My name is Leonard Ferguson, and I will be your guide to all things magical in our Fort Bend skies. I am an active amateur astronomer, have lived in Richmond for over 25 years and am a longtime volunteer at the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s George Observatory, where I conduct classroom presentations during public star parties and assist with the operation of the domed telescopes. I am also active in the Fort Bend Astronomy Club (FBAC) and a volunteer speaker for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the Solar System Ambassador’s Program where I conduct educational programs for schools and the general public. While I am particularly interested in objects within our own solar system, I find all aspects of astronomy fascinating!
As we move forward through the months, we will cover many relevant topics on astronomy, especially those events you can see naked eye or with simple binoculars in your own viewing area, some of the history of astronomy and of course, ongoing space exploration missions.
From time to time, we will also cover some beginner topics: basic telescope questions such as what you can expect to see and what those magnification numbers mean, which might be handy if you are one of many who have a telescope collecting dust in the closet. This is a very socially-oriented hobby and amateur astronomers are always eager to help beginners, so feel free to email me with questions or if you have a subject you would like to see covered.
The night sky is something we all share, and it’s a fascinating and wondrous place. I hope you will join me in this journey!
Follow me on Twitter: @TexasAstronomer
Until next time,
Leonard will be writing a weekly astronomy and stargazing column for the MyFortBend.com blog titled “The Night Sky”. Look for “The Night Sky” every Thursday.
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