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Foothills Park Public Star Party
(Palo Alto residents only - see text)
Saturday October 18, 6:30 to 9 pm

There will be public star party at Palo Alto Foothills Park this Saturday,October 18, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Sunset is at 6:27 pm; a 23% waning crescent Moon rises at 3:23 am on Sunday.

We had a great turnout last time, and perfect weather. The forecast for this weekend is more of the same - join us!

The park entrance WILL CLOSE PROMPTLY AT 6:30 pm - please plan on arrving BEFORE then. This event ends for the public at 9:00 pm. Astronomers may stay later if a PAS officer is present to lock up when the last person leaves.

Anyone bringing a telescope gets in free and does not need to be a Palo Alto resident. If asked, tell them at the gate that you are an astronomer bringing a telescope. This event is organized by PAS but you do not need to be a PAS member to participate.

The view from Vista Hill is quite pleasant - bring a picnic supper and come early to watch the sunset!

Foothills Park is approximately 3 miles up Page Mill Road from Highway 280; the entrance is at the apex of a hairpin turn and pretty easy to find. The star party itself is held on Vista Hill, the highest spot in the park that you can drive to. Ask the ranger at the gate for directions or simply follow the signs. Astronomers may drive past the cones blocking the road and park at the top of the hill (assuming there is room left - the very limited parking fills up quickly!)

For further information contact myself at wm(at) or Ranger Curt Dunn at curt.dunn(at)

In the event of rain this event is cancelled - wouldn't that be a good thing!
The next Foothills Park star party will be on April or May of 2015.
Sunset & Moon data from:


The next PAS meeting is Friday November 14, 2014

7:30 pm, Room 5015, Foothill College

Featuring Dr. Howard Isaacson

"Determining Mass and Composition of Small Exoplanets"

Abstract to be posted shortly.

Next Speaker:  Howard Isaacson of UC Berkeley on November 14, speaking on the characterization of small exoplanets.

 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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