Welcome to Houston Astronomical Society
Founded in 1955, Houston Astronomical Society is an active community of enthusiastic amateur and professional astronomers with over 60 years of history in the Houston area. The club meets on the first Friday of each month at the University of Houston. Membership has a variety of benefits, including access to a secure dark site west of Houston, a telescope loaner program, and much more. Joining our club is simple; you can sign up online, by mail or in person at a monthly meeting.
Thank you for attending our December 2013 HAS meeting and for supporting the bylaws amendment and the Articles of Incorporation amendment necessary to assure the (property) tax-exempt status for the observatory site in Colorado County. Your support assures that all of the membership dues will be used to support programs and services for you.
HAS Leadership for 2014:
This new moon we're lucky enough to have two prime nights at Columbus since new moon falls almost exactly in the middle of the week. The first one will be 28 December 2013, and the second will be 4 January 2014. All club members and their guests who have taken the dark site orientation are welcome. If it will be your first or second time at Columbus, must participate in a mandatory light check at sunset (5:38 p.m.) to minimize the chances of stray light.
Object: Gliese 445
Class: Star — the destination of Voyager 1
R.A.: 11 h 47 m 41.4 s
Dec: 78 deg 41 min 28.2 sec
Size/Spectral: M (red)
Distance: 17.6 ly
Optics needed: Telescope
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Are you interested in developing skills in observational astronomy? Want to see all kinds of objects and not just those available the first week in May? Well, put down the Sky & Tel, pack up the scope, and head out to Columbus for the HAS Texas 45! Observers who successfully complete this observing program will be presented both a pin and a certificate of completion at the HAS general membership meeting. Observe 45 objects to earn the silver level award; all 60 gets you the gold.
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This new moon we're lucky enough to have two prime nights at Columbus since new moon falls almost exactly in the middle of the week. The second will be 4 January 2014. All club members and their guests who have taken the dark site orientation are welcome. If it will be your first or second time at Columbus, you must participate in a mandatory light check at sunset (5:43 p.m.) to minimize the chances of stray light.
We will have our second annual Messier Marathon on 29 March 2014 at the Columbus dark site with a club picnic as well. This year all 110 objects will be visible.
If you're a club member, you're welcome to participate, no matter what your experience level. The goals are to see more Messiers than you've ever seen before in one night and to improve your observing skills. If you've just seen one before and you see five at the marathon, that is an improvement. Star-hopping is encouraged but not required. We will recognize those who star-hop to most or all of the objects.