Monthly Meeting: Conjunctions and Alignments

March 04, 2016: Monthly Meeting: Conjunctions and Alignments

Novice Meeting: 7:00PM
Novice Meeting Topic: 
Meteors and Meteorites
Novice Meeting Speaker: 
Bill Spizzirri
General Meeting: 8:00PM
General Meeting Topic: 
Conjunctions and Alignments
General Meeting Speaker: 
Justin McCollum, Lamar University
About the General Meeting Presentation

Conjunctions and Alignments are astronomical events in which a combination of planets, bright stars, the Earth's Moon, Asteroids, and in some case Human-made objects appear in a particular pattern in the night sky.

In the case of conjunctions such objects can appear as alignments, but in most cases they tend to form patterns that can be distinct against the usual background of constellations. Alignments are a special case of conjunctions where a collection of stars and certain celestial bodies residing within the solar system appear to connect together as a linear grouping usually along the plane of the ecliptic.

This presentation will be a general and detailed look at the nature of conjunctions and alignments.


At the Novice Session

Bill Spizzirri will speak about Meteors and Meteorites. Topics include the asteroid belt and comets as sources of meteors, why meteor showers occur, types of meteors, and impact craters. He may come with a little show and tell from his personal meteorite collection. Bill is always an entertaining speaker no matter the topic. You won’t want to miss this one!

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.


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