TELESCOPES! MAKE THEM-USE THEM-FIX THEM!
Next session - Wednesday, March 4th
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.
TAAS GENERAL MEETING - MARCH 7th- 7:00PM
SCIENCE AND MATH LEARNING CENTER, UNM
Join us for our March meeting, featuring speaker Kathleen Vander Kaaden, PhD candidate at the Institute of Meteoritics at UNM. The topic will be “Petrologic Diversity of Rocks on Mercury”, the subject of her dissertation and the emphasis of her research.
With recent estimates from the X-Ray Spectrometer and Gamma-Ray Spectrometer on board the Mercury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging spacecraft (NASA's "MESSENGER"), we now have the first detailed chemical analyses of Mercury’s surface. This new and exciting information allows us to look at the diversity of rocks on the surface of Mercury as well as experimentally investigate the thermal and magmatic evolution of the planet.Our petrologic classification of the nine geochemical regions indicates that Mercury’s surface is chemically evolved relative to Earth and the Moon.
See "Read More" for Vander Kaaden's bio and map
OBSERVER SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP FOR TAAS MEMBERS
Tuesday, March 10-6:30-8:30pm
The next Observer SIG Meeting will be held at the North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, Room #3.
This will be an open session, and we will have experienced observers who can answer just about any question you may have. In addition, Jon Schuchardt has offered to make a presentation on the Astronomical League Asteroid Program.
Friday Nights at the UNM Observatory have resumed with the spring semester!
Observing at the dome and with the TAAS telescopes is on for every Friday evening until the last night, May 1st. The exception is March 13th, spring break at UNM.
See below for full details and map
Each month, there is a test for Binoculars, Double Star, Deep Sky Object and the Challenge Object--think of it as a game for your telescope or binoculars. If you combine this with your GNTO, Star Party and Observer SIG stargazing, you are getting quite a workout!
Keep reading to take the Challenge.