MEETINGS AND EVENTS
In 2016, the Prescott Astronomy Club (PAC) will host numerous meetings, star talks (lectures), star parties and other social and educational events at several locations in Arizona. All PAC events are listed below, in chronological order, and current information or changes will be posted daily… so check this webpage events approaches.
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 #74, Lecture Room #107
(Top of hill at southwest end of Haas Boulevard)
3700 Willow Creek Road
Prescott, AZ 86301-3720
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
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.
CHRONOLOGICAL SUMMARY OF EVENTS
DATE: Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 7:00 PM TO 9:00 PM PRIVATE STAR PARTY
EVENT AND LOCATION: Private Star Party at Touchmark, across from the Gateway Mall.
CONTACT: Patrick Birck
COMMENTS: This is an event sponsored by a PAC member who is employed at Touchmark, and is for residents of Touchmark and prospective residents.
DATE: November 8, 2017, 5:00 PM REGISTRATION REQUESTED TO FACILITATE SEATING AT RESTAURANT
EVENT AND LOCATION: METASIG at Streets of New York, 7025 East Floretnine Road, Prescott, Valley, AZ 86314
CONTACT: Marilyn Unruh
COMMENTS: PAC’s monthly social dining experience.
DATE: November 11, 2017, 6:30 PM TO 8:30 PM PUBLIC STAR PARTY
EVENT AND LOCATION: Starry Night at Pronghorn Park
CONTACT: Patrick Birck
COMMENTS: See Clusters, Nebula, Galaxies and Double Stars.
November 16, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 PM (Thursday) PUBLIC EVENT
“From Corona to the Moon: Secret CIA Spy Camera that Mapped the Moon on Apollo Missions 15-17 Offers Valuable Science Today”
Dr. Ken Edmundson, Photogrammetrist USGS
From 1959 to 1972 there were 144 satellite launches in the secret reconnaissance program operated by the CIA and the U.S. Air Force known as Corona. Now declassified, the primary purpose of Corona was surveillance. A version of the high resolution panoramic camera on Corona satellites became a critical component in the lunar mapping system flown on several Apollo missions. Data from this system continue to have a wide variety of scientific and engineering uses. The USGS Astrogeology Science Center is producing a digital image mosaic of Apollo 15 Panoramic Camera images that covers approximately 11% of the Moon at a resolution of 2-5 meters. With the Cold War as a backdrop, Dr. Edmundson will present an overview of Corona, the Apollo lunar mapping system, and the beautifully complex Panoramic Camera that went to the Moon.
DATE: December 13, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
EVENT AND LOCATION: Annual Holiday Dinner and Volunteer Recognition Ceremony at Gurley Street Grill
CONTACT: Russ Chappell
COMMENTS: This year’s Holiday event will be at the Gurley Street Grill, 230 Gurley Street, Downtown Prescott.
The meal will be buffet style featuring the following selections: (Vegitarian dishes will be available upon request)
The restaurant has reserved the downstairs “Patio Room” for our event.
PAC Treasurer, Steve Eubanks is handling registration and payment by mail or at events, or you can register and pay on-line at: http://prescottastronomyclub.org/join/to-join-renew-or-donate-by-credit-card-or-paypal.
Fulton W. Wright will be hosting PAC’s first Volunteer Recognition event which will include several very special awards for some very special folks, so you do not want to miss this event!
If you have questions give Russ Chappell a call at (928) 778-6502 or (928) 848-1513 or drop him an email at email@example.com.