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AAVSO 108th Annual Meeting

108th Annual Meeting of the AAVSO
Hotel Encanto, Las Cruces, NM
October 18 - 20, 2019


“Science Under the Same Dark Skies”

Las Cruces


Council Meeting - Friday, October 18, 2019 - 8AM - 6 PM

Reception and talk - Friday, October 18, 2019 - 7PM - 9PM

Day 1 Annual Meeting - Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 8AM - 6PM

Day 2 Annual Meeting - Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 8AM - 4PM

Banquet - Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 7PM - 10PM

Apache Point Observatory Trip - Monday, October 21, 2019 - Time TBA

Apache Point Observatory is home to world class research, through the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, currently finishing up the 4th survey of the Milky Way Galaxy and all the way the edge of the universe.  The ARC 3.5m telescope hosts the APOLLO experiment, a lunar laser-ranging experiment that helps with special relativity studies with the Moon.  The work horse telescope, the 3.5m facilitates a range of research from atmospheric studies of Venus, characterization of other worlds (i.e. exoplanets discovered from a variety of space missions), the stellar “ringing” or oscillations of stars, to the probing of edges of the Milky Way and beyond.  

The vista from APO is spectacular - the Organ Mountains provide a backdrop to the Tularosa Basin, where the White Sands National Monument is visible.  During October, the Sacramento Mountains will be displaying their autumnal colors through the golden aspen tree groves among the dark green conifers of the region.  Lucky visitors may see some mountain wildlife, such as elk, deer, and turkeys.

Be aware that  APO is located at 2700 meters/9000 feet.  If you are sensitive to high altitude, then you need to be prepared.  

Tour will include the ARC 3.5m telescope, plug plate lab and SDSS 2.5m 

Group will be transported by bus to the Apache Point Observatory.

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Please note: Meeting registration will open in June


Apache Point Observatory

Please contact us with any questions you may have about the meeting. We look forward to seeing you in Las Cruces, NM for the 108th AAVSO Annual Meeting in October! 

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