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May 30, 2022, 9:30PM: Tau Herculids meteor shower. Is this the year?

It’s always best to try to catch a meteor shower during new moon. Unfortunately the Perseids in August peak during full moon this year. However a little known shower that peaks May 30 is predicted to make a big showing this year. Or it could be a no-show, as usual. If you’re going to be at the dark site anyway, watch for the Tau Herculids as soon as it gets dark.

The Tau Herculids radiant is near Arcturus in Boötes. Huh? Check this article from EarthSky to find out why the radiant is in Boötes instead of Hercules and why it’s best to start viewing before midnight for this particular shower: https://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/tau-herculid-meteors-may-intense-shower/.

Rene Gedaly
Field Trip & Observing Chair

 

June 03, 2022, 6:30PM: June Regular Meeting - IN PERSON and via Zoom

“LIFTOFF”

With Mr. F Don Cooper

NOTE: This meeting is being held IN PERSON at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center 1414 Wirt Rd, Houston, TX 77055. It will also be live streamed via Zoom for those not able to attend in person.

A person wearing glasses and a suitDescription automatically generated with medium confidence"Four, three, two, one, zero, all engines running, liftoff, we have a liftoff!" F. Don Cooper was a member of the NASA team that created the Saturn guidance and trans-lunar targeting equations. This is one of the key technological innovations which made the Apollo manned lunar missions possible. 

Mr. Cooper will give us some first hand history of the Apollo program and tell us about some of the people who made it happen. He will also tell us how the Apollo guidance system was developed and run using 1960’s computer technology.

Please join us for a fascinating look into one of mankind’s most historic achievements as told by one of the key members of the team that made it happen.

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Our Speaker : Mr. F. Don Cooper graduated with honors from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1960 with a degree in Physics and minors in mathematics and chemistry. He attended graduate school at the University of Alabama.

He began work for NASA at the George C. Marshall Space Flight  Center in Huntsville Alabama. He worked in the Guidance Theory Section, as a mathematician helping create the trans-lunar targeting equations for the manned Apollo missions.

In 1965 he moved to Houston and continued to work on Apollo for the Johnson Space Center including support for the Apollo 13 mission. In 1972 he left the space program and went on to work in other technical jobs.

Since retiring, he has spoken at schools and libraries about how we went to the moon and to show how a practical application of math created the Saturn V Apollo guidance equations. His goal is to encourage students to study math and science.

Awards include the Profile in Excellence from Oklahoma Baptist University and the Presidential Medal of Freedom as a member of the Apollo 13 team.

To Register for Zoom Meeting: Our June General meeting will be IN PERSON and Live Streamed via Zoom for those not able to attend in person. 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/tZcoduqprDIsHtOjk2a6Yr8HwT1p-Ukf5Apn

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, so that you can post your questions. During the Q&A period the moderator will take questions from both the live audience and from those attending remotely. We hope to see you either IN PERSON or online with us on Friday evening June 3rd!

June 08, 2022, 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 

June 15, 2022, 7:00PM: HAS EAASIG Meeting

Join the monthly Zoom meeting of the HAS Electronically Assisted Astronomy (EAA) Special Interest Group (SIG). Come to discuss your own EAA projects, get advice from seasoned observers regarding EAA "observing", EAA equipment, or just hang out and listen. All knowledge and skill levels are welcome.

Email [email protected] for more information on how to join the Zoom meeting.

June 25, 2022, 12:00PM: Cancelled - Field Trip to Galveston State Park

You know what’s great about astronomy at the beach? If it’s cloudy, you can still swim, kayak, and camp. Very family friendly. Details TBD. Fingers crossed we get this date when the park opens up reservations. Popular park; couldn’t reserve in time. But, watch for the next field trip!

Rene Gedaly
Field Trip & Observing Chair

 

July 13, 2022, 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 

July 20, 2022, 7:00PM: HAS EAASIG Meeting

Join the monthly Zoom meeting of the HAS Electronically Assisted Astronomy (EAA) Special Interest Group (SIG). Come to discuss your own EAA projects, get advice from seasoned observers regarding EAA "observing", EAA equipment, or just hang out and listen. All knowledge and skill levels are welcome.

Email [email protected] for more information on how to join the Zoom meeting.

August 10, 2022, 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 17, 2022, 7:00PM: HAS EAASIG Meeting

Join the monthly Zoom meeting of the HAS Electronically Assisted Astronomy (EAA) Special Interest Group (SIG). Come to discuss your own EAA projects, get advice from seasoned observers regarding EAA "observing", EAA equipment, or just hang out and listen. All knowledge and skill levels are welcome.

Email [email protected] for more information on how to join the Zoom meeting.

