BBSNews 2015-04-17 — By Michael Hess. The Albuquerque Astronomical Society is having a Star Party on April 25th, 2015 at the Open Space Visitor Center in Albuquerque starting at 6:00 until 10:00 pm and will include looking at our own star, the sun. The even is free and open to the public to view the night sky of New Mexico.
There are a variety of things to do and see at this event. In the Kiva Room featured speaker, Dr. Tom Prettyman will give a talk on Vesta in Perspective/First Glimpses of Ceres starting at 7:00 pm. Sunset this time of year will be about 7:30 and then night sky objects will become visible to the delight of all. The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS) will have all sorts of telescopes on hand with TAAS members eagerly willing to share.
- 6:00 PM: Telescope set up on the patio
- 7:00 PM: “Vesta in Perspective; First Glimpses of Ceres” presentation by Tom Prettyman, a co-investigator on the NASA Dawn Mission (Kiva Room)
- 9:00 PM: Green laser guided constellation tour
- Ongoing: Star chart activity in the lobby
- Ongoing: “Fabric of the Cosmos” in the theater
- Ongoing: Many types and sizes of TAAS telescopes on the large open patio accompanied by members eager to educate you all about the stars, planets and galaxies
Vist to www.taas.org for details and a map to the Open Space Visitor Center. The center is located at 6500 Coors Blvd., NW, at the end of Bosque Meadows Rd., between Montano and Paseo del Norte. Refreshments are not available at the event but a family can bring a rolling cooler that may help as well with limited seating.