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The Astronomical League holds an annual national convention that provides an opportunity for amateur astronomers all over the country to gather together to learn and exchange ideas, techniques, and opinions on astronomy. The conventions provide professional astronomers an opportunity to address to attendees about their field of expertise. This allows amateurs to learn about the latest discoveries in astronomy directly from the astronomers making the discoveries. This year’s Astronomical League Convention (ALCON) will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico from 15 to 18 July 2020.
The ALCON starts on a Wednesday with an AL Council Meeting. The main conference is held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and features speakers and workshops. The conference ends with an awards banquet on Saturday. The speaking events are for those interested in astronomy from the beginner to the advanced amateur. Check the 2020 ALCON schedule for a list of speakers and their topics.
The 2020 ALCON will feature two special events, an evening presentation on 17 July by Apollo 17 Astronaut Harrison Schmitt and a tour of the Very Large Array (VLA) on 19 July. Evening field trips to observing sites will be available on 15, 16, and 17 July.
The ALCON 2020 website is available at http://alcon2020.astroleague.org. We hope to see you at the 2020 ALCON!