Friday, November 21, 2008

PAS Patches

PAS is designing a Patch.
Your input can be useful and will be appreciated.
Take a look at what we have going so far by
visiting the discussion about it at this link:
Please add your ideas to the forum discussion.

Thanks for your input. Have a super day!

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society

PAS Name Badges

See an example of the PAS name badge at this link:

Deadline to purchase a name badge for only $11 is at the Dec 4th PAS meeting.
Cash or check to PAS, and given to Mike, Treasurer, please. Then, let me know
how you want your name spelled on the name badge. Thank you for your orders.

You can also RSVP for a name badge at this link:

But $11 must be received by the Dec meeting to get the special pricing. I'm putting in a huge order, all at one time. At the first of the year, the company I get these name badges through raises their pricing to $15. Get it now, while it is still only $11.

Have a super day!

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Burried Glaciers Found on Mars

This link comes to us via Robert. Thank you!

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

PAS Social 2009 Activity Ideas needed


Does anyone have any ideas for another activity that can be done at a social gathering such as the PAS Social?

A couple years ago, Rod and Sue came up with the Table Decoration game. That was fun for the 2 years we did it. We aren't sure if we can do it this year, again, or not due to not knowing if we will have enough tables for everyone to sit at and enjoy the table decoration on it.

So, this year, I'm thinking we could use a different game. Any ideas?

We have one thing new, you can win a door prize for completing the puzzle that will be sitting on a table in the ZipFizz Liquid Shot box. First to complete it gets a prize. Only one prize being rewarded.

One other change we will be doing this year is that, when you win a door prize, except for the main door prize or others that are kept separate from the rest, you can choose your prize from a table of prizes. This way, you aren't being awarded something you donated. And DONATIONS ARE NEEDED.

Any unused prizes will be used for next year's event. Last year, we found reasons to give away all the prizes we had availalble.

So, send your ideas to me. I'm open for any suggestions. Keep them clean,
and fun... Thanks.

Read about the plans for this year's Social at this link: PAS Social 2009


Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society

Monday, November 17, 2008

Bookman's Telescope Workshop 11/16 Event Photos & more

Check out the photos of the most recent PAS event
Be sure to read about this event and others in the
PAStimes Newsletter December Issue
due to be posted on line around Thanksgiving.
And visit this blog to see past event photos.
I"m always adding more photos to our blog.
Enjoy them while you can. I will be moving
them, soon to the PAS website. That doesn't mean
you can't see them any more, but the formatting is different, and
so until I figure out what i'm doing, we may not have captions
or other features I've gotten accustomed to having on this blog.

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Loenid Meteor Shower Watch & the Planets

Space Weather News for Nov. 16, 2008

EVENING PLANETS: When the sun goes down tonight, step outside and look southwest. The two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, are shining through the twilight side by side. You'll want to keep an eye on these two because they are drawing noticeably closer together every night. Venus and Jupiter are converging on a patch of sky in Sagittarius where they will have a spectacular double-conjunction with the Moon at the end of the month. Don't wait until then, though. Visit for sky maps and start watching now.

LEONID METEOR WATCH: The Leonid meteor shower peaks this year on Nov. 17th and 18th. Bright moonlight will probably spoil the show, but not necessarily. Researchers who study Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, the source of the Leonids, say Earth is going to pass through one or two of the comet's dusty filaments. Peak rates of 20 to 100 meteors per hour are possible during the early hours of Nov. 17th (especially 0000-0200 UT) and again during the waning hours of Nov. 18th (around 2130 UT). These times favor sky watchers in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Smaller numbers of Leonids could appear between the anticipated peak times. Meteor enthusiasts everywhere should monitor the sky on Nov. 17th and 18th; the hours before local dawn are usually best.

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society

Posts arriving after the events have happened

I got an email from one of our subscribers from this Blog list. He says that the info comes to him after the fact from this blog. I looked at what he sent me. the option he chose to receive notices from this blog is as a digest, meaning a review at the end of the day, which includes all the messages at one time.

If this is your choice, to have all messages sent out as one digest, and you are not getting the
notices from this list on time for the events, I suggest you go into your access in Feedblitz
and make the change to INDIVIDUAL EMAIL'S so you get the notices about
canceled events and other star parties, like last night, the moment I send them out.

When I'm receiving notices, i write it, send it, and check my email, and it is already there. It's that fast. So, when i send out a cancel notice, those who get individual emails will receive it at that moment where as everyone else will, once a day, get the digest, which may be after the event
has occurred.

Since I'm hoping this will fix the issue, please let me know what you discover about this, if it works or not. Thanks.

You can email me at about this situation.
Have a super Sunday!

See you at BOOKMAN'S today 3pm to 6:30PM with Mike as our guest speaker at 4pm.

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society