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, January 17, 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 - The Next scheduled FBAC meeting will be held on January 17, 2014.
The FBAC Main Presentation - 11/15/2013
To be announced
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November 2013 Astronomy/Space Calendar
(more at JPL
- Nov 01 - Venus At Its Greatest Eastern Elongation (47 Degrees)
- Nov 02 - ATV-4 Reenters Earth's Atmosphere
- Nov 03 - Hybrid Solar Eclipse
- Nov 04 - Asteroid 2013 VG2 Near-Earth Flyby (0.007 AU)
- Nov 05 - Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) PSLV-C25 Launch (India), Successful
- Nov 05 - Comet P/2005 J1 (McNaught) At Opposition (3.816 AU)
- Nov 06 - Asteroid 5050 Doctorwatson Closest Approach To Earth (1.126 AU)
- Nov 07 - Comet P/2012 T2 (PANSTARRS) At Opposition (3.873 AU)
- Nov 08 - 45th Anniversary (1968), Pioneer 9 Launch (Solar Orbiter)
- Nov 09 - Asteroid 2013 TN69 Near-Earth Flyby (0.083 AU)
- Nov 10 - 190th Anniversary (1823), Waseda Meteorite Fall (Hit House in Japan)
- Nov 12 - Raduga 1M-3 (Cosmos-Globus 1M3) Proton M-Briz M Launch
- Nov 13 - Asteroid 7644 Cslewis Closest Approach To Earth (1.381 AU)
- Nov 14 - Comet C/2013 G8 (PANSTARRS) Perihelion (5.141 AU)
- Nov 15 - Lecture: Getting Under Europa's Skin, Houston, Texas
- Nov 15 - William Herschel's 275th Birthday (1738)
- Nov 16 - 40th Anniversary (1973), Skylab 4 Launch (Last Launch to Skylab)
- Nov 17 - Leonids Meteor Shower Peak
- Nov 18 - Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) Atlas 5 Launch (Mars Orbiter)
- Nov 18 - Mercury At Its Greatest Western Elongation (19 Degrees)
- Nov 19 - Vermont Lunar Cubesat/ ORS 3/ STPSat 3/ SENSE 1 & 2/ Firefly/ STARE B/ RAMPART/ TetherSat 1 & 2/ NPS-SCAT/ Copper/ CAPE 2/ KYSAT 2/ SwampSat/ Black Knight 1/ Trailblazer 1/ DragonSat 1/ ChargerSat1/ TJ Sat/Prometheus 1-4/CSIP Minotaur 1 Launch
- Nov 20 - Comet C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy) Closest Approach To Earth (0.397 AU)
- Nov 20-22 - Asteroid Initiative Idea Synthesis Workshop, Houston, Texas
- Nov 21 - Swarm A, B & C Rokot KM Launch
- Nov 22 - Lecture: Hydrogen Isotopes in Lunar Volcanic Glasses Implications of Their Terrestrial Heritage, Houston, Texas
- Nov 23 - Comet C/2012 U1 (PANSTARRS) Closest Approach To Earth (4.763 AU)
- Nov 24 - Comet P/2005 L1 (McNaught) Perihelion (3.159 AU)
- Nov 25 - Progress M-21M (International Space Station 53P)
- Nov 26 - Mercury Passes 0.3 Degrees From Saturn
- Nov 26 - Kuiper Belt Object 229762 (2007 UK126) At Opposition (42.882 AU)
- Nov 27 - Asteroid 116939 Jonstewart Closest Approach To Earth (1.789 AU)
- Nov 28 - Kondor-E 1 Strela Launch
- Nov 29 - Asteroid 2000 KA Near-Earth Flyby (0.060 AU)
- Nov 30 - Deadline for Name An Asteroid Contest
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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