The Next ASLC Meeting is:
May 29, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Speaker: Fred Pilcher
Topic: Dwarf Planets
Location: Dona Ana Community College
Room 141 (map)
Contact the Club President for additional information
Upcoming Observing Opportunities:
(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)
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 - Sunday, 26 April 2015
- Sun - Sunset occurs at 7:43 pm (MDT). Civil twilight ends at 8:09 pm; Astronomical twilight ends at 9:11 pm.
- Moon - Waxing gibbous Moon sets at 2:45 am (27 April).
- Mercury - Shines brightly (low in the west) after sunset. Sets at 9:09 pm
- Venus - Fairly high in the western sky at dusk. Sets at 11:06 pm
- Mars - Low in the west after sunset. Much dimmer and around 5° lower than Mercury. Sets at 8:44 pm.
- Jupiter - High overhead (in Cancer) at dusk. Sets at 2:40 am (27 April). Jupiter's Giant Red Spot transits around 7:45 pm.
- Saturn - In Scorpius. Rises around 9:42 pm.
- International Space Station (ISS) - makes a low (24°) pass. The station appears in the WNW around 8:07 pm. At 8:08 pm, the station will be very near Mars/Mercury. The ISS passes through Orion at 8:10 pm, and passes near Sirius at 8:11 pm. The station continues toward the SSE and disappears around 8:14-8:15 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.