The NMSU Department of Astronomy will hold an Observatory Open House at the NMSU campus observatory on the evening of Friday, April 12, 2013 at 9:00 PM. Astronomy personnel on hand will be Dr. Chris Churchill and Graduate Assistants Laura Mayorga, Kyle Uckert, and Rakesh Nath.
To the west we will see Jupiter in the constellation of Taurus. Jupiter will be spectacularly close to Aldebaran, the brightest star in Taurus that is the “red eye” of the bull. We will also view the Orion Nebula, a vast gas cloud and a nursery of newly formed bright massive stars. The tight star cluster called The Pleiades (The Seven Sisters) will also be observable. The 1st quarter Moon will be in the constellation Leo directly overhead and next to Gemini.
Please contact the NMSU Astronomy Department at 646-4438 with questions. Everyone is welcome to come and spend an evening of stargazing. Admission is free and children are especially welcome to attend!