Las Cruces Clear Sky Clock
Las Cruces Clear Sky Clock

M104 (The Sombrero Galaxy), image by Kirby Benson
The Next ASLC Meeting is:
September 25, 2015 @ 7:30 pm

Speaker/Topic: tba

Location: Dona Ana Community College
(Main Branch)
Room 102 (map)

Contact the Club President for additional information

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Upcoming Observing Opportunities:

ASLC MoonGaze
(Int'l Delights Cafe)
Sat, September 19th (dusk)

Dark Sky Observing @ Leasburg Dam SP
(ASLC Observatory at LDSP)
Saturday, September 5th (dusk - 9:30 pm)

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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 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 This week (August 30 - September 5, 2015)


  • Sun - Sunset occurs about 7:30 pm (MDT). Civil twilight ends at approximately 8:00 pm. Astronomical twilight ends around 9:00 pm.
  • Moon - The Moon begins the week just past full. A waning gibbous Moon dominates the late night sky with a third quarter Moon on 9/5.

Bright Planets

  • Mercury - In Leo. Low in the west at dusk. Sets at around 8:30 pm.
  • Venus - Low and bright in the eastern sky just before dawn. Venus is near Mars this week.
  • Mars - In Cancer. Rises around 4:47 am. Mars is visible low on the eastern horizon before dawn.
  • Jupiter - Lost in the Sun's glare until mid-September.
  • Saturn - In Libra. High in the western sky by dark. It's is a perfect time for viewing Saturn. Saturn sets around 11:30 am during the week.

This Month's ASLC Meeting

The monthy ASLC meeting will be held on Friday, September 25th 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.

This month's ASLC speaker is tba.





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

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

International DarkSky Association  
ASLC supports the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (founded by ASLC co-founder, the late Walter Haas)

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