Friday, March 24, 2023, at 7:30 pm CDT
How to Attend the TAS Virtual General Meeting on Zoom
Friday, March 24, 2023 @ 7:30 pm CDT
The General Meeting of the Texas Astronomical Society is held on the fourth Friday of each month, except November, on the third Friday, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
No general meeting is held in December.
In lieu of the general meeting in December, an Awards Banquet will be held on a designated date.
Members in good standing of the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas will receive an email notification containing information about how to join the virtual meeting.
|Zoom open for Q&A|
| Meeting called to order
Opening remarks from the President
Speaker Introduction by Vice President
|TAS Business Meeting|
|Constellation of the Month|
|Adjourn to BAMSIG|
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Sun, Moon, and Tonight's Sky
| Richardson, TX
(times in CDT):
Sunrise today: 7:27am
Sunset today: 7:41pm
Moonrise today: 9:13am
Moonset today: 11:12pm
6% of moon illuminated
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Bright Minor Planet Charts
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Minor planet and comet lists, and corresponding orbital elements, are courtesy of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Charts courtesy of Fourmilab Switzerland
Special Interest Groups
APSIG (Astrophotography Special Interest Group) is sponsored by the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas, Texas.
APSIG meets once a month to share information and learn more about the art and science of Astrophotography -- taking photographs of objects in the night sky such as planets, galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters. Imaging these celestial objects requires special techniques and equipment, but are attainable by anyone willing to point their camera skyward. Come learn how! For more information on APSIG just follow this link...
JTAS (Junior Texas Astronomical Society) is sponsored by the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas, Texas (TAS) to meet the needs of students interested in learning about astronomy and space.
Each section has two meetings a month. The first meeting of the month is a joint meeting for both groups, where we have an invited speaker to give presentations on astronomy and space science. The second meeting of the month is separate for each group and a presentation is given by a student.
For more information on JTAS, follow this link.
If you would like to learn more about JTAS, send an e-Mail to:
Junior Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas
ObSIG (Observing Special Interest Group) is sponsored by the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas, Texas. ObSIG meets once a month to promote astronomical observing with telescopes, binoculars, and naked eye. We are also here to help new comers to the hobby of amateur astronomy to get started, learn the sky, and get help picking out the right equipment.
For more information on ObSIG, follow this link.
If you would like to learn more about ObSIG, send an e-Mail to:
Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas
ATMSIG (Amateur Telescope Makers Special Interest Group) is sponsored by the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas, Texas.
The ATMSIG meets every other month to explore the design, construction and adjustment of both do it yourself and professionally built telescopes. Anyone interested in building their first scope will find this group a big help in finding the best place to start. You don’t need to have a well equipped workshop, just a few simple tools and an interest in building or modifying it yourself. The ATMSIG is a wonderful place to see projects built locally by TAS members and to share new ideas for the future! For more information, just follow this link...
Please Note: ATMSIG is currently inactive.
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Constellation of the Month: March: Ursa Major
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Visit our Deep Sky and Solar System Galleries and see the work of our world-class astro-imagers!
We invite you to further explore our website for more information and hope you consider becoming a member of our Society. TAS is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, donations to which would be tax deductable for U.S. taxpayers under IRS rules. Donations may be given by using our secure PayPal site and indicating "donation" on the form.
Thank you for your gracious support of the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas.