2020 New Year Gathering

justin mccollumPublished January 16, 2020 by justin mccollum

Greetings to all of our club members, visitors, and guests!

We welcome you to Our First Official Meeting for the New Year.

The Kingwood campus is located on the west side of I 69 (US Highway 59), north side of Kingwood Drive, and NW of the Kingwood Medical Center.

Click below here to see the Map and Driving Directions!
(Parking permits are not required after 6 PM!)

Lone Star-Kingwood Campus

See the following Campus Map

kingwood map

All Members, Guests, and Visitors park at the Parking Lot C across the Sortes-McClellan Road. The CLA building we both the novice and general meetings gather is building 4 as shown on this map. Click on the image above to get a pdf file with more information about the campus layout.

Physical Address

Kingwood, TX 77339

20000 Kingwood Dr.

24 January 2020

Our gathering begins with the Novice Meeting:

Place: Lone Star College-Kingwood Campus
Location: Classroom Building A (CLA)

2nd Floor – Room CLA221
The Astronomy Classroom
Time: (6:30 – 7:15) PM


Dr. Bruce D. Pollard
‘Vice President of the North Houston Astronomy Club’


“Winter Constellations, What’s coming in 2020 and What’s up with Betelgeuse” 

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The constellations of the Winter Night Skies span from the early mornings of September through the early evenings of March. It is in this region of the Milky Way Galaxy where anyone can have an opportunity to observe the celestial targets such as Orion, Gemini, Canis Major, Leo, etc..

Dr. Bruce Pollard will introduce the constellations and many splendor DSOs (Deep Sky Objects), Main Stellar Bodies, and other such incredible targets for observations in the Night Celestial Night Skies. Each of the constellations provides a variety of wonderful Deep Sky Objects for observation via Naked Eye or any Astronomical instrument. Please join us for a wonderful presentation on the winter night sky for 2020, the variety of astronomical events coming up this year, and the latest on the current conditions with the great Red Supergiant Betelgeuse in the constellation of Orion.

Learn More from the Following References

A Guide to the Winter Constellations!

Pick and Learn About a Constellation in Detail

The Winter Night Sky Activity Page

What is Happening with Night Sky in 2020!

Do Not Miss These 10 Celestial Events in 2020!

What’s Up with Betelgeuse?

The gathering concludes with the General Meeting:

Place: Lone Star College-Kingwood Campus

Location: Classroom Building A (CLA) – (1st Floor – Room CLA112)
The Teaching Teacher Auditorium

Time: (7:30 – 10:00) PM


Debbie Moran
‘Member of the International
Dark-Sky Association’

‘Houston Astronomical Society
Novice Program Coordinator’


“Music and the Cosmos”

99% of the populations of the United States of America and Europe live in light-polluted skies as observed in the before (left) image. If the light-pollution is minimized or reduced to nearly zero, then the skies for most people will show the spectacular nature of the Milky Way Galaxy and stars.

Debbie Moran is the HAS Novice Program Coordinator for the Houston Astronomical Society and a member of the famous International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). The IDA is an international organization that recognizes the environmental issues and problems related to light-pollution. Light pollution is a serious issue that affects people, wildlife, and the ability for all Human beings to enjoy the splendors of the Night Sky. Ms. Moran will discuss her work and advocacy in promoting the need for better lighting and lighting ordinances to preserve the night skies.

Debbie Moran is an accomplished violinist and a former member of the Houston Symphony with a life long interest in Astronomy since childhood. She participates in community outreach with the HAS and a long-time volunteer with the Astronomical George Observatory with the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences.

Learn More from the Following References

The International Dark-Sky Association

The Science of Light Pollution

Health and Safety Issues of Light Pollution

The Dark Sky Finder

The Light Pollution Map

Space Themed Music!!

Wonderful Space Inspired Music!