MEETINGS AND EVENTS

GENERAL INFORMATION
Each year
the Prescott Astronomy Club (PAC) hosts numerous meetings, star talks (lectures), star parties and other social and educational events at numerous locations. PAC events are listed below, in chronological order, and current information and updates are posted daily… so check this webpage frequently to keep up to date on club activities.

GENERAL MEETINGS

General Monthly Meetings begin at 6:30 PM, the first Wednesday of each month, and are held at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as indicated below:

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Building #20, Davis Learning Center
Prescott, AZ 86301-3720
MAP

THIRD THURSDAY STAR TALKS (LECTURES)

Third Thursday Star Talks (lectures) begin at 6:00 PM, the third Thursday of the month at the downtown Prescott Public Library as indicated below:

Prescott Public Library
Founders Suite A & B

215 East Goodwin Street
Prescott, AZ 86301
MAP

STARRY NIGHTS & SUNNY DAYS
PRIVATE, PUBLIC AND PUBLIC-REQUESTED EVENTS

View the night sky and the Sun through a variety of telescopes and binoculars; bring your own or use Club members’. Knowledgeable Prescott Astronomy Club members will have available their personal telescopes, a Club telescope, or binoculars for the public to view interesting objects in the night sky.

Starry Nights is sponsored by the Prescott Astronomy Club in cooperation with the Prescott Department of Parks and Recreation, the Prescott Valley Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Highlands Center for Natural History.

Private, Public, and special Public-requested events (star parties & presentations) are held at various locations around the state which is noted in their announcement below.

For MAPS of regularly scheduled PAC events click HERE.

Review or download the PAC, Starry Nights Brochure for our 2018 Schedule

View Reports from past Third Thursday Star Talk Lectures

CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF EVENTS

BOARD MEETING  COMPLETED ON SCHEDULE
DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

EVENT: Board Meeting
LOCATION: Prescott Public Library, Elsea Conference Room
COORDINATOR: Jeff Stillman
COMMENTS: This meeting will be primarily an orientation for incoming (2018) board members as well as an opportunity to discuss plans and field ideas for the coming year.

GENERAL  COMPLETED ON SCHEDULE
DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 6:30 PM   
EVENT: General Meeting
LOCATION: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Planetarium
COMMENTS: Special access to the new Embry-Riddle Planetarium and a demonstration of the capability of this state of the art faucility.
PLANETARIUM  INFORMATION: For information regarding the Planetarium click HERE.
MAP TO PLANETARIUM:  For a map of the Embry-Riddle Panetarium location click HERE.

POST MEETING SUMMARY: January’s general meeting main topic was a special showing at the Jim and Lind Lee Planetarium. In addition to the planetarium show, a short video on “When did the first stars appear in the Universe,” an interview with Ethan Siegal. You can access the video and a text version of the video here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2017/12/21/when-did-the-first-stars-appear-in-the-universe/#3a4b13593bcf

Also Adam England and Jerry Shaw received their Annual Service Awards. (Photos coutesy of John Carter, Jr.)
                         

METASIG  COMPLETED ON SCHEDULE
DATE AND TIME:
Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 5:00 PM

EVENT: METASIG  REGISTRATION REQUESTED
LOCATION: The Prescott Station Grill & Bar, 200 East Gurley Street, Prescott 86301  MENU
COMMENTS:  PAC’s January social event that provides folks interested in Astronomy with the opportunity to enjoy an an evening of fine dining and socializing, where “Astronomy” is mentioned at least once.  Registration is requested for planning purposes.
COORDINATOR: Marilyn Unruh

BOARD MEETING  COMPLETED ON SCHEDULE
DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, January 17, 2017, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
EVENT: Board Meeting
LOCATION: Prescott Public Library, Elsea Conference Room  MAP
COORDINATOR: Jeff Stillman
COMMENTS: Members are welcome but for planning purposes should let Jeff know if they plan to attend.

GENERAL
DATE AND TIME:
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 6:30 PM
EVENT: General Meeting
LOCATION: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Davis Learning Center, Building 20  MAP
COORDINATOR: Jeff Stillman
GUEST SPEAKER: Gary Frey, PAC Member
PROGRAM: One of our own members, Gary Frey, will be giving a talk on “Discovery of an Unknown Pulsating Star” at the this meeting. In addition to this main presentation, there will be short videos on various astronomy related topics at each meeting as time permits.
COMMENTS: For the foreseeable future, General Meetings will be held at the Davis Learning Center.

