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July 18, 2019, 8:30PM: Star Party at the Jacinto City Library 

Join us for a star party at the Jacinto Library.  To volunteer, email [email protected].

 

Event: Star Party at the Jacinto City Library 

Where: Jacinto City Branch Library, 921 Akron St, Houston, TX 77029

When: Thursday, July 18, from 8:30pm - 9:30pm or so.

No. of volunteers needed: 4 telescopes needed.

Notes: Another summer reading program event, this time at the Jacinto City Library.  This is on the east side of town, very close to 610 and I-10.

July 20, 2019, 7:00PM: Summer Festival: Celebrating the Moon at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Event: Summer Festival: Celebrating the Moon at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston 

Where: Museum of Fine Arts, Glassell School of Art (5101 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006)

When: Saturday, July 20, from 7:00pm - 10:00pm

No. of volunteers needed: 6 telescopes needed. 3 volunteers already signed up

Notes: Another event commemorating the Apollo 11 moon landing.  This event kicks off the museum's exhibit called "Shooting the Moon: Photographs from the Museum's Collection 50 Years After Apollo 11," which includes works from Ansel Adams, Garry Winograd, and others.  Though not as big as the Discovery Green event, the museum anticipates 2,000 visitors throughout the day.

 

We will be setting up on the rooftop terrace of the Glassell School of Art, and Land, Sea, & Sky will be partnering with us with a few telescopes of their own at this event.  The website with all of the events that day is located here: 

https://www.mfah.org/calendar/summer-festival-celebrating-the-moon/201907200500PM

July 20, 2019, 7:00PM: A Giant Leap - Houston Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

Join us for a star party at Discovery Green.  To volunteer, email [email protected].

 

Event: A Giant Leap - Houston Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

Where: Discovery Green Park (1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010)

When: Saturday, July 20, from 7:00pm - 10:00pm.

No. of volunteers needed: 10+ telescopes needed.

Notes: This is the biggest event we may have ever participated in.  Discovery Green is anticipating 15,000 visitors for the event, and they have a LOT of partners (HAS included) helping out here.  Though the event starts earlier, we'll set up after 7:20pm or so (once the paratroopers from the US Army Golden Knights land.  Though I list 10 volunteers with telescopes needed here, we could use as much help as we can get.  

 

From their website (https://www.discoverygreen.com/moonlanding):

"The 50th anniversary of the epic Apollo 11 mission to the moon will be celebrated at Discovery Green in a free public event on Saturday, July 20, 2019.  Featured will be a paratrooper landing by the Golden Knights, the United States Army's official aerial parachute demonstration team; exhibitions from the Johnson Space Center; Lone Star Flight Museum; commentary by Douglas Brinkley, author of American Moonshot (Harper Collins 2019); a screening of Apollo 11 (2019, 93 min., G); Discovery Green’s artisan/collectible market and much more.

 

Partners include: NASA, Johnson Space Center, Lone Star Flight Museum, U.S. Army, Rice University, Houston Cinema Arts Society, Houston Astronomical Society, Houston First Corporation and more."

July 22, 2019, 2:00PM: A Universe of Stories at the Mae Bruce Library

Join us for a star party at the Mae Bruce Library.  To volunteer, email [email protected].

 

Event: A Universe of Stories at the Mae Bruce Library 

Where: Mae S. Bruce Library, 13302 6th St., Santa Fe, TX 77510

When: Monday, July 22, from 2:00pm - 3:00pm.

No. of volunteers needed: 1 speaker to give an astronomy talk to the kids (and parents) at the library. The preferred topic is meteorites, but we can change this if necessary

Notes: Another summer reading program event.  I wanted to do this talk, but unfortunately, will be flying from California to Boston during this time.  If anyone is willing to head over to Santa Fe, between Clear Lake and Galveston, to do this talk, it would be very much appreciated.

July 25, 2019, 7:00PM: Delta Aquarids Pajama Party

Join us for a star party at the Brazos Book Store.  To volunteer, email [email protected].

 

Event: Delta Aquarids Pajama Party

Where: Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005

When: Thursday, July 25, from 7:00pm - 9:00pm.

No. of volunteers needed: 3-4 telescopes

Notes: We've done a few star parties at the Brazos Bookstore now, and they're generally well attended.  Though our chances of seeing meteors from the Delta Aquarid meteor shower in the heart of Houston are pretty slim, we'll be able to observe Jupiter, Saturn, and other things.  I should be back from Boston that morning, so can lead this event.

