Past PAS Meetings
Select talks from past PAS meeting, with links to recordings where available.
|May 2022 –– Total Lunar Eclipse Party at Foothill Observatory May 15!|
The Peninsula Astronomical Society and the Foothill College Astronomy department held telescope observations of the total lunar eclipse on Sunday, May 15 from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. We observed the eclipse using a range of portable telescopes, as well as the Foothill College Observatory.
|Lick Observatory: Behind the Scenes|
PAS Board Member, VP and Lick Observatory Telescope Operator Rick Baldridge has been a Lick Staff Member since 2015 and shared an insider’s view of the observatory, decommissioned telescopes, and other locations on the mountain that are rarely visited or seen by the public, along with local history and other tidbits of information.
PAS Meeting Jan 2022 — Lick Observatory Behind the Scenes (YouTube)
|International Observe the Moon Night|
Foothill 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 2021||High 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