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phone: 505-254-TAAS (254-8227).
P.O. Box 50581, Albuquerque, NM - USA 87181-0581

TAAS and Astronomy Magazine

Astronomy magazine has chosen The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS) as the winner of its 2011 Out-of-this-world Award for outstanding public programming.

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Bachechi Open Space Star Party

April 19, 2014

BACHECHI OPEN SPACE STAR PARTY - SATURDAY, APRIL 19TH - 6:00-10:30PM

Co-hosted by County of Bernalillo, The Albuquerque Astronomical Society and 103.7 The Oasis

A wonderful opportunity for a unique evening at the Bachechi Open space at Alameda and Rio Grande!This will include solar observing, a special presentation of the TAAS Fabulous 50, stargazing and music from 103.7

See the evening's exciting lineup below, as well as the map for Bachechi Open space

Look at Star Party Flyer
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Amateur Telescope Making/Maintenance

April 16, 2014

TELESCOPES! MAKE THEM-USE THEM-FIX THEM!

Next session - Wednesday, April 16th

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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Chaco Canyon International Dark-Sky Park Dedication

April 24, 25, 26, 2014

CHACO CULTURE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK INTERNATIONAL DARK- SKY PARK DEDICATION EVENT

Please note that the Spring Star Party event at Chaco for May 31st has been cancelled and replaced by this dedication event

INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS:

TAAS is pleased to assist in the events surrounding the celebration of Chaco Canyon being named an International Dark Sky Park, as we are very proud of our association with this amazing National Park .

The main ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 24th with talks, walks and star party preceding and following the dedication at 2:00pm. Activities will continue on April 25th and 26th with talks and star parties on both days and nights. Free Camping will be available for TAAS member volunteers in the volunteer camping area. This will be for tents only with kitchen and showers available.

Contact David Frizzell at vp@taas.org to volunteer


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Messier Marathon 2014 Photos

March 28-9, 2014
Here are photos taken on Friday March 28, 2014 by Jim Fordice and Saturday March 29, 2014 by Gordon Pegue of the 2014 Messier Marathon at GNTO.
Friday
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Saturday
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Clear Skies for the Open Space Visitor Center Star Party!

March 08, 2014

After a day of cloudy, sometimes rainy, weather, the skies cleared at exactly 6:00pm on Saturday, March 8th, for the star party at the City's beautiful Open Space Visitor Center.

Thanks to David Murphy who has allowed us to use the time lapse video he made of the event

See time lapse video below!
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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

Monthly Observing Challenge

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

 

 
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