Photo: Chris Randall
Free Texas-Style Astronomy Fun on Saturday, October 8th!
by Jessica Santascoy & Jim Wessel
If you're in Texas, you won't want to miss THE astronomy event of the year - Astronomy Day and International Observe the Moon Night! The Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society (JSCAS) along with the Fort Bend Astronomy Club (FBAC), the Houston Astronomical Society (HAS), the North Houston Astronomy Club (NHAC) and the Astronomical Society of South East Texas (ASSET) join forces every year at the George Observatory, to bring you hours of non-stop astronomy. Look through the 36" Gueymard Research Telescope, the two smaller domes, and tons of amateur telescopes set up on the observation deck.
Collectively, the five clubs bring astronomy to the masses year after year, averaging an attendance of about 3,000 people, learning all the wonders of space. There are all kinds of afternoon events: indoor and outdoor speakers on various topics, solar observing, activities for kids, and the "Cook Up a Comet" activity several times during the afternoon. There's a radio antenna set up to hear Jupiter's radio signal when it rises at about 8:00 p.m. When the sun sets, out come all the amateur telescopes. There are typically about 30-35 telescopes set up for the general public to view the heavens. The last couple of years, they've even had the opportunity to call and talk with the International Space Station in the early afternoon. Later on in the evening, there will be a random drawing for a nice gift!
Don't miss the Houston Area Astronomy Day & International Observe the Moon Night on Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.!