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Foothill Observatory telescope down for repairs

The Foothill Observatory telescope is currently broken 
We are attempting to repair it as quickly as possible. 
Please check back here for further information.

September 24, 2015


PAS is hosting a public "Moon Party"
this Sunday, Sept 27, to view the total lunar eclipse!

PAS members will have telescopes and binoculars setup near the Observatory and in Parking Lot 4 for viewing of this special event.  Sunset is at 6:59 pm, the Moon rises behind the Diablo Range (just North of Lick) shortly thereafter.  The total eclipse phase starts at 7:11 pm and lasts for the next 70 minutes.  Our event will wrap up at 9:00pm as the moon is exiting the Earth's dark shadow, given that it's a school night.



The next PAS meeting is Friday October 16, 2015

7:30 pm, Room 5015, Foothill College


 "The Birth of Stars" by Dr. Mark Krumholz of UC Santa Cruz

Abstract to be posted shortly.


Next speaker on November 9.

 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.



PAS Logo clothing and other cool items are available at Cafe Press - click on the T-shirt:

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