: 575-437-8284.
Sunset: 5:55:28 PM


Program Name: Venus: Our Sister World
Date(s): March 28, 2020 Time: 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm Location: Group Shelter
Venus glows brilliantly in the western sky after sunset and was named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty. Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group will host an event celebrating our nearest planetary neighbor. Venus is sometimes called Earth's "sister planet" because of its similar size, mass, composition and proximity to the Sun. However, Venus, with its thick carbon dioxide atmosphere, serves as a warning to humans on Earth. Come see the 3-day old waxing Moon through telescopes. For information call: 575-437-8284.
Sunset: 7:17:03 PM


Program Name: Sun and Moon
Date(s): April 25, 2020 Time: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm Location: Group Shelter
Join Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group for an early celebration of Astronomy Day 2020. The group will have solar telescopes available early for viewing the Sun up close. Learn how events 93 million miles away can affect us here on Earth. Witness the earthshine illuminating a two-day old waxing crescent Moon. For information call: 575-437-8284.
Sunset 7:42:16 PM


Program Name: The Twins and Beehive
Date(s): May 23, 2020 Time: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm Location: Group Shelter
The constellation of Gemini was one of the original 22 constellations charted by the astronomer Claudius Ptolemy in the 2nd century AD. The stars Castor and Pollux represent the heads of the twins. The Beehive Cluster (M44) lies above the twins and is one of the largest open clusters to Earth. Join Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group for stories of the stars and views of deep sky objects. For information call: 575-437-8284.
Sunset 8:06:49


Program Name: The Gas Giants
Date(s): Sept 19, 2020 Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Location: Group Shelter
Join Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group for a star party featuring the Milky Way galaxy and the gas giants of our solar system: Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune. Ancient people of east Asia saw the Milky Way as a silvery river in the sky. Philosophers and astronomers viewed the Milky Way as "the universe" well into the 20th century. Learn how the work of astronomers like Herber Curtis and Edwin Hubble changed our view of our place in space starting in the 1920's. Galileo - using his telescope gave humanity its first glimpses of the solar system’s gas giants. A thin waxing crescent Moon will be visible in the western sky. For information call: 575-437-8284.
Sunset 7:03:08 PM


Program Name: International Observe the Moon Night
Date(s): Sept 26, 2020 Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Location: Group Shelter
Description: The Amateur Astronomers Group and Oliver Lee Memorial State Park will team up for the International Observe the Moon Night event, a worldwide celebration of lunar science and exploration held to celebrate the cultural and personal connections we all have with our nearest neighbor. View the Moon through telescopes to see craters, mountians, rilles and maria. For information call: 575-437-2780
Sunset 6:54:41


Program Name: Cygnus and Lyra, Swans and Harps
Date(s): Oct 17, 2020 Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm Location: Group Shelter
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group will host a star party on a moonless night featuring the constellations of Cygnus the Swan and Lyra (Harp). Cygnus is sometimes referred to as the Northern Cross and contains wisps of a supernova remnant. See corpses of one great stars now known as planetary nebula (Messier 27 and 57). The Milky Way, The Summer Triangle, Jupiter and Saturn still rein the sky. For information call: 575-437-8284.
Sunset 6:27:08 PM


Program Name: Our Nearest Neighbor
Date(s): Nov 21, 2020 Time: 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm Location: Group Shelter
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group will host a star party featuring our nearest neighbor. See craters, mountains and rilles on the lunar surface. 575-437-8284.
Sunset 5:00:08 PM




OTHER EVENTS

in south-central New Mexico
with the
Amateur Astronomers Group


Schedule of Programs 2019

Program Name: Mercury Transit
Date(s): November 11, 2019 Time: TBD am to TDB pm Location: TBD
Description: The Amateur Astronomers Group will support a special daytime star party on Veteran's Day to view the transit of Mecury across the face of our Sun. Transits only occur when the Earth is aligned with a node of Mercury's orbit - the next occurs in November 2032. See the enormous size difference between a planet and the Sun! Stay tuned for Details For information call: 575-437-8284







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