METASIG
DATE AND TIME:
Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 5:00 PM
EVENT: METASIG  REGISTRATION REQUESTED
LOCATION: El Charro Restaurant, 120 North Montezuma Street, Prescott, AZ  MENU
COMMENTS:  PAC’s monthly social event that provides folks interested in Astronomy with the opportunity to enjoy an an evening of fine dining and socializing, where “Astronomy” is mentioned at least once.  Registration is requested for planning purposes.
COORDINATOR: Marilyn Unruh

THIRD THURSDAY LECTURE
DATE AND TIME:
Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:00 PM
EVENT: Third Thursday Star Talk
LOCATION: Prescott Public Library, Founders’ Suites A and B
TOPIC: LIGO-VIRGO Update
SPEAKER: Kellie Ault, Graduate Student, ERAU
COMMENTS: Kellie, a member of the LIGO team, will speak about the detection of Gravitational Waves by LIGO-VIRGO, collaboration updates, the recent new discoveries, the Nobel prize and more!

BOARD MEETING
DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, February 21, 2017, TBA
EVENT: Board Meeting
LOCATION: TBA
COORDINNATOR: Jeff Stillman
COMMENTS:
TBA

GENERAL
DATE AND TIME:
Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 6:30 PM
EVENT: General Meeting
LOCATION: TBA
SPEAKER: TBA
COMMENTS: TBA

METASIG
DATE AND TIME:
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 5:00 PM
EVENT: METASIG  REGISTRATION REQUESTED
LOCATION: Restaurant to be announced.
COMMENTS:  PAC’s monthly social event that provides folks interested in Astronomy with the opportunity to enjoy an an evening of fine dining and socializing, where “Astronomy” is mentioned at least once.  Registration is requested for planning purposes.
COORDINATOR: Marilyn Unruh

THIRD THURSDAY LECTURE
DATE AND TIME:
Thursday, March 15, 2018, 6:00 PM
EVENT: Third Thursday Star Talk
LOCATION: Prescott Public Library, Founders’ Suites A and B
TOPIC: The Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium
SPEAKER: Eric Edelman, ERAU Planetarium Coordinator
COMMENTS: What are the plans for the new ERAU planetarium? Eric Edelman will discuss the capabilities of and goals for this new and exciting multimedia facility. The Planetarium will become a valuable scientific resource for Prescott and the rest of central Arizona.

STAR PARTY
DATE AND TIME: Saturday, March 17, 2018, 7:30 PM
EVENT: PUBLIC Star Party
LOCATION: Highlands Center for Natural History
COORDINATOR: Patrick Birck
COMMENTS: View the following:
Double Stars – Almask and Mizar;
Clusters – NGC 884, GC 869, Hyades, Pleiades and M 44;
Galaxies – M 81 and M 82;
Nebula –  M 42 and M 78.

BOARD MEETING
DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, March 21, 2017, TBA
EVENT: Board Meeting
LOCATION: TBA
COORDINNATOR: Jeff Stillman
COMMENTS:
TBA

GENERAL
DATE AND TIME:
Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 6:30 PM
EVENT: General Meeting
LOCATION: TBA
SPEAKER: TBA
COMMENTS: TBA

METASIG
DATE AND TIME:
Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 5:00 PM
EVENT: METASIG  REGISTRATION REQUESTED
LOCATION: Restaurant to be announced.
COMMENTS:  PAC’s monthly social event that provides folks interested in Astronomy with the opportunity to enjoy an an evening of fine dining and socializing, where “Astronomy” is mentioned at least once.  Registration is requested for planning purposes.
COORDINATOR: Marilyn Unruh

SPECIAL EVENT
DATE AND TIME:
Friday, April 13 – April 17, 2018
EVENT: Special tour of Mirror Lab, Planetarium, and Mount lemon Sky Center  REGISTRATION REQUESTED
LOCATION: Mount Lemon Sky Center – WEBSITE
COORDINATOR: Cory Shaw, h2@nullprescottastronomyclub.org
COMMENTS:  A very special opportunity for PAC Members to visit these outstanding facilities. Registration is requested for planning purposes. Members Only. Contact Cory for complete information.
COORDINATOR: Marilyn Unruh

BOARD MEETING
DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, April 18, 2017, TBA
EVENT: Board Meeting
LOCATION: TBA
COORDINNATOR: Jeff Stillman
COMMENTS:
TBA

