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OPEN SPACE VISITOR CENTER PUBLIC STAR PARTY!

November 1, 2014

OPEN SPACE VISITOR CENTER PUBLIC STAR PARTY!

NOVEMBER 1ST - SATURDAY - 2:00PM-SUNSET - SOLAR OBSERVING; 6:00PM TIL 10:30PM - NIGHT STARGAZING

In the bright sunshine and then in the dark of the New Mexico skies, TAAS telescopes will be set up to show you the wonders of our Sun, the details of our Moon and the deep-sky objects way out there! The Albuquerque Astronomical Society and the City of Albuquerque join up again to offer the public views of our Universe through scopes of all sizes and types and the exchange of information that the TAAS members love to impart.

Solar observing will begin at 2:00pm until sunset, which will occur shortly after 6:00pm, giving hours of darkness for stargazing. Barry Spletzer will be our speaker at 7:00pm on "The History and Origin of Meteor Showers" as a lead up to the Leonid meteor shower later in the month.

Please read below for the schedule of the evening!


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Amateur Telescope Making/Maintenance

November 5, 2014

TELESCOPES! MAKE THEM-USE THEM-FIX THEM!

Next session - Wednesday, November 5th

TAAS has a wonderful special interest group-Amateur Telescope Making/Maintenance-which meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month (see our calendar). Members and the public alike are welcome to visit, learn more about the opportunities, bring in a telescope for assistance, begin a telescope from scratch or just ask questions.


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TAAS Fab 50 for Winter

November 8, 2014

TAAS FABULOUS FIFTY FOR WINTER!

Saturday, November 8th , 6:15pm

Prior to the November 8th General Meeting, as a start to the revival of our popular Astronomy 101 series, Dee Friesen will present the Winter Edition of the TAAS Fabulous Fifty. The TAAS Fab 50 is a list 50 night sky objects that a beginner to astronomy can locate with the naked eye and will remember from one observing session to the next...the set of four seasons will showcase the night sky for an entire year.

So, come early and be prepared to refresh your knowledge and maybe learn new objects!


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TAAS General Meeting - Saturday, November 8th

November 8, 2014

TAAS GENERAL MEETING SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH - 7:00PM

UNM SCIENCE & MATH LEARNING CENTER

Our speaker will be Roger Kennedy, on "Bringing Solar Science to the General Public", something which he and his team do almost daily. Roger is well known at the TAAS events, New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science events, library offerings and community sites, such as schools, City Biopark and the Petroglyph National Monuments .

He will explain the purpose and goal of these appearances, and what they contribute to the science education of the public. An update on current solar science will also be a highlight of the evening The sun must consider him a close friend by now!

See below for Roger Kennedy's bio highlights


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Monthly Observing Challenge

Each month various objects are presented for observing by TAAS members.

 

 
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Observer SIG Meeting- TAAS Members

November 12, 2014

OBSERVER SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP FOR TAAS MEMBERS

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH - 6:30 - 8:30PM

NORTH DOMINGO BACA MULTI-GENERATIONAL CENTER - RM. #6

This new Special Interest continues to serve the needs of the TAAS Member group with the defined goal of providing a resource for observing in a structured manner with a particular theme each month, recording this viewing and aiming toward Astronomical League levels.

The focus this month will be on "Finding Objects in the Sky".

Contact Jim Fordice at jim@fordice.net with any questions


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FRIDAY NIGHTS AT THE UNM OBSERVATORY

Each Friday night , during normal Fall and Spring Semesters, the UNM Campus Observatory, just two blocks north of Lomas on Yale, offers the opportunity to the public to observe from their dome with their Meade 14" telescope. TAAS members are regulars on site with their telescopes to show the sights of the evening and answer questions.

Check the UNM Observatory website or call their Hotline number 277-1446 after 3:00pm on Friday to check for closures or for more information. Parking and admission are both free.

We thank you in advance for arriving before dark to park to avoid directing light to the observing area and for using only red lights after dark to preserve night vision.

Map to UNM Observatory

UNM Observatory website