Registration & Field Trips
See the “Eclipse” Petroglyph in Chaco Canyon (Day 1)
Museum Experiences: Indian Pueblo Cultural Center & New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (Day 2)
Saturday, 3 June & Sunday, 4 June
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Full Two-Day experience, maximum of 40 participants, minimum of 30 participants
Museum Experiences (Day 2 ONLY)
Sunday, 4 June
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Additional participants are welcome, but space is limited.
Be prepared to become inspired and equipped with resources to enrich your own contributions to the upcoming solar eclipses and other Sun-related events. This pre-conference experience will offer heightened awareness and appreciation of Sun-watching across time, space, and culture as only New Mexico can offer.
Join us for an extraordinary two-day pre-conference experience that is unique to the Albuquerque region.
Day 1 includes a long (and amazing) one-day trip to Chaco Canyon (pick-up 7:00 am, drop off 9:00 - 10:00 pm).
Day 2 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) includes a visit to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center plus a hands-on outreach session and discussion circle at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS). All participants will receive a kit of materials to support their outreach efforts. You can sign up for both days (Chaco Canyon and museum experiences) or Day 2 only (outreach session and museum experiences).
The NASA PUNCH mission outreach team and regional collaborators will be your expert guides to seeing the “eclipse” petroglyph and World Heritage ancient structures of Chaco Canyon, to learning about Indian Pueblo culture, and to discussing equitable and inclusive best practices for public engagement. Chaco harbors world-class evidence of ancient Sun-watching and is one of the most important pre-Columbian cultural and historical sites in the United States.
On Day 1, all meals are provided, including “not-your-typical” box breakfast and lunch, plus dinner at New Mexico’s classic restaurant El Bruno’s in Cuba, NM. On Day 2, a buffet lunch is provided at NMMNHS. All entrance fees, and transportation are provided except transportation to and from the NMMNHS on Day 2 (~ 1 mile from Conference Center). PUNCH Outreach is contributing the time and travel of our expert guides and facilitators. For the Chaco adventure on Day 1, you should wear comfortable shoes for walking on uneven ground and clothing, including hat and sunglasses, that protect you from the high-desert Sun.
Very Large Array Tour
Sunday, 4 June
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
The AAS is excited to offer a tour of the Very Large Array — the world's most productive radio telescope — on Sunday, 4 June. The VLA comprises 27, 25m-diameter antennas on the Plains of San Agustin in west-central New Mexico, an approximately 2-hour drive from Albuquerque. Join the tour to learn about how signals from the antennas are combined and transferred to the data center of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Socorro, New Mexico, for processing, and see the array executing the highest resolution, multi-epoch, all-sky survey of the radio sky — the VLA Sky Survey — during your visit. The radio telescopes are very sensitive to radio frequency interference, including emissions from cell phones and Bluetooth devices. You will be required to turn off (or put into full airplane mode) all devices that emit radio waves while close to the VLA. The VLA is at an elevation of 7,000 feet, and the Sun is strong. Bring sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses, and sturdy, closed-toe shoes to protect from rattlesnakes. The price of the tour includes Visitor Center admission, a packed lunch, beverages (including bottled water), a booklet on the radio sky, interpretive videos on the bus, and small tour groups led by NRAO staff.
The bus will leave the West Entrance (3rd Street) of the Albuquerque Convention Center at 9:30 am on 4 June, returning at approximately 4:00 pm. Space on the tour will be limited by the capacity of the bus. The VLA Visitor Center, featuring a self-guided walking tour, is also open to the public 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
The minimum attendance is 25 people, and the maximum is 50 people so register early! If the minimum is not met by 15 April, the tour will be cancelled.
Forward! To the Moon - Join Astronaut Jack Schmitt for All Dome Planetarium Screening
Monday, June 5, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS)
Free with meeting registration but attendance is limited to 150 people
Join Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison “Jack” Schmitt for this VIP screening of the all dome planetarium film Forward! To the Moon. Kari Byron from Crash Test World and MythBusters launches us on a journey beyond the Earth towards a sustainable future in space.
NASA’s 21st century Artemis program is the next step in our mission to explore the universe and land the first woman and person of color on the surface of the Moon. Produced by Fiske Planetarium and the University of Colorado Boulder Network for Exploration and Space Science (NESS) in collaboration with TEND Studio.
Shuttles to and from the West Entrance of the Convention Center to NMMNHS are sponsored by Fiske Planetarium and AAS. They will begin circulating at 5:15 pm and conclude at 7:45 pm.
Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer Open House
Friday, 9 June
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Note: This tour is "on your own" and not part of the AAS meeting registration process.
The Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer will be hosting an open house for AAS meeting attendees on Friday, 9 June from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. We will meet at New Mexico Tech (NMT) in Socorro and shuttle our guests to the Observatory, which is located at 10,600 feet in the Magdalena Mountains of the Cibola National Forest in Socorro County, NM.
At the Observatory we will tour the Optical Interferometer Beam Combining Facility (BCF) and view the two telescope currently on the array. Hosts for this event will include Principal Investigator Van Romero, Project Scientist Michelle Creech-Eakman, System Architects David Buscher and Chris Haniff, as well as various other MROI staff members and graduate students.
Capacity is limited to 45 attendees, with your spot being reserved on a first-come first-served basis.