THIRD THURSDAY LECTURE
DATE AND TIME:
Thursday, April 19, 2018, 6:00 PM
EVENT: Third Thursday Star Talk
LOCATION: Prescott Public Library, Founders’ Suites A and B
TOPIC: An Apollo Retrospective: Space Training In Northern Arizona
SPEAKER: Kevin Schindler, Lowell Observatory Historian
COMMENTS: The book “Images of America: Northern Arizona Space Training” shares the passion, drive, creativity and quirkiness of the people who helped fulfill President Kennedy’s bold challenge of sending humans to the Moon. Co-author Kevin Schindler will share the stories of the Apollo program and will be available to autograph copies after the talk.

STAR PARTY
DATE AND TIME: Saturday, April 21, 2018, 8:00 PM
EVENT: PUBLIC Star Party
LOCATION: Pronghorn Park, Prescott Valley
COORDINATOR: Patrick Birck
COMMENTS: View the following:
Double Stars – Mizar and Castor;
Clusters – M 3, M 44 and M 37;
Galaxies – M 51, M 81 and M 82 and M 104.

GENERAL
DATE AND TIME:
Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 6:30 PM
EVENT: General Meeting
LOCATION: TBA
SPEAKER: TBA
COMMENTS: TBA

METASIG
DATE AND TIME:
Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 5:00 PM
EVENT: METASIG  REGISTRATION REQUESTED
LOCATION: Restaurant to be announced.
COMMENTS:  PAC’s monthly social event that provides folks interested in Astronomy with the opportunity to enjoy an an evening of fine dining and socializing, where “Astronomy” is mentioned at least once.  Registration is requested for planning purposes.
COORDINATOR: Marilyn Unruh

STAR PARTY
DATE AND TIME: Monday, May 12, 2018, 8:30 PM
EVENT: PUBLIC Star Party
LOCATION: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
COORDINATOR: Patrick Birck
COMMENTS: View the following:
Double Stars – Mizar and Castor;
Clusters – M 3, M 13, M 44;
Galaxies – M 51, M 81 and M 82 and M 104;

BOARD MEETING
DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, May 16, 2017, TBA
EVENT: Board Meeting
LOCATION: TBA
COORDINNATOR: Jeff Stillman
COMMENTS:
TBA

THIRD THURSDAY LECTURE
DATE AND TIME:
Thursday, May 17, 2018, 6:00 PM
EVENT: Third Thursday Star Talk
LOCATION: Prescott Public Library, Founders’ Suites A and B
TOPIC: Observational Interferometry at Lowell
SPEAKER: Gerard van Belle, Lowell Observatory
COMMENTS: How does a telescope work?  What is happening when light from a distant star or galaxy is captured by a reflecting or refracting telescope?  Dr. van Belle will explore the manipulation of light that happens inside of modern optical equipment.  Further leveraging that understanding to increase the sensitivity and resolution of next-generation telescopes will then be explored, including the Navy Precision Optical Interferometer and the DSSI speckle camera on Lowell’s Discovery Channel Telescope.  An array of initial results from these advanced devices will also be presented, with a discussion of prospects for future discoveries.

GENERAL
DATE AND TIME:
Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 6:30 PM
EVENT: General Meeting
LOCATION: TBA
SPEAKER: TBA
COMMENTS: TBA

METASIG
DATE AND TIME:
Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 5:00 PM
EVENT: METASIG  REGISTRATION REQUESTED
LOCATION: Restaurant to be announced.
COMMENTS:  PAC’s monthly social event that provides folks interested in Astronomy with the opportunity to enjoy an an evening of fine dining and socializing, where “Astronomy” is mentioned at least once.  Registration is requested for planning purposes.
COORDINATOR: Marilyn Unruh

BOARD MEETING
DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, June 20, 2017, TBA
EVENT: Board Meeting
LOCATION: TBA
COORDINNATOR: Jeff Stillman
COMMENTS:
TBA

STAR PARTY
DATE AND TIME: Saturday, June 23, 2018, 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM
EVENT: PUBLIC Star Party
LOCATION: Pronghorn Park, Prescott Valley
COORDINATOR: Patrick Birck
COMMENTS: View the following:
Double Stars – Mizar, 70 Oph, Alberio and Epsilon 1 Lyr;
Planet: Jupiter;
Galaxy – M 51;
Nebula – M 57

