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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 generally holds its meetings on the second Friday of each month at 7:30 pm, either on the campus of Foothill College (between San Jose and Palo Alto) in Los Altos Hills, or at the Los Altos Public Library. 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 at Foothill College - 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.


Foothill College Observatory

12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, CA

Monday, November 11th

6:45am PST until 10:05am

Park in LOT #4.  ($3 Parking Fee required by the college)

The Observatory will be open to offer SAFE solar viewing of Mercury's silhouette as it moves slowly across the sun's disc, and we may have a solar telescope or 2 set up outside the Observatory as well.  Please plan to stop by to see a relatively rare solar system event; in fact, the next one visible from California will not occur until 2049!





PAS Members who travelled to the Total Solar Eclipse in Argentina and Chile this last July 2nd will show their photos and videos of the event.  Should be a great evening!


Friday, November 8th at 7:30pm

 at Foothill College, Room 5015 (our old venue)

12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, CA.


Park in Lot #5 or 6.  Do not park in STAFF slots.  There is a $3 Parking Fee required by the college -- cash, coin or debit cards accepted.

The OBSERVATORY at Foothill College will be open after the meeting from 9 to 11pm (as it is every Friday night - weather permitting).

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