Friday, January 23, 2009

Solar Eclipse Mon Jan 26th & Blue Sky Fireball

Space Weather News for Jan. 23, 2007

SOLAR ECLIPSE: On Monday, Jan. 26th, the Moon will pass in front of the sun producing an annular "ring of fire" eclipse. This is not a total eclipse; the Moon will cover only 93% of the sun's surface. Nevertheless, the Moon's dead-center transit across the solar disk will produce a sight of rare beauty for observers along the "path of annularity." Best views are to be had from islands in Indonesia where the ring of fire will appear to sink into the ocean at sunset. Meanwhile, in Australia, southeast Asia, southern parts of India and South Africa, observers will experience an off-center partial eclipse. Crescent-shaped sunbeams will dapple the ground while high overhead the Moon takes a curved bite out of the sun.

Please visit for eclipse maps, timetables and photos.

BLUE-SKY FIREBALL: Last week a meteoroid of unknown size hit Earth's atmosphere over Denmark and exploded with a flash so bright it turned the nighttime sky daytime blue. A video of the remarkable fireball and eye-witness reports may be found at Spaceweather's fireball sighting page:

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Quick Reminder from our Treasurer (PAS) about PAS Dues

Good morning All,

If you have paid your 2009 Dues to PAS, then you may delete this email.
If you are unsure, please check the link below for the current as of
1/17/09, PAS Roster.

Mike has asked me to send out a reminder that he hasn't received that many
renewal Dues from our membership. If you haven't already done so, please
download the dues sheet at this link
and get those dues to Mike right away!

If you can't get to the link, let me know so i can be sure your
membership on the website has you as a current PAS Member.

And please verify your data within the file is accurate. Send changes to
me or Mike. Thanks.

Please recall, Mike will be providing me with a list of those who have NOT
renewed, and are NOT current PAS Members for which I will use in
changing the status of your membership on the website.
Those who are not members will be changed to Guest.
What does this mean? When you access the website, you will
no longer be able to get to the Member's ONLY info, such as the
PAS roster, to check the status of your membership,
or the PAID star party info. And the list you are currently on
in my email, you will be removed from (which some of you probably
think is a good thing, but then you miss out on all the annoucements
you should be receiving throughout the year).

Jan 31st is the deadline. I asked Mike if we can make a deadline of the Feb PAS
meeting and he agreed that would be a good, last chance, to get your membership
paid up. So, if you haven't paid up, please do so soon.
Download the form, bring it with you to the Feb PAS Meeting, or mail it in
right away to Mike. Let's get everyone who wants to be a PAS Member,
updated and current on your dues.

We hope to see you at all PAS events throughout 2009.
Take care
Happy Tuesday to you!

The current roster has been added to that link, above.
Review it to be sure your info is correct, as well as
that you are paid up. If it doesn't say 2009 in the column on the right labeled PAID,
you are not current with PAS.

If you paid your dues and Mike didn't update the file, please email him
right away to verify he got your dues. Always turn in a dues sheet
when renewing your PAS DUes so there is a paper copy
of your transaction. And if Mike writes you a receipt, hang on to
it until you have confirmation through the website roster that you are paid up.

Thank you for your patience. Check the roster for accuracy of your
phone, address, email, etc.... send changes to Mike or me as soon
as you find the errors. Thanks.

Terri, Event Coordinator
Email written for Mike Marron to membership

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society

Mars Methane

Received this one from Matt,

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society