The Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque offers students opportunities to study physics, optics, and astronomy/astrophysics. As a research facility for students and scientists and a service to the general public, the department operates the UNM Observatory on the North Campus. The building is easily recognizable by its stucco finish and unmistakable white dome.
The centerpiece of the UNM Observatory is its Meade 14'' LX200GPS telescope, which was acquired in 2004. With the exception of Fall and Spring school breaks, the observatory is open to the public for viewings every Friday evening during the Fall and Spring semesters when the weather is clear. Observation hours are 7pm to 9pm MST, and 8pm to 10pm MDT.
Admission to the UNM Observatory is free of charge. An online "sky chart'' is available for identifying what objects are in the heavens for viewing at any time. Those interested participating in the Friday sessions are advised to call the observatory's information hotline or check the UNM web site after 3pm to confirm whether the facility will be open that evening.
The UNM Campus Observatory is located at 800 Yale Blvd NE Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-0001. Free parking is available in the M Lot next to the domed building.