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February 29, 2020, 12:00PM: Westbury Civic Club Family Fun Day

Event: Westbury Civic Club Family Fun Day

Where: The Platou Center, 11655 Chimney Rock Rd, Houston, TX 77035

When: Saturday February 29, 2020; 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

# of volunteers needed: 4

Email [email protected] (link sends e-mail) if you can join us as a volunteer with your solar capable telescope!

 

 

February 29, 2020, 7:00PM: Discovery Green Star Party

Event: Discovery Green Star Party

Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney, Houston, Texas 77010

When: Saturday February 29, 2020; 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

This will be our first event at Discovery Green this year. Email [email protected] (link sends e-mail) if you can join us as a volunteer!

 

March 06, 2020, 6:30PM: HAS Monthly Meeting

Trini Mendenhall Community Center

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

General Meeting: 7:15 PM

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Speaker – Don Cooper

Getting Apollo to the Moon and Back Again

Apollo

What did it take to accomplish this history making project? Hear an on the scene account from one of the NASA scientists who helped make that dream a reality.

Using a Saturn V scale model, a slide show and a voice recording of the lunar landing, F. Don Cooper shares his experience in creating the technology to launch Apollo 11 and how his team contributed to bring the Apollo 13 crew safely home in 1970. His presentation appeals to all ages.

Cooper worked as a mathematician at the George C. Marshall NASA center in Huntsville, Alabama where he helped create the equations to send the astronauts from earth orbit toward the moon. He then came to Houston to work for the Johnson Spacecraft Center.

After retiring, Cooper began to encourage a new generation to pursue a future in the physical sciences. He speaks at schools, libraries and colleges, hoping to inspire students to become the technology leaders of tomorrow. "My objective is to emphasize that education is essential and show how math and physics are used to solve real world problems."


Novice Presentation – 6:30 pm.

Debbie Moran
“Navigating the Spring Sky”

 

Meeting Location: Trini Mendenhall Community Center

1414 Wirt Rd, Houson, TX 77055

                  Free parking in the lot in front of the TMCC

March 06, 2020: March Monthly Meeting

Novice Meeting: 6:30PM
Novice Meeting Topic: 
"Navigating the Spring Sky"
Novice Meeting Speaker: 
Debbie Moran
General Meeting: 7:15PM
General Meeting Topic: 
Getting Appolo to the Moon and Back Again
General Meeting Speaker: 
Don Cooper - NASA Physicist and Mathemetician
About the General Meeting Presentation

Apollo

What did it take to accomplish this history making project? Hear an on the scene account from one of the NASA scientists who helped make that dream a reality.

Using a Saturn V scale model, a slide show and a voice recording of the lunar landing, F. Don Cooper shares his experience in creating the technology to launch Apollo 11 and how his team contributed to bring the Apollo 13 crew safely home in 1970. His presentation appeals to all ages.

Cooper worked as a mathematician at the George C. Marshall NASA center in Huntsville, Alabama where he helped create the equations to send the astronauts from earth orbit toward the moon. He then came to Houston to work for the Johnson Spacecraft Center.

After retiring, Cooper began to encourage a new generation to pursue a future in the physical sciences. He speaks at schools, libraries and colleges, hoping to inspire students to become the technology leaders of tomorrow. "My objective is to emphasize that education is essential and show how math and physics are used to solve real world problems."

Parking and Directions (View Map)

Meetings are held at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, which is located at 1414 Wirt Rd, Houson, TX 77055.

PARKING INFORMATION: Free parking in the lot in front of the TMCC.


Map to Trini Mendenhall Community Center

March 14, 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 warm clothing (if it’s cold) or insect repellent (if warm), 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!

March 21, 2020, 7:00PM: Messier Marathon 2020

It’s back! HAS will hold a Messier Marathon in 2020. Hope you have excellent vision, 20-20 even. Prime night is Saturday, March 21 and back up is the following Saturday, March 28. Details to come.

Good news, bad news: You can’t count Messier Marathon observations towards the Astro League’s Messier list. Sigh, that’s bad. The good news is if you complete the marathon, you can count up to 32 objects on the HAS Texas 45 list, just 13 more to go!

March 27, 2020, 8:00PM: Schaefer Observatory Star Party

Event: Community Star Party at Schaefer Observatory
Location: 100 Ranger Drive, Schulenburg, TX 78956 (20 minutes west of Columbus)
Time: 8:00–11pm. Lecture at 8:00p, observing at 8:30p (twilight moon) followed by constellation tour and observing
RSVP: To volunteer to operate a deck scope, contact Rene Gedaly at [email protected]
Cancellation: Please contact Loraine Orellana at [email protected](link sends e-mail) to be placed on an email list for Schaefer Observatory events and cancellations. Check Clear Sky Chart at http://www.cleardarksky.com/c/SchfrObTXkey.html?1 to get up-to-date forecast for the Schaefer Observatory.

March 28, 2020, 8:00PM: Messier Marathon 2020 - Secondary Weekend

If we didn’t make it last weekend, we’ll try again tonight. Details to come.

Good news, bad news: You can’t count Messier Marathon observations towards the Astro League’s Messier list. Sigh, that’s bad. The good news is if you complete the marathon, you can count up to 32 objects on the HAS Texas 45 list, just 13 more to go!

April 25, 2020, 7:30PM: 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:

8:15-9:15 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.
9:15-9:45 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together
9:45-11:30 - 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!

May 12, 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 May 12, 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 08, 2020, 7:30PM: 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:

8:15-9:15 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.
9:15-9:45 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together
9:45-11:30 - 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!

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, 12:00PM: UbarU Star Party 8/13-16

Members: Save the Date!

Let us hear from you! The 2020 UBarU Star Party is scheduled for August 13 - 16 and preparations are well under way. Astrophysicist Dr. Angela Speck, Chair of the UTSA Physics and Astronomy Department, will be one of our featured speakers at the event. Dr. Speck is also Co-Chair of the National Total Eclipse Task Force. We also have returning featured speakers: astrophysicist Dr. Amanda Bayless of the Southwestern Research Institute , and Dr. Kim Arvidsson, Associate Professor of Astronomy and Physics at Schreiner University. We expect to add at least one more distinguished speaker in the next few months.

In addition to the star parties, the event will include: astronomy lectures, meals, lodging, and more, all offered at our IDA-certified Dark-Sky Park facility in Mountain Home,
Texas. In order to maintain IDA Dark-Sky Park requirements and to reasonably accommodate those who participate, registration will be limited such that no more than 100 persons.

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 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!

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 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!

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