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The next PAS meeting is Friday July 13, 2018

7:30 pm, Room 5015, Foothill College

"Mountains I Have Known; a Photographic Journey through Art, Astronomy and Place"

by Laurie Hatch of Lick Observatory

Laurie Hatch will take you on an insider's photo tour of Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton and W. M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea. You'll also visit the Eastern Sierra's Alabama Hills, and nearby Mount Whitney where early Lick Observatory astronomers made definitive studies of the Martian atmosphere. The talk includes behind-the-scenes material and references which will interest astronomy buffs and photographers alike.

After studying music and art in college, Laurie pursued dual careers playing electric fretless bass in jazz ensembles and creating fine art ceramics. She transitioned to photography in the early 1990’s after moving to the University of California’s Lick Observatory, where she lived for 17 years. The people, domes and telescopes, as well as expansive 360º views of Silicon Valley, San Francisco Bay, and the Western Sierra inspired and motivated her to apply her background in art to record this uncommon place. By invitation of University of California Observatories in 2007, Laurie made two expeditions to Maunakea to photograph Keck Observatory. Laurie continues to photograph Lick Observatory (she says it will always feel like “home”!), as well as the Eastern Sierra – especially near Mount Whitney and the Alabama Hills, where stark, monumental scenery and brilliant night skies ignite her photographic passion.

Global science communities and publishers use Laurie’s photographs to educate and inform students, astronomers and other scientists, and the general public. Her work appears in textbooks, picture books, magazines, institutional and museum displays, documentaries, websites and online courses, as well as being featured in several art exhibitions.

Next Speaker in September 2018 -- please check back for details.  There will be no meeting in August 2018 given PAS attendance at the Glacier Point Star Party in Yosemite. 

 Location: Foothill College room 5015, next to Parking Lot 5
Bring $3 for a parking permit, and please avoid parking in STAFF spaces



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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