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Saturday, November 23
04:45 PM - 08:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Cygnus & Lyra
Join Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group for a star party featuring Venus and Jupiter. They will share our western sky just after sunset. Come see a conjunction of the two brightest planets in the evening sky. Hear stories from Greek mythology to modern scientific discoveries. Other deep sky objects will be visible through telescopes. Arrive early to enjoy a Dog Canyon sunset.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, February 22
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Oliver Lee
The Great Nebula of Orion
Join Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group for the first star party of the season with views of the Orion Nebula. The first published observation of the nebula was by the Jesuit mathematician and astronomer Johann Baptist Cysat of Lucerne in his 1619. Since that time it has become one of the most observed stellar nurseries and a favorite of amateur astronomers ever since. Mercury is low near the western horizon after sunset while Venus and Uranus set a few hours later.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, March 28
07:15 PM - 09:15 PM
Oliver Lee
Venus: Our Sister World
Venus glows brilliantly in the western sky after sunset and was named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty. Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group will host an event celebrating our nearest planetary neighbor. Venus is sometimes called Earth's "sister planet" because of its similar size, mass, composition and proximity to the Sun. However, Venus, with its thick carbon dioxide atmosphere, serves as a warning to humans on Earth. Come see the 3-day old waxing Moon through telescopes.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, April 25
06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Sun & Moon
Join Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group for an early celebration of Astronomy Day 2020. The group will have solar telescopes available early for viewing the Sun up close. Learn how events 93 million miles away can affect us here on Earth. Witness the earthshine illuminating a two-day old waxing crescent Moon.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, May 23
08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Oliver Lee
The Twins & Beehive
The constellation of Gemini was one of the original 22 constellations charted by the astronomer Claudius Ptolemy in the 2nd century AD. The stars Castor and Pollux represent the heads of the twins. The Beehive Cluster (M44) lies above the twins and is one of the largest open clusters to Earth. Join Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group for stories of the stars and views of deep sky objects.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, September 19
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Oliver Lee
The Gas Giants
Join Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group for a star party featuring the Milky Way galaxy and the gas giants of our solar system: Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune. Ancient people of east Asia saw the Milky Way as a silvery river in the sky. Philosophers and astronomers viewed the Milky Way as "the universe" well into the 20th century. Learn how the work of astronomers like Herber Curtis and Edwin Hubble changed our view of our place in space starting in the 1920's. Galileo - using his telescope gave humanity its first glimpses of the solar system’s gas giants. A thin waxing crescent Moon will be visible in the western sky.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, October 17
06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Cygnus & Lyra, Swans & Harps
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group will host a star party on a moonless night featuring the constellations of Cygnus the Swan and Lyra (Harp). Cygnus is sometimes referred to as the Northern Cross and contains wisps of a supernova remnant. See corpses of one great stars now known as planetary nebula (Messier 27 and 57). The Milky Way, The Summer Triangle, Jupiter and Saturn still rein the sky.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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