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Astronomical Society of Las Cruces
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 70 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.
There are two regularly scheduled outreach events each month. Moongaze happens on the Saturday closest to the frist quarter Moon. Telescopes are set up in Las Cruces to allow the public to view the Moon up close and also any planets that are up at that time. The other event is at Leasburg Dam State Park about 20 miles NW of Las Cruces and occurs on the Saturday closest to the last quarter Moon. The park has an observatory with a 16" telescope (Meade SCT) and other scopes are set up outside the observatory. The public gets to view galaxies, nebulae, and other dark sky objects. Both events start just after Sunset. For directions and our event calendar click here.
To learn more about our society, please click here.