NEW TAS Event Calendar
Our full schedule of activities is now on our new calendar. Please come out and join us or volunteer at one of our events.
Attend TAS General Meeting
Friday, February 23, 2024, at 7:30 pm CST
TAS Event Calendar
Our full schedule of activities is on our calendar. Please come out and join us or volunteer at one of our events.
TAS Eclipse T-shirt
Howdy y'all! We're excited to celebrate the April 8, 2024 Total Solar Eclipse with you!
Be sure to get one of our new Solar Eclipse T-shirts in our online store with Bonfire.com!
Total Solar Eclipse
April 8, 2024
The Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas wishes to partner and participate with individuals, groups, schools, towns, and all forms of organizations to celebrate the 2024 total solar eclipse. This majestic celestial event will be, for many, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that is certain to inspire wonder about our place in the universe. We in North Texas are fortunate to sit on the path of totality, and with this opportunity we will provide education to whoever desires it.
Within this outreach kit, you will find in-depth information and ample resources to help you have a successful total solar eclipse viewing.
If you have questions about any of the content provided, or require further information regarding the science of eclipses, safety, or planned events, please feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on our club’s events, news, and general membership meetings. And of course you can become a member of TAS at texasastro.org.
The TAS Eclipse Committee
How to Attend the TAS Virtual General Meeting on Zoom
Friday, February 23, 2024 @ 7:30 pm CDT
The General Meeting of the Texas Astronomical Society is held on the fourth Friday of each month, except November, on the third Friday, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
No general meeting is held in December.
In lieu of the general meeting in December, an Awards Banquet will be held on a designated date.
Members in good standing of the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas will receive an email notification containing information about how to join the virtual meeting.
Guests are welcome at in-person meetings at UTD
|Zoom open for Q&A
| Meeting called to order
Opening remarks from the President
Speaker Introduction by Vice President
|TAS Business Meeting
|Constellation of the Month
|Adjourn to BAMSIG
TAS MEMBERS: TAS sends out ZOOM meeting notifications and links via Constant Contact. If you are not receiving our e-mail:
Three column web layout courtesy of Matthew James Taylor
Sun, Moon, and Tonight's Sky
| Richardson, TX
(times in CST):
Sunrise today: 7:00am
Sunset today: 6:21pm
Moonrise today: 8:29pm
Moonset today: 8:08am
98% of moon illuminated
Click the above image for a chart. Popup blockers must be disabled. Chart courtesy of Fourmilab Switzerland.
| Major Planets and Moon Charts
Bright Minor Planet Charts
Observable Comet Charts
Magnitudes observed within the last 5 days:
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.
APSig Contact information:
ObSIG (Observing Special Interest Group) is sponsored by the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas, Texas. ObSIG meets once a month to promote astronomical observing with telescopes, binoculars, and naked eye. We are also here to help new comers to the hobby of amateur astronomy to get started, learn the sky, and get help picking out the right equipment.
For more information on ObSIG, follow this link.
If you would like to learn more about ObSIG, send an e-Mail to:
Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas
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!
Please Note: ATMSIG is currently inactive.
Clear Sky Clocks
Click an image for a complete sky condition forecast.
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.
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.
For more information on JTAS, follow this link.
If you would like to learn more about JTAS, send an e-Mail to:
Junior Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas
TAS In Action
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Atoka Weather Station
Visit the members' discussion forum to discuss astro-type stuff with fellow TAS members.
Visit the Members Only section for access to:
Constellation of the Month: February: Canis Major and Puppis
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.