Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Mercury Transit of The Sun

Mercury will make a rare transit of the Sun's disc on Monday, May 9 beginning at about 6am and will conclude about 2pm. WARNING!!!!! IT IS DANGEROUS TO OBSERVE THIS EVENT WITHOUT EYE PROTECTION!!! EYE DAMAGE OR BLINDNESS COULD OCCUR. A viewing of this event will be held at Tyler Junior College's Center for Earth and Space Science Education from 9am to Noon on Monday weather permitting.

Star Gazing at the Mineola Nature Preserve

The Mineola Nature Preserve will present a STAR GAZING at the Mineola Nature Preserve on Friday, May 6th. This is a free program and everyone is invited. The activity begins a little before 10 PM and will end about 11PM. 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). 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 Astronomical Society of East Texas website: www.asetexas.org/calendar on the date, 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. 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.

Saturday, April 9, 2016



Monday, March 7, 2016

School Night for Astronomy 2016

Wayne Smith, Cristo Sanchez and I, with help from Billy Fort of Longview and Bob Sanford of Tyler had 21 students and 8 Adult as this year's School Night for Astronomy at the Mineola Nature Preserve last Saturday night. We had a brilliant Iridium Flare light up the sky. Pictures by Johnny Taylor. While at the event Johnny Taylor did so solar photography with his solar filter on his camera. He captured the image of the jet transit the Sun's disk. He said, "It may be the luckiest picture he has ever taken."

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

All Visible Planets Together at One Time

All five (5) of the naked eye planets are visible in the same area of the sky at the same time. About an hour or so before Sunrise they all can be seen in a line from East to the Southeast. Look at the diagram included.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Star of Bethlehem? Comet Catalina (C2013 US 10)

Cristo Sanchez caught a pic of this comet December 22. Noted Astronomer Colin Humphreys has some credible evidence that the Star of Bethlehem could have been the great comet of -5BC. This is a very beautiful shot and a reminder of the reason for the season. ASET members are like the wise men, we look for the star in the east.