The Night Shift

with Melissa Carl

Week 1:  (6/12 – 6/16)

“Mortal as I am, I know that I am born for a day, but when I follow the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the earth; I ascend to Zeus himself to feast me on ambrosia, the food of the gods.” -Ptolemy

There isn’t a one of us who hasn’t looked up at the stars in wonder. I first became fascinated with all things astronomy-npsastronomical as a child while camping out in my backyard and lying on my back staring up into space. The feeling of falling upwards as you grasp the utter vastness and enormity of space, while realizing that you are, quite literally, looking back through time is humbling. Whether you are a seasoned amateur astronomer or someone who has never peered through a telescope, this week will either re-kindle your passion for wanting to know more about our Universe or cause you to experience an awakening to the wonders that surround us in the Cosmos. Enjoy some of the world’s best stargazing from the pre-historic Chaco ruins and other notable dark sky sites such as Meteor Crater and the Veryvla1_grande Large Array. Learn about the broad spectrum of astronomical discoveries and current initiatives in this region of the Southwest from radio astronomy at the VLA in Socorro, NM, to solar observing at the National Solar Observatory at Apache Ridge, NM. Introductory astronomical sketching and astrophotography will be integrated throughout the week to help you capture and remember some of the wonders you will experience.

Full Schedule coming in January

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Geo of the Rio

with Jim Heidenberger

Week 2: (6/19 – 6/22)

The volcanoes, mountain ranges, hot springs, and spectacular landscapes that contribute to the Land of Enchantment’s rapture are all features of the Rio Grande Rift. It is a unique and significant
geologic feature of New Mexico that hageorio2-1s influenced the region’s native, Hispanic, and American inhabitants. Starting in southern Colorado and ending in northern Mexico, the Rio Grande Rift completely bisects New Mexico in a north-south direction and has numerous significant basins, flanking mountain ranges, and other features to experience and enjoy. Our understanding of the geologic processes that formed these features changed during the 20th century and continues to evolve today. Participants will be treated to topical lectures by leaders in their field of research; however, the majority of the course consists of conducting various exploratory hikes highlighting the geology and geophysical forces which formed and sculpted the landscape and continue to do so. Participants are encouraged to photographically document their geologic journey as we travel through both space and time! From developing a basic understanding of geology to appreciating some of the more complex geophysical interactions to simply being awed by and capturing the geologic beauty of New Mexico, there is something for everyone!

Geo on the Rio Schedule (from last year)

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