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 2020

For information call: 575-437-8284

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: 6:00 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. Hear stories about the Moon and learn about NASA's upcoming return to the Moon. Come early to view the Sun set over the Tularosa basin! 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. Mars viewing will be superior (next great Mars viewing won't occur until 2035!). 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 2020

All events are currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.








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