Big things are happening in the next month. We hope you will be able to participate in some of them. Saturday, Sept. 18 is International Observe the Moon Night.  The Administaff Observatory will be having an extra public viewing night this month to join the celebration. We will be open from 7 to 10 p.m.  The telescopes will be observing the features on the moon, and there will be talks on various topics about the moon.  For more information on the international event go to the website:  For information on the event at the Observatory, go to our website: Friday, Oct. 8 is the observatory’s public viewing night.  We have a new attachment for the 20-inch telescope that will make you feel that you are actually in outer space, up close with the objects we view.  For more information and to join our e-mail distribution list, please go to our website. Friday, Oct.15 is the Greater Houston Area ALL-Astronomy-Clubs Meeting.  It will be held at the Houston Community College Auditorium at 4100 Main Street in Houston from 7 to 10 PM.  The main speaker for the evening will be Dr. David Talent.  He will be talking about converting a major telescope to search for Near Earth Asteroids. Saturday, Oct. 16 is the Greater Houston Area Astronomy Day at the George Observatory in Brazos Bend State Park.  Activities begin at 3 p.m. and continue to around 10 p.m.  It consists of many telescopes to look through and lots of talks. For more information, please see the website: This is also the time of year when we see the Mars Hoax e-mail make its rounds. Some of them are quite impressive works of art, but they are misleading and misinformation. When Mars is as large as it gets, you could still fit 75 of them across the face of the full moon. It is always rather small. If you get one of these e-mails, please do not forward it on to anyone, and let the sender know it is likely a hoax. – Dr. Aaron B. Clevenson Lead Astronomer, Administaff Observatory Photo by Aaron B. Clevenson

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