Open Houses

Face-to-face events at the Tombaugh Campus Observatory

Our Open House events are held at the Tombaugh Observatory on the NMSU main campus (click here to see its location). They occur roughly once per month, often near the time of the first-quarter Moon from September through May, and occasionally during the summer. Each evening program includes a short presentation, followed by guided observing through telescopes. 

If the weather looks cloudy or stormy on the afternoon of an Open House Event, please check here to confirm that the observatory will be open that evening. We cannot operate the telescopes under conditions of heavy clouds, high humidity, high winds, dusty conditions, or rain.

 

Event Date and Time
Tombaugh Campus Observatory Public In-Person Open House  January 19th, 2024 @ 7:00 PM
Lunar New Year / Lantern Festival Hosted by API @ Tombaugh Campus Observatory In-person (Special public event) February 23rd, 2024 @ 6:30pm
Tombaugh Campus Observatory Public In-Person Open House  March 8th, 2024 @ 8:00 PM
Tombaugh Campus Observatory Public In-Person Open House  April 12th, 2024 @ 9:00 PM
Tombaugh Campus Observatory Public In-Person Open House  May 10th, 2024 @ 9:00 PM

Virtual events from the Tortugas Mt. Observatory

Virtual events from TMO will happen occasionally in additon to the in-person public nights - when they occur we will post here with the zoom registration link and instructions!
 


Check out our Gallery of Images Taken with TMO during our Open Houses!