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February 02, 2023, 7:00PM: February 2023 Novice Meeting via Zoom

"Putting your Observing in Context"

by Chris Morisette

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“As novices our early efforts are spent trying to find then admire objects of interest in the night sky.  Inevitably we start asking… what exactly am I looking at, how did it get there, and where is it with respect to us and everything else?  In “Putting Your Observing into Context” we’ll perform a brief survey of the Universe exploring the processes and structures that define the cosmos.”

Our Speaker: Chris Morisette is HAS Novice Chairperson and is also an active member of the North Houston Astronomy Club and the Fort Bend Astronomy Clubs.  He is also a member of the University of Texas Astronomy Department Board of Visitors and is a regular volunteer at the George Observatory.

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To Register for Zoom Meeting: Our January Novice presentation will be held remotely via Zoom.

Please use the following link to register:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcldOCqpzwqHNA1d8kqgpyBwnEsHiHSw7iW

Please watch your email, as you should also receive an email inviting you attend. The email will include any up to date changes (if any) on meeting times etc. You may also register using the link in the email, however it is only necessary to register once.  

We'll have the online chat feature available to us during the talk, and once the presentation is over, we can open up the audio lines for more questions.  We hope to see you online with us on Thursday evening February 2nd!

 

February 03, 2023, 5:00PM: February Regular Meeting - Online via Zoom

Cosmology: How we know what we know about how the Universe works

With: DR. Niv Drory

McDonald Observatory / Dept. of Astronomy
The University of Texas at Austin

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Abstract –  50 years ago we had a theoretical framework, General Relativity, to explain what cosmologies are possible, but little data to tell us what the universe really is like. Today cosmology is a precision science with most of the fundamental quantities known to percent level precision. What has enabled this progress and what data are the bedrock upon which our detailed knowledge of the science of cosmology is built? What questions remain open, and what will future data be able to tell us?

Our Speaker – Dr. Niv Drory  – Niv was born in Israel, obtained a PhD in Physics at the University of Munich, Germany, writing his thesis on the first wide-field near-infrared survey of distant galaxies. He came to Texas for the first time as a Humboldt Fellow in 2002, where he joined the early work on Hobby Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX). Niv has been a research staff member of the Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE), and spent 2 years as a Professor of Astronomy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He is interested in Galaxies, Cosmology, and Instrumentation. He returned to Texas in 2013 to work on the HET Wide-Field Upgrade and HETDEX, and is now a Senior Research Scientist at McDonald Observatory. He is also deeply involved in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey as Instrument Scientist for MaNGA in SDSS-IV and PI of the Local Volume Mapper in SDSS-V.

To Register for Zoom Meeting: Our January General meeting will be live streamed via Zoom. If you wish to attend via Zoom you must register for the meeting. 

Please use the following link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtdOuspzgiHtWG1bEAq_a7Ua--ikzKNswk

Please watch your email, as you should also receive an email inviting you attend. The email may include any up to date changes on meeting times etc. You may also register using the link in the email, however it is only necessary to register once.  

We'll have the online chat feature available to us during the talk, so that you can post your questions. During the Q&A period the moderator will take questions from the audience. We hope to see you online with us on Friday evening February 3rd!

February 06, 2023, 7:00PM: New Member Orientation

New to the Houston Astronomical Society or you've been a member for a while and want to learn more about what the club has to offer? Join us for a New Member Orientation where you can get all of the information you need on how to stay connected with the club, how to get access to the dark site, who to contact to borrow a telescope, and more! Class sizes are limited, so be sure to register early and bring any questions you might have!

To register for the New Member Orientation, please email [email protected] to get the link (you must be a member to join).

 

March 11, 2023, 1:30PM: BYOP & Bino SIG at the Dark Site

It’s Bring Your Own Picnic during the day and binocular observing at night. Working on the astronomical league Binocular Messier program? We’ll work on that or other programs, like the HAS Tx45 or Deep Sky Binocular program or any other you’re working on. Maybe some lunar study depending on how late we stay up. Details in this month’s Guidestar.

