Novice Presentation - Via Zoom

December 01, 2022, 7:00PM: Novice Presentation - Via Zoom

"The Joy of Looking: Adventures in Outreach."

Panel Discussion


A trait that we amateur astronomers have in common is a true love of observing the night sky. Another common trait we have is that we enjoy sharing the wonders of the night sky with others.

HAS as well as other groups in the Houston area regularly schedule outreach events where we bring our telescopes to the public. When we participate in an astronomy outreach event, we have the opportunity to help members of the public experience the night sky in a way they may never have done before. When people see the celestial sights through a telescope, their reaction is always positive.

Awe, wonder and sometimes even disbelief are some of the emotions you will encounter when you show someone the night sky. You may be widening their horizons and giving them memories that will last a lifetime. And their joy is truly contagious!

If you have not attended or supported a outreach event, this panel discussion will help you understand what an outreach event is, and how you too can participate. If you are a pro at outreach events, we all have outreach memories of our own so please attend and share yours!

Our panelists will be:

Dan Roy – HAS Outreach Chairperson. Dan and his wife Rebeca have a long history of organizing and holding public outreach events, and both are recipients of the Texas Star Party Omega Centauri award recognizing those who have made a significant contribution to public outreach.

Joe Khalaf – HAS President,  former HAS Outreach Chairperson and also an Omega Centauri award winner.

David Haviland – Co-Chairperson of Astronomy Day at the George Observatory, active in public outreach through the Fort Bend Astronomy Club’s Astronomy on Wheels program, George Observatory outreach and also an Omega Centauri award winner.

Debbie Moran – HAS Novice Chairperson, Dark Sky Advocate, very active public outreach and also an Omega Centauri award winner.

Steve and Amelia Goldberg –  Both are very active in public outreach, and are Omega Centauri award winners.  Amelia is also the creator of the pink outreach telescope.

Please join us for what promises to be a very informative and lively discussion. Who knows, maybe it will start you on the path to your own Omega Centauri award!

Novice meetings will be held virtually via Zoom, and live streamed on the HAS Facebook page. You must register for this presentation in order to attend. You may do so by using the link below:

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 Thursday evening December 1st!

Joe Khalaf


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