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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.





The scientific, technological, and social

legacy of the Apollo program.

with Foothill astronomy Professor GEOFF MATHEWS



January 10th, 2020 at 7:30pm

 at Foothill College, Room 5015

12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, CA.


50 years ago, humans first walked upon the moon. However, the scientific, technological, and social effects on broader society began well before and have continued long after that event.  In this talk, Foothill College Astronomy professor Geoff Mathews will sample some of the highlights of the Apollo program's legacy, with a few thoughts regarding future efforts.   

Geoff Mathews has been an Assistant Professor in the Foothill College Astronomy department since 2017.  He received his PhD in Astronomy from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2012 for work mapping the structure of disks of planet-forming material around young stars, as well as using their demographics to constrain evolutionary timescales.  Geoff then carried out post-doctoral research at Leiden University in the Netherlands, before returning to Hawaii to help develop new undergraduate programs in Astronomy and Astrophysics at UH Manoa. In 2017, he moved to the Bay Area to focus on general education astronomy teaching and enjoy abundant bicycle paths. 


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