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Foothill Telescope is Open

The Foothill Observatory telescope has been repaired, and we have reopened for our normal Friday & Saturday public programs.

November 14, 2015



The next PAS meeting is Friday April 8, 2016

7:30 pm, Room 5015, Foothill College


 "Space Travel Economics"
by Greg Edwards

This is an exciting period in space travel as the first reusable boosters are now starting to fly and many new systems are coming online. Costs are dropping fast and new opportunities are opening for interesting projects. We will explore the costs of various types of space propulsion systems that are useful in these environments: Earth-to-Orbit, Orbit-to-Orbit, Orbit-to-Planets and Extra-Solar.

Greg Edwards is a long-time space and astronomy enthusiast. He has worked on a number of space projects. Greg does not have a background in economics, but, after taking physics in school and teaching many classes in security auditing, he can read numbers. He offered to give this talk, in part, to help him better understand what is now possible and what will or may be possible in the future.

Greg Edwards worked for Lockheed Space Systems Company for decades. He is now retired. His technical specialty is information security. Greg is an InfoSec engineer who is still regarded as a subject matter expert in information security.

Greg Edwards is a highly experienced amateur astronomer and astronomical observer. Among his accomplishments was the observation of the entire Herschel 400 with large 5-inch aperture binoculars from dark-sky sites.

Next speaker in May will be announced soon.

 Location: Foothill College room 5015, next to Parking Lot 5
Bring $3 for a parking permit



The Peninsula Astronomical Society is a group of some 200 Bay Area astronomy enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds. Some members are professionally trained in astronomy, others are just starting and have never looked through a telescope before. One thing that we all have in common is an interest in the sky.

The PAS holds meetings on the second Friday of each month at 7:30 pm on the campus of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA (between San Jose and Palo Alto).  The meetings are usually held in Room 5015, next to Parking Lot 5 (see map). Each meeting features a speaker (or speakers) bringing us up to date on different topics in astronomy. The public is welcome to attend these meetings; there is no charge to attend.  Note, however, that there is a $3 charge for parking - visitor parking permits are available from the machines in the parking lots.  Please do not park in spaces marked "Staff" - you will be ticketed!

As part of its commitment to bringing astronomy to the public, the Peninsula Astronomical Society operates the Foothill College Observatory (click here for more information). The Observatory is staffed by members of the society who volunteer to conduct the regularly scheduled public programs.

In addition to operating the Foothill Observatory, the PAS has its own observatory in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains. This location has AC power and room for members to set up their own telescopes at our monthly star parties. This site is also the home of the society's 12" telescope, available for member use after a checkout.

For informaton about membership in the PAS, click here.



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