The Next ASLC Meeting is:
August 22, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
Speaker: Joni Clark
Life in the Universe
Location: Dona Ana Community College
Room 141 (map)
Contact the Club President for additional information
Upcoming Observing Opportunities:
(Int'l Delights Cafe)
Sat, August 30th and September 6th (dusk)
Dark Sky Observing @ Leasburg Dam SP
(ASLC Observatory at LDSP)
Saturday, September 14 (7 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 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.
The monthy ASLC meeting will be held on Friday, August 22nd in room 141 (Main Branch, DACC) at 7:30 pm. The group usually gets together around 7 pm to talk about 'stuff' and socialize a bit. We'll hopefully approve a 2015 budget and announce prospective officers for next year at the meeting. Our presenter this month is Ms. Joni Clark (NMSU Physics).
The talk Joni will give is called "Life in the Universe" it covers a broad range of topics: general HZ criteria, specific HZ "requirements" for life, Drake's equation, Zoo/SelfDestruct Hypothesis, and finally wrapping up with my specific research into habitability in binary systems (which is my primary research focus).
ASLC Photo of the Week - M46 by Chuck Sterling
Open Cluster M46 is in constellation Puppis. M46 is about 5,500 light-years away with an estimated age on the order of several hundred million years. The planetary nebula NGC 2438 appears to lie within the cluster near its northern edge (the faint doughnut at the right center of the cluster). NGC 2438 is most likely unrelated since it does not share the cluster's radial velocity, and just happens to be in the same field of view.
The image was acquired from his back yard in Las Cruces, NM, using Images Plus Camera Control 2.0 with a Canon 350d camera on an Astro Tech 8" f/4 imaging newtonian, with an IDAS LPS-P1 light pollution filter and a Baader MPCC (multi-purpose coma corrector). The mount is a Celestron CGE, autoguided by PHDGuide 1.12.3 and a ShoeString Astronomy GPUSB with a Meade DSI-Pro-1 camera on an Orion 80ED f/7.5 refractor.
Clicking on the image will take you to a larger version on Chuck's website.
The Astronomical Society of Las Cruces is a proud member of the Astronomical League
ASLC supports the eradication of light pollution by its participation in the International DarkSky Association
ASLC works with local teaching professionals using instructional resources provided by Project Astro