GENERAL

DATE AND TIME:
Wednesday, July ??, 2018, 6:30 PM
EVENT: General Meeting
LOCATION: TBA
SPEAKER: TBA
COMMENTS: TBA

METASIG
DATE AND TIME:
Wednesday, July ??, 2018, 5:00 PM
EVENT: METASIG  REGISTRATION REQUESTED
LOCATION: Restaurant to be announced.
COMMENTS:  PAC’s monthly social event that provides folks interested in Astronomy with the opportunity to enjoy an an evening of fine dining and socializing, where “Astronomy” is mentioned at least once.  Registration is requested for planning purposes.
COORDINATOR: Marilyn Unruh

BOARD MEETING
DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, July 18, 2017, TBA
EVENT: Board Meeting
LOCATION: TBA
COORDINNATOR: Jeff Stillman
COMMENTS:
TBA

GENERAL
DATE AND TIME:
Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 6:30 PM
EVENT: General Meeting
LOCATION: TBA
SPEAKER: TBA
COMMENTS: TBA

METASIG
DATE AND TIME:
Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 5:00 PM
EVENT: METASIG  REGISTRATION REQUESTED
LOCATION: Restaurant to be announced.
COMMENTS:  PAC’s monthly social event that provides folks interested in Astronomy with the opportunity to enjoy an an evening of fine dining and socializing, where “Astronomy” is mentioned at least once.  Registration is requested for planning purposes.
COORDINATOR: Marilyn Unruh

BOARD MEETING
DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, August 15, 2017, TBA
EVENT: Board Meeting
LOCATION: TBA
COORDINNATOR: Jeff Stillman
COMMENTS:
TBA

GENERAL
DATE AND TIME:
Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 6:30 PM
EVENT: General Meeting
LOCATION: TBA
SPEAKER: TBA
COMMENTS: TBA

STAR PARTY
DATE AND TIME: Saturday, September 8, 2018, 7:30 PM
EVENT: PUBLIC Star Party
LOCATION: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
COORDINATOR: Patrick Birck
COMMENTS: View the following:
Double Stars – Mizar, 70 Oph, Alberio and Epsilon 1 Lyr;
Clusters: M 5, M 11, M 13, M 15 and M 22;
Nebula – M 16, M 17, M 20, M 27 and M 57.

METASIG
DATE AND TIME:
Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 5:00 PM
EVENT: METASIG  REGISTRATION REQUESTED
LOCATION: Restaurant to be announced.
COORDINATOR: Marilyn Unruh
COMMENTS: 
PAC’s monthly social event that provides folks interested in Astronomy with the opportunity to enjoy an an evening of fine dining and socializing, where “Astronomy” is mentioned at least once.  Registration is requested for planning purposes.

BOARD MEETING
DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, September 19, 2017, TBA
EVENT: Board Meeting
LOCATION: TBA
COORDINNATOR: Jeff Stillman
COMMENTS:
TBA

THIRD THURSDAY LECTURE
DATE AND TIME:
Thursday, September 20, 2018, 6:00 PM
EVENT: Third Thursday Star Talk
LOCATION: Prescott Public Library, Founders’ Suites A and B
TOPIC: The Curiosity Rover at Gale Crater, Mars: Deciphering the Environmental History of the Red Planet
SPEAKER: Dr. Mark Salvatore, Professor, NAU
COMMENTS: The Curiosity rover has spent more than half a decade traversing a large, sediment-filled crater on Mars.  Through detailed geological analyses performed by the rover’s experimental equipment, scientists have identified an episode of geologic time when Gale crater was once filled with a large lake fed by local streams.  As the rover continues to explore different geologic units, the science team continues to interpret the evolution of Mars’ environment over time in an effort to decipher why Mars evolved from a much wetter environment to the cold and dry desert that it is today.  In this talk, Dr. Salvatore will discuss how the Curiosity rover has revolutionized our understanding of Martian environmental history, Curiosity’s future exploration goals, and the future of NASA’s Mars exploration program.

GENERAL
DATE AND TIME:
Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 6:30 PM
EVENT: General Meeting
LOCATION: TBA
COORDINATOR: TBA
COMMENTS:
TBA

METASIG
DATE AND TIME:
Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 5:00 PM
EVENT: METASIG  REGISTRATION REQUESTED
LOCATION: TBA
COORDINATOR: Marilyn Unruh
COMMENTS: PAC’s monthly social event that provides folks interested in Astronomy with the opportunity to enjoy an an evening of fine dining and socializing, where “Astronomy” is mentioned at least once.  Registration is requested for planning purposes.

