Thursday, April 10, 2014

Night Sky Network Certificates of Appreciation 2013

At the last ASET meeting Paul Shaw (President) presented 5 certificates of appreciation from the Night Sky Network.  The certificates are awarded to members who attend 3 or more events in a year.
Don Jackson, Eustace TX

John Gammill, Tyler, TX

Jonathan Kavanaugh, Tyler TX

Wayne Smith, Frankston, TX
Not present, but honored also was Don Kilfoyle, Longview, TX

Monday, January 13, 2014

School Night for Astronomy - Rescheduled

Due to inclement weather the star party previously scheduled for January, 10th will now be moved to February 1st.  Please come out to the Mineola Nature Preserve to enjoy an evening of astronomy with the club.  This is a public star party so please bring your friends.
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Saturday, November 23, 2013

ASET and CESSE featured in County Line Magazine

Best Seats on the Planet for Star Gazing


During the clear, crisp nights of winter, there is no better time to bundle up and head outdoors to take in the spectacular star-dotted skies of the Upper East Side of Texas.
Because the atmosphere during colder weather is usually calm, the stars at night appear even brighter than normally seen during the more turbulent summer.
One group of devoted star gazers is the  Astronomical Society of East Texas (ASET). They regularly hold free activities including family-friendly star gazing parties around the region and at the Center for Earth and Space Science Education (CESSE) at Tyler Junior College.
CESSE is a first-of-its-kind facility in East Texas. With a 40-foot Spitz nano-seam domed theatre, the planetarium features an immersive, full-dome video experience as well as a state-of-the-art exhibit hall.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

CESSE Fall Newsletter 2013


Special BulletinFall 2013
Hello Friends,

This is a special newsletter bulletin. The Center for Earth & Space Science Education will host the Fall 2013 Public Astronomy Lecture Series thisSaturday, October 5th, 2013 beginning at 7pm.

The Public Astronomy Lecture Series (PALS) began in 2004 and continues today as part of the science and education outreach of the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at Tyler Junior College. Lectures and demonstrations are presented throughout the semester by academic experts and scholars who speak about timely and interesting topics related to science, education, and public outreach. The topics are entertaining and presented to the general public. Everyone is invited. The cost is $5 per person.

What: Public Astronomy Lecture Series for the Fall 2013 Semester

Speaker: Justin Parish is the assistant director of the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at Tyler Junior College. He holds a M.S. degree in Physics & Astronomy from Stephen F. Austin State University. His field of expertise is astronomical data collection techniques for binary star systems.

Topic: "The Universe in a Meter." From quarks to quasars, we will take a trip through the largest, smallest, tiniest, infinitesimal, minute, galactic, and intergalactic objects in the Universe. We will begin at the subatomic level moving quickly all the way to large-scale structures. Through this journey, our only guide and point of reference will be a single unite of measure: 3.3 human feet placed end to end - or one meter.

When: Saturday, October 5th, 2013, beginning at 7:00pm

Where: The Center for Earth & Space Science Education on the Tyler Junior College main campus. 1411 E. Lake St. Tyler, TX 75701

Future lectures: 
  • November 2nd, 2013 - Professor Douglas Parsons, "Comet Ison"
  • November 23rd, 2013 - Dr.Karl Giberson, "America's Creation-Evolution Controversy" (Apache Room)
  • November 24th, 2013 - Science & Faith Panel Discussion (Apache Room)

Thanks and see you soon,
Tom

Dr. Tom Hooten, Ed.D.
Professor, Physics & Engineering
Director, Center for Earth & Space Science Education
NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador
Tyler Junior College
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1411 East Lake St.
 Tyler, TX 75701                                                                                    903-510-2312

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Public Astronomy Lecture Series for the Fall 2013 Semester


PUBLIC ASTRONOMY LECTURE SERIES

The Center for Earth & Space Science Education will be hosting the Fall 2013 Public Astronomy Lecture Series beginning Saturday, September 7, 2013.  The Public Astronomy Lecture Series (PALS) began in 2004 under the directorship of Dr. Tom Hooten and continues today as part of the science and education outreach of The Center for Earth & Space Science Education at Tyler Junior College.  Lectures and demonstrations are presented throughout the fall semester by academic experts and scholars who speak about timely and interesting topics related to science, education, and public outreach.  The topics are entertaining and presented to the general public.  Everyone is invited.  The cost is $5 per person.

WHAT:
Public Astronomy Lecture Series for the Fall 2013 Semester

SPEAKER:
Dr. Tom Hooten, Ed.D. is professor of physics and director of The Center for Earth & Space Science Education at Tyler Junior College.  He holds advanced degrees from Vanderbilt University and Texas A&M University—Commerce in physics, astronomy, and higher education.  His fields of expertise include chromospherically active stars and the relationship between science and pseudoscience.  He has published over a dozen papers in peer review journals and for popular press.

TOPIC:
“The Story of the Big Bang.”  It’s the best scientific explanation for the origin of the universe, and, yet, most people do not understand it.  This lecture will be presented for the general audience and describe the historical development of the big bang cosmological model, some of the scientific problems it has overcome, and what the future may hold for the expanding universe.

WHEN:
Saturday, Sept 7, 2013, beginning at 7:00PM

WHERE:
The Center for Earth & Space Science Education on the Tyler Junior College main campus.
1411 E. Lake St., Tyler, TX 75701


FUTURE LECTURES:
October 5, 2013, Assistant Director Justin Parish, M.S., “The Universe in a Meter”
November 2, 2013, Professor Douglas Parsons, M.S., “Comet ISON”
November 23, 2013, Dr. Karl Giberson, Ph.D., “America’s Creation-Evolution Controversy”
November 24, 2013, Science & Faith Panel Discussion



For more information please visit http://www.tjc.edu/cesse/ or phone 903-510-2312.

Enchanted Skies Star Party


This is coming up October 2-5 for anyone interested in heading to New Mexico.

The Enchanted Skies Star Party, held in Socorro, New Mexico, offers a unique Southwestern Astronomy experience with many exciting features. We continue our 20 year tradition of presenting outstanding lectures by leading professional and amateur astronomers, observing at 10,600ft, and we'll gather on Saturday night for an evening of great food, Southwestern entertainment and excellent, dark-sky observing. Socorro's dry, high-desert climate, dark skies, and friendly small-town environment provide an excellent dark sky observing experience.

Join us for dark sky observing, astronomy workshops, door prizes, lectures, and insider tours of the Very Large Array and the Magdalena Ridge Observatory.

Nightly observing, lectures, and camping will take place at the Etscorn Campus Observatory and at our official "Dark Sky Site", the Fort Craig National Historic Site, located only about 30 miles South of Socorro.

http://www.enchantedskies.org/ - click here to read all about it.