Jane Houston Jones,
California Meteor Society
Last updated: October 2002
E-Mail: jane [at] whiteoaks.com
Brief Biographical Information:
Jane Houston Jones is President of the Astronomical
Association of Northern California, an umbrella group that coordinates
and creates public awareness among 30 Northern California astronomy
clubs and science centers, representing over 2000 amateur astronomers.
She is on the board of directors of the Astronomical Society of the
Pacific, and volunteers with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's
Project Astro program. She also is the SF Bay Area coordinator of the
Sidewalk Astronomers and helps out in John Dobson's telescope making
classes. Jones is a member of many worldwide astronomy clubs from Sydney
to Honolulu to San Francisco. Several of her astronomy articles have
appeared in Sky and Telescope, Mercury and Amateur Astronomy Magazine.
She is an occasionally employed IT consultant and technical writer in
the San Francisco bay area.
As a visual meteor observer, Jones participated in 1998 and 2000
ground-based Leonid shower counts in California (which were partially
clouded out), and watched many hours of video from the 1998 mission. In
1999 she was part of the near-real time flux measurement team aboard the
Aria aircraft, and in 2001, led the visual flux measurement ground-based
team in Alice Springs, Australia with her husband, Morris Jones. She
has written many articles about the Leonids in particular and meteors in
general for amateur astronomers and the public alike.
Research on Leonid MAC:
1999 Leonid MAC and 2002 Leonid MAC near-real time flux team member. Jones and other
members of the flux team presented Leonid Outreach Programs to over 40
youth astronomy clubs, YMCA groups, church groups, amateur astronomy
clubs, elementary school classrooms, and college astronomy lecture
series. Ground based flux measurements during 1998, 2000 and 2001
missions, airborne flux measurements during the 1999 and 2002 missions.
Read about the 1999 Leonid trip in
Jane's Scrapbook of the
1999 Leonid MAC mission. And read about the