A MESSAGE FROM PAS PRESIDENT BILL JOHNSON - 03/16/2020:
PAS officers recently discussed Current COVID 19 (Coronavirus) issues, and all agree that we should limit potential exposure to our PAS members and to the general public. Outreach events scheduled for March- Barataria March 20th, TerraBella in Covington March 21st, and City Park March 27th have all been cancelled. Our April 10th PAS General Meeting has also been cancelled. Events more than 30 days out are still pending. Things are changing daily. We will evaluate the situations continuously, and make decisions on future events as needed. Updates will be posted to this website as well as the PAS Facebook page.
ASTRONOMY NIGHT at Bouge Chitto State Park:
As expected we had a great crowd of over 100 visitors at Bouge Chitto State Park for Astronomy Night on June 8. We were able to offer some solar viewing for those anxious visitors arriving before sunset thanks to Laurie Hayes and Ed Matthews. Once the sun went down, and darkness set in, we were treated to the International Space Station flying overhead. We were also able to view a golden double star, the double star in the Big Dipper, and Jupiter, just to name a few. Thank you to all of the club members who turned out for this event.
NEW MOON SATURDAY at SPMOS:
We had our first member's New Moon Saturday at SPMOS on June 1. We had a good crowd and everyone seemed to enjoy hamburgers cooked by club President Bill Johnson and good conversation. The observing that night was fun and better than most thought it would be. we had 5 telescopes and several pair of binoculars. One of the most popular features viewed was M13, It was a good and fun night.
LIGO Field Trip - Saturday, June 16th
PAS held a field trip to the LIGO Center in Livingston, LA recently. We had 30 PAS members and guests in attendance. The trip was very informative regarding the research done at LIGO. We saw a model of the mirror detection system, watched videos pertaining to the detection of gravitational waves, visited the control room and viewed the famous tunnels used in the detection process. Our guide, a graduate student from LSU currently working at LIGO, answered many questions from the PAS group and was most happy to explain and discuss many aspects of the work done at LIGO.
Bogue Chitto State Park Outreach - Saturday, May 19th
The recent outreach at Bogue Chitto State Park near Franklinton, LA was a huge success! We had a wonderful turn out of both club members, and the public. Viewers were able to see the moon, Venus, Jupiter and star clusters. Children and their parents all seemed to enjoy a new feature to our star gazes-a fabric panel of the Universe, which makes a great back drop for pictures. A big thank you to the club members who were able to participate and help PAS give the visitors a great showing of our night sky!
Astronomy Day at the Infinity Space Center - Saturday, April 21st
A cloudy day and threatening skies kept the turn out for Astronomy Day at the Infinity Space Center low. While PAS members Gabe Dickins, Bill and Nanette Johnson, Laurie Caniglio and Ed Matthews set up telescopes and manned the information table outside, John Martinez gave several presentations on Exo Planets to visitors inside the Space Center. In spite of the low turn out this year, Astronomy Day was definitely a success at the Infinity Space Center.
Barataria Starry Night - Friday, March 23rd
The evening began with clear skies. A few clouds rolled in at about 8:15, but did not obscure the entire sky. The crowd was knowledgeable and interested in the night sky. The favorite sightings seemed to be the moon and the Orion nebula. We also showed viewers the moon with binoculars and pointed out constellations while they waited in line at the telescopes. We were even treated to a very bright shooting star as it flew across the sky. And we were visited by numerous fireflies, adding their special light to the evening.
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