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Astronomy Department to host Observatory Open House

WHAT: Observatory Open House

WHO: James McAteer, astronomy assistant professor, and graduate students

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12

WHERE: Clyde W. Tombaugh Campus Observatory on the NMSU campus

The Department of Astronomy at New Mexico State University will hold an Observatory Open House at the NMSU campus observatory on the evening of Friday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m.

Astronomy personnel on hand will be Chris Churchill, astronomy associate professor, and graduate students Nigel Mathis, Gavin Mathes, and Laura Mayorga.

The group will be showing how Uranus looked a few hours ago, how one galaxy was 33,000 years ago and how our nearest neighbor galaxy appeared 2.5 million years ago. Objects to be observed include a densely packed globular cluster (M15), an open cluster (M11), the double cluster h and chi Persei and the Andromeda Galaxy (M31).

Admission is free and children are especially welcome to attend. For more information contact the NMSU Astronomy Department at 646-4438.