Las Cruces Clear Sky Clock
Las Cruces Clear Sky Clock

M104 (The Sombrero Galaxy), image by Kirby Benson
The Next ASLC Meeting is:
March 20, 2015 @ 7:30 pm

Speaker: tba

Location: Dona Ana Community College
(Main Branch)
Room 141 (map)

Contact the Club President for additional information

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Upcoming Observing Opportunities:

ASLC MoonGaze
(Int'l Delights Cafe)
Sat, March 28th (dusk)

Dark Sky Observing @ Leasburg Dam SP
(ASLC Observatory at LDSP)
Saturday, March 14th (6:30 pm - 9:00 pm)

ASLC's Messier Marathon
(ASLC Observatory at LDSP)
Saturday, March 21st (dusk - dawn)

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M31Greetings from the professional and amateur astronomers who comprise the Astronomical Society of Las Cruces (ASLC). The club was formed in 1951 by a group of dedicated astronomers including Clyde Tombaugh, who had discovered Pluto just 21 years earlier. For over 60 years, we've been sharing a little bit of the universe with our community under our beautiful Southern New Mexico skies.

The club has a variety of ongoing observing, education and public outreach programs. We host a public Moongaze each month, offer beginning astronomy courses and support countless star parties for schools, scouts and various organizations. We also hold a meeting each month which includes a featured presentation.

To learn more about our society, please click here or select from the tabs above or the 'Quick Links' on the left.

What's in the Sky Tonight - Tuesday, 03Mar2015 Hazy

Moon/Bright Planets

  • Moon - Waxing gibbous Moon sets at 5:40 am (04Mar).
  • Venus - well placed in the western sky at dusk. Sets at 8:25 pm
  • Mars - About 4.5° below Venus (much dimmer than Venus). Sets at 8:05 pm
  • Jupiter - In the eastern sky at dusk. Io transit begins at 7:30 pm (shadow follows by 30 minuts). Red spot transits about midnight.
  • Saturn - In Scorpius. Rises around 12:25 am.

M83 by Jerry GaberMarch is Messier Marathon Month

Come on out to Leasburg Dam SP on Saturday, March 21th for a night of cosmic splender as individuals attempt to observe all 110 Messier objects in a single night. This will be the 11th consecutive year for this event which has seen about a half dozen ASLC observers (and one imager) complete the feat in a single night. It's a great way to learn the night sky and spend a little quality time with your friends. For more info, please contact event coordinator, Steve Barkes.

This Month's ASLC Meeting

The monthy ASLC meeting will be held on Friday, March 20th in room 141 (Main Branch, DACC) at 7:30 pm. The date is a week earlier than our usual 4th Friday meeting date to accommodate Spring Break for the community college. The group usually gets together around 7 pm to talk about 'stuff' and socialize a bit. Business and upcoming events are discussed at 7:30. The presentation usually begins around 8 pm. Meetings are free and open to the public.month.

The March presentation is tba




Astronomical League  
The Astronomical Society of Las Cruces is a proud member of the Astronomical League

International DarkSky Association  
ASLC supports the eradication of light pollution by its participation in the International DarkSky Association

Project Astro    
ASLC works with local teaching professionals using instructional resources provided by Project Astro


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