November 2017

December 1st Potluck Celebration at Mendenhall

We won’t be meeting at UH this December. Instead we’ll meet at the Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd, Houston, TX 77055 for our 2nd Annual Year-end Celebration! It's potluck so bring your family favorites—the club will provide spiral ham and turkey.

Party Agenda

5:30 pm Setup and Gift Exchange table. Place potluck items in the kitchen and grab a chair in the auditorium. Optional Gift Exchange: Keep gifts to $15 and bring your wrapped item to the sign-in table
6:00 pm Dinner lines open
7:00 pm Movie! PBS 400 Years of the Telescope: A Journey of Science, Technology and Thought
8:00 pm Gift Exchange
8:15 pm Clean up

RSVP  We are sending an online RSVP and signup form to all members using SignUpGenius.com. 

Directions to Mendenhall.

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2018 Leadership Team

Thank you HAS for electing the 2018 leadership at the 2017 Annual Meeting Nov 3rd and supporting the appointment of our SIG coordinators and other leaders.

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Asterisms – Fish Hook in Taurus

By: Steve Goldberg

Asterism: a grouping of stars that form a recognizable pattern.

Constellation: Taurus
Right Ascension:  04h 25m 00.0s
Declination: +21° 15' 00"
Magnitude:  +5 to +8
Size: 2.5o

This asterism is located in Taurus, the Bull. Starting with Aldebaran, Alpha Tau, cross over to the other side of bull’s horns, and locate stars Kappa 1 and Kappa 2. These are a close pair of stars. In the picture they are just below the space in “Fish Hook.”
Locate star 72 Tau. This is the top of the Fish Hook, where the fishing line is attached. Follow the line of stars to the left, going thru Kappa 1 & 2, around to 53, 51 and end at 56 where the hook ends.
Since this is a large object, the Fish Hook is better seen in the finder or a pair of binoculars. To give you an idea of the size, the circle is a 40mm eyepiece at 29X on a 10” scope. The circle is 1.5 degrees across.

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