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NMSU Astronomy Department plans stargazing Sept. 29 at campus observatory

New Mexico State University's Department of Astronomy will hold an open house at the campus observatory starting at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29.


permitting, participants will observe objects around the Summer Triangle, including the Northern Cross, the bright star Vega, the Ring Nebula (a dying sun-like star) and Lyra Epsilon (a double star). Participants also will observe M13, a giant globular cluster of 100 million stars in the constellation Hercules.

Astronomy personnel on hand will be faculty member Jon Holtzman and graduate students Mike Sussman, Ashley Ruiter and Chas Miller. Holtzman is expected to give a short presentation about a supernova survey that is being conducted using the Sloan Digital Sky Survey telescope at Apache Point Observatory near Cloudcroft.

The Tombaugh Observatory on the NMSU campus is located east of Williams Avenue, near the running track. Admission is free and children are welcome.

For more information call the astronomy department at (505) 646-4438.

Karl Hill
Sept. 19, 2006