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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 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

 

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

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