November 2011

April 06, 2012: The New Moon with Brian Day from NASA Ames Research Center

Novice Meeting: 7:00PM
Novice Meeting Topic: 
Introduction to Astronomical League Observing Programs
Novice Meeting Speaker: 
Amelia Goldberg
General Meeting: 8:00PM
General Meeting Topic: 
The New Moon
General Meeting Speaker: 
Brian H. Day
About the General Meeting Presentation

A new generation of robotic lunar explorers is revolutionizing our understanding of the Moon. We will look ahead to NASA’s upcoming Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission, scheduled to launch in 2013, and explore how amateurs can directly participate in and contribute to the science of these missions.

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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March 02, 2012: Kepler: The Quest for Earth

Novice Meeting: 7:00PM
Novice Meeting Topic: 
Using Your Finder
Novice Meeting Speaker: 
Bill Flanagan
General Meeting: 8:00PM
General Meeting Topic: 
Kepler: The Quest for Earth
General Meeting Speaker: 
Dr. Aaron Clevenson
About the General Meeting Presentation

Join Dr. Aaron Clevenson for a look at the Kepler Mission. We will talk about the details of the mission and discuss some of the milestones it has achieved. Kepler is the observatory that is looking in the vicinity of Cygnus in an attempt to identify Earth-like planets orbiting other stars.

Dr. Aaron Clevenson is a member of the North Houston Astronomy Club. He is also an Astronomy Professor at Lone Star College, Montgomery. He is a National Observing Program Coordinator for the Astronomical League, and is the coordinator for the Constellation Hunter, Solar System, Galileo, and Carbon Stars Observing Programs. He will also be coordinator for the new for next year Special Observing Program: Planetary Transits.

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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February 03, 2012: The Planetary Evolution of Mars: Insights from Old and Young Martian Meteorites

Novice Meeting: 7:00PM
Novice Meeting Topic: 
Skytools Part I: Introduction to Skytools
Novice Meeting Speaker: 
Steve Goldberg
General Meeting: 8:00PM
General Meeting Topic: 
The Planetary Evolution of Mars: Insights from Old and Young Martian Meteorites
General Meeting Speaker: 
Tom Lapen, The University of Houston
About the General Meeting Presentation

Tom Lapen will present recent research of martian meteorites that constrain important planetary-scale processes including the initial formation and differentiation of Mars to much more recent volcanism on Mars.

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

January 06, 2012: Exploring the Moon with a Webcam

Novice Meeting: 7:00PM
Novice Meeting Topic: 
Venus & Mercury: The Inferior Planets
Novice Meeting Speaker: 
Justin McCollum
General Meeting: 8:00PM
General Meeting Topic: 
Exploring the Moon with a Webcam
General Meeting Speaker: 
Robert Reeves
About the General Meeting Presentation

On the morning of August 20 I set up for the Moon and was rewarded with both the scope acting good and the local seeing settling down for about half an hour to the best I have ever had here in San Antonio. The result was image resolution that shows craters as small as one kilometer. I finally had time to prepare a web page for these images and have it up at http://www.robertreeves.com/Moon20Aug2011.htm.

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: Almach—a Lovely Double Star

The Gray Cubicle You Want to Work In

Original article appears in GuideStar November, 2011.
By Dr. Tony Phillips

It's another day at the office.

You're sitting in a gray cubicle, tap-tap-taping away on your keyboard, when suddenly your neighbor lets out a whoop of delight.

Over the top of the carpeted divider you see a star exploding on the computer screen. An unauthorized video game? No, this explosion is real. A massive star just went supernova in the Whirlpool Galaxy, and the first images from Hubble are popping up on your office-mate’s screen.

It's another day at the office ... at NASA.

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