Past Meetup

General Monthly Meeting: Blinded by the Light: Light Pollution & Dark Skies

This Meetup is past

18 people went

Every 2nd Thursday of the month

St. Stephen's Pecore Hall

1805 W. Alabama (entrance & parking at Sul Ross & Woodhead) · Houston, TX

How to find us

Meeting is in Pecore Hall, which faces the parking lot at Sul Ross & Woodhead. Before 7:00 PM, left turns are not allowed at Woodhead. If you are going west on W. Alabama, turn right at Dunlavy, then left to Marshall, then left to Woodhead.

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The doors open at 7:00 PM, and the program starts at 7:30 PM. Everyone is welcome.


Join us for a presentation about light pollution: what it is, how it affects the our natural world, and how we can minimize its negative effects. The presentation includes a demonstration of the type of lighting the City of Houston is installing in contrast to the type of lighting it ought to install. Our presenters this month are Debbie Moran and Steve Goldberg.

Deborah Moran has had a lifelong interest in astronomy. 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 light pollution issues. Her neighborhood became the first one in Houston allowed to install low glare fully shielded decorative streetlights. For the past three years she has had concerns about the choice of LED street lights in Houston and hopes that the City will eventually move to warmer white lower glare versions for future installations as so many other large cities have and that Houstonians will do the same for their own lighting.

Steve Goldberg, now retired from the computer industry, has been interested in astronomy since first finding and seeing Saturn as a child. After taking an astronomy course in college, he was given a key to the telescope on top of the science building in New Orleans. He is past president of the Pontchartrain Astronomy Society in New Orleans and the Houston Astronomical Society. Steve and his wife Amelia organized 2 solar eclipse trips to Mexico and Peru, started the annual local event called Astronomy Day in 1980, and other specialized astronomical events over the years. He also has an interest in photograph. While watching the night sky and what affects the quality of the sky, Steve has learned about the causes of light pollution and the types of lights that adversely affect the sky.