NMSU branding

New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University

News Center

Astronomers to present research at AAS meeting

New Mexico State University astronomers will present a dozen research papers at the 200th meeting of the American Astronomical Society, to be held June 2-6 at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque.

search topics include star formation properties of galaxies, the interrelationship between dust and water cycles in the Martian atmosphere, and the behavior of optical and X-ray emissions from Scorpius X-1, the brightest non-solar X-ray source in the sky, said Rene Walterbos, head of the university's astronomy department.

This is the 40th anniversary of the birth of X-ray astronomy, which began in 1962 with the discovery of Sco X-1.

About 1,400 astronomers are expected to attend the conference. Science journalists from national and international news outlets have registered to cover the event.

The agenda for the gathering also includes a press tour of Apache Point Observatory on Friday, June 7. Operated by NMSU's astronomy department, Apache Point is home to several research telescopes, including the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, which is creating a detailed map of a large part of the universe.

Karl Hill
May 31, 2002