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.
What's in the Sky Tonight (Tuesday, June 30, 2015)
Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. Separation is 20 arc-minutes.
- Sun - Sunset occurs about 8:18 pm (MDT). Today is the latest sunset of the year. Civil twilight ends at 8:47 pm. Astronomical twilight ends around 9:59 pm.
- Moon - The Waxing gibbous Moon sets at 5:47 am (1 July).
- Mercury - In Taurus. Low in the eastern sky at dawn.
- Venus - Very bright and moderately high in the western sky (in Cancer) at dusk. Sets at 10:49 pm.
- Mars - Lost in the Sun's glare until late July/early August.
- Jupiter - Moderately high in the western sky at dusk. Sets at 10:50 pm. Jupiter's Giant Red Spot transits around 10:50 pm
- Saturn - In Scorpius. Low in the East at dusk. Great viewing by 9:30 pm. Sets at 3:35 am (1 July).
- Iridium 30 - flares at 10:59:42 pm about 12° above the horizon in the WSW. The predicted brightness is -3.0.
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).