October, 2016

Volume XVI, Number 10

This Month's  remaining events

 

October 28-- General Meeting, Lone Star College,

Kingwood Campus

 

October 29-- Star Party

 

Next Month's Events

 

November 4--Insperity Observatory Public Night

 

November 18-- General Meeting

Kingwood Campus

 

November 26-- Star Party

October 28, 2016

Novice Program

 6:30 - 7:15pm in the Cosmic Forum, upstairs in the CLA building, Lone Star College, Kingwood Campus.

 

Subject: The Autumn Sky

Presented by Dr. Bruce Pollard, PhD, NHAC

 

General Meeting

 7:30 P.M., Lone Star College, Kingwood Campus,

CLA Lecture Hall

 

Subject:Curiosity’s Martian Discoveries and Future Exploration Plans

 

What's Up Doc?"

by Dr. Aaron Clevenson for next month

will be posted on the NHAC Website.

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 Notices

1.  The Officers for 2016 are:

President --                              Aaron Clevenson

Vice-President--                        Bruce Pollard

Secretary--                               Susan Pollard

Treasurer--                               David Lambert

Newsletter Editor--                    Rusty Hill

Astronomical League Coord.--   James Barbasso

Webmaster--                            Justin McCollum

Observation Committee Chair-  James Billings

Membership Committee Chair-  David Tomlin

Program Committee Chair--      Todd Sullivan

 

2.  Our Astronomical League Coordinator is Jim Barbasso.

The Astronomical League URL is: https://www.astroleague.org/

 

3.  For all members, please remember to pick up your Name Badge before the meeting, wear it, and return it after this meeting so you will still have a name tag at the next meeting.  We do not want any members to be nameless.

 

4.  2016 Remaining General Meeting Schedule:

October 28

November 18

December 16

The tentative General Meeting Schedule for 2017 is:

January 27

February 24

March 24

April 28

May 26

June 23

July 28

August 25

September 22

October 20 or 27

November 17

December 15

 

5. For the 2017 Solar Eclipse on August 21, there is updated information on the NASA webpage.


This link gives historical weather along the path of totality:

http://eclipsophile.com/overview/

This next link gives the NASA site for extensive planning information for viewing the eclipse:

http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEmono/TSE2017/TSE2017.html6>

 

6.  Astronomy Magazine has a Bulletin of 100+ pages including around 50 pages of strip maps of the geography under the path of the totality of hte eclipse, showing roads, parks, rivers, etc.  I think it is well worth the money, about $20.

 

7.  Reiterating from last month, at the December meeting,

we will be electing the slate of officers for 2017.  If you have an interest in helping the club function, there is likely a job you could do.  Please contact any of the Nominating Committee at the General Meeting next Friday and let them know.  We are strictly a member operated Club.  If we do not step up to help, then it doesn't get done.

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 Star Party:

October 29, 2016!

Sunset on October 29 will be at 6:37 P.M.  It will be the New Moon.  Weather permitting, we should have a very nice evening for observing.

If you are new to the club  this is especially for you.  We, the members, are the reason we have observing events such as this, and it is a great occasion to get familiar with observing.  We do have 10" Dobsonian scopes available at the Dark Site for your use, and there will be several other scopes available for all to try.  And do bring a Binocular-- you can do lots of successful observing with nothing more.

 

NHAC Club Policy is that the focus of the Star Parties will be to give as much assistance as possible to new observers.

 

For those who may not have been to the O'Brien Dark Site, it is just north of Dobbin, which is on Highway 105 west of Montgomery.  It has reasonably dark skies, and a great low horizon in all directions.  The Owners, Tim and Wanda O'Brien are very generous hosts, and they do turn off any outside lights which might bother us, if we remember to ask.

 

The specific Dark Site location is password protected.  Any club officer can give you the password, but it is NOT FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

 

On our NHAC web site, click on "Observing" then select "O'Brien Dark Site".  Scroll down to the O'Brien Dark Site information and look for the "detailed directions" link.  You will need to enter the password.  There are maps as well as directions.  It is well worth the drive, which is about 6 or 7 minutes driving time North of Dobbin off of State Highway 105 west of Montgomery.

 

Star Parties are routinely scheduled for the Saturday on, just before, or just after the New Moon throughout the year.  This is to provide the best opportunity for dark skies.

2016 remaining tentative projected schedule, subject to change:

October 29 Star Party

and Backup Bar-Be-Que

November 26

December 17

NHAC is a proud member of:

Astronomical League/NASA Night Sky Network/International Dark-Sky Association

 Public Night will be on November 4, 2016

Sunset will be at  6:31 P.M. Central Daylight Savings  Time.

Doors will be open by about 6:15 P.M. and remain open to the public until 10:00 P.M.

These Public Nights are a tremendous opportunity for us to be a part of Astronomy Outreach, and also to observe with scopes we might never get to use, otherwise.  The Observatory has a 16" and a 20" telescope, each computer controlled, which provide awesome views of the sky.  There are usually about 75 guests, sometimes more, on Public Night, with several repeating.  Our guests are very appreciative of the opportunity to enjoy and expose their kids to Astronomy.  Then after all our guests have departed, several of us usually stay for a while and enjoy the views and each other's company.

The Observatory is about 3/4 of a mile south of Will Clayton Parkway on S. Houston Ave, just north of Rankin Road in Humble, in the back part of the Jack Fields Elementary School on the East side of S. Houston Ave.  For information, see the web site or the address below.*

Dates and times are subject to change.

The Insperity Observatory is at:

Jack Fields Elementary School

2505 S. Houston Ave.

Humble, TX 77396

The Observatory Phone number is 281-641-STAR.

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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 not-for-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

Discounts on Purchases at Land, Sea and Sky.  Be sure to identiry yourself as an NHAC member.

Loaner Telescopes after being a member for 6 months.

Opportunity to observe from Dark Sky Observing Sites.

Learn from Experienced Observers.

Astronomy Magazine subscriptions at a discount.

Membership in the Astronomical League, with multiple Observing Clubs available.

Included subscription to the Astronomical League magazine "Reflector".

Access to the NHAC Library

Observe - Learn - Share

The North Houston Astronomy Club is a not-for-profit organization sponsored by Lone Star College-Kingwood, dedicated to increasing the awareness and knowledge of the science of astronomy. Public meetings are normally held each month on the fourth Friday.  In the months of October, November and December they are usually rescheduled for the third Friday of each month, so as to not conflict with the Annual All Clubs meeting, Thanksgiving, or Christmas.