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A conjunction of the planets Venus and Jupiter will reach minimum separation on August 27,2016 in the western sky just after sunset. The planets will be separated by only 0.06 degrees in the sky- almost right on top of each other! Through a telescope Venus and Jupiter will be within the same eyepiece view with Jupiter's moons spanning the separation between the two objects.
Venus Jupiter Conjunction - August 27, 2016 approximately 7:15 PM from Alamogordo NM using a 6 inch telescope and 15mm eyepiece.
The New Mexico State Parks Division has awarded the 2015 Partnership Award to the Amateur Astronomers Group in recognition of our distinguished service to Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. The group has been supporting the park's night sky interpretive program for the past decade.
The NASA Night Sky Network and Space Place Team has awarded the Amateur Astronomers Group Certificates of Appreciation for encouraging science and technology education through our public events.
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The Amateur Astronomers Group is affiliated with the NASA Space Place Astronomy Club Partner Program. We also team with other NASA missions and the National Solar Observatory. Check out the AAG Classroom page for fun links to NASA's Space Place website.
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