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05-10-2017 01:45 PM
Last post by Terri Finch
05-10-2017 01:45 PM
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Summer Time in Phoenix Arizona 2017
Jun 22, 2017 - 11:38 AM - by Terri Finch
Summer Time in Phoenix Arizona

This is a HOT PAS Summer Event Update...
People ask me why PAS doesn't plan more events in the Summer months when kids are out of school and have more free time to attend star parties...

The Summer months in Phoenix, usually from May 30 to about Sept 30 are the Phoenix Monsoons. And with these Monsoons comes the cancelled events due to high winds, sometimes rain, major blowing dust (called Haboobs), and other factors of excessive heat warnings.

Due to these wonderful weather related situations for which all Phoenicians experience, some of our events that are scheduled between the above listed dates can and will become cancelled. Always, especially during the Summer months, RSVP your attendance to an event so that you get a notice within a couple hours of the start of the event, that the event is cancelled, if the event becomes cancelled. An RSVP is as simple as a quick email with the number in your party, mention the event you are attending and the date of the event. I'm not a mind reader, so provide all the details you think I need to know about your attendance, and please send your RSVP to me with a minimum of 24 hours before the event date.

Here are some wonderfully planned events for Summer 2017 for which you may wish to attend and bring the whole family to. These events are FREE and open to all (unless otherwise noted - and then the fee is charged by the venue, and not by PAS).

Definitions:

Naked Eye Event = You can view this event without the aid of a telescope, from your back yard. No RSVP required for this type of event. I list them here to give you something cool to look for in the night sky.
There's a wonderful Android App that helps you know about upcoming events like this called "ISS Detector." It can give you more accurate notices of the below Naked Eye Events. And the list below is no all inclusive. I list the weekend activities that I have researched for the purpose of putting a PAS Event into the schedule.
Another fun Android App to have is "Meteor Showers." This App provides dates and times of the Peak dates of all Meteor Showers throughout the year. Please note: Meteor Shower Peak Dates are for when you can see the most meteors that night. However, you can see a lot of meteors from 5 days before to 5 days after the Peak Date. And the best viewing time is after midnight for all dates.

Star Party = PAS provides and manages telescopes for your viewing pleasure. In exchange for the wonderful views, we ask that you DO NOT TOUCH our telescopes. Star Parties can be daytime viewing the Sun, Moon or Planets, or in the evenings viewing the Moon and/or Planets. It is a gathering of PAS Members who wish to share the views with anyone, all ages, wanting to see through their telescope.

Summer Events:

June 24th Naked Eye Event - There will be an Iridium Flare that shows up about 10:12pm.

July 1 & 2: PAS will be at Leprecon this year. The event has a fee to attend, but the star party should be accessible by all for the evening hours. Here's more details abut this event and where to find PAS at the event, and when: http://www.pasaz.org/forums/calendar...y=2017-7-1&c=1

July 6: Indoor Solar Event at Bookmans from 12pm to 3pm. The Kids event at Bookmans is from 1pm to 2pm, but PAS will be set up in the window of Bookmans from 12pm to 3pm with telescopes on display, Meteorites to touch, feel and hear stories about, Sun demos, Q&A for the kids with prizes, and info about the club. This is a Free event, bring the whole family. More details: http://www.pasaz.org/forums/calendar...y=2017-7-6&c=1

July 8: Sidewalk Astronomy at Bookmans is from 8pm to 10pm this night. We are viewing, through high powered telescopes, the Moon, Saturn, and Jupiter. RSVP is highly suggested in case bad weather cancels this event. More details are here: http://www.pasaz.org/forums/calendar...y=2017-7-8&c=1

July 9: Free Telescope Workshop at Bookmans in Phoenix from 3:30 to 5:30pm. RSVP is Required at Events@pasaz.org. Seating is very limited at this location. Email the Make & Model of the telescope you need assistance with & the number in your party. More details: http://www.pasaz.org/forums/calendar...y=2017-7-9&c=1

July 15: Naked Eye Event - There will be an Iridium Flare at about 10:44pm on this night.

July 22: Naked Eye Event - The HST will be visible and fly over about 8:15pm and the ISS will fly over about 10:55pm on this night.

Aug 5: Sidewalk Astronomy at Bookmans is from 7:30pm to 10pm this night. We are viewing, through high powered telescopes, the Moon, Saturn, and Jupiter. RSVP is highly suggested in case bad weather cancels this event. More details are here: http://www.pasaz.org/forums/calendar...y=2017-8-5&c=1

Aug 6: Free Telescope Workshop at Bookmans in Phoenix from 3:30 to 5:30pm. RSVP is Required at Events@pasaz.org. Seating is very limited at this location. Email the Make & Model of the telescope you need assistance with & the number in your party. More details: http://www.pasaz.org/forums/calendar...y=2017-8-6&c=1

Aug 12: Naked Eye Event: Perseids Meteor Shower Peak.

