Thursday, February 12, 2009

PAS Indoor/Outdoor Astronomy Event at PVCC - Tonight


If you plan to attend, and have not already RSVP'd your attendance, please do so by 3pm today.
I wish to be sure to have enough handouts for all who attend.

The plan thus far is that we have a bunch of telescopes who will be set up on the walkway
at PVCC, from Building G & E, south East to Building L. See map:

See the listing on line at
to know the plan for tonight. We have a bunch of fun indoor activities for your enjoyment and learning experience.

We will see you there!

PVCC Campus - 32nd Street & Union Hills
RSVP is required for attendance.
Bring a friend & your family.

Public activities begin:
7pm Telescopes outdoors
7:30pm to 9:30pm Indoors G-147

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society

Colliding Satellites

Space Weather News for Feb. 12, 2009

COLLIDING SATELLITES: Experts are calling it an "unprecedented event." Two large satellites have collided in Earth orbit. Kosmos 2251 crashed into Iridium 33 on Tuesday, Feb. 10th, approximately 800 km over northern Siberia; both were destroyed. The resulting clouds of debris contain more than 500 fragments, significantly increasing the orbital debris population at altitudes where the collision occurred. The Air Force Space Surveillance Radar is monitoring the clouds as they pass over the radar facility in Texas. We, in turn, are monitoring signals from the radar and you may be able to hear debris "pings" by tuning in to our live audio feed. This is a story that will unfold in the days ahead as researchers study the evolution of the debris clouds and piece together the details of the collision. Stay tuned to for full coverage.

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society

Monday, February 9, 2009

INDOOR ASTRO EVENT 2/12: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Good morning,

The Indoor Astro Event looks like it will be a blast this time. If you are planning to attend, remember to RSVP with Terri, either as the public, attending, or as someone with a display
or telescope to help out. We could use everyone's help in this.

I wish to thank those who are helping to make this a great event:
And anyone I missed, or who hasn't RSVP'd yet.

The event is at PVCC in room G-147 by the telescope domes. The public arrives
around 7:30pm. The displays and telescopes should be there by 7pm for set up.

This time we will have an awesome Flashlight display as well as Meteorite Man.
We will have 4+ telescopes outside for evening viewing (weather permitting).
We will have the Solar System brought down to size for your enjoyment.

It will be a fantastic evening. You don't want to miss it.
RSVP by 3pm that day, please, by phone or email.
Thank you!!! See you there!

See the listing of this event on line at Feb 12, 2009 on the calendar, or use the link I just embedded in this sentence.

Have a happy, safe and fun Monday!

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Lunar Eclipse Monday 2/9 & Comet Lulin

Space Weather News for Feb. 8, 2009

DUSKY LUNAR ECLIPSE: On Monday, Feb. 9th, the full Moon will pass through the outskirts of Earth's shadow, producing a penumbral lunar eclipse. The event will be visible to the naked eye as a dusky shading of the northern half of the Moon. Maximum eclipse occurs between the hours of 1400 and 1520 UT (6:00 am - 7:20 am PST). The timing favors observers in east Asia, Australia, Hawaii and western parts of North America. Visit for a visibility map, animations, and more information.

COMET LULIN UPDATE: The plasma tail of Comet Lulin, torn off by a solar wind gust on Feb. 4th, has already grown back. Also, observers in dark-sky locations report that the comet is now visible to the naked eye as a pale "fuzzy patch" in the constellation Libra before dawn. The comet is brightening as it approaches Earth for a 38-million-mile close encounter on Feb. 24th. See the latest images in the Comet Lulin Photo Gallery:

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society