Abstract – Join us on the evening of July 7th for a presentation that will benefit all amateur astronomers. Novice Chairperson Debbie Moran will give a talk entitled, "Learn the Lingo: Astronomy From A to Z". Debbie will go in-depth into astronomical terms that may be unfamiliar, vague or confusing and make them clear and understandable. Many of the terms and concepts she will discuss even seasoned astronomers will find interesting. There is something here for everyone, newbies and veterans alike. And who knows, you might even run across them again. Some of the more obscure terms have been known to pop up in an HAS trivia contest!
Speaker Bio: Deborah Moran has had a lifelong interest in astronomy since her childhood in Midland, TX where all the scenery is in the sky. She has been a long time member of the Houston Astronomical Society and has served in a number of capacities there, currently as Novice Chair in charge of programs for new members. She also participates in outreach programs and is a volunteer telescope operator at the George Observatory in Brazos Bend State Park. She is the 2017 recipient of the International Dark-Sky association’s Hoag-Robinson Award for education of government officials about outdoor lighting issues. In 2010, her Woodside neighborhood became the first one within Houston city limits allowed to install low glare fully shielded decorative streetlights. For the past four years she has presented concerns about the choice of high glare white LED street lights in Houston to city officials and hopes that the Houston area will someday join other communities in moving to warm or soft white to amber LEDs which are recommended by the American Medical Association for their reduced glare and reduced disruption of day/night circadian function.