Aug 21: PAS will provide safely filtered telescopes for the viewing of a Partial Solar Eclipse. The event will be from 9am to 12pm and held at the Arizona Science Center. The Solar Viewing is Free for everyone. ASC charges for admission. More details can be found here: http://www.pasaz.org/forums/calendar...=2017-8-21&c=1

And that's it for the Summer of 2017, for now, as of this update. More events may be added to the calendar, so watch the PAS Calendar for updates: http://www.pasaz.org/forums/calendar.php

Terri, Event Manager
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Grand Canyon Star Party June 17-24 2017
Jun 02, 2017 - 10:29 AM - by Terri Finch
One of the best, darkest skies, longest Star Parties in the South West - the Grand Canyon Star Party for this year is from June 17 to 24. Here are some of the details:

This year the Grand Canyon star party will be June 17-24 at the South Rim and the North Rim. If you can attend, you will be in for a treat. There are 50 to 100 telescopes from all over the US, and the dark skies and wonderful natural beauty of the surroundings make it a great adventure for several days of fun. The Tucson Astronomy Club hosts the South Rim activities and the Saguaro Astronomy Club hosts the North Rim activities. Dennis Young, a PAS member, has brought his huge telescope many years in a row to the South Rim, and Mark Johnston has brought his large refractor to the North Rim over 5 years in a row. Last year, Earl, Christine, Frank, Vera and I went to the North Rim and viewed through the many scopes. We then spent another night viewing through our own scopes halfway between the N Rim and Jacobs Lake, which was a Bortle 1 experience. Anyone attending the N Rim this year, feel free to contact me and I can give you the location of the Bortle one viewing area.
This year Vera, Frank and I will be at the S. Rim. There are lectures and slide shows on astronomy every night on both rims. Hope some of you will be able to enjoy this great event.
Take care, Sam Insana President of PAS

Mark writes: Thanks Sam. This year I'll be back on the north rim again doing both HA solar and night time observing, and will be presenting on "Looking back in time in Astronomy" in the main lodge on June 20th. It's not too early to make reservations for 2018, it will be June 9-16. I have mine.

More details can be found at this link:
http://www.pasaz.org/forums/showthre...=3013#post3013
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Solar Viewing Event at Bookmans July 6 2017 12pm to 3pm
May 26, 2017 - 12:25 PM - by Terri Finch
Come enjoy some safe viewing of the Sun through our telescopes.

Outside of Bookmans at 19th Ave and Northern, we will have solar scopes setup for your viewing pleasure. There could be views of Sun Spots, Solar Flares, and Solar Prominences.

Along the outdoor sidewalk of Bookmans, in front of the store, we will have the PAS table with handouts, Q&A for the kids with prizes, a Solar Demo, and possibly Real Rocks from Space that you can hold, touch, feel Meteorites!

http://www.pasaz.org/forums/calendar...1&day=2017-7-6

See calendar link to find out more about this event and be sure RSVP your attendance Events@pasaz.org with first name & Number in your party, in case monsoons cancel this event. Too many clouds could cancel the event, or rain or high winds. So, RSVP is highly suggested.
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free Public Star Party at PVCC Main Campus Nov 15 2017
May 22, 2017 - 11:05 AM - by Terri Finch
Free and open to the public
Star Party with high powered telescopes provided by PAS Members

At PVCC
32nd Street and Union Hills Rd
by the Telescope Dome which is near G-147.

Time of event is 5pm to 10pm
Telescopes will have a set up time of 4pm

This is open to everyone, all ages, so bring the family for a fun viewing session.

Here's the link to monitor about this event: http://www.pasaz.org/forums/calendar...day=2017-11-15

Hope to see you there!!
Terri, Event Manager
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Upcoming Summer 2017 PAS Events
May 10, 2017 - 1:49 PM - by Terri Finch
Upcoming Summer 2017 PAS Events

As long as the event is NOT marked "Private," it is open to everyone, and anyone. We want you to attend. Just remember, RSVP is highly requested and sometimes mandatory.

Here are a few upcoming Public events that may interest you:

June 3: Public Star Party at Bookmans viewing Moon, Jupiter, Saturn
June 11: Bookmans FREE Telescope Workshop

July 8: Public Star Party at Bookmans viewing Moon, Jupiter, Saturn
July 9: Bookmans FREE Telescope Workshop

Aug 5: Public Star Party at Bookmans viewing Moon, Jupiter, Saturn
Aug 6: Bookmans FREE Telescope Workshop

Sept 7: PAS General Meeting with Guest Speaker
Sept 10: Bookmans FREE Telescope Workshop
Sept 14: Huge Public Star Party at BMC

More events will be added as they become planned, so keep an eye on the PAS Calendar if you are looking for something fun to do this summer that may involve looking through our telescopes. Here's the link to watch the PAS Online Calendar: http://www.pasaz.org/forums/calendar.php

We hope to see you at a lot of our fun events. Most public events are Free to attend. Read about the events so you know what to expect before you attend. Have a super Summer!!!

Terri, Event Manager
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