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Past Speakers

Month Year Speaker Affiliation Title
February2020Dr. David Alexander

Tony Wiese
Rice University

FBAC
The Space Physics of Exoplanets

FBAC Annual Super Star Awards for 2019 Volunteer Efforts
January2020Dr. Lisa W. Koerner


Dr. Maynard Pittendreigh
University of Houston

Astronomical League (AL) ExecutiveSecretary & Outreach Award Coordinator
Neutrinos Update and D.U.N.E.
"Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment"

"What is New and Old with the Astronomical League - Including New Library Outreach Telesope Program"
December2019No MeetingFBAC Holiday Party - Members Only
November2019Dr. Edgar Bering III


Steve Goldberg
University of Houston

FBAC
Update on VASIMR - Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket

Texas Star Party 2020 - Part II Registration
October2019Dr. Matthew Baring

Steve Goldberg
Rice University

FBAC

FBAC
Supermassive Black Holes - Blasts from the Past

Texas Star Party 2020 - Part I

FBAC 35th Anniversary Celebration 1984-2019
September2019September Meeting Cancelled HCC Closure Due To Tropical Storm Imelda

Rescheduled: FBAC 35th Anniversary Celebration 1984-2019
August2019Don Cooper


Abhi Gudipati



FBAC
To The Moon -- Commemorating 50-Year Apollo 11 Anniversary

Apollo Lunar Landing Sites
July2019Dr. Louise Prockter




David Haviland
Director, Lunar Planetary Institute - Houston

FBAC
Europa and the Europa Clipper Mission




A Lunar Primer - The Moon Is Your Friend at Outreach Events
June2019Charles Phillips


Steven Clayworth



FBAC Novice Support & Observation Committee Chair
Tracking Satellites, How and Why / Predicting When Fall to Earth

10 Summertime Objects
May2019Dr. Marc Fries




Joe Dellinger
NASA Curator of Cosmic Dust at Johnson Space Center

FBAC
Methane Plumes on Mars




Discovering Asteroids
April2019Dr. Scott Solomon

Neil Shet, Jai Shet
Rice University

FBAC
Evolutionary Biology on Mars

A Journey Through Space and Time: How We Built the Tootsie Roll Telescope and More
March2019William Spizzirri


Steven Clayworth, Jeff Lepp, Mac Hooton
FBAC


FBAC
Blood Lines - Why I Study Astronomy / How We Are Made Up of Stardust

Three Main Types of Telescopes With Demonstrations
February2019Annie Wargetz



Steve Goldberg

Tony Wiese

February 16 - FBAC Solar Saturday at the George Observatory
NASA Solar System Ambassador

FBAC

FBAC
The Most Precious Gold or How a Human Spaceflight Enthusiast Came to Love the Sun


Upcoming Texas Star Party 4/28-5/5 2019

FBAC Annual Super Star Awards for 2018 Volunteer Efforts
January2019Main Speaker Cancellation

Steven Clayworth





Leonard Ferguson, Annie Wargetz

January 4 - FBAC Member Only Observing Party



FBAC Novice Support & Observation Committee Chair

NASA Solar System Ambassadors



Orders of Magnitude: The Size of the Universe Through the Ages




NASA Mission Updates: New Horizons, OSIRIS-REx, InSight, Parker, TESS
December2018No MeetingFBAC Holiday Party - Members Only
November2018Dr. Brandon Reddell

Steven Clayworth
NASA

FBAC Novice Support & Observation Committee Chair
Ionizing Radiation and It's Effects on Humans and Electronics

"15 For Fall" Favorite Viewing Objects
October2018Dr. Stephen Bradshaw

Steven Clayworth



October 13 - FBAC Solar Saturday at the George Observatory

October 26 - FBAC Member Only Observing Party at the George Observatory
Rice University

FBAC Novice Support & Observation Committee Chair
The Dynamic Solar Atmosphere

Memorable Astronomy Experiences
September2018Observing Meeting

Leonard Ferguson & Annie Wargetz


Anil Ketkar


NASA Solar System Ambassadors

FBAC
Cancelled Due to Weather

NASA Mission Updates: New Horizons, OSIRIS-REx, Parker Solar Probe, Mars Spirit & Opportunity Rovers, Mars Science Laboratory - Curiosity Rover, Mars InSight

Stargazing 101 for Novices and Astrophotography
August2018Annie Wargetz



Steven Clayworth
NASA Solar System Ambassador

FBAC Novice Support & Observation Committee Chair
Parker Solar Probe - A Mission to Touch the Sun



Committee Overview and Plans for October 26 member observing at the George Observatory
July2018Dr. Christopher Johns-Krull

