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 New Mexico Museum of Space History 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 2018/19

For information call: 575-437-8284

Program Name: Queen Cassiopeia
Date(s): November 10, 2018 Time: 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm Location: Meet at Group Shelter
Description: The AAG will be hosting a tour of the northern constellation Cassiopeia. In Greek mythology, Cassiopeia was the queen of Aethiopia who boasted about her unrivaled beauty and how Jupiter punished her by placing her in the sky. Learn about Cassiopeia's daughter Andromeda and see our large neighboring galaxy by the same name. See several colorful double stars along with the lovely Double Cluster. Dress warmly and come early to see a beautiful Dog Canyon sunset with a slim waxing Moon setting in our western sky. For information call 575-437-8284.


Program Name: Star Factory
Date(s): Febuary 9, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm Location: Meet at Group Shelter
Description: Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group host a star party highlighting the Orion nebula. Hear the myths of the great hunter and how ancient cultures emulated the stellar patterns into architecture. The Orion nebula is the brightest star-forming region in the northern winter sky and it gives us insight to how stars and planetary systems are formed from collapsing clouds of gas and dust. A 4-day old crescent Moon will grace the western sky. Enjoy hot coffee and cocoa courtsey of the AAG. Dress warmly come early and witness a beautiful Dog Canyon sunset. For information call: 575-437-8284


Program Name: The Pleiades and Praesepe
Date(s): March 9, 2019 Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Location: Meet at Group Shelter
Description: Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group host a star party highlighting nearby star clusters in the constellations of Taurus and Cancer. The name Pleiades comes from the Greeks to mean 'sailing' and defined the good sailing season on the Mediterranean Sea. In the night sky it looks like a very tiny dipper. The Praesepe, or Beehive cluster, was seen as a ghost by ancient Chinese skywatchers. Learn about our nearby open clusters under a dark Oliver Lee night sky. The planet Uranus is to the upper right of the sliver of the Moon. Dress warmly come early and witness a beautiful Dog Canyon sunset. For information call: 575-437-8284


Program Name: International Astronomy Day
Date(s): April 27, 2019 Time: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm Location: TBD
Description: Join the Amateur Astronomers Group in celebrating the 2019 International Astronomy Day. Details to come. For information call:




OTHER EVENTS

in south-central New Mexico
with the
Amateur Astronomers Group


Schedule of Programs 2018

Program Name: Moon over the Museum
Date(s): October 20, 2018 Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Location: Parking Lot above the theater
Description: The New Mexico Museum of Space History and the Amateur Astronomers Group will team up for a lunar viewing event as part of the larger International Observe the Moon Night. The 11-day-old waxing gibbous moon rises in the late afternoon and sets before dawn. As large craters Copernicus and Tycho take center stage come hear stories of the eccentric Tyco Brahe. For information call: 575-437-2840










Check out which constellations are currently up in the sky with the AAG SkyViewer