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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 beginning 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 unm_coord@taas.org if you have questions or need further information

UNMO will be closed on March 17th for Spring Break

The last UNMO Friday Night for the spring semester will be on May 5th

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Telescope Building and Maintenance

Next session - Wednesday, March 1st- 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.


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OPEN SPACE VISITOR CENTER PUBLIC STAR PARTY! - Saturday March 4, 2017

OPEN SPACE VISITOR CENTER PUBLIC STAR PARTY SATURDAY, MARCH 4TH - 6:00-9:00PM

Star parties at the Open Space Visitor Center are highly anticipated--the venue is wonderful, inside and out; a good command of the skies; and the staff and volunteers of the OSVC collaborate seamlessly with TAAS to make this an outstanding experience!

This early spring event will feature astronomical activities and displays in the lobby, a talk on "Getting Started in Astronomy" by Dr. Barry Spletzer at 7:00pm, videos in the Media Room and telescopes of all types and sizes on the east patio for the observing pleasure of the public from sunset on. Members with their scopes are always eager to share their knowledge of the night sky and views of the targets of the evening.

We will do our best to have sparkling, clear skies and always have a lot to do and learn on the inside, too. Come with a jacket for the cool evening, and a red headlamp or flashlight to spare the night vision outside.


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TAAS General Meeting - Saturday March 11, 2017

TAAS GENERAL MEETING

SATURDAY, MARCH 11TH, 7:00PM

SCIENCE AND MATH LEARNING CENTER, UNM CAMPUS

"VOYAGE TO INTERSTELLAR SPACE" - TED SPITZMILLER, AUTHOR

Following the short monthly society meeting, Ted Spitzmiller, author, who has spoken to TAAS several times in the past, will bring all up to date on Voyagers 1 and 2, which have now reached beyond the edges of the solar system and continue to send back information to NASA. The year 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of the two Voyager spacecraft that explored the outer "gas giant" planets, and then departed our solar system. This presentation briefly reviews planetary exploration before the space age and the dramatic changes that robotic spacecraft have made to this exciting science. Included will be an overview of methods used to reach out into deep space and some of the fantastic discoveries that were made.

These probes have achieved almost legendary status as they have been on their journey since 1977 and are still performing successfully. Join us as Ted Spitzmiller gives the details and graphics associated with the dynamics of this mission--and find out where they are now!


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TAAS Astronomy 101 - Saturday March 11, 2017

TAAS ASTRONOMY 101 SATURDAY, MARCH 11TH - 6:00PM SCIENCE AND MATH LEARNING CENTER - UNM CAMPUS

"YOUR GUIDE TO THE TAAS OBSERVATORY - GNTO"

Jim Fordice, Director of the General Nathan Twining Observatory, will take the audience through the basics and many details of the TAAS facility south of Albuquerque.

He will describe the directions to the site, what resources are available there and what a visitor might want to accomplish -- observing through one's own telescope, viewing through the large one in the dome, imaging, sharing information with other observers.

Come for the hour before our General Meeting to hear all about this outstanding dark-sky site!


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GNTO 25th Anniversary and Annual Picnic - Saturday May 27, 2017

GNTO 25th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Picnic! Saturday, May 27th

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!

Portable    Planetarium    Stolen

Our portable planetarium, used frequently at local schools, has been stolen. We are accepting donations the help cover the deductible amount on our insurance and to cover the higher cost of a new unit. If you wish to help us keep bringing the science of astronomy to our schools, you may donate to our planetarium fund by clicking here.