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NMSU Astronomy Department plans stargazing event July 20 at campus observatory

New Mexico State University's Department of Astronomy will hold an open house at the on-campus Tombaugh Observatory starting at 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 20.


permitting, participants will observe the moon, the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Venus, and other wonders of the night sky. The event also will include a celebration of the 31st anniversary of the first successful American spacecraft landing on the surface of Mars.

Astronomy personnel on hand will be department head Jim Murphy and graduate students Sophia Cisneros, Jessica Evans and Paul Strycker.

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.