"The history of astronomy is a history of receding horizons."
- Edwin Powell Hubble

Milky Way (Dave Dockery)

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Sharing the Universe

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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 monthly dark sky observing at Leasburg Dam State Park, and support countless star parties and education programs for schools, scouts and various organizations. We hold a meeting each month which includes a featured presentation.


ASLC also holds numerous clinics such as a new telescope owners workshop. For individuals who don't yet have equipment, we offer telescope making workshops. Several of our members collect scientific data on minor planets and variable stars. We also work to protect the dark skies of Southern New Mexico by educating city leaders and the general public about light pollution issues.

ASLC members may elect to join one or two Yahoo discussion groups where topics such as equipment, imaging techniques and other general club information are discussed. Additional information regarding the group(s) may be found here.

Our mission is to provide an opportunity for astronomers and the general public to enjoy and learn about the wonders of the night sky. The information contained herein will help acquaint you with our various activities including our regular meetings and events, our observing sites, and selected special events. There is also information regarding our publications, our education programs and workshops, and a variety of additional resources to help get you started.

Telescope and Crescent Moon

Enjoy perusing our website. There is information on scheduling star parties, telescope buying basics, and calendars of club and astronomical events. There's a large gallery containing images taken by our club's many astrophotogrphers.

An information packet (pdf format, 736 kb) describing many of the club's activities can be downloaded here.

Dark Skies!

Las review - 24April2017