October President's Message
October is here, and autumn has begun, which means longer nights are on their way. Also October means it is time for our annual PAS picnic on Saturday, October 4.
This year our very own Walter Sarrat agreed to host the picnic at his place. It will be potluck; so remember to bring a dish to share. Walter will provide drinks, but you can always bring your own. The picnic officially begins at noon. Bring a dish, and bring the fellowship.
On October 19, turn your telescopes toward Mars. You might catch a glimpse of Comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1). The comet will nearly miss the red planet by a distance of 82,000 miles at 1:28 p.m. CDT that Sunday. While it will not be bright enough to see through binoculars, you should definitely try to spot the comet and Mars together through your scopes.
Last but not least, it is election time again! Send in your nominations for new club officers to our former PAS president, Heather Leblanc. The Pontchartrain Astronomy Society is here to serve its members and the community. However, the club needs dedicated officers to help it. If you are up for the task, throw your hat into the ring. The club needs you.