Don and Terri, the following is a review for the PAS newsletter of the event
last night at Mike's:
7 members of PAS attended the event a Mike's in Carefree Saturday night,
July 21st. Mike Marron, Ophelia Waters, Frank Insana, Sam Insana, Don Boyd,
Pete Turner, and Ron Walker enjoyed the 6 pm pot luck. Everyone brought items
to eat, but I would like to especially thank Ophelia for making a delicious
Some of the members of the committee for the 70th Anniversary event for PAS
then met for about 15 minutes to discuss progress to date and what still needs
to be done. It appears that we have about 9 speakers, three telescopes,
activities planned for children, meteorite displays, free raffles of astronomy
items, astronomy posters to put up in a room, and other activities and
exhibits. Pete will work with Rick Cunningham on sending out numerous press
releases for our October 11th event. We can use more help from PAS members,
especially more telescopes for night viewing from the PVCC BMC observation
deck. Also we can use some small astronomy related items to raffle off, like
astronomy books, pictures, holographic stickers, small meteorite fragments,
We are also asking PAS members to bring a couple of their favorite astronomy
posters to the event to put on the walls in the Aquila building.
Pete then set up his 12 inch dobsonian telescope and we looked at great
views of a 50% phase of Venus, a first quarter view of the Moon, and a full
view of Saturn complete with Cassini ring division. We all tried to look at
Mercury, but for some reason none of us could find it!!!
Mike spent many hours preparing for his lecture on quantum physics. He came
up with very interesting theories showing how neutrinos are the building blocks
to just about all things. His in depth look into quantum physics was
fascinating and the 7 of us who were lucky enough to attend appreciate the hard
work Mike has done on this project.
Afterwords, we all went outside and looked at Mars, which is about the
closest to Earth in 15 years. We saw a beautiful large orange globe through
Pete's telescope at 214 magnification. The unfortunate thing was that Mars was
in the grips of a dust storm that only appears every 4 or 5 years, and the dust
wiped out any features like mountains or polar ice caps.
We stayed until midnight enjoying conversations outside. Most of us were lucky
enough to see a giant fireball meteor. It blazed blue and green and had a
special effect by passing through a cloud.
Although some clouds hung around, the weather was better than expected and it
was very pleasant considering we are in the midst of monsoon season.
Sam Insana Officer and member of the PAS Board of Directors
(I will send a photo of Mike doing his lecture with another email to Don and
From: Terri <starstuff@xxxxxxxxx>
To: PAS Members ListServ <pasmembers@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sun, Jul 22, 2018 10:11 am
Subject: [pasmembers] Looking for Reviews of July 21 for Newsletter
Good morning PAS Members,
I didn't get the chance to attend last night's event at Mike's on July 21 for
the Potluck, Lecture and what ever else happened at the event....
I'd like to request a review of the event for the newsletter. Photos, if you
have any, and any thing else you would like to send for the next issue of the
Everyone have a super Sunday.
Terri, Event Manager
Good friends are like stars. You don't always see them, but you always know
they are there.
Terri Phoenix Astronomical Society Event Manager since 2008
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