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."
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.
Oak Flat Public Star Party - Saturday June 3, 2017
Oak Flat Public Star Party
Saturday, June 3rd
Oak Flat Picnic Grounds, South of Tijeras
The second event in our annual summer series of Oak Flat Public Star Parties will be held on Saturday, June 3rd at the Yucca and Juniper areas of the Oak Flat Picnic Grounds. Numerous TAAS telescopes of all types and sizes will ring the observing field in this dark-sky location generously assigned to our Society for many years to show the wonders of our New Mexico skies to the visiting public.
The gates to the parking areas (restrooms are at Yucca only) will open at 6:00pm, so that guests can have time to picnic and enjoy the area and get to know the astronomers and their telescopes as they set up before darkness slowly moves in and observing begins. Sunset is at approximately 8:00pm.
Free and open to the public--Families welcome! Bring jackets for any evening chill and water as needed, along with red light headlamps or flashlights to preserve night vision
See below for map
Telescope Building and Maintenance
Next session - Wednesday, June 7th - 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.
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!