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No SMCAS General Meeting in January, 2017

No General Membership Meeting
in January 2017
     


College of San Mateo
1700 West Hillsdale Blvd.,
Bldg 36-100, San Mateo, California 

 

SMCAS February General Meeting



In the Mail and In the eMail


Table of Contents

Events and Club News

Star Parties at Crestview Park

SMCAS Monthly Calendar


The complete SMCAS Newsletter in .pdf format is available from:
http://www.smcasastro.com/newsletter.html



 

SMCAS,  Club Membership

SMCAS,  patches on sale  


New SMCAS astrophotography website
    www.greenhawkobservatory.com



January 29

Final entry for February Newsletter  

 

 

 

 

 

Crestview Star Parties


Star Parties at Crestview Park.

 Crestview 2010 Sun Chart

Crestview Schedule (posted December 4)  

 

Come out and bring the kids for a mind expanding look at the universe!

The City of San Carlos Department of Parks and Recreation and the San Mateo County Astronomical Society have open Star Parties twice a month. These events are held in Crestview Park, San Carlos California.

Note that inclement weather (clouds, excessive wind and showers) will cause the event to be canceled without notice.

CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS
or go to:
http://www.smcasastro.com/star-parties.html
for most recent update.

 

Reasons to Attend
  1. If you have kids interested in space or planets bring them here for a real life view of planets, nebula, star clusters and galaxies.
  2. If you are thinking of buying a telescope or want help using a telescope you own, come here to talk with experienced users.
  3. If you think you might have an interest in astronomy come and talk to experienced amateur astronomers. 

        Astronomers arrive to set up at around sunset. Observing starts at about one hour after sunset and continues for two to three hours.


Crestview Park is at W122  17',   N37  29'

 
 
 


REACH FOR THE STARS AT CSM!

With its planetarium, variety of astronomy courses, top-notch faculty,
and special events such as Star Parties, when the College partners with the
San Mateo County Astronomical Society...or with CSM's many A.A., A.S.,
and certificate programs, its scenic and historic campus, the ease with which
you can sign up for classes online as a first-time or returning student...
The possibilities are astronomical. 







Astronomy Events in Our Area ( Edited for January )



Bay Astro,  Ken L's Event List



SLAC Physics Lecture Series at Stanford Linear Accelerator
http://www6.slac.stanford.edu/maps_directions.aspx (how to get to SLAC)





 Seti Seminar Series

 The colloquiums are free and open to the public
.
 

  


 


Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures

Home:
http://www.foothill.edu/ast/ast_news.php

YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/user/SVAstronomyLectures

  


For Newsletters, Websites, and Calendars:

On Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 at 7 pm, Dr. Andrea Ghez of UCLA will give a free, illustrated, non-technical talk on:

“The Monster Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way”

in the Smithwick Theater at Foothill College, in Los Altos.

The talk is part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, now in its 17th year.

By measuring the rapid orbits of the stars near the center of our galaxy, Dr. Ghez and her colleagues have moved the case for a supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way from a possibility to a certainty. Improvement in the techniques with which astronomers can take images with the world’s largest telescopes are expanding their ability to use the orbits of stars near black holes to describe the properties of these places where gravity overwhelms everything. Dr. Ghez will report on her pioneering measurements and some of the unexpected results her team has been finding. This work is providing insight into how black holes grow and the role that they play in regulating the growth of their host galaxies.

Andrea M. Ghez, Professor of Physics & Astronomy and Chair in Astrophysics at UCL:A, is one of the world’s leading experts in observational astrophysics and heads UCLA’s Galactic Center Group. She has received numerous honors and awards including the Crafoord Prize in Astronomy from the Royal Swedish Academy of Science (she is the first woman to receive a Crafoord prize in any field), Bakerian Medal from the Royal Society of London, a MacArthur Fellowship, election to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. She is very committed to the communication of science to the general public and inspiring young girls into science. Her work can be found in many public outlets, including TED talks, NOVA’s Monster of the Milky Way, and Discovery’s Swallowed by a Black Hole.

