NEXT MEETING: August 26
Main program speakers: Annie Wargetz and Leonard Ferguson      
Topic: James Webb Space Telescope: What Are We Learning?

Our main presentation begins at 7:30. Before that, at 6:30, we will have
a special FYI session: A tribute to and examination of images of Loyd Overcash


April Hybrid Meeting – Friday, April 22

Jamie Published on April 9, 2022

FYI session – 6:30pm Rob Brayton will talk about how to use the Raspberry Pi for astronomy.

Main presentation – 7:30pm Mike Prokosch, “Sam Houston State University (SHSU) Observatory: A New Beginning”

The SHSU Observatory is getting a new dome, possibly a new telescope, and a new mission. Join us as Observatory Director, Mike Prokosch tells us about what is happening in nearby Huntsville.

Mike Prokosch Bio

If you were to ask me to tell you where my favorite place is on this pale blue dot, I could tell you my house but more likely I’ll talk your ear off about the Sam Houston State Observatory…or the SHSU Planetarium.  It kinda depends on the weather.  We don’t have the darkest skies or the largest telescope and our planetarium is by no means the biggest theater, but a visit to either place is something our students and guests remember fondly, often returning for either the incredible “knock your socks off” views through our telescopes or for one of our spectacular planetarium shows.

I have worked for the SHSU Physics department since Fall of 2002 and I feel fortunate that I have been able to see and do so many different things.  If you really want a complete list of programs and projects I’ve worked on I’d be happy to share it with you if you have a cup of coffee, but I’d have to say by far the single best thing has been participating as an ambassador in the ACEAP 2015 cohort which has in turn lead to many other opportunities.  More recently I have worked on the IDATA project first as a teacher and again as a developer.  Between that, the local Huntsville Amateur Astronomy Society, planetarium shows, and the occasional newspaper article, I stay pretty busy. Now as the Director of the SHSU Observatory and Planetarium I’d like to take the opportunity to invite you to pay us a visit.  

*Not responsible for the loss of any socks.