Welcome to Houston Astronomical Society

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.

February 06, 2015: Monthly HAS Meeting

Novice Meeting: 7:00PM
Novice Meeting Topic: 
Observing Jupiter
Novice Meeting Speaker: 
Bill Flanagan
General Meeting: 8:00PM
General Meeting Topic: 
Other Suns, Other Earths
General Meeting Speaker: 
Brian Cudnik
About the General Meeting Presentation

Brian Cudnik discusses the status of our search for our "home away from home" in another planetary system. This presentation includes a brief introduction to exoplanets, along with some visualization of what they may look like, with an emphasis on Earth-like worlds around other stars.Cudnik shares the latest score on how many planets we have found and highlights some of the most interesting multi-planet systems that the Kepler satellite has found to date.

At the Novice meeting:  The February 6th meeting occurs just as Jupiter is reaching opposition or the closest point in its orbit to us. Expert planetary imager Bill Flanagan will speak on “Observing Jupiter” and tell us everything you wanted to know about Jupiter as well as introduce you to what is involved in becoming a good planetary imager.  In the future we will look at having a more detailed talk dedicated to planetary imaging.

Parking and Directions (View Map)

Meetings are held in the Science & Research building at the University of Houston Main Campus. The novice meeting is in room 116, the general meeting is in room 117.

NOTE NEW PARKING INFORMATION: Parking is available in lot 15C. Refer to the Google Map below for directions. This parking is available from 6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on the Friday night of the HAS meeting.

This parking is free. If you get a notice from the UH campus police on the night of the meeting, call the UH Security office and let them know that this area has been made available on HAS meeting night by the Parking Department.

Map to Parking

Shallow Sky Object of the Month: Rigel-Beta Orionis

President's Message

Original article appears in GuideStar February, 2015.

by Rene Gedaly

Bad weather finally worked to the amateur astronomer’s advantage last January. Instead of convening at the HAS Observatory, pouring rain allowed 22 members of the leadership team to meet at the home of Debbie Moran for our first annual leadership meeting.

HAS at a glance
Treasurer Don Selle kicked off the meeting with a financial snapshot of our economic health; HAS is in good shape. Webmaster Jeffery McLaughlin pulled back the curtain to show us the inner workings of the website and took enhancement requests, prioritizing them into quick fixes and those for future development. Rob Morehead showed us SlidesLive, the technology he uses to turn video recordings into speaker presentations that he posts on the website. Rob said the presentations have racked up an impressive 1,000 views by HAS members since he started recording just one year ago. And as the committee chairs shared status and vision for their specific areas, the meeting format quickly changed into a high energy discussion of where the society could improve and evolve.

HAS Facebook Group now live ‒ Join today!

 The Houston Astronomical Society now has a Group on Facebook.

Groups are great because you can post news, photos, thoughts, and questions within the confines of our members-only group and with much less clutter.

Check it out:

     Log into your Facebook account.

     Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/astronomyhouston.

Like what you see? If you're a member of HAS, click the Facebook Join button and one of the social media admins will let you in.

Not a member of HAS yet? What are you waiting for?

Access Members-Only Site Features

If you're a current member, you'll want to log in and check out the member features. As a member, you can view the observatory weather-cam, post photo galleries, edit your club profile, send private messages to other members, post in the trading forum, and more. If you have a valid email address on file with the club, you already have an account ready to go. Here's how to access it:

  • Go to the Password Reset page
  • Type in your email address and click "E-mail new password"
  • Check your email and follow the instructions in the password reset message

If you have any problems, drop a note to webmaster@astronomyhouston.org and we'll get you sorted out.

March 06, 2015, 8:00PM: Eric Berger, Houston Chronicle SciGuy

Eric Berger is the science writer for the Houston Chronicle. For his coverage of Hurricane Ike the Chronicle was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2009. Berger is coming to HAS in March and will be speaking on Adrift: Does America have a future in space?

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