Barry Simon

Barry Simon

I am the current President of the PAS.

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.

Thursday, 14 July 2016 11:30

July 2016 President's Message

In spite of summer’s challenges, what have you seen lately? I am not talking about the latest summer movies either (although I have seen “The Legend of Tarzan” and liked it very much as it more closely followed the theme of the Edgar Rice Burroughs books than anything that has come before.).

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 08:58

June 2016 President's Message

Well, summer seems to be here...hot, sticky and at least a few mosquitoes. Yep, summer seems to be here. What does that mean for amateur astronomy? Fewer days and nights for astronomy outdoors, and when you can set up some equipment, conditions can be less than ideal. So make the best of the opportunities you have and before you know it, fall will be here and conditions will turn in our favor.

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