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."
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
Dates for series events remaining are July 15, August 12, September 9
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.
TAAS General Meeting - Saturday June 10, 2017
TAAS General Meeting
Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 7:00PM
Science and Math Learning Center-UNM Campus
Dr. Candace Gray - "The Mysterious Green Aurora of Venus"
Dr. Gray: "The Aurora Borealis is one of the most spectacular atmospheric displays we see on Earth--vivid green, reds, blues and purples seem to dance around the sky. However, this phenomenon is not isolated to the Earth alone--any planet hosting an atmosphere and magnetic field is capable of producing aurora. But what of planets like Mars and Venus that do not possess a strong magnetic field?
In this presentation, we will investigate and explore the case of the mysterious green light occasionally observed on Venus and its implications for auroral activity."
See Dr. Gray's Biography below
TAAS Astronomy 101 - Saturday June 10, 2017
TAAS Astronomy 101
Saturday, June 10th - 6:00pm (preceding the General Meeting) Science and Math Learning Center - UNM Campus
"Observing Asteroids" - Jon Schuchardt
Have you ever observed an asteroid with binoculars or a telescope? How can you tell what you saw was an asteroid and not a star, planet or comet? In this presentation, we'll explore how to wet your toes with some binocular observing, what tools are available to help locate brighter asteroids with a telescope and what to look for when hunting.
The Astronomical League has many observing programs to encourage amateur astronomers to study the night sky, including one that recognizes with a certificate your efforts to locate 25 asteroids (think "scout merit badge")--visit www.astroleague.org for details. We'll show you how to make a simple sketch that demonstrates you've captured your quarry and meets League requirements.
But beware--asteroid observing is addictive. You may ultimately be inspired to "go for gold" with 100 asteroid observations. Please join us!(text by Jon Schuchardt)
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!