October 26, 2012
6:30 - 7:15pm in the Cosmic Forum, upstairs in the CLA building
Beginning at 7:30pm in the building CLA Teaching Theater,
featuring: NHAC news and announcements
“What’s Up Doc?” by Aaron Clevenson
Justin McCollum, ASSET
"Uranus & Neptune: Historical Exploration of the Lesser Known Icy Giants"
NHAC is a proud member of:
THANK YOU BILL and BILL!
We are very thankful to Bill Pellerin from HAS for his talk in Amateur Astronomy in August, and we would also like to thank Bill Leach for his interesting and revealing presentation over Fred Hoyle during the September meeting.
NHAC Board Elections for the 2013 Board are coming in December!
If you wish to run for a position or nominate someone, please speak with a member of the Election Committee at tonight's meeting, or send an email to Bruce Pollard.
T-Shirts are here!!
They will be available for purhase at the general meeting tonight. $15 each for sizes S - 2XL. (larger sizes may be made available at an additional cost)
Refreshment Committee Chairperson Needed!
Have you been thinking about getting more involved with the club, but weren’t quite sure what to do? Well, this would be a great way to help out! We are looking for someone to be in charge of the meeting refreshments each month. Your job would be to see that the refreshments are ordered, picked up and delivered to the meeting each month. They would need to be set up prior to the meeting and taken down after the meeting. You would also need to see that all of the necessary utensils were kept on hand.
Special Club Rate Magazine Subscriptions
Club rates for personal subscriptions to ASTRONOMY and SKY & TELESCOPE magazines save about 25% over the normal subscription costs. Each magazine has its own procedure to subscribe based upon initiating the order through the club treasurer.
For ASTRONOMY magazine, write your check to NHAC (or pay in cash) for $34 (or $60 for 2 years). The Treasurer then validates your membership by writing a club check for the same amount to the magazine and sending them your address. Renewals must also be processed through the club. Please save your renewal documents for this process.
For SKY & TELESCOPE, pay the club $33 (or $32.95 if by check). As above, we write a club check to validate your membership and start your subscription. SKY & TELESCOPE renewals are processed directly by the subscriber.
Be sure to include a clearly printed name and address sheet for any new subscriptions.
Got a Favorite Piece of Equipment?
If you have a favorite piece of equipment, a novel way of solving a problem, or a shortcut for making observing easier, bring it to the monthly meeting for the “Show-And-Tell” segment. Each presentation should take about 3 - 5 minutes and all ideas are welcome. Please submit your idea to Program Committee Chair, at email@example.com before the next meeting so that he can reserve a spot for your presentation.
NASA's Cassini Sees Burp at Saturn After Large Storm
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has tracked the aftermath of a rare massive storm on Saturn. Data reveal record-setting disturbances in the planet's upper atmosphere long after the visible signs of the storm abated, in addition to an indication the storm was more forceful than scientists previously thought.
Data from Cassini's composite infrared spectrometer (CIRS) instrument revealed the storm's powerful discharge sent the temperature in Saturn's stratosphere soaring 150 degrees Fahrenheit (83 kelvins) above normal. At the same time, researchers at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center in Greenbelt, Md., detected a huge increase in the amount of ethylene gas, the origin of which is a mystery. Ethylene, an odorless, colorless gas, isn't typically observed on Saturn. On Earth, it is created by natural and man-made sources.
Jia-Rui C. Cook 818-354-0850
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
O’Brien Observing Site
Have you been to O’Brien site yet? This is a great site that is available to NHAC members. It has open fields with a treed horizon in all directions at 5 degrees and is located in Montgomery, Texas (heading west on Highway 105).
If you would like to use this site in the future, please read the use policy on the NHAC web page (click on the “Star Party!” link from the Home page), and please follow this process:
Tim and Wanda O’Brien and their family are our hosts. They are on Netslyder, the email list server.
To request use of the site, send an email out on Netslyder to: NHAC@mail.netslyder.net (you must already be a member of the Netslyder mailing list).
Requests must be made more than 24 hours in advance.
Wanda or Tim will reply on Netslyder to let you know it is ok.
Other members are welcome to also attend that night. Once approved, another request is not necessary at that point.
The site is open to members and their guests (only when the member is present).
White Eagle Lodge (WEL)
The White Eagle Lodge is a private church retreat in Montgomery, TX. It has an open field with dark western and northern skies, although the east does suffer from light pollution. The north and east have good low horizons, while the west and southwest are somewhat obstructed by trees.
Other notes and and the procedure for reserving a night in addition to the regular monthly NHAC star parties may be found here. The property owners (St. John’s Retreat Center) request that all users sign a Release of Liability Waiver.
Additional information and Directions are available online at astronomyclub.org.
If you have any questions, please contact Mike Kramer or James Billings at
2012 Public Nights*
November 2, 2012 @ 5:30 p.m.
December 7, 2012 @ 5:30 p.m.
*Dates and times are subject to change.
The Insperity Observatory at Humble ISD, 2505 S. Houston Ave., Humble, TX 77396 281-641-STAR
The North Houston Astronomy Club (NHAC), was formed for educational and scientific purposes, for people of all races, creeds, ethnic backgrounds and sex, for the primary purpose of developing and implementing programs designed to increase the awareness and knowledge of astronomy, especially for those living near the north side of Houston Texas.
NHAC is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the opportunity for all individuals to pursue the science of astronomy, by observing in a dark-sky site, learning the latest technology, and sharing their knowledge and experience. Thus, our “Observe-Learn-Share” motto.
North Houston Astronomy Club is Sponsored by:
- Membership Benefits
- Loaner telescopes
- Borrow from the NHAC “Library”
- Observe from Dark Sky Observing Sites
- Learn from experienced amateur astronomers
- Share your knowledge at club hosted picnics and star parties
- Discount magazine subscriptions (contact our Treasurer)
- Includes membership in the Astronomical League
- The quarterly Astronomical League magazine “Reflector”
- Eligibility for NHAC Executive Board
Observe - Learn - Share
The North Houston Astronomy Club is a non-profit organization sponsored by Lone Star College-Kingwood, dedicated to increasing the awareness and knowledge of the science of astronomy. Public meetings are held each month on the fourth Friday.