By Joyce Lynch
Happy New Year! I send my best wishes for clear, dark skies in 2013, with clouds and much-needed rain only during the day!
To help you plan your year, I'm going to preview the AAS schedule for 2013. Get out your pens and mark your new calendar now!
Monthly meetings are on the second Friday of the month, so those dates are January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8, and December 13 (holiday party). We will be changing our meeting location for at least the first four months of the year. RLM is now officially closed on Friday evenings, so our meetings will take place across Dean Keaton Street in ETC 2.136. This is the building where our Practical Astronomy sessions have been held, although it is a different room.
Public star parties at COE are scheduled for these Saturday evenings: January 5, February 2, March 2, April 13, May 4, June 1, July 6, August 10, September 28, November 26, and December 7.
Member star parties at COE will take place on January 12, February 9, March 9, April 5 and 6, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 3, September 7, October 5, November 2 and 30.
The April 5 and 6 dates are for the Central Texas Star Party, a two-night members event which this year will include a ceremony to rename the Ealing telescope for the late Larry Forrest. More details will follow.
The first Wild Basin event will be January 27 , and those will continue to occur approximately once a quarter.
Dates aren't set yet, but we usually have Austin Under the Stars in March and the summer.
Outside of Austin, the Texas Star Party will be May 5-12. Okie-Tex is scheduled for September 28-October 6, and El Dorado Star Party will take place October 28-November 3.
Of course there will be other events scheduled as the year progresses, so be sure to check our website and read Yahoo group e-mails regularly to learn about them.
I look forward to seeing many of you at these meetings and star parties.