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August 07, 2020, 7:00PM: HAS Meeting Main Speaker Presentation

Stellar Evolution

The Life Cycle of Stars

Bill Pellerin

 

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As we become more experienced Observers, it is easy to become jaded by the stars. We use them as signposts and pointers to the “interesting” objects we have on our observing lists, and can begin to take the stars themselves for granted.  It is only when we begin to understand stars and how important that they are, that we really begin to treat them as a significant part of our astronomy experience.

Everything that you see in the night sky is visible to you because of light from a star. The stars themselves, nebulae, planets, moons, are visible because of starlight. Even dark nebulae are visible because they block the illumination of stars or other objects lit up by stars. Stars are born in clouds of cosmic gas and dust and provide light as a product of nuclear fusion. We exist because early generations of stars generated the elements that make up our planet and the chemical elements required for life. It is not an understatement to say that we exist because stars exist!

As the author and coordinator of the Astronomical League Stellar Evolution program, Bill will explain the evolutionary paths of low and high mass stars. The League program guide includes a 27-page guide to stellar evolution, and a list of 100 objects to observe, many of which will be discussed in this fascinating presentation.

 

Bio – Bill Pellerin was president of the Houston Astronomical Society in 2012-2013. As the author and  coordinator of the ‘Stellar Evolution’ observing program for the Astronomical League. He has awarded 80 observers with a pin and certificate for completing the program (since 2013). He is the east Texas manager for the International Dark Sky Association, a member of the McDonald Observatory Board of Visitors and the American Association of Variable Star observers. He is currently active in observing R Crb type variable stars and reporting those observations to the AAVSO.

 

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Since we're all practicing safe social distancing, we have decided to bring our speaker to you virtually through the Zoom online meeting platform! You must register for this presentation in order to attend. You may do so by using the link below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvcOCgrDsjGdwFNWt7opwgWTEtxxc7mV-I

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.  I'm excited that this we're able to get together in this fashion, and I hope you can join us then.  We hope to see you online with us on Friday evening August 7th!

Joe Khalaf

President

Houston Astronomical Society

August 08, 2020, 7:30PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site - CANCELLED

Due to ongoing concerns with COVID-19, this event has been cancelled.  I am trying to work on coming up with an alternative format that will work for the next scheduled event.  Thanks – SJ

August 10, 2020, 7:30PM: VSIG Meeting via Zoom

Interested in visual observing?  Join the monthly Zoom meeting of the HAS Visual Special Interest Group (VSIG). Come to discuss your own observing projects, get advice from seasoned observers regarding visual observing, or just hang out and listen.  All knowledge and skill levels are welcome.  Zoom meeting info will be sent out via the VSIG email list server.  Just sent me an email at [email protected] to get on the list. Clear skies to you all!

-Stephen Jones – VSIG Moderator 

August 11, 2020, 7:00PM: Loaner Scope Training

Allen is back! Allen Wilkerson, Loaner Scope Chairperson, will conduct hands on training for the basic tools you need to begin serious astronomical observing. Included is nomenclature of telescope parts, setting up the Dobsonian telescope, and aligning the finder and Telrad. Also included are star charts and how to read them, Telrad operation and use, star hopping (by star chart), and Newtonian telescope collimation.
Date: Tuesday August 11, 2020
Time: 7–8:30 PM
Location: Trini Mendenhall Community Center 1414 Wirt Rd. Classroom assigned by the TMCC Staff, so check the room listing board as you walk in.
RSVP: Email Allen Wilkerson at [email protected] to reserve your spot.The first 10 members to respond will be verified and contacted to confirm their spot in class.

Note: If requested, instruction on the basics of setting up a GEM (Gerrman Equatorial Mount or polar mount) can be arranged. Please let Allen know in your email that you’d like this training.

August 13, 2020, 4:30PM: 2020 UBarU Star Party

As a service to our members, we are posting information about the major star parties held in the south central US.
E-mail the website content manager at [email protected] to post information about other star parties.

2020 Star Parties in the South Central US
Star Party Dates Nearest Town For more info: 
UBarU August 13–16, 2020 Mountain Home, TX https://ubaru.org/home/starParty
Okie-Tex CANCELLED September 11–16, 2020 Kenton, OK http://www.okie-tex.com/
Eldorado Star Party October 12–17, 2020 Eldorado, TX https://eldoradostarparty.org/

 

September 07, 2020, 7:30PM: VSIG Meeting via Zoom

Interested in visual observing?  Join the monthly Zoom meeting of the HAS Visual Special Interest Group (VSIG). Come to discuss your own observing projects, get advice from seasoned observers regarding visual observing, or just hang out and listen.  All knowledge and skill levels are welcome.  Zoom meeting info will be sent out via the VSIG email list server.  Just sent me an email at [email protected] to get on the list. Clear skies to you all!

-Stephen Jones – VSIG Moderator 

September 11, 2020, 12:00PM: CANCELLED 2020 Okie-Tex Star Party

As a service to our members, we are posting information about the major star parties held in the south central US.
E-mail the website content manager at [email protected] to post information about other star parties.

