December 2014

January 09, 2015: Monthly HAS Meeting: The Great Moons of the Outer Solar System

Novice Meeting: 7:00PM
Novice Meeting Topic: 
Jupiter and the Winter Sky
Novice Meeting Speaker: 
Debbie Moran, HAS Novice Chair
General Meeting: 8:00PM
General Meeting Topic: 
The Great Moons of the Outer Solar System, Parts II & III
General Meeting Speaker: 
Justin McCollum, MS Physics, Professor Comet
About the General Meeting Presentation

This is a continuation on the topic of Astrogeology and Geological Sciences on the major satellites that orbit the Gas and Icy Giant planets that reside within the outer solar system. Last month's discussion was focused solely on the latest scientific theories and discoveries on the Galilean Satellites (Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto) that orbit continuously the planet Jupiter. This coming talk will be a final continuation on the topic starting with the seven major moons of Saturn (Part II) along with a short overview of the major moons of Uranus (six in all) along with Triton & Proteus, the two major moons of Neptune.

The talk is limited to the moons of what we now refer to as the Classical Planets.

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

Citizen science: Time asteroid occultation from Houston area 12/24

If you were able to view the occultation, please report negative or positive observations to [email protected] and provide ALL of the info below:
  1. name
  2. email/phone
  3. times of disappearance and reappearance
  4. coordinates of your site using this interactive map: http://www.poyntsource.com/New/Google/20141224_33417.HTM
  5. information on your telescope
  6. app used (or other method)
Click read more for complete reporting information.

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Elected leaders for 2015

Congratulations to these members elected to leadership positions for 2015 at the December 5, 2014 Annual Membership meeting:

 

 

 

 

Office Officer / Director Committee Chairperson
President Rene Gedaly Audit Scott Mitchell
Vice President John Haynes Education & Outreach Bram Weisman
Secretary Bill Flanagan Field Trip & Observing Stephen Jones
Treasurer Don Selle Membership Steve Fast
Director Ash Alashqar Novice Debbie Moran
Director Mark Holdsworth Observatory Mike Edstrom
Director Jessica Kingsley Program Justin McCollum
Director Debbie Moran Publicity Bram Weisman
Director Bram Weisman Telescope Allen Wilkerson

 

 

December 05, 2014: Annual Meeting, Bylaws Vote, Elections

Novice Meeting: 7:00PM
Novice Meeting Topic: 
Spin Cast Mirror Lab
Novice Meeting Speaker: 
Bill Spizzirri, back from Chicago to tell us about his visit to the Spin Cast Mirror Lab at the University of Arizona
General Meeting: 8:00PM
General Meeting Topic: 
Satellites of the Outer Planets
General Meeting Speaker: 
Justin McCollum, Lamar University... aka Professor Comet
About the General Meeting Presentation

Special Incentive: Door prizesbut only if there’s a quorum at the meeting


Your choice:
  • Baader Planetarium, Hyperion 72 degree Aspheric 2"/1.25" 31mm eyepiece

  • TeleVue 2.5x Powermate 1-1/4 Inch Barlow Lens

Plus other prizes!

There are two items that will be presented to the membership for a vote at this meeting:

  • Revisions to the bylaws of the Houston Astronomical Society
  • Election of Officers, Board Members, and Committee Leaders

The Society is operating under the current bylaws which requires 15% of the membership to be present to have a vote. At our current membership level, it takes 74 members present to have a quorum. HAS is close to 500 members strong.

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

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