The Fort Bend Astronomy Club is a non-profit
organization dedicated to the acquisition and dissemination of information
pertaining to the science of Astronomy. Located in Stafford, Texas, FBAC's goal is to serve not only our
members, but the general public as well. FBAC members hail from all corners of Harris, Fort Bend, Waller, and Brazoria counties.
FBAC holds monthly meetings and
members regularly get together to observe at the George Observatory, a satellite facility of the Houston Museum of Natural Science, located within Brazos Bend State Park.
information about FBAC membership, please visit the About FBAC page. For directions to the monthly club meeting, click here. For information about our community outreach activities, click here. For information about the FBAC
list server click here. To contact FBAC, send an email to email@example.com
|The next scheduled FBAC club meeting will be held on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Houston Community College Southwest Campus in Stafford. The presentations and club meetings are open to the public. Click HERE for more info and directions to meeting.
The FBAC Novice Presentation - To Be Announced
The FBAC Main Presentation - To Be Announced
|Joining the Fort Bend Astronomy Club is quick and easy. Join or renew your membership using our online form. Click HERE for more info.
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January 2014 Astronomy/Space Calendar
(more at JPL
- Jan 01 - Cassini, Titan Flyby, Successful
- Jan 02 - Asteroid 2014 AA Impacts Earth
- Jan 03 - Quadrantids Meteor Shower Peak
- Jan 04 - Asteroid 9548 Fortran Closest Approach To Earth (0.857 AU)
- Jan 05 - Cassini, Orbital Trim Maneuver #368 (OTM-368), Successful
- Jan 06 - Thaicom 6 Falcon 9 Launch, Successful
- Jan 07 - Mercury Passes 6.5 Degrees From Venus
- Jan 08 - Comet 270P/Gehrels At Opposition (2.797 AU)
- Jan 09 - Cygnus-2/ Flock-1 (1-28)/ ArduSat 2/ LituanicaSAT 1/ LitSat 1/ SkyCube/ UAPSat 1 Antares Launch (International Space Station), Successful
- Jan 10 - Asteroid 2014 AW32 Near-Earth Flyby (0.001 AU)
- Jan 10 - Lecture: Spectroscopic Classification and Investigation of Terrain Units of Saturn's Icy Moons, Houston, Texas
- Jan 11 - SpaceShip Two Suborbital Test Flight, Successful
- Jan 13 - Asteroid 9249 Yen Closest Approach To Earth (1.475 AU)
- Jan 14 - Asteroid 2014 AE51 Near-Earth Flyby (0.016 AU)
- Jan 15 - Asteroid 1578 Kirkwood Closest Approach To Earth (2.170 AU)
- Jan 16 - Kuiper Belt Object 20000 Varuna At Opposition (42.720 AU)
- Jan 18 - Comet C/2013 Y2 (PANSTARRS) At Opposition (1.801 AU)
- Jan 19 - Asteroid 1 Ceres Occults TYC 0309-00727-1 (11.6 Magnitude Star)
- Jan 20 - Rosetta, Wakes Up From Hibernation
- Jan 20 - Asteroid 31319 Vespucci Closest Approach To Earth (2.175 AU)
- Jan 21 - Comet P/2011 U2 (Bressi) Closest Approach To Earth (4.079 AU)
- Jan 23 - TDRS-L Atlas 5 Launch
- Jan 24 - Comet 293P/Spacewatch At Opposition (1.142 AU)
- Jan 24 - Lecture: The Big Picture for the Geologic History of Venus - Where Things Stand and Future Exploration, Houston, Texas
- Jan 25 - Moon Occults Saturn
- Jan 25 - Comet 121P/Shoemaker-Holt At Opposition (2.831 AU)
- Jan 26 - Asteroid 4330 Vivaldi Closest Approach To Earth (1.236 AU)
- Jan 27 - Asteroid 310 Margarita Closest Approach To Earth (1.642 AU)
- Jan 28 - Comet P/2014 A3 (PANSTARRS) At Opposition (3.073 AU)
- Jan 29 - 25th Anniversary (1989), Phobos 2, Mars Orbit Insertion
- Jan 30 - Cassini, Orbital Trim Maneuver #370 (OTM-370)
- Jan 31 - Chinese New Year
- Jan 31 - Mercury At Its Greatest Eastern Elongation (18 Degrees)
Several observing programs are in the works at FBAC. Leonard Ferguson has developed a double star list and Keith Rivich a planetary nebula list.
The double star list along with rules is available here.
The double star list by right ascension can be found here. The original list is still available above.
The globular and planetary files are now available. Click here for globulars and here for planetaries. Leonard Pattillo's Globular Cluster list is available in .xls format here. Leonard's planetary list in .xls format is here.
Click here for the carbon star list.
The galaxy observing list is now on line. Click here to download a PDF file.
The Open Cluster Observing List can be obtained in PDF form by clicking here.
Observing forms are available for download here.
FBAC member Steve Goldberg has created a set of observing lists for users of Sky Tools astronomy software. These files are in .stx file format and will only work with Sky Tools software: Planetary Nebulas, Galaxies, Globular Clusters, Open Clusters & Carbon Stars
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