Are you interested in learning more about our solar system? The Phoenix Astronomical Society (PAS) and PVCC are proud to offer free community Star Parties from October through May each year at the PVCC Black Mountain site. The dark skies of Cave Creek provide the perfect opportunity to view planets, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. Celebrating its 70th year, PAS provides high powered telescopes and its members are ready to share their in-depth knowledge with participants. In addition, viewers can explore the colors of the Orion Nebula and storms on Jupiter through PVCC Black Mountain’s 14-inch Schmidt Cassegrain telescope.
“We very much appreciate the service that the Phoenix Astronomical Society provides to our students and community members. PAS brings new people on campus through telescope workshops, interesting lectures and of course, star parties,” PVCC Astronomy Professor, Jenny Weitz says. This partnership offers PVCC Astronomy students many excellent opportunities to learn and participate in the field.
PAS Events Manager, Terri Finch, notes that most of their events are free and open to the public. In addition to Star Parties with PVCC, PAS hosts Telescope Workshops. Anyone thinking about purchasing a telescope or who wants to learn how to operate one is welcome to attend. PAS also hosts monthly meetings that include educational talks from university Astronomy professors and other experts in the field.
PVCC appreciates the Phoenix Astronomical Society and all they do for our community! Bring your family out to the next Star Party on January 31, 2019!