Foothill College is just off the El Monte Road exit from Freeway 280 in Los Altos. For directions and parking information, see: http://www.foothill.edu/news/transportation.php
For a campus map, see: http://www.foothill.edu/news/maps.php

The lecture is co-sponsored by:

* The SETI Institute

* The Astronomical Society of the Pacific

* NASA Ames Research Center
* The Foothill College Astronomy Program.

We get large crowds for these talks, so we ask people to try to arrive a little bit early to find parking. The lecture is free, but there is a charge of $3 for parking on campus and exact change is appreciated.

Past lectures in the series can be found on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/SVAstronomyLectures

_____________________________________________

Andrew Fraknoi
Chair, Astronomy Department
Foothill College
12345 El Monte Rd., Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

E-mail: fraknoiandrew zazt fhda.edu
Web site: www.foothill.edu/ast

AstroProf Facebook Pages: www.facebook.com/Fraknoi

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UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org 


Lick Observatory

Plan to arrive after noon and before 3 PM for best access to Public Areas.
This is an all day trip climbing to 4200 feet on the historic
Mount Hamilton Road, Route 130, Alum Rock off of 101 or 680.
Please don't pass bicyclists on the blind curves.

Visiting    
   Gift Shop
   The Gift Shop is your best contact for current visitors progam status.

Visitor Center & Main Building
  
12:00 noon - 5:00 pm
  The Main Building/Gift Shop may not open on some days during the Winter months.
  
Shane Telescope Gallery
  
Every Day: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Visitor's page


The APF Telescope is now doing science.
What this means to you (all)  is that the dome and telescope can move at any
time without warning. Often we are doing tests during the day so please don't
enter the building unless you have a good reason to be inside.

Summer Visitors Program

2016 Poster .pdf
Summer Programs



The Shane Reflector, 
celebrating the first 50 years


From Eyeballs to Electrons is the first online exhibit from the Lick
Observatory Historical Collections Project.

The exhibit draws on artifacts and images from Lick's collections
to illustrate the evolution of light detection in astronomy,
with special attention to Lick Observatory's role.

Part One begins with astronomy's first detector, the human eye,
and ends with photography's long reign as the principal means for
recording starlight.
http://collections.ucolick.org/exhibits_on_line/E2E.1/

The Historical Collections Project is a work in progress. It was
created to preserve and make accessible the observatory's historical
holdings through cataloging, online databases, and exhibits.
Please visit the Project website at:
http://collections.ucolick.org/archives_on_line/
 


Lick Observatory Science Talks 

Posted April 25, 2016

Lick Observatory on 'Facebook'
posted November 11, 2014

Mount Hamilton Wildflower Collection

California Condors visit Lick Obsevatory


Music of the Spheres,  2001 program.




For those of you with an interest in Java Programs and/or
extra-solar planet search see:
http://oklo.org/?page_id=86
This is a forum run by students and instructors at Lick Observatory
concerning the reduction of extra-solar radial velocity data.
Update at: http://www.oklo.org/


Extra Solar Planetary Orbital Stability, The Game
(This link posted May 18, 2014)

Reference http://oklo.org/ April 8, 2014.
 

 

 



Exploratorium

Disney Museum in the San Francisco Presidio

California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park



The Tech Museum downtown San Jose




Western Amateur Astronomers



Peninsula Astronomical Society

PAS membership information


OTHER CLUBS EVENTS  For regularly-updated information on other astronomical organizations and events
we refer you to the website of the Astronomical Association of Northern California;
https://sites.google.com/site/aancsite/home
 



Astronomical Society of the Pacific
ASP Website




U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Geological Survey,
Public Programs:
http://online.wr.usgs.gov/calendar/

   



The Intel Museum



Computer History Museum





 Lockheed Martin
   Palo Alto Colloquia

 



 

 



NASA Ames Research Center
www.researchpark.arc.nasa.gov

The NASA Exploration Center is open to the public
free of charge.
For information about the Exploration Center
please visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/home/exploration.html

To learn about other events hosted by NASA Ames:
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/events/index.html



JPL Lecture series, video on-line



PARC Forum videos, PARC a Xerox Company
http://www.parc.com/events/forum.html

 

 

 

 

Astronomy at College of San Mateo

 

 

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