David Haviland
Rice University


FBAC
Searching for Planets Around the Youngest Stars


Do It Yourself Astronomy - Telrads
June2018Dr. Aasron Clevenson


David Haviland
NHAC/Insperity


FBAC
Night Vision - What Is It; What Affects Night Vision; How Long Does it Take to Recover After Interruption by Light

Battery Booster Modifications - How to Prolong Time Between Charges
May2018Jeff Lepp


Amelia & Steve Goldberg

Amelia & Steve Goldberg
FBAC


FBAC


FBAC
Setting Circles - A Poor Man's Go-To System for Dobsonians

8/2017 Solar Eclipse Experience in Oregon


TSP 2018 Omega Centauri Award to FBAC
April2018Observing Meeting

Michael Fredette


FBAC
Cancelled Due to Weather

Cassini: The Mission and the Enceladus Surprise
March2018Jeff Lepp

Michael Fredette
FBAC

FBAC
The Anatomy of an Imaging Session

Drake's Equation and the Fermi paradox
February2018Dr. Brad Thomas

Leonard Ferguson



Tony Wiese
FBAC

FBAC NASA Solar System Ambassador

FBAC
The Strange Behavior of Alt-Azimuth Mounts

NASA Mission Updates: New Horizons, Juno, OSIRIS-REx, InSight


FBAC Annual Super Star Awards for 2017 Volunteer Efforts
January2018Dr. Matthew BaringRice UniversityThe Buzz and the Bang of Neutron Stars
December2017No MeetingHoliday Party Cancelled - George Observatory Unavailable Due to Hurricane Harvey Damage
November2017Jason NishiyamaRoyal Astronomical Society of CanadaPlanetary Nebula Morphology, Ellipses and Butterflies
October2017Bill Spizzirri

Membership
FBAC

FBAC
Cosmic Distance Measurement

More Eclipse experiences from the membership
September2017Membership

Michael Fredette

Leonard Ferguson
FBAC

FBAC

FBAC NASA Solar System Ambassador
Eclipse experiences from the membership

Cassini Eulogy - The End of the Cassini Mission

NASA Mission Updates: New Horizons, Juno, OSIRIS-REx, Orion & SLS
August2017No Meeting2017 Total Solar Eclipse
July2017Justin McCollumFBACIn Search of Hypernovae
June2017Dr. Lisa WhiteheadUniversity of HoustonWhat We've Learned About Neutrinos
May2017Dr. C. Renee JamesSam Houston State University50 Years of Pulsars: How a Bit of Scruff Changed the Astronomical Game
April2017Observing MeetingObserving meeting at HCC
March2017Dr. Huarte-Espinosa


Tony Wiese
University of Houston

FBAC
Studying shining nebulae with supercomputers and laboratory experiments

FBAC Annual Super Star Awards for 2016 Volunteer Efforts
February2017Dr. Aaron Clevenson

Michael Fredette & Tracy Knauss
NHAC/Insperity

FBAC
Radio Astronomy at Home

Astronomical League Outreach Awards Ceremony
130 Awards for > 4400 Outreach Hours
(63 Outreach, 46 Stellar Outreach, 21 Master Outreach)
January2017Jeff LeppFBACImage Post Processing with PixInsight
December2016No MeetingFBAC Holiday Party
November2016James Wooten

Michael Fredette
FBAC/HMNS

FBAC
The Eclipse of 2017

Very Basic Lunar Geology
October2016Observing Meeting FBACObserving meeting at HCC
September2016Brad Thomas



Leonard Ferguson
FBAC



FBAC
Coordinate Concepts and Programming for Telescopes: GoTo vs Push-To Pointing / Slewing Systems for Equatorial Mounts

Trip to Cape Canaveral for Launch of OSIRIS-REx 9/8/2016
August2016Jeff Lepp


David Havliand
FBAC


FBAC
Image Calibration, Registration (Alignment), and Stacking (Integration) for Astrophotography

Slides from Trip to Greenwich, England & Dr. Ken Seidelmann's Reports on GPS Coordinates for the Real Prime Meridian
July2016Scott Mitchell and Amelia Goldberg

David Haviland
FBAC


FBAC
From Eyepiece to Imagination - Astronomical Art


Open Forum - Member Discussion
June2016Jeff Lepp and Richard Schmidt

David Havliand

Leonard Ferguson
FBAC


FBAC

FBAC NASA Solar System Ambassador
Equatorial Platform - Tracking for your Dob


Review of East Dome Mirror Recoating

NASA Mission Updates: New Horizons, Juno, OSIRIS-REx, SLS, Dawn
May2016Don Cooper

Steve Goldberg


FBAC
Saturn V Guidance System 1962-1978

5/1-8 2016 Texas Star Party Review
April2016Observing MeetingFBAC/HMNSObserving Meeting at HCC
March2016Steve Clayworth