August 25, 2022, 12:00PM: 2022 UBarU Star Party, Aug 25–Aug 28, 2022

As a service to our members, we are posting information about the major star parties held in the South Central US.
Planning to attend? Let’s make it a HAS Field Trip! Email [email protected] to help get things started.
-Rene Gedaly, HAS Field Trip & Observing

2022 Star Parties in the South Central US
Star Party Dates Nearest Town For more info: 
Texas Star Party
HAS field trip!
Apr 24-May 1, 2022 Fort Davis, TX https://texasstarparty.org
UBarU Aug 25–Aug 28, 2022 Mountain Home, TX https://ubaru.org/home/starParty
Okie-Tex Sep 23–Oct 1, 2022 Kenton, OK http://www.okie-tex.com/
Eldorado Star Party October 24-29, 2022 Eldorado, TX https://eldoradostarparty.org/

 

September 14, 2022, 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 21, 2022, 7:00PM: HAS EAASIG Meeting

Join the monthly Zoom meeting of the HAS Electronically Assisted Astronomy (EAA) Special Interest Group (SIG). Come to discuss your own EAA projects, get advice from seasoned observers regarding EAA "observing", EAA equipment, or just hang out and listen. All knowledge and skill levels are welcome.

Email [email protected] for more information on how to join the Zoom meeting.

September 23, 2022, 12:00PM: 2022 Okie-Tex, Sep 23–Oct 1, 2022

As a service to our members, we are posting information about the major star parties held in the South Central US.
Planning to attend? Let’s make it a HAS Field Trip! Email [email protected] to help get things started.
-Rene Gedaly, HAS Field Trip & Observing

2022 Star Parties in the South Central US
Star Party Dates Nearest Town For more info: 
Texas Star Party
HAS field trip!
Apr 24-May 1, 2022 Fort Davis, TX https://texasstarparty.org
UBarU Aug 25–Aug 28, 2022 Mountain Home, TX https://ubaru.org/home/starParty
Okie-Tex Sep 23–Oct 1, 2022 Kenton, OK http://www.okie-tex.com/
Eldorado Star Party October 24-29, 2022 Eldorado, TX https://eldoradostarparty.org/

 

October 12, 2022, 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 19, 2022, 7:00PM: HAS EAASIG Meeting

Join the monthly Zoom meeting of the HAS Electronically Assisted Astronomy (EAA) Special Interest Group (SIG). Come to discuss your own EAA projects, get advice from seasoned observers regarding EAA "observing", EAA equipment, or just hang out and listen. All knowledge and skill levels are welcome.

Email [email protected] for more information on how to join the Zoom meeting.

October 24, 2022, 12:00PM: 2022 Eldorado Star Party, October 24-29, 2022

As a service to our members, we are posting information about the major star parties held in the South Central US.
Planning to attend? Let’s make it a HAS Field Trip! Email [email protected] to help get things started.
-Rene Gedaly, HAS Field Trip & Observing

2022 Star Parties in the South Central US
Star Party Dates Nearest Town For more info: 
Texas Star Party
HAS field trip!
Apr 24-May 1, 2022 Fort Davis, TX https://texasstarparty.org
UBarU Aug 25–Aug 28, 2022 Mountain Home, TX https://ubaru.org/home/starParty
Okie-Tex Sep 23–Oct 1, 2022 Kenton, OK http://www.okie-tex.com/
Eldorado Star Party October 24-29, 2022 Eldorado, TX https://eldoradostarparty.org/

 

October 29, 2022, 5:00PM: HAS Annual Picnic

The Annual HAS Picnic is back and it’s Halloween! Bring the kids, bring the red lights, and bring a bag of candy to share. Dinner is at 6pm and Trick or Treat is at 7pm so come early to set up your telescope. Kids of all ages love meeting old friends and new at the dark site. Light rules apply so review the online orientation. Questions? Contact Rene Gedaly

November 09, 2022, 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 16, 2022, 7:00PM: HAS EAASIG Meeting

Join the monthly Zoom meeting of the HAS Electronically Assisted Astronomy (EAA) Special Interest Group (SIG). Come to discuss your own EAA projects, get advice from seasoned observers regarding EAA "observing", EAA equipment, or just hang out and listen. All knowledge and skill levels are welcome.

Email [email protected] for more information on how to join the Zoom meeting.

December 14, 2022, 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 

December 21, 2022, 7:00PM: HAS EAASIG Meeting

Join the monthly Zoom meeting of the HAS Electronically Assisted Astronomy (EAA) Special Interest Group (SIG). Come to discuss your own EAA projects, get advice from seasoned observers regarding EAA "observing", EAA equipment, or just hang out and listen. All knowledge and skill levels are welcome.

Email [email protected] for more information on how to join the Zoom meeting.

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