The last month since the last PAS Times has been relatively quiet…except for the sound of falling rain and thunder and the sight of flashing lightning. Couple that with an early tropical storm “Cindy” and we are reminded that southeastern Louisiana can be a very wet place. The weather resulted in the canceling of the SPMOS Observing Day scheduled for Saturday, June 24th. Another one is on the books for Saturday, July 22nd, so stay tuned for updates on that one.
I do also realize that the website has had some problems as of late, chiefly due to upgrades being made. Continue to try to log into the website, hopefully any continuing glitches with the web site will be worked out very soon.
Due to a misunderstanding in program scheduling the program originally scheduled for our June meeting will now be our meeting presentation at our July 7th meeting at UNO (7:30 pm in Room 1001 in the Science Bldg.). That program, presented by Philip Richardson, will be “The Possibility of Martian Life”. Come to the meeting and find out if you might have distant cousins on Mars.
Near the end of July, on the 22th, we will once again have a SPMOS Observing Day. Coordinated by Bill Davis, you are all invited to come out to the club observing site for an afternoon of relaxation and a night under the stars. Bill will have more information at our June meeting.
Finally, I am sure everyone is very much aware that the Monday, August 21st Total Solar Eclipse is rapidly approaching. The PAS will be well represented on the eclipse path in many different states. We will cover some things to remember about viewing the eclipse, either the total eclipse from the path of totality or the partial phases from there or anywhere else in the United States. (From New Orleans close to 80% of the solar disk will be covered by the Moon.) At both the July meeting and again in August we will cover some safety points to keep in mind while viewing the eclipse.
Remember too, it is not too late to travel to view the eclipse and witness totality. While booking a motel room or a camping spot somewhere within the 62 to 70 mile wide path of totality may be difficult and/or expensive, traveling to a spot south of the path and then driving for an hour or two to get up within the path of totality may not be too difficult at all. It is not too late to do that. Having seen a total solar eclipse before (off the coast of Mexico in July, 1991) I can assure all of you that it is an event not to be missed. More on this at the meeting.
Hope to see many of you there!
President Pontchartrain Astronomy Society