Past PAS Meetings

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

May
2022
May 2022 –– Total Lunar Eclipse Party at Foothill Observatory May 15!
Lunar Eclipse DiagramThe 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.
January
2022
Lick Observatory: Behind the Scenes
Lick ObservatoryPAS 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)
October
2021
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
April
2021
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
January
2021
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
August
2020
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
July
2020
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