Las Cruces Clear Sky Clock
Las Cruces Clear Sky Clock

M104 (The Sombrero Galaxy), image by Kirby Benson
The Next ASLC Meeting is:
May 29, 2015 @ 7:30 pm

Speaker: Fred Pilcher
Topic: Dwarf Planets

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, April 25th (dusk)

Solar & Dark Sky Observing @ Leasburg Dam SP
(ASLC Observatory at LDSP)
Saturday, May 9th (6:00 pm - 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 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 - Saturday, 25 April 2015Hazy


  • Sun - Sunset occurs at 7:43 pm (MDT). Civil twilight ends at 8:09 pm; Astronomical twilight ends at 9:11 pm.
  • Moon - First Quarter Moon sets at 2:08 am (26 April).

Bright Planets

  • Mercury - Shines brightly (low in the west) after sunset. Sets at 9:05 pm
  • Venus - Fairly high in the western sky at dusk. Sets at 11:04 pm
  • Mars - Low in the west after sunset. Much dimmer and around 4° lower than Mercury. Sets at 8:45 pm.
  • Jupiter - High overhead (in Cancer) at dusk. Sets at 2:43 am (26 April). Io begins a transit at 10:12 pm. The transit continues thru 12:22 am (26 April). Io's shadow transits from 11:25 pm to 1:34 am (26 April). Jupiter's Giant Red Spot transits around 1 am (26 April).
  • Saturn - In Scorpius. Rises around 9:46 pm.

This Month's ASLC Meeting

The monthy ASLC meeting will be held on Friday, May 29th in room 141 (Main Branch, DACC) at 7:30 pm. This is a week later than usual, but must be done to accommodate the community college (our hosts). 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 will be on dwarf planets, and will be given by Dr. Fred Pilcher. A summary of the talk will appear soon.




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

ALCON: July 6-11, 2015

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