Monday, July 6, 2020

This the July 4th Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Moon. It is a little darker than a normal Full Moon because it is the outer part of the Earth's shadow. It is a little yellowish due in part to the dispersion of the Sun's light by the atmosphere, but more probably due to the Sahara Desert dust suspended in the atmosphere over Texas. We were lucky to see the Moon because of the forecasted scattered showers for the area. The photo was made at my home by Miranda Bennett of Tyler, TX. Also earlier in the month of June, she photographed the Strawberry Moon pictured below.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

We at ASET enjoy what we do and really enjoy sharing with others. We are thankful for the "Thank You"s we get when sharing the night sky. It's great to hear a "Thank You". Occasionally we get an email one. BUT Earlier this year we did a telescope viewing for the elementary kids at Chapel Hill's Wise Elementary School. I would like to share their "Thank You"s with others because they were different.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Astronomical Society of East Texas Stance Per Corvid-19

The Society has suspended all meetings and activities in respect to National, State and Local safety declarations concerning the spread of Corvid-19. In the interim, we will entertain questions and communications via our email: info@asetexas.com and our facebook page:Astronomical Society of East Texas.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

STAR GAZING AT MINEOLA NATURE PRESERVE FRIDAY, 26TH OF JULY 2019

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, July 26th. This is a free program and everyone is invited. The activity begins about 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). Try to arrive by 8:30pm. 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 on the date, view our Facebook page: Astronomical Society of East Texas and a sign will be posted at the Preserve entrance. 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 aerosol sprays; use wipes instead. Door prizes will be given at the end of the program. For more information on this event and the Society, contact us at info@asetexas.com or text to 903-520-7338.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

STAR GAZING AT THE MINEOLA NATURE PRESERVE FRIDAY APRIL 26TH

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, April 26th. This is a free program and everyone is invited. The activity begins about 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). Try to arrive by 9pm. 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 on the date, view our Facebook page: Astronomical Society of East Texas and a sign will be posted at the Preserve entrance. 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 aerosol sprays; use wipes instead. For more information on this event and the Society, contact us at info@asetexas.com or text to 903-520-7338.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE SUNDAY, JANUARY 20TH AT MINEOLA NATURE PRESERVE

The Astronomical Society of East Texas in conjunction with the Mineola Nature Preserve, will host a Total Lunar Eclipse viewing at the Nature Preserve on the evening of the 20th of January 2019. The Moon will move into Earth's shadow causing the Moon to look darker and eventually reddish (Blood Moon) before moving out of the shadow. The eclipse begins at 8:36pm , it will totally eclipse the Moon at 11:11pm and will be over at 1:48am Monday morning. The Moon will be at it's closest to the Earth during eclipse, so it will also be a Super Moon. Try to arrive by 8pm so viewing will not be interrupted by car lights. Please park on the West side parking because viewers will be in the East parking area. This is a weather impacted event. Should be skies be cloudy or rain, the event will be cancelled. For more information, see the Society website: www.asetexas.org or our Facebook page or text to 903-520-7338. And if you are familiar with the Preserve, the coyotes will be probably be howling at the Eclipse!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Caddo Lake Wildlife Refuge Star Party has been CANCELLED!

DUE TO THE CURRENT WEATHER PATTERNS, THE STAR PARTY AT THE CADDO LAKE WILDLIFE REFUGE FOR THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, HAS BEEN CANCELLED!!!