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 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 2017/2018

For information call: 575-437-8284

Program Name: Shadows of Once Great Stars
Date(s): October 21, 2017 Time: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm Location: Meet at Group Shelter
Description: The Amateur Astronomers Group will be sponsoring a tour of the fall sky. The constellations of the Summer Triangle and the Milky Way still reign supreme in the night sky. Come see the Veil nebula and Messier 27, the Dumbbell Nebula, the brightest and one of the biggest of the planetary nebula as seen from Earth. The first planet discovered by telescope, Uranus, will be at opposition. Dress warmly, come early and enjoy the beauty of Dog Canyon at sunset. For information call: 575-437-8284


Program Name: The Princess Andromeda
Date(s): November 18, 2017 Time: 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm Location: Meet at Group Shelter
Description: The Amateur Astronomers Group will be sponsoring a tour of our nearest galactic neighbor - the Andromeda Galaxy. One hundred years ago the Miky Way was thought to be the only galaxy in the universe, but in 1917 that picture began to change. Come hear an ancient story of a most beautiful princess and how we discovered our place in a much larger universe. Come early, dress warmly and bring binoculars if you have them to our last event of the 2017 season. For information call: 575-437-8284


Program Name: Orion or Osiris
Date(s): Febuary 17, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm Location: Meet at Group Shelter
Description: Various cultures around the Earth viewed the heavens and created great stories that have been passed down through the generations. This month the Amateur Astronomers Group is hosting a star party that features the constellation Orion. Some cultures saw a warrior, others saw a great hunter, while others equated it to death and the afterlife. Telescopes reveal a great nebula in Orion, also known as Messier 42, or the Orion Nebula - a place where new generations of stars are currently being born. Come early and dress warm to hear stories from generations past to current research at our first event of the 2018 season. For information call: 575-437-8284


Program Name: Mini-Messier Marathon
Date(s): March 17, 2018 Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Location: Meet at Group Shelter
Description: Charles Messier was a French astronomer around the time of the American Revolution. Comets were all the rage and Mr. Messier was out to build a catalog of objects in the sky that were not comets - today we find these are some of the most interesting things to look at in the sky. Spring is the season whnen you can see all the Messier objects and Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the AAG will present a tour of some of the Messier catalog. Come early and catch a view of our nearest star through solar telescopes. For information call: 575-437-8284




OTHER EVENTS

in south-central New Mexico
with the
Amateur Astronomers Group


Schedule of Programs 2017



Program Name: Earth Science Day
Date(s): Fall 2017 Time: TBD pm Location: Buena Vista Elementary
Description: The Amateur Astronomers Group will conduct a science class on Earth Science at Buena Vista Elementary.

Program Name: Parker Solar Probe Talk
Date(s): January 10, 2018 Time: 11 am Location: TBD
Description: The AAG will present a lunch-time talk on the Parker Solar Probe mission for the Alamogordo Rotary Club.





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