COVID-19 and the Department of Astronomy: The faculty and staff of the Department of Astronomy are available to the community and look forward to a productive spring semester. While Department personnel will be working predominantly remotely so long as the current COVID situation persists, we are available during regular business hours to address any questions and to provide support. The easiest way to contact us is via phone or email, but we will also have several open Zoom rooms for anyone who wishes to “drop in.” Via email, you can request a scheduled meeting online, or, if necessary and conducted safely, a face-to-face meeting. Our contact information:

  • General Department inquiries : (575) 646-4438
  • Department administrative assistant, Ofelia Acosta: (575) 646-1868,, Zoom:
  • Department financial issues, Lydia Medrano: (575) 646-4438,, Zoom:
  • Department Head, Jon Holtzman: (575) 646-8181,, Zoom:

Professors can be contacted by their email or phone numbers in the NMSU phonebook, or through Canvas if you are enrolled in an ASTR class.

For the Department policies on operation in the time of COVID, see here

All community events, such as Friday afternoon public talks, Observatory Open Houses, and various school visits and outreach activities, are temporarily suspended until further notice. We are exploring options for how to offer some of these activities virtually.

For all the most reliable and updated information on the COVID-19 pandemic, access to public health services in New Mexico and the continuity of classes online, please see the NMSU COVID-19 website.


Mar 5 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm BX102
Colloquium Title Jodi Berdis, NMSU Abstract text
Mar 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm BX102
Colloquium Title Nicolas Battaglia, Cornell University Abstract text
Mar 19 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm BX102
Colloquium Title Christina Williams, University of Arizona Abstract text
Mar 26 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am BX102
Colloquium Title Aurora Simionescu, Netherlands Institute for Space Research Abstract text
Apr 2 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm BX102
Colloquium Title Colloquium Speaker Name, Affiliation Abstract text
Apr 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm BX102
Colloquium Title Caitlin Doughty, NMSU Abstract text
Apr 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Remote via Zoom
Title Alec Herczeg, NMSU
Apr 16 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am BX102
Colloquium Title : Sun Space Art Prof. Helen Mason, DAMTP University of Cambridge The talk would cover Solar eclipse and communicating solar physics by the medium of arts and crafts. (Details to follow)
Apr 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm BX102
Colloquium Title Jorge Moreno, Pomona College Abstract text
Apr 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm Online
Title Laurel Farris, NMSU