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President's Address

May 2019


Greetings to all, and welcome to May. The fickle Weather Gods are having a bit of fun with yours truly lately. While the Deep South Spring Scrimmage at Whitehorse was a bit of a washout, with one good night of viewing, I unfortunately arrived a day too late, and missed out on the awesome skies. While this may seem a bit unfair to pack up gear and drive for two hours, and not even unload, it’s all part of the hobby. We takes our chances and we sometimes strike out. Which leads me to resolve to keep on trying. It cannot continue to cloud me in. I feel that persistence will eventually be rewarded with clear, dark skies. So we must take each and every opportunity to view and hope that THIS time it will be a good night. I hope your observing luck has been better than mine. If so, how about passing some of it my way for Next Time!

We do have quite a few opportunities coming our way very soon. Several outreaches are scheduled for late May and June. As a reminder, I asked all members to commit to attending at least one more event in 2019 than you did in 2018. We have an event at St Tammany Parish Library May 24-25th, our PAS informal star party is scheduled at SPMOS for June 1st, Bogue Chitto Outreach is scheduled for June 8th, and we are looking at a Covington neighborhood Star Party on June 29th. There will be more info on each of these events at the May PAS General Meeting. While we cannot expect you to make ALL of these events, I would hope you can make at least one of them.

Part of the PAS Mission is to spread Astronomy to the public and generate interest to those that may not have the opportunities to view the spectacular sights we all have enjoyed through this great hobby. From our PAS Articles of Incorporation:

Article II -Purpose

  • 5. To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information between persons with a common interest in astronomy
  • 6. To promote the increase and diffusion of knowledge about astronomy amongst the general public

Outreach events allow us to fulfil this mission. I hope to have many of you help us to do so in the coming months.

Our next meeting will be held on Friday, May 17th, at 7:30PM at UNO Science Building. PAS member John Martinez will provide the monthly program. I hope to see all of you at the next meeting. Don’t forget to bring a guest!

Bill Johnson
PAS President 2018, 2019

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2019 PAS Meeting Dates

  • January 18
  • February 22
  • March 22
  • April 19
  • May 17
  • June 21
  • July 19
  • August 16
  • September 13
  • October 11
  • November 15
  • December 13

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