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NMSU Astronomy Department plans stargazing event Oct. 27 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, Oct. 27.

Weather permitting, participants will observe the mountains and craters on the waxing crescent moon. The group also will look at the Peiades, a young star cluster; the globular star cluster in Hercules, which consists of very old stars; the Ring Nebula, the remnants of a dying star; the Andromeda Galaxy and the Milky Way.

Astronomy personnel on hand will be faculty member Kurt Anderson and graduate students James Stockton, Paul Strycker and Jiehae Choi.

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
Oct. 24, 2006