Thursday, 06 October 2016 18:44

October 2016 President's Message

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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...

By the time that most of you read this, two events will be in the books. On Saturday, October 8th we will be doing a Fall Astronomy Day at the Infinity Science Center which is adjacent to the very first rest stop as you enter Mississippi on Interstate 10. Just look for the large rocket booster as you enter Mississippi immediately after the truck weigh station. We will be there and set up with telescopes from 9 am until almost 4 pm. Assuming good weather we should have a nice steady flow of visitors. When you are hungry you can eat at the restaurant inside of the Infinity Science Center and you can visit some of their exhibits. The PAS and its members will have some telescopes set up on the wooden deck adjacent to the entrance (east side of the main building).

Now if this were not enough we have also been asked to help out at a scouting event on Scout Island in City Park on the same day. I am asking anyone who wants to participate at that event to be there by about 6:30 pm. This will give you plenty of time to set up before it is too dark. Please let us know on the website if you can participate in either of these two events.

On the very next Saturday (the 15th) we will be participating at "Wild Things." This event runs between 10 am and 4 pm in LaCombe at the Southeast LA National Wildlife Refuges Complex located at 61389 Hwy 434. More about this at the October meeting.

Also at the October meeting I will have a very brief Deep South Star Gaze reminder, and a brief overview of our Christmas Party on December 16th. Please see the Message Board on the website if you want more information about that now. Note—it will be at a restaurant and while the PAS will subsidize some of the expense, there will be a charge—see the website message board for details.

Also at our meeting Ron Marcella, SPMOS Site Manager, will give details about recent developments there and the flurry of work being done to make the SPMOS bunkhouse much nicer. Come to the meeting to hear about the changes. I want to thank him and any PAS volunteer that has helped in remediation and clean up of the SPMOS bunkhouse.

Officers for 2017—Bill Davis has agreed to run for 1st Vice President (Programs). I have agreed to stay on for another year as PAS President if unopposed, however if there is anyone willing to put in the necessary hours, I will willingly step aside. Our other officers – Kent Birkle as 2nd Vice President (PAS Times editor), John Scholl as Treasurer and Bill Johnson as Secretary, have all agreed to serve on another year if no one else has a burning desire to run for these positions. This month our program will be a dvd presentation titled "Alien Planets." In addition to this program I will quickly overview our "Wild Things" outreach which takes place the next day. I will also be glad to answer any final questions concerning the Deep South Star Gaze.

Please plan on attending this meeting!

Barry Simon, President
Pontchartrain Astronomy Society

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