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Upcoming Events

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 going strong for this semester and well attended by both students,visitors and the TAAS telescopes. 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 if you have questions or need further information

See below for details and map

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Amateur Telescope Making/Maintenance - Wednesday October 5, 2016

Next session - Wednesday, October 5th- 7:00 p.m.

Telescopes! Make Them-Use Them-Fix Them!

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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Placitas Public Star Party - Saturday October 8, 2016

6:30-10:00 p.m.

Placitas Community Library

The fall free public star party at the Placitas Library grounds will be co-hosted by The Albuquerque Astronomical Society, Las Placitas Association and the Placitas Community Library from 6:30-10:00pm.

Telescopes of all types and sizes will be provided by TAAS members for observing the astronomical targets of the season in the dark-sky environment.Please arrive before dusk and get oriented in daylight (sunset is at 6:40pm),providing time for the members of TAAS to show the set up of their scopes and share their knowledge of what all are about to see.

The Library kindly offers hot apple cider and cookies to the visitors and provides volunteers to help with parking--both services highly appreciated by all!

Nights will be chilly, so come prepared with jackets. Please remember that only red headlamps & flashlights are to be used in the observing area and dimmest lights possible for headlights into and out of the parking area after dark for latecomers.

Questions can be sent to or to Library at 867-3355

(TAAS members are encouraged to bring telescopes to the event, both for the enjoyment of the visiting public--and their own.)

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TAAS General Meeting - Saturday October 15, 2016

Science and Math Learning Center, UNM Campus, 7:00 p.m.

For our October meeting, we have the pleasure of Dr. Leonard (Len) Duda bringing us up-to-date on the current research on "Exoplanets", those far distant cousins of our own solar system. Something that was once imagined is now a cast of thousands of planets that have been discovered outside of our solar system, and the number is growing daily.

How are these planets found? How big are they? What do we know about their orbits? Have any earth-like planets been discovered? In this presentation, we will address these questions, review what we know about these extra-solar planets and present examples of the different planets that have been observed--so far!

Join us for this journey to these worlds with an expert guide, and also take the opportunity to meet with your fellow amateur astronomers and enjoy an evening of sharing your experiences in astronomy.

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Solar Astronomy Outreach

Solar Astronomy, observing our nearest star, the Sun, is a very active and popular part of TAAS. Its events are too numerous to list here, so for the full schedule of solar observing events click here.

Remember, you don't have to stay up late at night to see a star!