Monthly Club Meetings

Join us at the University of Houston on the first Friday of each month!

HAS meetings feature a variety of speakers and topics of interest to the amateur astronomer. Each meeting consists of a Novice session at 7PM and General session at 8PM. At each general meeting, the program committee arranges for a speaker to talk on a topic of interest to the amateur astronomer. Some talks given over past years include:

July 07, 2017: Membership Seminars at UH

7:00PM. Novice Meeting: Intro to Astrophotography (John Haynes)
8:00PM. General Meeting: The Insperity Observatory (Dr. Aaron Clevenson)

Aaron Clevenson has been an adjunct astronomy professor for the past 12 years with Lone Star College - Montgomery and is the author of the astronomy textbook Astronomy for Mere Mortals. He is also the Observatory Director at the Insperity Observatory in Humble ISD, is the immediate past president of the North Houston Astronomy Club, and is a retired Chair of Astronomy Day is Southeast Texas.

Active in the Astronomical League, Aaron is one of the Observing Program Directors and is responsible for working with the coordinators of the 53 different Observing Programs and Awards. He is also the author of several Astronomical League programs: the Constellation Hunter Observing Program, the Galileo Observing Program, the NASA Observing Challenges, the Planetary Transit Special Observing Awards, and most recently the Solar Eclipse 2017 Special Observing Award. He currently coordinates the Master Observer Progression for the Astronomical League.

Aaron's first astronomy related event that he can remember is from when he was 6 years old. His older sister built him a solar observatory from a cardboard refrigerator box to view a solar eclipse using pinhole projection. His interest in astronomy persisted until about 20 years ago when he purchased his first telescope and became "one with the universe" at that time.

Aaron’s philosophy of astronomy is best described by his quote near the door of the Insperity Observatory which says: "The Universe awaits all those who make the journey. Enter here!"

August 04, 2017: Membership Seminars at UH

7:00PM. Novice Meeting: TBA (TBA)
8:00PM. General Meeting: Getting Your Hands on Real Astronomy Data ( Dr. Luisa Rebull, Research Scientist - Director of the Spitzer Science Center & IR Archive)

September 01, 2017: Membership Seminars at UH

7:00PM. Novice Meeting: TBA (TBA)
8:00PM. General Meeting: Cassini Solstice Mission 2017 ( Dr. Curt Niebur, Lead Program Scientist for New Frontiers & Cassini Program Scientist, NASA HQ)

October 27, 2017: All Clubs at Houston Museum of Natural Science, NOT UH

7:00PM. Novice Meeting: N/A (N/A)
8:00PM. General Meeting: TBA (NASA Astronaut Gregory C. Johnson)

No meeting First Friday at UH. Instead all members are encouraged to attend the 2017 All Clubs Meeting.

Regional Meeting Information

Where: Houston Museum of Natural Science - Room TBD, 1 Hermann Circle Drive, Houston 77002
When:  Friday, October 27th, 2017
Registration, T-Shirt Sales, Refreshments: Starting at 7:00 PM
Meeting: 7:30 to 10:00 PM
Keynote Speaker:  NASA Astronaut Gregory C. Johnson

For details on the Regional All Clubs Meeting and other Astronomy Day events, see http://astronomyday.net/

November 03, 2017: Membership Seminars at UH

7:00PM. Novice Meeting: TBA (TBA)
8:00PM. General Meeting: Space Radiation 101 (Dr. Kevin B Beard, Wyle Laboratories Inc & NASA Johnson Space Center)

December 01, 2017: Holiday Party at Mendenhall Community Center

7:00PM. Novice Meeting: N/A (N/A)
8:00PM. General Meeting: Dwarf Galaxies or Galactic Evolution ( Dr. Kim Vy-Tran, Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy)

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