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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 generally holds its meetings on the second Friday of each month at 7:30 pm, either on the campus of Foothill College (between San Jose and Palo Alto) in Los Altos Hills, or at the Los Altos Public Library. 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 at Foothill College - 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.


PENINSULA ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY MONTHLY MEETING AND LECTURE

A BETTER WAY TO FIND E.T.?

Renowned astronomer and speaker SETH SHOSTAK of S.E.T.I. will present this most interesting talk!

 

Saturday, October 12th at 7:30pm

 at Foothill College, Room 5015 (our old venue)

12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, CA.

 

ABSTRACT --  For nearly seven decades, a small group of researchers have attempted to find evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence by hunting for radio transmissions or laser flashes. So far, nothing has been found. In the near future, this effort will be extended to nearly a million star systems. Is this larger sample what is needed to produce a reasonable chance of success, or is there another approach that we should emphasize? In this talk we'll present the limitations of looking for signals, and an alternative strategy for examining the galaxy for our cosmic confreres.

 

BIO -- Seth is Senior Astronomer and Institute Fellow at the SETI Institute, in Mountain View, California. He has an undergraduate degree in physics from Princeton University, and a doctorate in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology. For much of his career, Seth conducted radio astronomy research on galaxies, and has published approximately sixty papers in professional journals.  He has written more than five hundred popular magazine, newspaper and Web articles on various topics in astronomy, technology, film and television. For a decade, he chaired the International Academy of Astronautics’ SETI Permanent Committee. Every week he hosts the SETI Institute’s one-hour science radio show, “Big Picture Science”
Seth has written, edited and contributed to a half dozen books. His most recent tome is Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (National Geographic), and he is co-author of a college textbook on astrobiology.

 

 

 

Park in Lot #5 or 6.  Do not park in STAFF slots.  There is a $3 Parking Fee required by the college -- cash, coin or debit cards accepted.

 

  

 

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