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. Through education and outreach, our programs promote science literacy and astronomy awareness. We meet 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 is simple; you can sign up online, by mail or in person at a monthly meeting.

December 1st Potluck Celebration at Mendenhall

We won’t be meeting at UH this December. Instead we’ll meet at the Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd, Houston, TX 77055 for our 2nd Annual Year-end Celebration! It's potluck so bring your family favorites—the club will provide spiral ham and turkey.

Party Agenda

5:30 pm Setup and Gift Exchange table. Place potluck items in the kitchen and grab a chair in the auditorium. Optional Gift Exchange: Keep gifts to $15 and bring your wrapped item to the sign-in table
6:00 pm Dinner lines open
7:00 pm Movie! PBS 400 Years of the Telescope: A Journey of Science, Technology and Thought
8:00 pm Gift Exchange
8:15 pm Clean up

RSVP  We are sending an online RSVP and signup form to all members using SignUpGenius.com. 

Directions to Mendenhall.

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2018 Leadership Team

Thank you HAS for electing the 2018 leadership at the 2017 Annual Meeting Nov 3rd and supporting the appointment of our SIG coordinators and other leaders.

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Asterisms – Fish Hook in Taurus

By: Steve Goldberg

Asterism: a grouping of stars that form a recognizable pattern.

Constellation: Taurus
Right Ascension:  04h 25m 00.0s
Declination: +21° 15' 00"
Magnitude:  +5 to +8
Size: 2.5o

This asterism is located in Taurus, the Bull. Starting with Aldebaran, Alpha Tau, cross over to the other side of bull’s horns, and locate stars Kappa 1 and Kappa 2. These are a close pair of stars. In the picture they are just below the space in “Fish Hook.”
Locate star 72 Tau. This is the top of the Fish Hook, where the fishing line is attached. Follow the line of stars to the left, going thru Kappa 1 & 2, around to 53, 51 and end at 56 where the hook ends.
Since this is a large object, the Fish Hook is better seen in the finder or a pair of binoculars. To give you an idea of the size, the circle is a 40mm eyepiece at 29X on a 10” scope. The circle is 1.5 degrees across.

President's Letter: Loved every minute of it

QueenVictoRene.PNGIt was great seeing you astronomers at the annual picnic last month. There was a costume parade, door prizes, and the official opening of the new bunkhouse. We also presented the first recipient the HAS Texas 45 Astrophotography award. How fitting that it was followed by beautiful clear skies for observing and imaging alike. 

Did we have five or was it six students from one of the local colleges operating the observatory f/5? So many members with telescopes were on the field. Or taking in the observatory tour. Or the loaner telescope lab. Or lining up for a peek through the C14. 

A highlight had to be the squealing of children at the Kids SIG as they saw their first shooting star streak across the Milky Way. Moms and dads, I heard you, too.KidsSIGinCostume.PNG

For me, the picnic marked the end of an era that started in 2009. Each 1st Friday you could find me at the back of UH SR1 Room 117 serving coffee and chatting astronomy. From there, I served wherever needed, and not just coffee. 

We need you now, too, and I do hope you'll be at the November 3rd annual membership meeting at the University of Houston. We need your vote on the 2018 leadership and on updates to the bylaws that will make the club even more inclusive and easier to run.

I'll still be onboard; quite literally as immediate past president for the next year. But you’ll more likely find me at the dark site in my private observatory. It’s time for a change, and I’m looking forward to it.

Is there any club like H.A.S.? Any friends like those you've met here? I haven't found so. I'm so grateful to have been a part, and serving wherever needed. Especially coffee.

Rene Gedaly, President
Houston Astronomical Society

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