Friday, January 26, 2018

SUPER BLOOD BLUE MOON BUST !?!?!

On the morning of 31 January there is a Total Lunar Eclipse of the Moon. It is a Super Moon because the Moon is at perigee or closest to the Earth. It is a Blue Moon since it is by latest definition* the second Full Moon in a Month. It is called a Blood Moon since during lunar eclipse the red light is refracted in the passing of the Earth and its magnetic filed toward the center of the Earth's shadow or the Umbra. It will actually be a partial eclipse here due to the time of the eclipse. 4:51am Moon moves into the outer Earth Shadow or Penumbra. 5:48am Moon moves into the inner Earth Shadow or Umbra 6:51am Moon is completely in the Umbra and Moon starts to turn red. 7:11am Moon SETS! 7:13am SUN RISES 7:14am Maximum Total Eclipse BELOW THE HORIZON!!!! See the map attached to further explain this. See the link below to see an animation of the event. https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa/mineola

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

ASET Winter Quarterly Meeting Friday January 19th Tyler Junior College

The Astronomical Society of East Texas will hold it's winter quarterly meeting at Tyler Junior College's Genecov Science building on Friday, January 19th. The meeting will be held in room 227 beginning at 7pm. Entrance to the building is the NE ground level door, up the stairs and straight ahead to the end of the hall. For more information, contact us at info@asetexas.com or text to 903-520-7338.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Daingerfield State Park Star Party INDOOR PRESENTATION ONLY

Daingerfield State Park will host a star party on Friday, December 22nd at the water front (see map). Tentative plans: Solar Viewing from 4pm to Sunset, Moon viewing until 8pm and other celestial objects at 8pm. If the event of cloudy weather, there will be a video presentation on Stars and the sources of the elements in the dining hall. Yes, I know the map is upside down. It is so that North is at the top of the map.

Geminids Meteor Shower Star Party

GEMINIDS METEOR SHOWER, SATURDAY DECEMBER 13 AT MINEOLA NATURE PRESERVE. Sunspot viewing 4pm-5:17pm. Telescope viewing and meteor viewing 5:20 to 11:00pm. Bring a lawn chair (reclining perferred), binoculars, and warm clothing. This is a clear sky event. In the event of cloudy skies, the event will be cancelled. The tentative makeup date would be the next night, December 14th same times. The cancellation notice will be posted on our website: www.asetexas.org or on Face Book : Astronomical Society of East Texas and a "No Star Gazing" sign at the entrance to the Preserve.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

STAR GAZING AT MINEOLA NATURE PRESERVE SAT. NOV. 18TH

The Mineola Nature Preserve in conjunction with The Astronomical Society of East Texas will present a STAR GAZING at the Mineola Nature Preserve on Saturday, November 18th. This is a free program and everyone is invited. The activity begins about 7:45 PM so you can see where we will be and will end about 9 PM. Try to arrive by 6:45 PM. The location will be at the Amphitheater next to the Pavilion or the hill just west of Bob’s Pond. The program is a group exercise in identifying objects in the night sky that can be seen with binoculars or the naked eye (Naked Eye Astronomy). We could have a visit from the International Space Station and possible rare signals from Iridium flares that evening. This is a weather permitting program. In the event of inclement weather or cloud cover, the program will be cancelled. A “CANCELLED” notice will be posted in the “Calendar” page of the Society’s website: www.asetexas.org/calendar or our Facebook page on the date, a sign “NO STAR GAZING” will be posted at the Preserve entrance. Please keep an eye on the weather and dress appropriately for it. Weather is cooler now but wear clothing to ward off stray mosquitoes. If you bring mosquito repellent, do not bring aerosols; use wipes instead. For more information on this event and the Society, contact us at info@asetexas.com or text to 903-520-7338. On the web at www.asetexas.org or Facebook: Astronomical Society of East Texas and Mineola Nature Preserve. IF YOU GET THERE BY 6:30PM WE MAY BE ABLE TO SHOW YOU AN IRIDIUM FLARE IN THE SKY. (6:50PM)IT WILL ALSO BE THE PEAK NIGHT OF THE LEONIDS METEOR SHOWER. (ALTHOUGH MOST WILL APPEAR AFTER MIDNIGHT AND BEFORE DAWN SUNDAY.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Star Gazing at Mineola Nature Preserve Friday , October 20th at 8pm CANCELLED!!!

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED!! The Mineola Nature Preserve in conjunction with The Astronomical Society of East Texas will present a STAR GAZING at the Mineola Nature Preserve on Friday, October 20th . This is a free program and everyone is invited. The activity begins about 8 PM so you can see where we will be and will end about 11PM. The location will be at the Amphitheater next to the Pavilion . The program is a group exercise in identifying objects in the night sky that can be seen with binoculars or the naked eye (Naked Eye Astronomy). We could have a visit from the International Space Station and possible rare signals from Iridium flares that evening. This is a weather permitting program. In the event of inclement weather or cloud cover, the program will be cancelled. A “CANCELLED” notice will be posted in the “Calendar” page of the Society’s website: www.asetexas.org/calendar or our Facebook page on the date, a sign will be posted at the Preserve entrance and an announcement will be aired by radio station KMOO 99.9 FM Mineola by about 5pm. Please keep an eye on the weather and dress appropriately for it. We have had significant amounts of rain lately, so wear clothing to ward off the mosquitoes. If you bring mosquito repellant, do not bring aerosols; use wipes instead. For more information on this event and the Society, contact us at info@asetexas.com or text to 903-520-7338. On the web at www.asetexas.org or Facebook : Astronomical Society of East Texas and Mineola Nature Preserve.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

TELESCOPES FOR SALE!

Meade Infinity 114mm Reflector with Equatorial mount and tripod and an Edmond Scientific AstroScan 4.125" reflector. Both scopes for $150. Contact info@asetexas.com for contact information questions or interested in buying.