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. Through education and outreach, our programs promote science literacy and astronomy awareness. We meet on the first Friday of each month at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center. Membership has a variety of benefits, including access to a secure dark site west of Houston, a telescope loaner program, and much more. Joining is simple; you can sign up online, by mail or in person at a monthly meeting.

June 07, 2019, 6:30PM: June HAS Meeting

Trini Mendenhall Community Center

Meeting room open at 6:00pm. Come join us for some social time before the Novice Meeting at 6:30pm. Light refreshments will be served.

General Meeting: 7:15 PM

Student Astronomy Research and Science Fair Projects


Science Fair_6.jpgHAS is very supportive of student STEM activities, espeicially where we are able to use our love and knowledge of astronomy to provide learning experiences for them. As part of this initiative, HAS for the last several years has devoted our June member meeting to highlighting the fine work of some of these students.

Bellaire High School Astronomy Research Team – For the past several years, a group of Bellaire High School students has formed a research team with the goal of doing professional level astronomy research, including writing and (hopefully) publishing a research paper. This is an extra-curricular, voluntary activity undertaken by the students to further their experience of doing real scientific research and their passion for astronomy and astrophysics. The team advisor is Bellaire High School Physics and Astronomy teacher and HAS Member Jimmy Newland. 

HAS has been supportive of this student group, and has provided the students with an opportunity to gain additional experience by having them present their work to an audience with a high level of astronomy knowledge. 

Science Fair Astronomy Projects – For many years, HAS has supported the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston (SEFH) by supplying volunteer judges to evaluate student astronomy or astronomy-related projects. In 2019, Four HAS voluteer judges attended SFEH which was held at the George R Brown Convention Center on February 22 & 23. We are very excited and proud to announce that our main program for the June membership meeting will feature several of the students presenting their projects from SFEH 2019. These are some of the best projects we have judged to date! 

Please join us to listen to their presentations, and encourage the students continuing interest in astronomy and the sciences.

Asterisms – Backwards 5

By: Steve Goldberg  (Posted 6/16/2019)

Asterism: a grouping of stars that form a recognizable pattern.
Constellation: Hercules
Right Ascension:  16h 36m 00.0s
Declination: +30o 45’ 00”
Magnitude: 7 to 10.6
Size:  24’


This month’s asterism is named the Backwards 5. It is located in Hercules. This is a faint asterism, but it can be seen.









It is easily located near Zeta ζ Hercules. The large circle is a typical finder, with the smaller circle the FOV (Field of View) in a 10” telescope with a 32mm eyepiece.




In the center of this view you can see the “Backwards 5”. However, with certain telescopes, like a Schmidt-Cassegrain with a right angle prism, the 5 appears correct.


Omega Centauri goes to HAS members Dan & Rebeca Roy

The 2019 Texas Star Party Omega Centauri was awarded to our own Dan & Rebeca Roy, founders of the Astronomy in the Park program in League City. They were nominated by Joe Khalaf, H.A.S. VP and Education & Outreach Co-chair, himself the Omega Centauri awardee for 2017.


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