Past PAS Meetings and Talks

Select talks from past PAS meeting, with links to recordings where available.

International Observe the Moon Night
Observe the Moon logoFoothill College, PAS, and NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute hosted a livestream telescopic view of the Moon from the Foothill College Observatory, using the club’s Meade LX200 16″ telescope. Brian Day of NASA live-streamed a thorough walkthrough of interesting lunar sites, while visitors could also see the walkthrough projected onto a screen outside the observatory. Several PAS members also set up camera-equipped telescopes and screens in the parking lot to give visitors additional views of the moon and its features.
International Observe the Moon Night – With Brian Day at Foothill Observatory (YouTube) | NASA IOTMN Site
September 2021High Resolution Lunar and Planetary Astrophotography
Renowned astrophotographer Gary Varney has been specializing in high-resolution planetary photography and gave us a rundown on the equipment, software and techniques he uses to produce images.
Talk YouTube link | Gary Varney on Flickr
Mars on Earth
Dr. Pascal Lee, planetary scientist with the Mars Institute, the SETI Institute, and NASA Ames Research Center, gave a fascinating talk on the NASA Haughton-Mars Project, or HMP, a leading Moon and Mars analog field research project on Devon Island in the High Arctic.
Talk YouTube link | NASA Haughton-Mars Project
Memories of Arecibo Observatory
PAS’s own William Phelps shared his experience of a memorable visit to Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.
Talk YouTube link | Arecibo Observatory Home
Lick Observatory in Pandemic times – 1918 and 2020
A talk by Dr. Elinor Gates, staff astronomer at Lick Observatory.
Talk YouTube link | Lick Observatory Home
Moon Landing Sites
NASA’s Brian Day walks us through lunar landing sites for Apollo missions and how the locations were selected.
Talk YouTube link | NASA Solar System Treks | NASA Moon Trek