Steve Goldberg
FBAC


FBAC
Aberrant Behavior - Inherent Characterstics of Telescopes: Cause and Remedies

July 11, 1999 Total Solar Eclipse Experience in Baja, Mexico
&
FBAC Participation in the 2003-2006 "Telescopes for Telethon" Fundraisers
February2016Bill Spizzirri

Michael Fredette



Tony Wiese

February 21 - FBAC Member Only Observing Party at the George Observatory
FBAC

FBAC



FBAC
Nucleosynthesis

Nebula Classifications & Demo of Celestia Simulation Software Travel to M42, RCW 79, HST 10, M51a / NGC 5194

FBAC Annual Super Star Awards for 2015 Volunteer Efforts
January2016Don Cooper

David Haviland

Joe Dellinger


FBAC

FBAC
Saturn V Guidance Systems - easy version

Astronomy Apps for Android Devices

January 19 - Binocular Viewing of Moon's Occultation of Aldeberan at Bates Park, Angleton Tx.
December2015No MeetingFBAC Holiday Party
November2015Leonard Ferguson

Jeff Lepp



David Haviland
FBAC

FBAC



FBAC
OSIRIS-REx mission to Bennu

Report on 10/11/2015 18" East Dome Telescope Mirror Removed, Cleaned, Reinstalled,Recollimated - Tracy Knauss, Jeff Lepp, Diana Gonzales, Joe Dellinger

How to Easily Build a Home-Made Mount to Attach a Smart Phone to a Telescope
October2015Observing Meeting FBACObserving meeting at HCC
September2015Bill SpizzirriFBACPalomar Observatory & Comet Hunters Gene and Carolyn Shoemaker and David Levy
August2015Wes Whiddon

Mac Hooton
FBAC

FBAC
History of FBAC

Earth's Ice Ages
July2015Peggy Halford


Leonard Ferguson


July 26 - FBAC Member Only Observing Party at the George: Tracy Knauss, Joe Dellinger, Jeff Lepp, Justin McCollum, Tony Wiese
HMNS Director of the George

FBAC NASA Solar System Ambassador

FBAC
The 4 year effort to recoat the 36" mirror


NASA Missions: New Horizons at Pluto, Juno, Dawn, InSight, OSIRIS-REx


Volunteering at the George & East Dome, Asteroid Searches, East Dome Sign Up Sheet, East Dome and Research Dome Viewing
June2015Debbie Moran

Steve Goldberg
HAS

FBAC
Total Eclipse! The Thrill of the Chase

Sights and Sounds Of TSP - 5/10-16 2015
May2015Dr. Daniel McDonald


Michael Fredette
University of Houston

FBAC
22 Year Sunspot Cycle


How To Collimate Newtonian and Dobsonian Telescopes With Deomonstration
April2015Steve Clayworth

Debbie Moran
FBAC

HAS
NEOWISE - Near Earth Objects

Basic Sky Navigation Tools
March2015Leonard Ferguson

David Haviland
FBAC

FBAC
Mission to Bennu - OSIRIS REx - Asteroid Sample Return

Open Forum - Member Discussion
February2015Joe Dellinger


Louise Riofrio

Tony Wiese
FBAC


JSC

FBAC
Asteroid hunting in the East Dome - 10+ Years of Chasing Asteroids

Speed of Light

FBAC Annual Super Star Awards for 2014 Volunteer Efforts
January2015Bill Spizzirri


Justin McCollum
FBAC


FBAC
Steward Observatory Mirror Lab at the University of Arizona

Moons of Our Solar System From Jupiter to Neptune
December2014No MeetingFBAC Holiday Party
November2014Annie Wargetz

David Haviland
FBAC

FBAC
Orion - The Journey to Deep Space

Open Forum - Member Discussion
October2014Jeff LeppFBACA Beginner's Setup For Deep Sky Astrophotography
September2014Dr. Aaron ClevensonNHAC/InsperitySupernova M82/SN2014J
August2014Madhan R. TirumalaiUniversity of HoustonAstrobiology
July2014Main Speaker Cancellation

Steve Goldberg



FBAC



How To Plan An Evening Of Astronomical Viewing To Get The Most Out Of The Evening
&
Sky Tools App
June2014Dr. Daniel McDonald


David Haviland
University of Houston

FBAC
Gravitational Waves and Inflation


Apparent Magnitudes of Common Astronomical Objects Including Globular Clusters
May2014Annie Wargetz