STAR PARTY
DATE AND TIME: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 7:00 PM
EVENT: PUBLIC Star Party
LOCATION: Highlands Center for Natural History
COORDINATOR: Patrick Birck
COMMENTS: View the following:
Double Stars – Alberio, 70 Oph, Almaak and Epsilon 1 Lyr;
Clusters: M 11, M 13, M 15, NGC 884 and NGC 869;
Planet – Mars; Galaxies – M31 and M 33;
Nebula – M 16, M 17 and M 57.

BOARD MEETING
DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, October 17, 2017, TBA
EVENT: Board Meeting
LOCATION: TBA
COORDINNATOR: Jeff Stillman
COMMENTS:
TBA

THIRD THURSDAY LECTURE
DATE AND TIME:
Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6:00 PM
EVENT: Third Thursday Star Talk
LOCATION: Prescott Public Library, Founders’ Suites A and B
TOPIC: Angelo Secchi: A Father of Astrophysics
SPEAKER: Fr. Chris Corbally, President of the National Committee for Astronomy, Vatican City State
COMMENTS: Fr. Secchi, born 200 years ago in Italy, was a remarkable scientist with both UK and USA work experience. He is best known for pioneering astronomical spectroscopy, but he was active in oceanography, meteorology, and physics. Let’s get to know him and his current legacy better.

GENERAL
DATE AND TIME:
Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 6:30 PM
EVENT: General Meeting
LOCATION: TBA
SPEAKER: TBA
COMMENTS: TBA

STAR PARTY
DATE AND TIME: Saturday, November 10, 2018, 67:30 PM
EVENT: PUBLIC Star Party
LOCATION: Highlands Center for Natural History
COORDINATOR: Patrick Birck
COMMENTS: View the following:
Double Stars – Almaak, 70 Oph, Alberio and Epsilon 1 Lyr;
Clusters: M 13, NGC 884 and NGC 869;
Planet – Mars;
Galaxies – M31 and M 33;
Nebula – M 27 and M 57.

METASIG
DATE AND TIME:
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 5:00 PM
EVENT: METASIG  REGISTRATION REQUESTED
LOCATION: Restaurant to be announced.
COORDINATOR: Marilyn Unruh
COMMENTS: PAC’s monthly social event that provides folks interested in Astronomy with the opportunity to enjoy an an evening of fine dining and socializing, where “Astronomy” is mentioned at least once.  Registration is requested for planning purposes.

THIRD THURSDAY LECTURE
DATE AND TIME:
Thursday, November 15, 2018, 6:00 PM
EVENT: Third Thursday Star Talk
LOCATION: Prescott Public Library, Founders’ Suites A and B
TOPIC: Solar System Resource Assessments
SPEAKER: FrDr. Laszlo Kestay, Director, Astrogeology Science Center, USGS
COMMENTS: Since 1879, the USGS’s Congressional mandate is to assess the natural resources our nation needs for its prosperity and security. This mandate extends to the Moon, Mars, and beyond – where we must utilize resources “in situ” rather than sourcing our needs from the Earth. The USGS is developing ways to provide reliable, unbiased, quantitative assessments of the natural resources on the surface of asteroids, Mars and the Moon. Dr. Kestay will discuss preliminary results of applying USGS assessment methods within our Solar System and show that there are abundant resources out there.

BOARD MEETING
DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, November 21, 2017, TBA
EVENT: Board Meeting
LOCATION: TBA
COORDINNATOR: Jeff Stillman
COMMENTS:
TBA

GENERAL
DATE AND TIME:
Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 6:30 PM
EVENT: General Meeting
LOCATION: TBA
COMMENTS: TBA
SPEAKER: TBA
COMMENTS: TBA

METASIG
DATE AND TIME:
Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 5:00 PM
EVENT: 2018 Holiday party REGISTRATION REQUESTED
LOCATION: Restaurant to be announced.
COORDINATOR: Marilyn Unruh
COMMENTS: 
PAC’s annual social event that provides folks interested in Astronomy with the opportunity to enjoy an an evening of fine dining and socializing, where “Astronomy” is mentioned at least once.  Registration is requested for planning purposes.

BOARD MEETING
DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, December 19, 2017, TBA
EVENT: Board Meeting
LOCATION: TBA
COORDINNATOR: Jeff Stillman
COMMENTS:
TBA