Welcome to the
Peninsula Astronomical Society

Foothill Telescope is CLOSED

Given the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and the extended Shelter-in-Place Order from the Santa Clara Counter Health Officer, PAS is canceling the Friday and Saturday public viewing sessions at Foothill Observatory starting the weekend of March 14/15 and continuing through at least the final weekend of June, when we will reassess the situation in collaboration with Foothill College.

March 11, 2020; updated June 2020

The Peninsula Astronomical Society (PAS) is a group of some 200 Bay Area astronomy enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds. Some members are professionally trained in astronomy, others are just starting and have never looked through a telescope before. One thing that we all have in common is an interest in the sky.

The PAS generally holds its meetings on the second Friday of each month at 7:30 pm, either on the campus of Foothill College (between San Jose and Palo Alto) in Los Altos Hills, or at the Los Altos Public Library. Each meeting features a speaker (or speakers) bringing us up to date on different topics in astronomy. The public is welcome to attend these meetings; there is no charge to attend.  Note, however, that there is a $3 charge for parking at Foothill College – visitor parking permits are available from the machines in the parking lots.  Please do not park in spaces marked “Staff” – you will be ticketed!

As part of its commitment to bringing astronomy to the public, the Peninsula Astronomical Society operates the Foothill College Observatory (click here for more information). The Observatory is staffed by members of the society who volunteer to conduct the regularly scheduled public programs.

In addition to operating the Foothill Observatory, the PAS has its own observatory in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains. This location has AC power and room for members to set up their own telescopes at our monthly star parties. This site is also the home of the society’s 12″ telescope, available for member use after a checkout.

For information about membership in the PAS, click here.


No Club Meetings in June or July

Meetings are normally held at
Foothill College, Room 5015
12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, CA

Just like everyone else, PAS is observing the Shelter-in-Place order and staying home during this time.  We wish you all good health, and look forward to hosting meetings again when we get the all clear.   

Next Meeting: 
Please check back periodically for details on our next club meeting; we will keep this page updated.

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