April 2012

July 06, 2012: Monthly Meeting

Novice Meeting: 6:30PM
Novice Meeting Topic: 
A Tour of the Summer Constellations
Novice Meeting Speaker: 
Justin McCollum
General Meeting: 7:15PM
General Meeting Topic: 
Other Planetary Systems
General Meeting Speaker: 
Brian Cudnik (HAS)
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

Shallow Sky Object of the Month: Moon Dance

Original article appears in GuideStar May, 2012.

The moon setting just before mid-night on May 25, 2012. From TheSkyX

Object: The Moon
Class: An event, actually a non-event
Optics needed: You can see the moon rise and set without optical aid.

Why this is interesting:

We tend to think about the moon rising and setting each day. Most of us who like to get out and observe under dark skies are aware of moon rise and set times. I was just checking the weather reports for the week and noticed that on this coming Thurday (April 24), there’s no moonset. How can that be?

John Haynes: A Guidestar Interview

Original article appears in GuideStar May, 2012.
Interview by Clayton Jeter

Clayton JeterJohn Haynes is one of those guys that you wished all club members were like. ‘Key Word’ describing John Haynes: Dedicated. He’s our very own H.A.S. society’s keeper of the loaner telescopes. Believe me when I tell of all the work and time that goes into this job. I had that task for seven (7) years in the past. Whew…what a job! I really admire John for all of this work. But wait… there’s more. This guy works out at the Columbus site on a regular basis, attends all board meetings, and is visible at almost all of the clubs star parties. Another ‘Key Word’ describing John: Busy!

In this month’s interview, we are going to take a peek at one of our very own and figure out where he gets all of his energy and passion. Here’s Johnny…

Professor Comet - Comets of the 2012 Spring Sky!

Comet Garradd is continuing to be the primary comet for observers of the northern hemisphere for the spring season of 2012! Currently, the comet is moving southward across the western region of Ursa Major 'The Big Bear home to the famous stellar asterism known as 'The Big Dipper'. The comet is heading out of the domain of the terrestrial planets and longs to return to the Outer Solar System on a destination to the frigid realms of the Kuiper Belt.

Professor Comet Report - April 2012

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