Friday, February 22, 2008



Below is the schedule. Volunteers should meet around

9:30 at our location. See list below of how the day will

play out. I currently only have Rod,. Sue, Don, Terri, William,

Ed, Bruce as volunteers. If you are helping us at this event,

I need to know about it right now!!! RSVP today!

This next part is from the coordinator of the Sally Ride

event, our contact, Tracy.....

Greetings Festival Exhibitors!

We're just about a week away from the Festival - time for

some more details! We will need to see you around 9:30-10:00am

to get you all set-up for the Street Fair, with kickoff around

11:00am. Lunch and drinks are provided. The Street Fair

location will be the same as at last year's ASU Festival,

outside on the walkway next to the Gammage auditorium,

so please remember your hats and sunscreen! Also, if you have

requested power for your exhibit, please bring a 50ft. extension

cord along with a power strip (if you need to plug in more than

one electrical device!) with you so that we can be sure that all

of our exhibitors can reach the power outlets.

The entire Festival schedule is...

Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University

Sally Ride Science Festival, Saturday March 1, 2008

9:30am - 10:00am

Exhibitor's check-in and set-up their exhibits

11:00am - 1:00pm

Registration, eat lunch (provided!), enjoy the Street Fair

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Keynote with Sally Ride (you're welcome to attend!)

2:00pm - 2:20pm

Break (attendees assemble and go to workshops)

2:20pm - 3:05pm

Discovery Workshop #1 for kids (and adult workshops:

offered once only/90 minutes)

3:05pm - 3:25pm

Break (attendees assemble and go to workshops)

3:25pm - 4:10pm

Discovery Workshop #2


Close of Festival

When you arrive on Saturday, (map and driving directions below) if

you have heavy materials you will need to drop-off before parking,

please proceed directly to the drop-off location located in front of the

Gammage Auditorium (drop-off location instructions below).

There will be volunteers and balloons to mark the drop-off

area. We will have volunteers available to help you unload

your materials on to carts and transport them to your

booth while you check-in and park your vehicle in the Gammage

Parking lot. If you do not have materials to drop-off,

please proceed directly to the Gammage Parking Lot

(can use entrance marked Reserved Parking Lot #3) to

park your vehicle. After you have parked, come back to the

Street Fair area and check in at the

"Exhibitor's Registration Table" (there will be

volunteers, signs and balloons to

help you find your way). One of our crew

members will be there to greet you, provide you with your

IDs and set-up information, the location of your booth, and

can answer any lingering questions you might have.

If you have any last minute questions/concerns, please feel

free to send me an email. I will not be attending the

Festival, so if you have any questions or problems while at the

Festival please ask for Becky Decker or Kasey Walsh

and they will be able to assist you. If you have not completed

and emailed me the ASU exhibitor form (attached for your

convenience) please do so right away. Again, many many

thanks for your participation. It will be an exciting and very fun day!

Don't hesitate to drop me a note if you have any questions or suggestions.

Have fun and enjoy the Festival!

Best wishes,


Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Live Eclipse from Argentina

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society


Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society


Space Weather News for Feb. 19, 2008

LUNAR ECLIPSE: On Wednesday night, February 20th, the full Moon
will turn a delightful shade of red and possibly turquoise,
too. It's a total lunar eclipse—the last one until Dec. 2010.
Sky watchers in Europe, the Americas, parts of the Middle East
and Africa are favored for good views of the two-hour event.
Visit for full coverage including maps
and timetables, live webcasts and discussion.

SPY SATELLITE UPDATE: The US Navy's first attempt to hit
malfunctioning spy satellite USA 193 with a missile could
come on Wednesday night during the lunar eclipse. This
is based on an air traffic advisory warning pilots to
steer clear of a patch of Pacific Ocean near Hawaii just
when USA 193 is due to pass overhead. Until the satellite
is shot down, it remains visible to casual sky watchers
during evening passes over US and Canadian towns and
cities; experienced observers say the decaying satellite
is sometimes as bright as the stars of Orion, making it an
easy target for unaided eyes and off-the-shelf digital
cameras. Details, photos and more information are
available at Subscribers to
Spaceweather PHONE ( will
receive email and telephone alerts when the spy-sat is
about to appear over their backyards.

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society

Tuesday, February 19, 2008


Astronomers using the Hubble Telescope has discovered 67 new gravitationally lensed galaxy images found around massive elliptical and lenticular -shaped galaxies. To read more go to the news center at

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society

Monday, February 18, 2008

Satellite Shoot Down

There is unconfirmed rumor that the U.S. Navy will attempt to SHOOT DOWN the ill fated satellite USA 193 on Thursday Feb 21st, just after the Lunar Eclipse, only problem for Arizona residents is the clouds. There has been an air space restriction announced to all Aircraft for February 21, 2008 between the hours of 2:30 and 5:00 UTC. This region is near the main island of Hawaii. The satellite will pass over Hawaii around 3:30 UTC, this may or may not make the debris easily spotted, nothing is for sure since something like this has never been tried before, keep your eyes to the sky and send your reports of anything you spot to after then incident.

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society


Although this eclipse is mainly visible
in the countries bordering the Atlantic
ocean, most readers of this newletter,
including the United States can look
forward to a total Lunar Eclipse on
Wednesday evening (Thursday AM for
Western Europe)

The moon this time will barely fall
totally inside the Earth's shadow at
time of "full moon", so it will be a
brighter total eclipse than usual,
with the moon becoming a "copper penny".

The total eclipse will begin at 8:15pm
Eastern Time, that is 7:15 Central,
6:15 Mountain, 5:15 Pacific, and 0115
Universal Time. Totality comes at 10:01
and lasts until 10:50 Eastern..
A reminder.. You can view the eclipse
safely without any protective
gear ---- even a telescope.



Todd Gross

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society


Be sure to be outside tonight, weather permitting. The International Space Station and The Shuttle Atlantis, will fly over Phoenix Area tonight starting at 18:51 local time from the NW. The two objects will be brighter than Venus or Jupiter. The flyover will last around 4-5 minutes. Maximum altitude will be 40 degrees above the Western Horizon, then moving off to the SW.

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society