August 2018

Storms of the Solar System and Beyond

by Rene Gedaly

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The H.A.S. Outreach bunch was out in force again. This time for the NASA Storms of the Solar System and Beyond event. A NASA panel discussion was held indoors while outside H.A.S. had telescopes, and digiscoping, at the ready. See that queue?

Kudos to Jim King (digiscoper), Daniel Roy, Bobbie Jo Taylor, Steve & Amelia ... and Sarah Silva, who asked insightful questions of the NASA panel, shared views of the planets through her scope, and snapped photos for us in between. 

Editor’s note: Develop telescope skills or keep them sharp by joining an H.A.S. Outreach event. Bashful? Contact [email protected](link sends e-mail) and you can be paired with a more senior member. 

It's all about the planets at Westbury Community Garden

by Amelia Goldberg
Astraea.PNGWe had another great outreach event at the Westbury Community Garden last night. We were able to share views of the Moon, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and Albireo with the public. We estimated that between 100 - 125 people attended the event.  We had 9 telescopes. Steve and I had many interesting conversations with attendees and I’m sure the other telescope operators did, also.
Many thanks to Ed Fraini and his wife, Anita and daughter, Karla Zielke; Lauren Herrington and parents, Lisa and Marc Morgan; Jim King; Debbie Moran; Dan and Rebe Roy and Eric Utrecht for coming out. We really appreciate it.

Editor’s note: Develop telescope skills or keep them sharp by joining our many Outreach events. Bashful? Contact [email protected] and you will be paired with a more senior member who will place an object in your eyepiece that you can keep trained on during the event. 

Asterisms - Herman's Cross

by Steve Goldberg

Asterism: a grouping of stars that form a recognizable pattern.
Constellation: Sagittarius
Right Ascension:  20h 00m 00.0s
Declination: -27° 00' 00"
Magnitude: 4
Size: 2 degrees

This binocular or finder size asterism in Sagittarius looks like its name: a cross.
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This asterism is on the Astronomical League’s Asterism Observing Program. You can read about the naming of Herman’s Cross here.

 

Asterisms – Herman’s Cross

By: Steve Goldberg

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

Constellation: Sagittarius
Right Ascension:  20h 00m 00.0s
Declination: -27° 00' 00"
Magnitude: 4
Size: 2 degrees                 
 

This binocular or finder size asterism in Sagittarius looks like its name:  a cross. It is located in Sagittarius, halfway between the Tea Pot and Capricorn.

 

As of this writing, Mars is in the neighborhood.

The asterism is made of the 4 stars: Omega, 59, 62, and 60. The outer circle is a typical finder view.  The small inner circle is a 48x low power eyepiece. So this is definitely a finder object.

This asterism is on the Astronomical League’s Asterism Observing Program. You can read about the naming of Herman’s Cross here.

 

HAS Texas 45 Honor Roll

See your name in lights! Join the following members who have completed the HAS Texas 45 observing program. Congratulations!

  • Steve Fast, gold level award, 65 objects via star hopping, certificate #1
  • Rob Torrey, silver level award, 65 objects, certificate #2
  • Rene Gedaly, program author, gold level award, 65 objects via star hopping, certificate #3
  • Chris Thiede, gold level award, 65 objects via star hopping, certificate #4
  • Amelia Goldberg, silver level award, 45 objects via star hopping, certificate #5
  • Craig Lamison, gold level award, 65 objects via star hopping, certificate #6 (silver), #10
  • Clayton Jeter, gold level award, 65 objects via star hopping, certificate #7
  • Brian Cudnik, silver level award, 65 objects, certificate #8
  • Steve Goldberg, silver level award, 45 objects via star hopping, certificate #9

For more information about the HAS Texas 45 observing program, check out the Programs section of this website.

Cloudy Nights?

by Rene Gedaly

Be ready for the next clear night at the Dark Site by taking site orientation from the comfort of your home, easy as 1, 2, 3. Here’s how:

(1) Log in to the website
(2) Click this link: https://www.astronomyhouston.org/about/has-observatory, and
(3) Scroll down toward the bottom of the page and click the big blue button.

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A 10-question quiz follows. This is not an astronomy quiz. Instead it focuses on Dark Site safety, usage, and observing etiquette. You get three chances to pass with an 8 or better correct. Easy.

It's happening at the Dark Site Observatory

This past weekend was another informative, hands-on Novice Lab at the Dark Site. Thank you Stephen Jones, Lauren Herrington, and field mowing crew Lisa Herrington Morgan and Marc Morgan! 

This coming weekend is the Observatory Training class (full) and Perseid Meteor Shower & Picnic. Members, check your email to RSVP. It’s new moon weekend and as always at the dark site, observing etiquette rules apply.

Rene Gedaly

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