NM Museum of Space History Launches New Astronomy Club
By Cathy Harper, Alamogordo Daily News
January 9, 2020 – A new Astronomy Club is being launched at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, with the first meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 in the Tombaugh Education Building on the museum’s campus.
This organizational meeting is free to attend and will be led by museum Outreach Coordinator Tony Gondola.
“The goal of this new club is to provide a stable and well supported organization for area amateur astronomers to further their hobby and interest in observing the cosmos,” said Gondola. A NASA solar system ambassador, Gondola is also an amateur astronomer himself. “I think the most important thing about being a member of a club is that it gives you the opportunity to learn from others in the group and to share your enthusiasm for astronomy not only with each other but with the general public during special events.”
New Mexico Space Museum Outreach Coordinator Tony Gondola introduces Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll at a New Mexico Museum of Space History event in June 2019.Buy Photo
New Mexico Space Museum Outreach Coordinator Tony Gondola introduces Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll at a New Mexico Museum of Space History event in June 2019. (Photo: Nicole Maxwell/Alamogordo Daily News)
The museum hosts a three-day star party each May and offers viewing events for the public during the year, for instance during an eclipse or planetary conjunction.
“People love to look at the skies and see things they’ve never seen before,” Gondola said, “and we hope that our Astronomy Club members will enjoy interacting with the public and sharing their knowledge.”
The club is open to adults and students 14 years and older with an interest in astronomy and will meet 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month in the Tombaugh Education Building. Although owning a telescope is encouraged, it is not required.
The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589 or visit the website at www.nmspacemuseum.org. Like us at: www.facebook.com/NMSpaceMuseum/.