July 30, 2019, 7:00PM: See the Stars at Maud Marks Library 

Join us for a star party at the Maud Marks Library.  To volunteer, email [email protected].

 

Event: See the Stars at Maud Marks Library 

Where: Maud Marks Library, 1815 Westgreen Blvd, Katy, TX 77450

When: Tuesday, July 30, from 7pm - 9pm or so.

No. of volunteers needed: 4-5 telescopes needed.

Notes: This is the last of the events that we're supporting as part of the summer reading program, and this time, we'll be in Katy at the Maud Marks Library.  We need 4-5 volunteers with telescopes here and one person to take the lead on this event.

 

August 02, 2019, 6:30PM: HAS Monthly Meeting

Trini Mendenhall Community Center

Meeting room open at 6:00pm. Come join us for some social time before the Novice Meeting at 6:30pm. Light refreshments will be served.

General Meeting: 7:15 PM
Bill Pellerin – Observing Variable Stars

Bill will talk about how to observe, both visually and with a CCD camera, variable stars and how to report the data you gather to the AAVSO. The goal of the presentation is to provide the NHAC members with enough information to begin taking variable star data of their own.

Bill in Observatory cropped

Bill Pellerin Bio. Bill's professional career included designing electronics for offshore aids to navigation and managing computer systems for several large corporations in Houston. Highlights as an amateur astronomer include:

  • Past President – Houston Astronomical Society, 2013-2014
  • Astronomical League award for best newsletter (HAS) 2012
  • Author – ‘’Observing Stellar Evolution” Astronomical League program
  • AAVSO (American Association of Variable Star Observers) member – over 3500 observations submitted since 12/97
  • Member – McDonald Observatory Board of Visitors
  • System management and operations (with Bill Flanagan and Walt Cooney) -- Madrona Peak Observatory (24” RC Optical telescope system)

Bill’s favorite telescope is a TeleVue refractor.

 

 

Novice Presentation – 6:30 pm. Speaker TBA

Meeting Location: Trini Mendenhall Community Center

1414 Wirt Rd, Houson, TX 77055

                  Free parking in the lot in front of the TMCC

August 24, 2019, 7:00PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and insect repellent, but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

7:45-8:45 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.

8:45-9:15 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together

9:15-11:30 - everyone will get the opportunity to locate various objects manually using my 10" dob.

The program concludes in time for anyone who wishes to leave at the 12 am light window. But of course, anyone is welcome to stay longer and observe.

Please RSVP to [email protected] (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

September 06, 2019, 6:30PM: HAS Monthly Meeting

Meeting Notice to be Updaed 

September 21, 2019, 6:45PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and insect repellent, but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

7:30-8:30 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.

8:30-9:00 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together

9:00-11:30 - everyone will get the opportunity to locate various objects manually using my 10" dob.

The program concludes in time for anyone who wishes to leave at the 12 am light window. But of course, anyone is welcome to stay longer and observe.

Please RSVP to [email protected] (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

October 08, 2019, 7:00PM: Loaner Scope Training

Training on the use of HAS Loaner Telescopes will is scheduled for October 8, 2019 at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center (where the HAS December 1414 Wirt Rd.

Training will start at 7:00 and run to 8:30 PM in a classroom assigned by the TMCC Staff. As you walk in to the Center, look at the room listing board to see which room this will be held in.

This will be a hands on training for the basic tools you need to begin serious astronomical observing. Included in the training will be the nomenclature of telescope parts, setting up the Dobsonian telescope and aligning the finder and Telrad. Also included will be star charts and how to read them, Telrad operation and use, star hopping (by star chart), and newtonian telescope collimation. If you wish to be attend the training please email HAS Loaner Scope Chairperson Allen Wilkerson at [email protected] to reserve your spot. The first 10 members to respond will be verified and contacted to confirm their spot in the class.

Additionally, if requested, instruction on the basics of setting up a GEM (Gerrman Equatorial Mount or polar mount) can be arranged. If this is desired please let Allen know in your email  requesting a spot in the training.

Allen Wilkerson

[email protected]

November 01, 2019, 6:30PM: HAS Monthly Meeting

Meeting Notice to be Updaed 

December 06, 2019, 6:30PM: HAS Holiday Pot-Luck and Meeting - Trini Mendenhall Community Center

Meeting Notice to be Updaed 

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