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

DATE: September 21, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 PM (Thursday)  PUBLIC EVENT
LOCATION: Prescott Public Library   MAP
EVENT: “Exoplanets: Weird Worlds and the Hunt for Life Beyond Earth”

SPEAKER: Dr. Tyler Robinson
COMMENTS: Astronomers now know of thousands of worlds orbiting other stars in our Galaxy.  These so-called “exoplanets” are surprisingly diverse, spanning giant planets with super-heated atmospheres to small rocky worlds with rock vapor in their air.  These findings are all leading up to the discovery everyone is waiting for – another planet like our own!

Dr. Tyler Robinson is an exoplanet researcher and astrobiologist.  He’s studied planets both inside and outside our Solar System at a number of different institutions: the University of Washington, NASA Ames Research Center, and the University of California, Santa Cruz.  As a new faculty member at Northern Arizona University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, he brings the search for Earth-like exoplanets to the Colorado Plateau.

DATE: September 21 – 23, 2017   SPECIAL EVENT IN FLAGSTAFF
EVENT: The 4th Annual Flagstaff Star Party, Flagstaff’s Buffalo Park in the middle of town
COMMENTS:  See POSTER for information regarding being a contributor to the exciting event.

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 4, 2017, 6:00 PM TO 7:45 PM
EVENT AND LOCATION: Generaal PAC Meeting at Prescott Public Library
COORDINATOR: Jeff Stillman
COMMENT:  THIS IS A CHANGE FROM OUR NORMAL EMBRY-RIDDLE LOCATION DUE TO OVERBOOKING OF LECTURE ROOMS.  THE OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER MEETINGS WILL BE AT THE PRESCOTT PUBLIC LIBRARY.

DATE: Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7:00 PM TO 9:00 PM PRIVATE STAR PARTY
EVENT AND LOCATION: Private Star Party at Pine Summit Camp
CONTACT: Patrick Birck
COMMENTS:  See Clusters, Nebula, Galaxies and Double Stars.

DATE: Saturday, 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.

DATE: December 13, 2017, Time To Be Announced
EVENT AND LOCATION: Annual Christmas Dinner at Prescott Brewery
CONTACT: Russ Chappell
COMMENTS:  This year the Board has selected the Prescott Brewery as our restaurant to celebrate our Christmas Social Event of the year! 

The Prescott Brewery does not claim to be a “fine dining” establishment, however, their menu is chucked full of great food and drink, which we have enjoyed throughout the years at METASIG’S and Pre-meeting Speaker Dinners… plus the service is great and the holiday ambiance is special with all the downtown Christmas lighting visible from the upstairs room. 

They will be providing us with their private upstairs room, that seats uo to 45 people, and there will be several menu options provided once their October seasonal menu is updated.  These menus will focus on prices ranging from $15.00 to $ 22.00 with several selections on each menu.  Traditionally the Brewery serves prime rib on Fridays, but since our party is on a Wednesday, we have requested they consider giving us the option of prime rib for this event… more later on availability and price. Tipping is voluntary.

If you have questions give Russ Chappell a call at (928) 778-6502 or (928) 848-1513 or drop him an email at sheepdog@nullcableone.net.