David Haviland
FBAC


FBAC
STEREO Satellites Solar TErrestrial RElations Obsesrvatories

Open Forum - Member Discussion
April2014Paul Maley


Bill Spizzirri
JSCAS


FBAC
Eclipses of Stars by Asteroids - or - How to Map an Asteroid for $700

The Telescopes on Mauna Kea
March2014James WesselJSCASNASA Solar and Lunar Observing Missions
February2014Tony WieseFBACFBAC Annual Super Star Awards for 2013 Volunteer Efforts
January2014David HavilandFBACStar Hopping - How To & Tools
December2013No MeetingFBAC Holiday Party
November2013Dr. Marjorie Corcoran

William Spizzirri
Rice University

FBAC


Greenwich Observatory and Stonehenge - England
October2013No MeetingAll Clubs Meeting & Astronomy Day
September2013Dr. Daniel McDonald


Don d'Entremont
University of Houston

FBAC



Solar Fusion - How It Works
August2013Dr. Paul Padley


Mary Lockwood
Rice University


FBAC
Cosmology at the Microscopic Scale: Experiments At the LHC Are Able To Look For Dark Matter and Extra Dimensions

Sundials - Especially the One Located at Brazos Bend State Park Nature Center
July2013Dr. Reginald DufourRice UniversitySpectroscopy Study of Planetary Nebulae With the Hubble Telescope And The Increase In the Ratios of C and N to H and He With the Chemical Age Of Galaxies
June2013Dr. Daniel McDonaldUniversity of HoustonPhase Diagram of Nuclear Matter - Evolution of Matter Shortly After the Big Bang
May2013Ramkumar Balasubramanian

Tony Wiese
Rice University


FBAC
Sun-Earth & Space Weather


Relative Sizes of The Planets & Their Orbits - With NSN Props
April2013Dr. Jim WesselJSCASNASA Earth Observing Mission
March2013Dr. Billie HarlandElectrical Systems Engineer at VeoliaStar Lore or How Ancient Cultures Believed the Cosmos Came To Be
February2013Dr. Roger Boston


Tony Wiese
Professor, Asian Studies

FBAC
Ancient Cinese Astronomy & Navigation


FBAC Annual Super Star Awards for 2012 Volunteer Efforts
January2013Dr. Aaron Clevenson

Michael Fredette
NHAC/Insperity

FBAC
Cosmic Cataclysms, or Things That Go Bump In the Night

The Moons of The Solar System: A Typology
December2012No MeetingHoliday
November2012Don d'Entremont

Dr. Aaron Clevenson
FBAC

NHAC/Insperity
4 Points of View Re: What Is A Planet and What Is Pluto

Mommy, Where Do I Come From? Nucleosynthesis In Stars
October2012No MeetingAll-Clubs Meeting/Astronomy Day
September2012Dr. Christopher Johns-Krull

Dr. Alex Filippenko
Rice University


UC Berkley
Brown Dwarfs and Giant Planets Around Newly-Found Stars


Video - Expansion of the Universe
August2012David HavilandFBACA History of Barringer Meteor Crater and Other Impact Adventures
July2012
June2012
May2012
April2012
March2012Justin McCollum

Don d'Entremont
FBAC

FBAC
Gliese 1214b: A Personal Study of a Strange Water World

Earth Orbit & World Calendar vs. Mars Orbit
February2012Steve Clayworth and Jim Jackson

Tony Wiese
FBAC


FBAC
Journey to Palomar


FBAC Annual Super Star Awards for 2011 Volunteer Efforts
January2012Stephen Walker


Michael Fredette
FBAC


FBAC
Report on Initial Refurbishment Attempts of 36" Mirror at the George

Life and Work of Sir Patrick Moore: Caldwell Catalog & Over 760 Episodes of The Sky At Night
December2011No MeetingFBAC Holiday Party
November2011Steve Clayworth


Justin McCollum
FBAC


FBAC
Video of Disney Early Science Programs Circa 1956 (pre-sputnik) About the Moon and Travel to the Moon

Neptune And Uranus, The Outer Gas Giants
October2011No meetingAll-Clubs Meeting/Astronomy Day
September2011Nathaniel WhiteheadFBACScience and Philosophy of Astronomy
August2011
July2011
June2011Justin McCollum

Steven Clayworth
FBAC

FBAC
The Spring Constellations on the Summer Solstice!

Report on Planet Three - The Earth
May2011Tony Wiese and Stephanie Walker

Don d'Entremont
FBAC


FBAC
East Dome Remodel & Mirror Recoating


The Wobble of The Sun
April2011Nathaniel Whitehead

Justin McCollum
FBAC

FBAC
The Reoccurring Nova in Pixis and on the Decadal Survey

The Inferior Planets
March2011Abbreviated Meeting 7PM To 7:24 PM
February2011Dr. Aaron Clevenson

Don d'Entremont

Tony Wiese
NHAC/Insperity

FBAC

FBAC
The Astronomer Tycho Brahe

The Earth As Observing Platform

FBAC Annual Super Star Awards for 2010 Volunteer Efforts
January2011