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Founded in 1955, Houston Astronomical Society is an active community of enthusiastic amateur and professional astronomers with over 60 years of history in the Houston area. The club meets on the first Friday of each month at the University of Houston. Membership has a variety of benefits, including access to a secure dark site west of Houston, a telescope loaner program, and much more. Joining our club is simple; you can sign up online, by mail or in person at a monthly meeting.

Notice of Bylaws Vote, 2015 Leadership Election at Annual Meeting Dec 5, 2014

The Annual Meeting of the Houston Astronomical Society is scheduled for December 5, 2014 at the University of Houston. See the web site (www.astronomyhouston.org) or the GuideStar (newsletter) for details.

There are two items that will be presented to the membership for a vote at this meeting:

  • Revisions to the bylaws of the Houston Astronomical Society
  • Election of Officers, Board Members, and Committee Leaders

Without having passed the revisions to the bylaws, the Society is operating under the current bylaws which requires 15% of the membership to be present to have a vote. At our current membership level, it takes 72 members present to have a quorum.

If a quorum is not present at the December meeting the votes will be deferred to the January, 2015 meeting or to the first meeting after that with sufficient members present to comprise a quorum.

from Bill Pellerin, HAS President, email to the membership, 11/18/2014. Click read more for the entire meeting notice.

Shallow Sky Object of the Month: CH Cyg — Symbiotic Star System

Original article appears in GuideStar November, 2014.

CH Cyg

by Bill Pellerin, GuideStar editor

Object: CH Cyg
Class: Symbiotic Star System
Magnitude: 6 to 8
R.A.: 19 h, 24 m, 33 s
Dec: + 50 degrees, 14 minutes, 29 seconds
Distance: 875 ly
Constellation: Cygnus
Optics needed: Small telescope

Why this object is interesting:

Williamina Fleming worked at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900’s classifying stars according to their spectra. It is her that you have to thank for classifying stars according to the strength of their hydrogen line (A stars had the most hydrogen, and subsequent letters had less). When it was decided to classify stars by color (temperature) the classifications were rearranged to OBAFGKM, with O stars being the hottest and bluest and M stars being the coolest and reddest. ...

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