2020 Star Parties in the South Central US
Star Party Dates Nearest Town For more info: 
UBarU August 13–16, 2020 Mountain Home, TX https://ubaru.org/home/starParty
Okie-Tex CANCELLED September 11–16, 2020 Kenton, OK http://www.okie-tex.com/
Eldorado Star Party October 12–17, 2020 Eldorado, TX https://eldoradostarparty.org/

 

September 12, 2020, 7:00PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and insect repellent, but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

7:45-8:45 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.
8:45-9:15 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together
9:15-11:30 - everyone will get the opportunity to locate various objects manually using my 10" dob.
The program concludes in time for anyone who wishes to leave at the 12 am light window. But of course, anyone is welcome to stay longer and observe.

Please RSVP to [email protected] (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

October 05, 2020, 7:30PM: VSIG Meeting via Zoom

Interested in visual observing?  Join the monthly Zoom meeting of the HAS Visual Special Interest Group (VSIG). Come to discuss your own observing projects, get advice from seasoned observers regarding visual observing, or just hang out and listen.  All knowledge and skill levels are welcome.  Zoom meeting info will be sent out via the VSIG email list server.  Just sent me an email at [email protected] to get on the list. Clear skies to you all!

-Stephen Jones – VSIG Moderator 

October 10, 2020, 6:30PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and insect repellent, but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

7:15-8:15 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.
8:15-8:45 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together
8:45-11:30 - everyone will get the opportunity to locate various objects manually using my 10" dob.
The program concludes in time for anyone who wishes to leave at the 12 am light window. But of course, anyone is welcome to stay longer and observe.

Please RSVP to [email protected] (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

October 12, 2020, 12:00PM: 2020 Eldorado Star Party

As a service to our members, we are posting information about the major star parties held in the south central US.
Email the website content manager at [email protected] to post information about other star parties.

2020 Star Parties in the South Central US
Star Party Dates Nearest Town For more info: 
UBarU August 13–16, 2020 Mountain Home, TX https://ubaru.org/home/starParty
Okie-Tex CANCELLED September 11–16, 2020 Kenton, OK http://www.okie-tex.com/
Eldorado Star Party October 12–17, 2020 Eldorado, TX https://eldoradostarparty.org/

 

November 07, 2020, 5:00PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and insect repellent (if warm) or warm clothing (if cold), but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

5:45-6:45 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.
6:45-7:15 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together
7:15-9:30 - everyone will get the opportunity to locate various objects manually using my 10" dob.
The program concludes in time for anyone who wishes to leave at the 10 am light window. But of course, anyone is welcome to stay longer and observe.

Please RSVP to [email protected] (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

November 09, 2020, 7:30PM: VSIG Meeting via Zoom

Interested in visual observing?  Join the monthly Zoom meeting of the HAS Visual Special Interest Group (VSIG). Come to discuss your own observing projects, get advice from seasoned observers regarding visual observing, or just hang out and listen.  All knowledge and skill levels are welcome.  Zoom meeting info will be sent out via the VSIG email list server.  Just sent me an email at [email protected] to get on the list. Clear skies to you all!

-Stephen Jones – VSIG Moderator 

November 10, 2020, 7:00PM: Loaner Scope Training

Allen is back! Allen Wilkerson, Loaner Scope Chairperson, will conduct hands on training for the basic tools you need to begin serious astronomical observing. Included is nomenclature of telescope parts, setting up the Dobsonian telescope, and aligning the finder and Telrad. Also included are star charts and how to read them,Telrad operation and use, star hopping (by star chart), and Newtonian telescope collimation.
Date: Tuesday November 10, 2020
Time: 7–8:30 PM
Location: Trini Mendenhall Community Center 1414 Wirt Rd. Classroom assigned by the TMCC Staff, so check the room listing board as you walk in.
RSVP: Email Allen Wilkerson at [email protected] to reserve your spot.The first 10 members to respond will be verified and contacted to confirm their spot in class.

Note: If requested, instruction on the basics of setting up a GEM (Gerrman Equatorial Mount or polar mount) can be arranged. Please let Allen know in your email that you’d like this training.

December 05, 2020, 4:45PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and insect repellent (if warm) or warm clothing (if cold), but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

5:30-6:30 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations
6:30-7:00 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together
7:00-9:30 - everyone will get the opportunity to locate various objects manually using my 10" dob.
The program concludes in time for anyone who wishes to leave at the 10 am light window. But of course, anyone is welcome to stay longer and observe.

Please RSVP to [email protected] (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

December 07, 2020, 7:30PM: VSIG Meeting via Zoom

Interested in visual observing?  Join the monthly Zoom meeting of the HAS Visual Special Interest Group (VSIG). Come to discuss your own observing projects, get advice from seasoned observers regarding visual observing, or just hang out and listen.  All knowledge and skill levels are welcome.  Zoom meeting info will be sent out via the VSIG email list server.  Just sent me an email at [email protected] to get on the list. Clear skies to you all!

-Stephen Jones – VSIG Moderator 

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