The Next ASLC Meeting is:
July 24, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Speaker: Dr. Bill Stein
Topic: Building and Operating a Robotic Observatory
Location: Dona Ana Community College
Room 102 (map)
Contact the Club President for additional information
Upcoming Observing Opportunities:
(Int'l Delights Cafe)
Sat, July 25th (dusk)
Solar & Dark Sky Observing @ Leasburg Dam SP
(ASLC Observatory at LDSP)
Saturday, July 18th (7:00 pm - 10 pm)
Greetings 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 nearly 65 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, July 7, 2015)
ALCON begins today. Welcome ALCON attendees!!.
- Sun - Sunset occurs about 8:17 pm (MDT). Civil twilight ends at 8:45 pm. Astronomical twilight ends around 9:56 pm.
- Moon - The waning gibbous Moon rises at 12:27 am (8 July).
- Mercury - In Taurus. Descending, but brightening each morning for the next week. Find it low in the eastern sky at dawn.
- Venus - Very bright and moderately high in the western sky (in Cancer) at dusk. Sets at 10:30 pm.
- Mars - In Gemini, and lost in the Sun's glare until late July/early August.
- Jupiter - Moderately high in the western sky at dusk. Sets at 10:27 pm.
- Saturn - In Scorpius. Low in the East at dusk. Great viewing by 9:15 pm. Sets at 3:07 am (8 July).
- Comet C/2014 Q1 PANSTARRS - is low in the west at dusk. The estimated brightness is only around 6.0, so a telescope or binoculars are required to see the comet. It's only around 12° from the Sun, so be sure to wait until after the Sun sets to look for the comet. The comet is in Gemini about 1.5° above (east of) Pollux this evening.
This Month's ASLC Meeting
The monthy ASLC meeting will be held on Friday, July 24th in room 102 (Main Branch, DACC) at 7:30 pm. 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.
The presentation this month is by Dr. Bill Stein. The topic will be: Building and Operating a Robotic Observatory (an abstract for the talk will be posted soon).