Abstract – On August 14, Saturn and Earth were in Opposition. This is when Earth and Saturn line up with the Earth between the sun and Saturn, In this alignment, the ringed planet is directly opposite the sun in our sky making it an excellent time to observe Saturn. Views of this beauty of the night sky will be the best throughout August, September and October 2022. Novice Chairperson Debbie Moran will guide us in how to observe Saturn, and help us to make the best of our observing time. She will also point out the features of Saturn which should be visible through a typical amateur telescope.
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.