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President's Address

July 2019


July- Feeling the heat, and looking for clear skies. Jupiter has returned to the evening sky, and is the brightest object after the moon. Saturn is making its way to the evening sky with opposition this month. How nice to have these two favorites back, and available for a look-see again. We’ve just come off a string of Outreach events –a BIG Thank you to all of the PAS members who came out to support one or more of these Outreaches- and this last one in Covington gave us the opportunity to show off both of the planets. These are the stars of the evening show, and always a crowd pleaser at our outreach events.

But what about the other 40,000 or so known objects just waiting for us to see for the first time. Sure, we all seem to have our favorites that we tend to go back to again and again. Who doesn’t take a look at Orion Nebula in winter each time the scope gets pulled out? But, there are so many items, listed in numerous catalogs; and some are just too faint to see with our limited equipment. But what about the ones we CAN see, we just don’t know it yet. When was the last time you spent time looking for something new and different. Try off the beaten path once in a while. Challenge yourself to seek out a new or unusual object to view, and make an effort to really push your limit. Diverge, and take the road (or viewing object) less traveled. It will make all the difference. (with apologies to Robert Frost). And when you do discover something, how about sharing details with other PAS members at the next meeting.

Our July meeting was scheduled for July 19th, but has been changed. The date will be Saturday July 20th, and the location will be Kenner Planetarium, Address: 2020 Fourth Street, Kenner, LA. This is in Rivertown near the end of Williams Blvd. We will be supporting the Kenner Planetarium with their July 20th event from 10:00AM- 4:00PM commemorating the 50th anniversary of the landing on the moon. This is an Outreach event for the PAS to offer Solar viewing from 12:00-3:00PM - bring your solar telescope. There will be a presentation by our own Dr. Seab, and other activities and other guest speakers. Make plans now to support the PAS at this free public event. Details here : https://www.visitjeffersonparish.com/event/space-station-kenner-20th-anniversary-celebration/2216/ . We will hold a short monthly meeting at the planetarium. Actual time to be determined. We hope to see you there. Come out to support the PAS. Bring a guest!

Bill Johnson
PAS President 2018, 2019

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2019 PAS Meeting Dates

  • January 18
  • February 22
  • March 22
  • April 19
  • May 17
  • June 21
  • July 20
  • August 16
  • September 13
  • October 11
  • November 15
  • December 13

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