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The Foothill Observatory telescope has been repaired, and we have reopened for our normal Friday & Saturday public programs.

November 14, 2015



The next PAS meeting is Friday November 13, 2015

7:30 pm, Room 5015, Foothill College


 "The History and Science of Lick Observatory" by Dr. Paul Lynam of Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory, wholly owned and operated by the University of California, was the first astronomical observatory purpose-built at altitude. It demonstrated the practicality of large-scale glass substrate reflecting telescopes for research. It was the fulcrum upon which the United States pivoted to dominance in observational astronomy at the close of the 19th century and the dawn 20th.

This presentation offers a little known history of James Lick, what motivated him to establish Lick Observatory and the processes and people that lead to the establishment of what was for decades the world's foremost astronomical observatory, located in the county of Santa Clara.
  Even prior to completion, Lick Observatory was making important discoveries, developing technologies and setting standards. It continues to train generations of scientists and inspire the wider public --- a role it has fulfilled for over 100 years. Lick remains at the forefront of scientific and technological advances, annually enabling over 200 Californian astronomers to undertake and publish front line, cutting edge research. Lick continues to pioneer and has much more work to do.

Some outstanding contributions from Lick's history and current work shall be highlighted, as well as some prospects for the future.


Next speaker:  Steve Gottlieb of SJAA on January 8, 2016, speaking about amateur and professional collaboration on the NGC/IC Project.  There will be no PAS club meeting in December.

 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.



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