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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

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  • April 2016 President's Message
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    I am the current President of the PAS.

    One thing is a certainty...you have to be flexible. In early April the University of New Orleans was going to hold their annual "Einstein Week" (with a lecture given by Joseph Giaime, who is the observatory head at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) in Livingston, LA. He and his team at LIGO recently detected gravitational waves from the collision of a binary pair of black holes a billion light years from Earth. This discovery validates Einstein's Theory of General Relativity and his prediction of such waves. This is a major breakthrough in the field of physics and it opens a new era for astronomy.) However, we had horrible weather at the time this program was going to originally take place. " target="_blank">The lecture has been rescheduled and will now take place on Thursday, April 21st (at 7 pm). The lecture is free and the public is invited.
    Written on Friday, 15 April 2016 14:54 in President's Message Be the first to comment! Read more...

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