Photo courtesy Air and Space Magazine
A new year brings a new Astronomy Club, launched by the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo.
Led by museum Outreach Coordinator Tony Gondola, this organizational meeting is free to attend and is scheduled for Thursday, January 9, at 7:00 pm in the Tombaugh Education Building on the museum’s campus.
“The goal of this new club is to provide a stable and well supported organization for area amateur astronomers to further their hobby and interest in observing the cosmos,” said Gondola. A NASA solar system ambassador, Gondola is also an amateur astronomer himself. “I think the most important thing about being a member of a club is that it gives you the opportunity to learn from others in the group and to share your enthusiasm for astronomy not only with each other but with the general public during special events.”
The museum hosts a three day star party each May and offers viewing events for the public during the year when there is an opportunity, for instance during an eclipse or planetary conjunction.
“People love to look at the skies and see things they’ve never seen before,” said Gondola, “and we hope that our Astronomy Club members will enjoy interacting with the public and sharing their knowledge.”
The club is open to adults and students 14 and older with an interest in astronomy and will meet on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Tombaugh Education Building. Although owning a telescope is encouraged, it is not required.
The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589 or visit their website or Facebook page.