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Wiehe Memorial



In Memory of Sarah Wiehe

It is with great sadness we report the passing of Sarah Wiehe, PAS Board Member for many years. 

Sarah served for many years on the PAS Board of Directors from March 2003 onward, including several years as Vice President and PAS Liason to Foothill College.  She was instrumental in working with Foothill College during the transition from the old 16" Newtonian telescope to the new modern 16" Schmidt-Cassegrain now being used.  The remake of the Board Room downstairs at Foothill, the computers, eyepieces, H-alpha Solar Telescope, etc. were very much due to her labors.  She had an excellent working relationship with the College.

Thank you, Sarah, for all your years of service to our Club.  You will be greatly missed.


The next PAS meeting is Friday November 14, 2014

7:30 pm, Room 5015, Foothill College

Featuring Dr. Howard Isaacson

"From Puff-Ball Neptunes to Earth-sized Rocky Planets -- Exoplanets in the Kepler Era"

"Since the discovery of the first exoplanet around a Sun-like star in 1995, ground based surveys and space based telescopes have discovered thousands of planets outside of our solar system. The properties of exoplanets range far beyond what we see in the solar system. From Jupiter sized planets nearly touching their stars, to  gaseous mini-Neptunes the variety of discoveries continue to surprise Astronomers. As the over-all number of exoplanets continues to grow, we are focusing on the masses and densities of planets only a few times larger than the size of the Earth. The point at which planets transition from solid planets, such as the Earth and Venus, to gaseous planets that resemble Neptune and Uranus is of special interest. Knowing the transition region, in terms of planet size, will help to determine the occurrence of planets nearly the size of the Earth."

Dr. Howard Issaacson is a Research Scientist in the Dept. of Astronomy at UC Berkeley.

Next Speaker:  Faride Khalaf on January 9, 2015, speaking on NASA's new Space Launch System.

NOTE:  We will not have a December Club Meeting.  Happy Holidays!!

 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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