Las Cruces Clear Sky Clock
Las Cruces Clear Sky Clock

M104 (The Sombrero Galaxy), image by Kirby Benson
The Next ASLC Meeting is:
March 24, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

Speaker: Steve Barkes
Messier Marathon

Location: Good Samaritan Society
3025 Terrace Dr., Las Cruces, NM 88011
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Upcoming Observing Opportunities:

ASLC MoonGaze
(Int'l Delights Cafe)
Sat, April 1st (dusk)

Dark Sky Observing @ Leasburg Dam SP
(ASLC Observatory at LDSP)
Saturday, March 18th (dusk - 9:00 pm)

Messier Marathon @ Leasburg Dam SP
(ASLC Observatory at LDSP)
Saturday, March 25 (dusk to dawn)

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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.

This Month's ASLC Meeting

The next monthy ASLC meeting will be held on: Friday, March 24th (2017).

This month's ASLC speaker is: Steve Barkes

Presentation: Each year ASLC conducts a Messier Marathon - an opportunity to view all 110 Messier objects in a single night. Several members have accomplished the feat. 2017 turns out to be a good year for the event. The New Moon occurs on March 28, so we'll only have a thin waning crescent Moon on the morning of March 25th.

Steve Barkes will present a history of the event, and share some of the approaches to successfully viewing all 110 targets.

Messier Marathon


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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