Rene Gedaly
Field Trip & Observing Chairperson
[email protected]

April 15, 2023, 4:30PM: BYOP & Bino SIG at the Dark Site

It’s Bring Your Own Picnic during the day and binocular observing at night. Working on the astronomical league Binocular Messier program? We’ll work on that or other programs, like the HAS Tx45 or Deep Sky Binocular program or any other you’re working on. Details in this month’s Guidestar.

Rene Gedaly
Field Trip & Observing Chairperson
[email protected]

May 13, 2023, 4:30PM: BYOP & Bino SIG at the Dark Site

It’s Bring Your Own Picnic during the day and binocular observing at night. Working on the astronomical league Binocular Messier program? We’ll work on that or other programs, like the HAS Tx45 or Deep Sky Binocular program or any other you’re working on. Details in this month’s Guidestar.

Rene Gedaly
Field Trip & Observing Chairperson
[email protected]

June 10, 2023, 5:00PM: BYOP & Bino SIG at the Dark Site

It’s Bring Your Own Picnic during the day and binocular observing at night. Working on the astronomical league Binocular Messier program? We’ll work on that or other programs, like the HAS Tx45 or Deep Sky Binocular program or any other you’re working on. Details in this month’s Guidestar.

Rene Gedaly
Field Trip & Observing Chairperson
[email protected]

July 08, 2023, 5:00PM: BYOP & Bino SIG at the Dark Site

It’s Bring Your Own Picnic during the day and binocular observing at night. Working on the astronomical league Binocular Messier program? We’ll work on that or other programs, like the HAS Tx45 or Deep Sky Binocular program or any other you’re working on. Details in this month’s Guidestar.

Rene Gedaly
Field Trip & Observing Chairperson
[email protected]

August 05, 2023, 5:00PM: BYOP & Bino SIG at the Dark Site

It’s Bring Your Own Picnic during the day and binocular observing at night. Working on the astronomical league Binocular Messier program? We’ll work on that or other programs, like the HAS Tx45 or Deep Sky Binocular program or any other you’re working on. Maybe even some lunar work later in the evening. Details in this month’s Guidestar.

Rene Gedaly
Field Trip & Observing Chairperson
[email protected]

September 02, 2023, 5:00PM: BYOP & Lunar viewing at the Dark Site

It’s Bring Your Own Picnic during the day and lunar observing at night. Let’s devote an evening to observing the moon! Bring your moon filters. Details in this month’s Guidestar.

Rene Gedaly
Field Trip & Observing Chairperson
[email protected]

October 07, 2023, 1:30PM: BYOP & Bino SIG at the Dark Site

It’s Bring Your Own Picnic during the day and lunar observing at night. We’ll continue binocular work on whatever you’d like to see. Details in this month’s Guidestar.

Rene Gedaly
Field Trip & Observing Chairperson
[email protected]

November 04, 2023, 1:30PM: BYOP & Bino SIG at the Dark Site

It’s Bring Your Own Picnic during the day and binocular observing at night. Working on the astronomical league Binocular Messier program? We’ll work on that or other programs, like the HAS Tx45 or Deep Sky Binocular program or any other you’re working on. Maybe even some lunar work later in the evening. Details in this month’s Guidestar.

Rene Gedaly
Field Trip & Observing Chairperson
[email protected]

December 02, 2023, 1:30PM: BYOP & Bino SIG at the Dark Site

It’s Bring Your Own Picnic during the day and binocular observing at night. Working on the astronomical league Binocular Messier program? We’ll work on that or other programs, like the HAS Tx45 or Deep Sky Binocular program or any other you’re working on. Details in this month’s Guidestar.

Rene Gedaly
Field Trip & Observing Chairperson
[email protected]

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