With great sadness the AAG mourns the passing of our friend and park ranger Charles Wood on July 30, 2015. Charles was instrumental in the formation and success of our astronomy group sharing stories of the night sky with our many visitors at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. We'll miss you greatly.... to the stars, Charles.



The Amateur Astronomers Group is located in Alamogordo, New Mexico. The majority of our members are from South Central New Mexico. We are comprised of amateur astronomers with a variety of backgrounds and experience levels. Our group primarily supports Oliver Lee State Park with their astronomy events and other local outreach opportunities. The membership ranges from beginners to highly advanced individuals conducting scientific research. We welcome everyone, especially families and youngsters. Telescopes NOT required. Best of all membership is FREE!


CURRENT SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
and the
Amateur Astronomers Group


Schedule of Night Sky Programs 2015/2016

For information call: 575-437-8284

Program Name: A Harvest Moon Eclipse
Date(s): September 27, 2015 Time: 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm Location: Meet at Group Shelter
Description: The Amateur Astronomers Group will be sponsoring special Sunday program featuring the rise of an eclipsed moon over the Sacramento Mountains. Although the eclipse will start right after sun down, it will not break the mountains’ sky line until about 8:30 pm at our location. The Harvest Moon takes its name from Algonquin calendar of months, and refers to the extra light provide by this moon during harvest time. Come listen to stories and myths about the moon, while watching this uncommon evening lunar eclipse. Fee: Day-use fee required. For information call: 575-437-8284.


Program Name: The Summer Triangle
Date(s): October 10, 2015 Time: 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Location: Meet at Group Shelter
Description: The Amateur Astronomers Group of the New Mexico will be sponsoring a tour of the early fall night sky. The constellations of the Summer Triangle reign supreme, while the Milky Way dominates the night sky. Uranus is nearly at opposition. Dress warmly, come early and enjoy the beauty of Dog Canyon at sundown. Fee: Day-use fee required. For information call: 575-437-8284.


Program Name: The Crescent Moon
Date(s): November 14, 2015 Time: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm Location: Meet at Group Shelter
Description: The Amateur Astronomers Group will sponsor a night under the stars. A Crescent Moon in Sagittarius will grace the evening sky. Dress warmly, come early and enjoy the beauty of Dog Canyon at sundown. Fee: Day-use fee required. For information call: 575-437-8284.


Program Name: The Perseus Story Cycle
Date(s): December 12, 2015 Time: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Location: Meet at Group Shelter
Description: The Amateur Astronomers Group will be sponsoring a tour of the fall night sky. Come listen to tales from the night sky: the Perseus story cycle. The constellations Cepheus, Cassiopeia, Andromeda, Perseus, Pegasus and Cetus linked Greek cultures together and created the plot line for the movie "Clash of the Titans". A few Geminid meteors may also enliven the night sky. Dress warmly, come early and enjoy a beautiful Dog Canyon Sunset. Fee: Day-use fee required. For information call: 575-437-8284.


Program Name: Quadrantids Meteor Shower
Date(s): January 2, 2016 Time: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Location: Meet at Group Shelter
Description: Join the AAG to view the Quadrantids meteor shower. The Quadrantids are an above average shower, with up to 40 meteors per hour at its peak. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Bootes, but can appear anywhere in the sky. It is thought to be produced by dust grains left behind by an extinct comet known as 2003 EH1, which was discovered in 2003. Fee: Day-use fee required. For information call: 575-437-8284.


Program Name: First Quarter Moon
Date(s): January 16, 2016 Time: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Location: Meet at Group Shelter
Description: Join the Amateur Astronomers Group to view the first quarter Moon. The first quarter moon is actually the third phase of the moon each cycle. Learn about the lunar cycles and why there is no "dark side of the Moon". See impact craters and mountains on the Moon. Dress warmly, come early and enjoy a beautiful Dog Canyon Sunset. Fee: Day-use fee required. For information call: 575-437-8284.


Program Name: Orion and Andromeda
Date(s): February 6, 2016 Time: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Location: Meet at Group Shelter
Description: The Amateur Astronomers Group will sponsor a night under the stars. Winter often provides great dark skies for viewing deep space objects like the Andromeda Galaxy and Orion Nebula. Dress warmly, come early and enjoy the beauty of Dog Canyon at sundown. Fee: Day-use fee required. For information call: 575-437-8284.


Program Name: First Quarter Moon and Jupiter at Opposition
Date(s): March 12, 2016 Time: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Location: Meet at Group Shelter
Description: The AAG's telescopes will featuring our nearest celestial neighbor and the bright planet Jupiter. Jupiter will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun This is the best time to view and photograph Jupiter and its moons along with of the details in Jupiter's cloud bands. If you own a good pair of binoculars,bring them along to see Jupiter's four largest moons appearing as bright dots on either side of the planet. Fee: Day-use fee required. For information call: 575-437-8284.


Program Name: Mercury at Greatest Elongation
Date(s): April 16, 2016 Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Location: Meet at Group Shelter
Description: Join the AAG as the planet Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation of 19.9 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. Look for the planet low in the western sky just after sunset. Fee: Day-use fee required. For information call: 575-437-8284.


Program Name: Calisto, Arcus and the Eta Aquarids
Date(s): May 7, 2016 Time: 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm Location: Meet at Group Shelter
Description: The Amateur Astronomers Group will be sponsoring a summer sky tour. Learn the constellations Ursa Major and Bootes, which are linked by the myths of Callisto and Arcus. The Eta Aquarids meteor shower will be occurring as well. The Eta Aquarids is an above average shower, capable of producing up to 30 meteors per hour at its peak in the northern hemisphere. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky. Come early, see the 1 day old Moon and enjoy the beauty of Dog Canyon at sundown. Fee: Day-use fee required. For information call: 575-437-8284




OTHER EVENTS

in south-central New Mexico
with the
Amateur Astronomers Group


Schedule of Programs 2015/2016


Program Name: Solar Sidewalk Astronomers
Date: September 13, 2015 Location: New Mexico Museum of Space History
Description: This is the inaugural event of the new Solar Division of the Sidewalk Astronomers, so we invite you to join in this exciting event! SSA-Sunday is just one part of John Dobson's Month long celebration of his life and legacy! On Sept. 14th, 2015 he would have been 100 years old!

Program Name: International Observe the Moon Night
Date: September 19, 2015 Location: TBD
Description: International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual event that is dedicated to encouraging people to ‘look up’ and take notice of our nearest neighbor, the Moon. From looking at the Moon with a naked eye to using the most sensitive telescope, every year on the same day, people from around the world hold events and activities that celebrate our Moon

Program Name: NM Museum of Space History Induction Ceremony
Date: October 3, 2015 Location: NM Museum of Space History
Description: The AAG and the New Mexico Museum of Space History will be teaming up in October 2015 for a solar star party to coincide with the museum's induction cermony. Stay tuned for details!

Program Name: Transit of Mercury
Date(s): May 9, 2016 Time: 5:12 am to 12:42 pm Location: TBD
Description: The Amateur Astronomers Group will highlight the transit of Mercury across the face of the Sun using our solar scopes. Stay tuned to further details.


Other collaborations are in the works.... stay tuned!







Check out which constellations are currently up in the sky with the AAG SkyViewer