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Foothill Telescope Remains CLOSED

Following guidance from the
Santa Clara County Health Officer and Foothill College, PAS is extending the suspension of our Friday and Saturday public viewing sessions at Foothill Observatory for the foreseeable future.  We will be able to resume operations once Foothill College reopens the campus.

Please check back periodically for the latest status.

March 11, 2020; updated September 29, 2020



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.



"Memories of Arecibo Observatory"

Featuring PAS's own William Phelps


January 22th, 2021 at 7:30pm

 PAS Annual Meeting via Zoom

(meeting link will be emailed to club members)


We are very pleased to announce that our 2021 ANNUAL MEETING of the PAS will feature long-time Board Member WILLIAM PHELPS giving a talk on "ARECIBO MEMORIES".  Given that the radio telescope recently collapsed, this is a very timely subject and will be most interesting!

The ZOOM meeting is scheduled at 7:30pm PST on Friday, January 22nd.

BIO:  William was an IBM Systems Programmer for 30 years, later self employed in video projector systems design and calibration 15 plus years.  He served as a volunteer park ranger in Yosemite, now retired and living in the Santa Cruz mountains.  He has been on the Board of the PAS for many years -- has served as our Website Chairman, organized all of our Summer Yosemite trips, organized our Foothills Park star parties, made major improvements to our Oak Ridge site, etc.
Please mute your microphone and video upon joining the meeting to conserve bandwidth.  We will open for questions and chat forum after the meeting.
PAS Members will see an announcement soon about Board Voting, which takes place annually at our January Meeting.  Voting will be done by e-mail of course due to COVID.  Please take the time to vote when you see the announcement.
We hope you will be able to join us!


Next Meeting: 

We are looking for more speakers able to present via Zoom; please check back periodically for the latest.


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