General Membership Meeting
We will be in our usual meeting room at UTD,the ScienceLearning Center (SLC), room# SLC.1.102. Here's a map. Only park in lots H, I, or J. Parking anywhere else on campus could result in a ticket.
Speaker: Pranvera Hyseni, Founder and Director, Astronomy Outreach of Kosovo
Presentation: Astronomy Outreach
Pranvera Hyseni is the Founder and Director of the Astronomy Outreach of Kosovo (AOK) which is the largest non-profit astronomy outreach program in the Republic of Kosovo, now in its first decade of independence after many years of political unrest and armed conflict. In her role, Hyseni provides invaluable telescope training to educators, STEAM resources to local schools and more. In fact, Hyseni has made such an impact with her informal education and public outreach endeavors that she was approached by the Ministry of Education of Kosovo to develop formal astronomical education programming for the public school system and is routinely asked to represent Kosovo at countless science conferences. With many exciting ventures in by her future, Hyseni also recently had an asteroid named after her by the International Astronomical Union. An icon of social media, Pranvera and her organization have received several recognition awards. Selected as one of 24 winners in the world for The Mars Generation’s “24 Under 24 Leaders and Innovators in STEAM and Space Award”. She has been a guest speaker at the 2017 and 2018 Texas Star Parties, NEAF, and several other astronomy venues here in the United States.
The Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas was chartered in 1955 to promote interest and research, and to give instruction in the science of astronomy and related disciplines. Membership is open to anyone having an interest in astronomy and related subjects and includes benefits such as a our monthly newsletter, discounts to the top astronomy magazines, access to our dark sky observing site and many more.
Our annual membership dues are very reasonable and can be paid on-line using the PayPal link listed below. Membership is open to anyone having an interest in Astronomy and the night sky.
Please visit the Club Information section for more on TAS.
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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.
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TAS Recurring Star Parties
TAS holds 4 regular monthly Star Parties where our members get together to observe and educate about the night sky. Come join us to look at planets, stars, and other celestial wonders. The monthly Star Party schedule is as follows:
Our full schedule of activities is on our calendar. Please come out and join us or volunteer at one of our events.Please call the Public Observing Hot Line at 214-800-6000 for the latest cancellation information.
Visit the members' discussion forum to discuss astro-type stuff with fellow TAS members.
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Constellation of the Month: June: Scorpius
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Sun, Moon, and Tonight's Sky
| Richardson, TX
(times in CDT):
Sunrise today: 6:19am
Sunset today: 8:39pm
Moonrise today: 2:45pm
Moonset today: 2:15am
56% of moon illuminated
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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...
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...