Tuesday, March 28, 2017

RESCHEDULED SCHOOL NIGHT FOR ASTRONOMY , FRIDAY MARCH 31ST MINEOLA NATURE PRESERVE

The Astronomical Society of East Texas has rescheduled SCHOOL NIGHT FOR ASTRONOMY, an astronomical viewing at the Mineola Nature Preserve on Fri., March 31, 2017. This is open to the public and is especially for all public, private and home school students and their parents. The program will begin about 5:00pm with solar viewing until sunset. Celestial viewing will follow at 7:30 pm. The event will conclude by 11:00pm. This is a weather permitting event. In the event of rain or clouds, the event will be cancelled. An announcement of cancellation will be broadcast on KMOO 99.9 FM Radio at 4pm. Also NO GO will on our website: www.asetexas.org and our Facebook page. Dress properly for the weather conditions. Be prepared for Mosquitoes-long pants, long sleeves. NO SPRAY INSECT REPELLENT!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

School Night For Astronomy POSTPONED

EVENT POSTPONED! The Astronomical Society of East Texas will present an astronomical viewing at the Mineola Nature Preserve on Sat., March 18, 2017. This is open to the public and is especially for all public, private and home school students and their parents. The program will begin about 5:00pm with solar viewing until sunset. Celestial viewing will follow at 7:30 pm. The event will conclude by 11:00pm. This is a weather permitting event. In the event of rain or clouds, the event will be cancelled. An announcement of cancellation will be broadcast on KMOO 99.9 FM Radio at 4pm or on the society website: www.asetexas.org or on our facebook page. Dress properly for the weather conditions. Be prepared for Mosquitoes- long pants, long sleeves. NO SPRAY INSECT REPELLENT!
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Friday, February 3, 2017

CESSE Star Parties CLOUDY MAR 4!

Star Parties at the Center for Earth and Space Science Education (CESSE)at Tyler Junior College will host star parties on February 4th , March 4th and April 1. The Center will sponsor FREE planetarium shows beginning at 8 pm and they will continue to run every 30 minutes with the last show starting at 9pm om each date. Also on these dates, IF THE WEATHER IS CLEAR, the Astronomical Society of East Texas will provide telescope view of celestial object in the center courtyard. Viewing will begin after twilight. For more information follow the Astronomical Society of East Texas on FaceBook or our website www.asetexas.org or info@asetexas.com.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Super Moon 2016 at Mineola Nature Preserve

The Full Super Moon rising in the East at Mineola Nature Preserve on Nov. 13th and 14th. It was clear on the 13th so the first shot is the Moon over the tree line. The 14th had a cloud bank to the East which made it impractical to adjust the camera settings. Finally about 7pm the moon rose over the clouds to show it's detail.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Star Gazing at Mineola Nature Preserve Fri., Oct. 21th

The Mineola Nature Preserve with the Astronomical Society of East Texas will present a STAR GAZING at the Mineola Nature Preserve on Friday, Oct. 21th. This is a free program and everyone is invited. The activity begins a little before 6 PM and will end about 9 PM. The location will be 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). The International Space Station will do a flyover about 6:55pm. This is a weather permitting program. In the event of inclement weather or cloud cover, the program will be postponed or cancelled. A “CANCELLED” notice will be posted in the “Calendar” page of the Society’s website: www.asetexas.org/calendar on the date, on the Society’s Face Book page, a sign will be posted at the Preserve entrance and an announcement will be aired by radio station KMOO 99.9 Mineola by about 5pm. A makeup date may be posted also. 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.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

NatureFest Star Party at Mineola Nature Preserve

The Astronomical Society of East Texas will sponsor a telescope star party at NatureFest at the Mineola Nature Preserve on Friday, September 30th. Solar viewing will begin at 5pm and night sky viewing will begin at twilight. If in the event of cloudy weather the event will be postponed until Saturday night, October 1 with the same time schedule. Due to recent weather, hot and wet, please wear mosquito proof clothing and use towelette mosquito repellent. Please no spray repellent. Postponement or cancellation will be posted on the Society's Face book page. Postponement and Cancellation will be posted on the Society's Face Book
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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Perseid Meteor Shower Friday Morning Early!

