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Greater Houston Astronomy Coaltion

Posted in amateur astronomy, astronomical history, astronomy eduction, books, sidewalk astronomy, Student Astronomy, urban skies with tags , , on June 7, 2010 by bellaireastro

HPL Central Astro Display

The Houston Public Library was kind enough to let me put together a display for the 2nd floor.

Hopefully people will see the display and discover the Houston astronomy community. There are several area clubs each serving a different part of the metro area and we often collaborate on star parties and for the annual Astronomy Day event held at the George Observatory.

Astronomy Day 2009

The best way to learn about astronomy is to check out one of the area clubs. There are novice presentations and lots of chances to ask questions and meet the experts. You don’t have to join to come to a meeting so give us a try!

The Houston Astronomical Society meets monthly at the Science & Research Building 1 at University of Houston.

The North Houston Astronomy Club meets monthly at Lone Star College-Kingwood building CLA

The Ft Bend Astronomy Club meets monthly at the Houston Community College Stafford Campus.

The Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society meets at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Clear Lake.

If your school, scout troop, or other organization is interested in having a star party hosted for your group, contact us using the Night Sky Network. We can schedule events with a few or a lot of telescopes or lectures and demonstrations.

100 Hours of Astronomy

Sidewalk Astronomy @ HPL

Sidewalk Astronomy at Houston Downtown Library 6-29-09

Posted in moon, observing, sidewalk astronomy, space, Student Astronomy, sun, urban skies with tags , , on June 28, 2009 by bellaireastro
Kirby S checks out the view at a local star party

Kirby checks out the view through the scope

Come out on Monday June 29th to the downtown Houston Public Library Central location for some sidewalk astronomy from 6pm – 8pm.

by Flickr user Fatty Tuna

Photo by Flickr user Fatty Tuna

The location is the plaza outside the downtown Houston public library. The library has an underground parking garage on Lamar and there is street parking on Lamar and McKinney  and on nearby Smith Street. There is also a handy Google Map.

There will be telescopes and solar scopes on hand for observations of the sun and moon which will be at first quarter. Come on out and help create a tradition of sidewalk astronomy in downtown Houston.

Sidewalk Astronomy at HPL Central

Posted in astronomical history, IYA, moon, observing, space, Student Astronomy, sun, urban skies with tags , on June 15, 2009 by bellaireastro
Kirby S checks out the view at a local star party

Come on out June 29th to the downtown Houston Public Library Central branch for some sidewalk astronomy from 6 pm – 8 pm. The moon and sun will be our targets as well as anything else worth taking a look at. Check out the Google Maps view of the area to figure out how to get there.

During the summer months night comes very late to the Houston area but there is still plenty of astronomy to be done. Most people assume urban environments prevent any astronomy at all but that isn’t true by a long shot. Besides if we don’t try to educate people about the joys of astronomy they are less likely to help prevent light pollution in our cities.

Sidewalk astronomy in the big city has been an ongoing effort ever since John Dobson set up his home-made scope in the 1960’s in San Francisco.

Come out and see the sky from downtown Houston!