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The next PAS meeting is Friday May 13, 2016

7:30 pm, Room 5015, Foothill College

 

 "Powering a Moon Base through the Lunar Night" by Michael Abramson, Roger Arnold, and Joseph Bland

 
How can we economically supply power to a Moon Base for humans, robots and equipment when there is no available sunlight during the 2-week lunar night? What new power technologies can colonize the Moon and economically extract its valuable ores and materials? Join experts Michael Abramson, Roger Arnold and Joseph Bland for the latest results of their detailed analyses.

Michael Abramson is a software developer and modeling and simulation specialist, working on developments at NASA Ames Research Center.

Roger Arnold is a subject matter expert on clean energy, advanced space transportation (particularly beamed energy propulsion), and direct imaging of extrasolar planets.

Joseph Bland is a third generation inventor, and is president of the Sacramento L5 Society, a chapter of the National Space Society.

All three presenters are active members of the Space Society of Silicon Valley.

 
Our next presentation on June 10 will be an "Eclipse Extravaganza" by 3 PAS members who traveled far to view the March 2016 solar eclipse.

 Location: Foothill College room 5015, next to Parking Lot 5
Bring $3 for a parking permit
(map)

 

 

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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