As one of the largest and most active amateur astronomy clubs anywhere, there's always something going on in TAAS. Here's a look at upcoming events. Unless otherwise mentioned, all events are free and open to the public so try us out. Then help us "Observe - Educate - Have Fun."
Friday Nights at the UNM Observatory
Friday Nights at the UNM Observatory are busy for this spring semester, attended by both students,visitors and the TAAS telescopes, and the UNMO dome is open on those nights. Join the happy group and enjoy observing and learning every Friday night during UNM semesters.
The TAAS-UNMO coordinator, Fernando Torres, can be reached at email@example.com if you have questions or need further information
The last UNMO Friday Night for the spring semester will be on May 5th
Photo by Becky Ramotowski
See below for details and map
Telescope Building and Maintenance
Next session - Wednesday, May 3rd - 7:00 p.m.
Telescopes! Make Them-Use Them-Fix Them!
TAAS has a wonderful special interest group - Telescope Building and 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 - Saturday May 13, 2017
TAAS General Meeting
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 7:00PM
Planetarium at NM Museum of Natural History & Science
"Mars, Year 14 - Panoramas on the Dome" - Dr. Larry Crumpler
Following a short monthly meeting of the Society, Dr. Crumpler will lead the audience through amazing images of the history of the US rovers on Mars over the last 14 years of the Opportunity adventures. For this presentation, we will have some fun projecting a series of Mars Rover panoramas on the dome for a 360-degree Mars experience. There will be time for a brief 5-10 minute "where are we now" update at the end.
Larry Crumpler is currently the Research Curator at the NMMNH&S, specializing in Volcanology and Space Sciences. His research at this time includes studies of New Mexico volcanism and geology of the inner planets of the Solar System. He is a member of the Mars Exploration Rover (Opportunity) science team and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter High-Resolution Camera science team, which uplinks instructions and downlinks information from the Mars rover on a daily basis.
Chaco Canyon Spring Star Party!
May 26th and 27th - Friday and Saturday
Chaco Culture National Historical Park and International Dark-Sky Park
Always highly anticipated, our spring co-hosting of a public star party event at Chaco will take place over two days and includes observing, lectures and an opportunity to camp at an amazing site filled with history and sites to explore. Enjoy observing at an International Dark-Sky Park location at night at the Chaco Observatory and with the telescopes and members of The Albuquerque Astronomical Society, visit the Anasazi ruins, learn from the lectures presented by TAAS and the rangers of Chaco. Visitors and non-TAAS members should make camping reservations through the National Park Service links...see below
Start making plans early to travel to Chaco and to camp in the public camping areas (TAAS members will be issued instructions specific to our group soon). Additional information on schedules will be added as the date nears.
www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777 for reservations; https://www.nps.gov/chcu/planyourvisit/camping.htm; Park phone: 505-786-7014.
GNTO 25th Anniversary and Annual Picnic! - Saturday June 24, 2017
Members and Guests
The GNTO Committee will be hosting a celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the General Nathan Twining Observatory, the jewel of The Albuquerque Astronomical Society, and combining that event with our annual picnic. GNTO was dedicated on August 8, 1992 and has developed and grown into an outstanding observing and gathering focus for our Society.
Mark your calendar and attend this memorable milestone event and festive day for our dark sky site!