Thursday, April 24, 2008

Friday night at Phx Zoo, star party - RSVP with Chet Today!

Are you looking for something fun to do this Friday?
Need an outing with a star party?

PAS Telescope operators are urged to help at the star party for the WOW program
with Chet at the Phoenix Zoo. Start time will be 6:30. Please RSVP with Chet right away at to get directions on how this star party works.

RSVP so far: Chet, Rod, Chris
More telescopes are always welcome.

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Bright Nova in Sagittarius

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society

Star Party at North Mountain Park Visitor Center 4/26 5pm to 9:30pm

Quick reminder:

Saturday 4/26 is star party at N. Mountain Park Visitor Center. We hope to see you there for the first of several really awesome star parties. RSVP is required with me. We begin at 5pm doing solar viewing, and then have an awesome speaker, Mike Marron doing a 1.5 hour presentation, and then from 7:30 to 9:30pm we have evening viewing and a special appearance by Bruce's 20" Obsession telescope. You won't want to miss this Star Party. Come for part of the event, or the whole thing. Everyone is welcome! See you there!

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society


Good evening,

Tomorrow, 4/24 was scheduled, the Meeting of the Minds in G-147 at PVCC.
However, due to the lack of topics needing to be discussed, we are canceling
the meeting this month. We hope to see you at the next one, which will be May 29th.
See you there. Send me topics for that meeting, soon.
Please have an awesome evening!

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Meeting of the Minds Thur 4/24

Good afternoon and Happy Tuesday to you!

This Thurs is the Meeting of the Minds. YOUR TOPICS ARE NEEDED!
Please note, if there aren't enough topics to make the meeting last at least 1 hour, we will cancel the meeting and carry the topics to the following month. Watch for an announcement.
Please send me your topics, today!
Thanks and have a super day!

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society

Laser Pointers

Received this email from EVAC.

Once again, the irresponsible few ruin it for the responsible majority...
be careful if traveling down under!

Laser pointers banned after


Mon Apr 21, 2008 12:11pm EDT

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A major Australian state has banned laser pointers after a

spate of incidents in which aircraft pilots have been temporarily blinded, the

government said on Monday.

High-powered hand lasers, including so-called "star pointers" used by

astronomers, would be listed as prohibited weapons in New South Wales

state with jail terms of up to 14 years for anyone carrying them without a permit.

"It is a gutless and cowardly act that could result in an horrific outcome.

It only takes a fraction of a second for a pilot to become temporarily

blinded and that could have catastrophic consequences," said state

Premier Morris Iemma.

Several pilots have recently reported high-intensity lasers being shone

into their cockpits during take-offs and landings, and police recently

enlisted intelligence agencies to help combat what papers called

"laser lunatics."

The latest incident occurred over Sydney's south at the weekend when an

ambulance helicopter was hit by a green beam.

The ban will build on planned national importation controls announce

by the federal government earlier this month, treating laser pointers

like firearms.

"It's destructive, dangerous behavior which needs a coordinated response

across Australia," said Home Affairs Minister Bob Debus.

(Reporting by Rob Taylor, editing by Sanjeev Miglani)

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Solar System Project @ PVCC

SOLAR SYSTEM PROJECT @ PVCC By Rod Sutter, Prez To all the Members of PAS, today at PVCC we chose our object. PAS got to draw third of the

thirteen. The object that we got was the KUIPER BELT. The Second largest object in the group.

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society