MEETINGS AND EVENTS

GENERAL INFORMATION

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 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 #74, Lecture Room #107
(Top of hill at southwest end of Haas Boulevard)
3700 Willow Creek Road
Prescott, AZ 86301-3720
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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
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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 2017 Schedule

View Reports from past Third Thursday Star Talk Lectures

CHRONOLOGICAL SUMMARY OF EVENTS

April 26, 2017 at Sunset PRIVATE STAR PARTY
Star Party at Prescott High School
CONTACT: Patrick Birck
COMMENTS: We need a few more members for this one.

DATE: May 3, 2017, 6:30 PM PUBLIC MEETING
EVENT AND LOCATION: General Meeting at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University  MAP
CONTACT: Jeff Stillman
COMMENTS:
Jerry Shaw will give a presentation on “How to Photograph the Sun, a Simple Method”

May 6, 2017 at Sunset PRIVATE STAR PARTY
EVENT: Star Party at Kids Camp sponsored by the Camelback Kiwanis Club
CONTACT: Patrick Birck

DATE: May 10, 2017, 5:00 PM (Wednesday) SIGN-UP REQUESTED
EVENT: METASIG… Local dining and social event where astronomy is mentioned at least once!
LOCATION: Casa Sanchez, 1459 West Gurley Street, Prescott, AZ
COORDINATOR: Maryilyn Unruh

COMMENTS:  METASIG – “Meet, Eat, Talk Astronomy Special Interest Group” is PAC’s once a month social dining experience where astronomy is mentioned at least once!

May 12, 2017 at Dusk PRIVATE STAR PARTY
US Vets
CONTACT Patrick Birck

May 13, 2017 at Sunset PRIVATE STAR PARTY
EVENT: Star Party at Kids Camp sponsored by the Camelback Kiwanis Club
CONTACT: Patrick Birck

May 18, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 PM (Thursday) PUBLIC EVENT
“My Favorite Comet Stories”
Steve Coe, Professor, Retired
Comets may be defined as a “celestial body moving around the Sun,” but they are so much more. Steve will present images and observations of the brightest and most interesting comets of the past 35 years. He will include comets Halley, Hale-Bopp and Holmes and lots of other comets that do not start with the letter “H.”

DATE: May 20, 2017, 8:30 PM TO 10:30 PM PUBLIC STAR PARTY
EVENT AND LOCATION: Starry Night at ERAU
CONTACT: Patrick Birck
COMMENTS:  See Jupiter, Clusters, Galaxies and Double Stars.

DATE: June 3, 2017, 5:30 PM TO 10:00 PM PUBLIC STAR PARTY
EVENT AND LOCATION: Sunny Day AND Starry Night at Pronghorn Park
CONTACT: Patrick Birck
COMMENTS:  See the Sun through a solar telescope, then see the Moon, Jupiter, Clusters, Galaxies and Double Stars.

DATE: June 7, 2017, 6:30 PM PUBLIC MEETING
EVENT AND LOCATION: General Meeting at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University  MAP
CONTACT: Jeff Stillman
COMMENTS:
Fred Arndt will give a presentation on “The Scale of the Universe”

June 15, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 PM (Thursday) PUBLIC EVENT
“OSIRIS-REx Gets a Big Boost to Bennu”
Dolores Hill, Senior Research Specialist, ASU
The University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Lab is the home dept for the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission that launched on Sept. 8, 2016. Dolores will review the spectacular launch and research of this exciting mission.

DATE: June 17 to 24, 2017, (Each Evening) PUBLIC STAR PARTY
EVENT AND LOCATION: Grand Canyon Star Party, South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park
CONTACT: Patrick Birck
COMMENTS:  A once a year viewing experience open to the public.

DATE: June 26, 2017 PRIVATE STAR PARTY
EVENT AND LOCATION: Orchard Ranch in Mayer
CONTACT: Patrick Birck

DATE: July 5, 2017, 6:30 PM PUBLIC MEETING
EVENT AND LOCATION: General Meeting at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University  MAP
CONTACT: Jeff Stillman
COMMENTS:
Russ Chappell will give a presentation “Insight Into Your PAC Website”

DATE: July 26, 2017 PRIVATE STAR PARTY
EVENT AND LOCATION: Kid’s with Heart Disease, Friendly Pines
CONTACT: Patrick Birck

September 21, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 PM (Thursday) PUBLIC EVENT
“Kuiper Belt Objects”
Dr. Stephen Tegler, Professor and Chair, Physics and Astronomy, NAU
Dr. Tegler will discuss Kuiper belt object discoveries from laboratory experiments, telescopes, and spacecraft.

DATE: September 23, 2017, 7:30 PM TO 9:30 PM PUBLIC STAR PARTY
EVENT AND LOCATION: Starry Night at ERAU
CONTACT: Patrick Birck
COMMENTS:  See Crescent Moon, Clusters, Galaxies and Double Stars.

DATE: October 14, 2017, 7:00 PM TO 9:00 PM PUBLIC STAR PARTY
EVENT AND LOCATION: Starry Night at Highlands Center for Natural History
CONTACT: Patrick Birck
COMMENTS:  See Clusters, Nebula, Galaxies and Double Stars.

October 19, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 PM (Thursday) PUBLIC EVENT
“Eclipse Balloon Launch”
Jack Crabtree, NASA Eclipse
Jack will discuss the NASA Space Grant High Altitude Balloon Launch and photographing the moon’s shadow during the August 2017 solar eclipse.

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.