Thursday, 04 May 2017 12:41

May 2017 President's Message Featured

As I write this I am just back from the Deep South Spring Scrimmage. The weather this year was...mixed. We know every spring (for the Spring Scrimmage) and every fall (for the Deep South Star Gaze) that we are at the mercy of the weather and that can be quite frustrating for those that look forward to these events primarily for clear, dark nights. Thursday during the day looked quite promising with dark blue skies and comfortable temperatures for planning the night's activities. Solar observing during the day was very good with Helios having a few good sunspots. After dinner some high level cirrus clouds moved in and blocked various parts of the sky during the course of the evening. In spite of this we were able to get some observing in for 4 or 5 hours.

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 23:51

PAS Times Deadline Featured

PAS Times submission deadline is the Sunday twelve days before the general meeting.

The June 2017 PAS-Times deadline is Sunday, May 28, 2017.

Please submit all things astronomical to be included in the next edition of PAS Times to the PAS Times Editor,2nd VP Kent Burkle.

Thursday, 30 March 2017 01:17

April 2017 President's Message

We had another good turnout for our March meeting, not quite what we had in February, but pretty good. I hope this trend continues!

Saturday, 04 March 2017 12:45

March 2017 President's Message

Wow! We had a really good turnout for the February PAS meeting — 47 people I think. We have not had numbers like that at a regular PAS meeting in a long, long time. Once we get up to a number like 47 (and higher) there is a certain electricity in the meeting atmosphere which is undeniable. It was nice to experience that again. It ties into our goal of getting numbers like that at each and every meeting.

Thursday, 02 February 2017 13:28

Country Day School Outreach Featured


Join us in Metairie Park Country Day School's Weinmann Auditorium on February 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm as we learn about new frontiers in astrophysics from Dr. Laura Danly, Curator of Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Danly will discuss last year's Nobel-Prize-worthy discovery of gravitational waves, the search for the oldest/earliest galaxy, the launch of the next "Hubble," the James Webb Space Telescope, and the search for extra-solar planets.

Thursday, 29 December 2016 13:00

January 2017 President's Message

What was it that Yogi Berra said? "It's like déjávu all over again." Maybe, maybe not. Looking ahead at 2017, we will be looping around the annual calendar track once again. Gas in the car, everything checked out and the pit crew (the PAS officers and all active members) ready to win the race. So what is the race and how do we win it? The race we will be running in this year, like the year before has a simple goal — it is called progress.

Thursday, 08 December 2016 19:07

December 2016 President's Message

Well, here we are at the end of another year. It seems like just yesterday we were beginning 2016 and now we are at it's end. We have been an active club over the past year and not only do I hope we can continue at the same activity level next year, I hope we can expand it. Most of our activity in promoting our club is done thru some kind of outreach event, be it one member giving a program or conducting an observing session for a scout troop or a school classroom or a much larger event like "Astronomy Day" — and we did two of those in 2016.

Friday, 04 November 2016 10:34

November 2016 President's Message

October was our busy month! (Notice the similarity to how I started this page last month.) October was indeed very busy - Astronomy Day at the Infinity Space Center, several outreach events including one in Lacombe at the Southeast LA National Wildlife Refuges Comples ( "Wild Things"), plus the Deep South Star Gaze that many of our members attended. I think we will get a little breathing room in November, but hopefully we will have some nice clear skies for observing.

Thursday, 06 October 2016 18:44

October 2016 President's Message

October is our busy month. Busy because it is one of our best, if not typically our best weather month. Hopefully this October will be no exception...

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 16:41

August 2016 President's Message

Virtually every day it has been raining, but typically clearing a fair amount of the time (in the evening) too. Summer is tough for astronomy what with the heat, humidity, mosquitoes, etc. But opportunity is there and the planets beckon. (Ron Marcella, who runs the Gretna Observatory, has had some great nights with high attendance. For those who have never been, go check it out. It is free and open to the public on Monday and Wednesday evenings when weather conditions permit. The telescope pier has recently been extended making more of the sky accessible to the 16" Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.

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