& SPACE ENGINEERS
What is JTAS?
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.
TAS and JTAS were founded back in the 1950s. Today, JTAS has two sections:
Juniors for grades 2-7, and Teen TAS (TTAS) for students from grades 8-12.
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.
We have had presentations on choosing a telescope, using a telescope,
black holes, neutron stars, and different NASA missions.
Our meetings are currently held online via ZOOM. The JTAS meetings are
on Saturday at 1:00 pm and the TTAS meetings are on Sunday at 1:00 pm.
The Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas was chartered in 1955. Membership
is open to anyone having an interest in astronomy and related subjects.
JTAS was founded in 1961, and has a well-respected history of developing
young astronomers in the DFW area.
Summer Camp by JTAS
We will hold our summer camp for JTAS members and welcome all other kids
interested in learning. Coach Kevin will continue his legacy to lead the
kids to explore the mysteries of space.
The summer camp will be weekly with two-hour sessions for four weekdays
plus a star gazing event from a private observatory in Princeton, TX
Learning Topics include
- Telescopes and Astronomy
- Light and the Sun
- The Planets
- The Universe
- Optics and Telescopes
If you would like to learn more about JTAS, send an e-Mail to:
Junior Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas
How to Join JTAS
If you would like to attend a JTAS meeting or for more
information on JTAS and what we do, send an e-mail to JTAS@texasastro.org
You may also scan the code below, or click on the image, to register for
NOTE: Please make sure that the parents of JTAS member
join TAS first. TAS registration is easy. Just follow this link to
Benefits of JTAS Membership
You can join fun and engaging zoom/in person meetings bi
monthly. We will invite guest speakers and student members from
JTAS to share the most exciting topics on aerospace technology.
Our second Summer Learning Program is about to start in June 2022.
The JTAS Sky Puppy program will roll out soon for the younger group
The TAS dark site is also open for star observations by JTAS members
and their families.
You can come to star parties led by our coach, Kevin Cobble. Coach
Kevin is the owner of a private observatory in Princeton, TX.
Free rentals of Celestron telescopes are available to JTAS members.