Thursday night , the 11th and Friday morning , August 12 will be one of the greatest meteor showers of the year. The evening of the 11th will not be so good because a near full moon is wash out the sky with light and the weather forecast is partly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain. If you area is free of a pm rain shower or thunderstorms, you may be able to see and photo some of the Perseids from 2am to before 5am (astro. twilight). Remember there will meteors that show that don't radiate from between the constellations Perseus and his mother-in-law Cassiopeia. Look slightly East of North. Now despite this, NASA says that it will be very good show this year because the Earth will pass through at least three streams of the debris near the middle of the debris field instead of the edge., so the number of meteors per hour may double. I may be worth the loss of sleep. I ran across this article on the history and techniques of observing and photography this meteors shower. You may be able to get something from it. If you can't see them then you can see them via computer. KEEP LOOKING UP!!! Paul Join Slooh for the Best Meteor Shower of 2016 Explore the Myth and Wonder of the Perseids Meteor Shower On Thursday, August 11th, at 5:00 PM PDT / 8:00 PM EDT / 00:00 UTC (International Times: http://bit.ly/2b7BV9V), Slooh will host a special 4-hour long broadcast viewing the meteors live as they streak across the sky in four different countries, thanks to our global network of partners. Those live streams will come from Slooh’s observatory in the Canary Islands, Slooh HQ in Washington, CT, and our feed partners in the United Kingdom, and Thunder Bay, Canada. Then, on Friday, Slooh will present extended coverage of the Perseids starting at 9 AM EDT, courtesy of Weathernews Japan. The Perseids is a favorite of many stargazers because it shows more bright meteors than most showers, usually about 50-60 per hour. In addition to our live streams, Slooh’s 5-hour broadcast will give viewers everything they need to watch and enjoy the shower, including information on the best ways to watch, where to look, and what they should bring along with them on their meteor shower journey. If that’s not enough, Slooh Astronomers, Eric Edelman and Bob Berman, will explain all you need to know about meteor showers, and even tell the amazing discovery story of Comet Swift-Tuttle, the comet responsible for the slew of falling stars this time of year. Plus, viewers will get a unique opportunity to learn about capturing amazing meteor shower photography with a standard DSLR camera, and how they can hear these streaking bits of space debris, even when they can’t see them. And for the historically inclined, we’ll also feature segments telling the harrowing myth of the Greek hero Perseus, from his adventures fighting the Gorgon, Medusa, to his daring rescue of the Princess Andromeda. “With Decembers Geminids spoiled by a full moon, these Perseids will be the best shower of 2016,” says Bob Berman. “Add to that the juicy peril of its parent comet, Swift-Tuttle, the most hazardous object in the known universe, and you have all the ingredients for a 4 star spectacle.” The Perseids are visible in most of the Northern Hemisphere, and even some of the Southern hemisphere, and have been viewed by civilizations stretching back millennia. In medieval Europe, the Perseids were called the “Tears of St. Lawrence” because they occur near the anniversary of the death of Laurentius, a Christian deacon who was martyred by the Roman Emperor Valerian in the year 258 A.D. The first recorded observation of the Perseids was by Chinese astronomers in 36 A.D., making it an event that perfectly sums up humanity’s need to gaze at the stars and wonder at the heavens, even to this day. Viewers can join in the meteor watching fun by sending their questions, and their own meteor observations to @Slooh on Twitter, or by using the live chat on Slooh.com. Event Time Announcer - Perseids Meteor Shower on Slooh Event Time Announcer shows time for Perseids Meteor Shower on Slooh in locations all over the world. In UTC it happens on Midnight between Thursday,… timeanddate.com