NHAC ‘Early Spring 2019’ Gathering!

justin mccollumPublished March 18, 2019 by justin mccollum

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

We welcome you to the regular meetings of the North Houston Astronomy Club on the 4th Friday of every month.

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

20000 Kingwood Dr.

Kingwood, TX 77339

22 March 2019

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

Speaker: Dr. Bruce Pollard, Ph. D.
(NHAC Vice President)


Let’s Look Around Leo!

Dr. Bruce Pollard will be doing another one of his fabulous novice presentations and this one focuses on the objects that can be observed in the constellation of Leo. There are mostly galaxies and famous bright stars. Come to the meeting and go a journey through this wonderful and very pronounced constellation in our Spring skies.

Learn more from the following Reference:

The Constellation Leo

In the Sky with Leo!

Heavens Above with Leo!

The Deep Photographic Guide to Leo

A Simple Map of Leo

 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

Speaker: Jesse Roberts
(NHAC Newsletter Editor)


The Life and Times of Charles Messier

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Jesse Robers is our official NHAC Newsletter Editor for 2019. Earned a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas, Jesse enjoyed a career in engineering, operations and environmental management in the oil and gas industry.  As a teenager, he became interested in astronomy and it has been a lifelong desire to spend as much time as possible under the night sky.  Now retired, he can do so… when the weather cooperates! He is also a history buff and delves into the lives and challenges of the people who were involved in astronomical discoveries throughout the centuries. He has been a member of NHAC for three years.

Jesse will talk about the life of Charles Messier. His accomplishments, achievements, collaborations, and other such events in his life as one of the most famous 18th Century French Astronomers. Famous for his world renounced catalog of DSOs (Deep Sky Objects) for which he collaborated with a few other Astronomers in Europe in the search for Comets. Comets were the most important cutting edge area of research in Astronomy prior to the days of William Herschel. 110 of these so-called cometary bodies discovered by roaming across the sky in small telescopes looking for true comets appear to not move at all with respect to their positions in the stars and constellations. Come to the general meeting and enjoy this biographical presentation of one of Astronomy’s famous people!

Learn more from the following References

The Biography of Charles Messier

Astro Surf (Messier Altas)

The Bulletin layout of Messier’s Life

Charles Messier’s Life in Detail

Messier Catalog of Deep Sky Objects

The Hubble Messier Catalog