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Why Join the PAS?

Astronomy is fun, but it's a real blast when you do it with other people.

The PAS is a local astronomy club in New Orleans, LA, where you'll find like-minded enthusiasts eager to share their knowledge and love of the sky with you, along with their own dark sky observatory. Club meetings offer opportunities to try out new equipment, learn new techniques, and make new friends. Develop your skills and passion for astronomy by joining today.

Welcome to the PAS Site

THE PONTCHARTRAIN ASTRONOMY SOCIETY (PAS) is a non-profit astronomy club with a membership of nearly 130 individuals and families, mainly from the Southeast Louisiana and Southern Mississippi areas. PAS members come from many walks of life and have diverse interests in amateur astronomy, who strive to enhance the study and enjoyment of astronomy.

PAS members hope to promote an understanding and appreciation of astronomy in our community, sharing their time and telescopes to engage the public with unique astronomy experiences.

We hope that the information to be found on this PAS site encourages you to enjoy astronomy, too!

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President's Message

Monthly PAS President's Message

  • May 2017 President's Message
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    I am the current President of the PAS.

    As I write this I am just back from the Deep South Spring Scrimmage. The weather this year was...mixed. We know every spring (for the Spring Scrimmage) and every fall (for the Deep South Star Gaze) that we are at the mercy of the weather and that can be quite frustrating for those that look forward to these events primarily for clear, dark nights. Thursday during the day looked quite promising with dark blue skies and comfortable temperatures for planning the night's activities. Solar observing during the day was very good with Helios having a few good sunspots. After dinner some high level cirrus clouds moved in and blocked various parts of the sky during the course of the evening. In spite of this we were able to get some observing in for 4 or 5 hours.
    Written on Thursday, 04 May 2017 12:41 in President's Message Be the first to comment! Read more...

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  • 05/03/2017 23:51
    PAS Times submission deadline is the Sunday twelve days before the general meeting. The June 2017 PAS-Times deadline is Sunday, May 28, 2017. Please submit all things...
  • 02/02/2017 13:28
    Join us in Metairie Park Country Day School's Weinmann Auditorium on February 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm as we learn about new frontiers in...

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