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President's Address

September 2019

We are now in September, and if you try very hard, you can start to feel just a little bit of coolness in the air. The AC is not working quite as hard as two months ago, and the promise of pleasant evenings under the stars are just around the corner. As I write this, I’ve just returned from Whitehorse Retreat Center after spending a wonderful night gazing at a very clear, very dark sky. I spent quite a bit of time on Sagittarius, and all it has to offer. Some wonderful Globular clusters, Open clusters, Lagoon and Trifid Nebulas, among other treats. All of these in the same general neighborhood around the Teapot in Sagittarius. Great fun! Friday night was an opportunity I have not had in quite a few months. Saturday night was washed out by clouds at the last minute, but we can’t win them all. Was able to visit with some friends and make new ones.

The Deep South Star Gaze will be held at the end of October, and if you are looking for prime viewing, this is one of the best places we have access to. Make plans now to attend this event. The Dark Skies at Whitehorse won’t disappoint. (the weather- you takes your chances… as you do anywhere)

Make time, any way you can to get out and do some gazing at the heavens. Grab a buddy and head out to SPMOS, or another dark sky location and spend a few hours looking up at all the wonders available. While we all seem so busy with “Other Things”, each of us should make sure we also spend some time on the things we enjoy. If the weather is “iffy”, go anyway. You never know if it will clear, of get worse unless you JUST DO IT (to swipe someone else’s slogan… Sorry about that!). Make the effort, and you will eventually be rewarded, like I was at Whitehorse this weekend. And then share what you saw with us at the next meeting. We’d love to hear about what you observed!

We are looking for a member to step up to the position of PAS Secretary for 2020. After two years in the position, Nanette is hanging up her pen at the end of 2019. (But don’t worry- she’s not going far). If you have any interest in taking notes at monthly meetings and summarizing for the PAS Times, please contact any officer about the details of the position. And if you are interested in any of the other Officer positions, let us know. We are always looking for fresh leadership and new ideas to keep PAS running. This is YOUR club, and you can help guide the direction for us in the future. Step up and participate in the PAS!

Our next meeting will be held on Friday, September 13th, at 7:30PM at UNO Science Building, Room 1001. I hope to see all of you at the next meeting. Don’t forget to 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 19
  • August 16
  • September 13
  • October 11
  • November 15
  • December 13

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