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New SMCAS astrophotography website
Final entry for February Newsletter
Crestview Star Parties
Star Parties at Crestview Park.
Crestview 2010 Sun Chart
Crestview Schedule (posted February 20)
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.
Reasons to Attend
- If you have kids interested in space or planets bring them here for a real life view of planets, nebula, star clusters and galaxies.
- If you are thinking of buying a telescope or want help using a telescope you own, come here to talk with experienced users.
- 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 February )
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.
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
Beyond our Future in Space
The Space Age is half a century old. Its early successes were driven by a fierce super-power rivalry between the Soviet Union and the United States, obscuring the fact that exploration and risk-taking is built into human DNA. Decades after we last set foot on the Moon, and several years after the Space Shuttle was retired, space activity is finally leaving the doldrums. A vibrant private sector led by SpaceX and Virgin Galactic plans to launch supplies cheaply into Earth orbit and give anyone the chance of a sub-orbital joy ride. New materials are being developed that could lead to space elevators and transform the economics of space travel. Fighting gravity will always be difficult, but engineers are rethinking rockets and propulsion technologies. Permanent bases on the Moon and Mars are now within reach, and a new Space Race is brewing, with Asian countries ascendant. The talk will review the history and landmarks of the international space program, give a snapshot of the current situation, and plot the trajectory of the future of space travel.
Speaker: Dr. Chris Impey, Univ. of Arizona
Cost: Free ($3 parking)
Advance announcement for calendars, newsletters, web pages
On Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2017 at 7 pm, Dr. Dan Werthimer of UC Berkeley will give a free, illustrated, non-technical talk on:
“Is Anyone Out There Among the Stars: The Hundred-Million Dollar Breakthrough Listen Project”
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.
What is the possibility of other intelligent life in the universe? Can we detect radio, infrared, or light signals from alien civilizations? Current and future projects searching for such signals, including the new $100-million Breakthrough Prize Foundation Listen project, may provide an answer. Dan Werthimer will describe the plans for future searches and show how new technologies are revolutionizing the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI). He will also describe the SETI@home project, which analyzes data from the world's largest radio telescope using desktop computers and cell phones from millions of volunteers, forming one of Earth's most powerful supercomputers.
Dan Werthimer is the Chief Scientist at the Berkeley SETI Research Center, overseeing SETI@home, the $100 million Breakthrough Listen project, and several other SETI programs. He also directs the Center for Astronomy Signal Processing and Electronics Research (CASPER) and is associate director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC). He has been Associate Professor in the engineering and physics departments of SF State University and a visiting professor at Beijing Normal University, the University of St. Charles in Marseille, and Eotvos University in Budapest. He has taught at universities in Peru, Egypt, Ghana, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Kenya. Few people know that he was in the “homebrew computer club” with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak; not everyone in that club became ultra-rich.
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 Astronomical Society of the Pacific
* The SETI Institute
* 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
Chair, Astronomy Department
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
UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org
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.
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
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.
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
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:
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:
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.
Disney Museum in the San Francisco Presidio
California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park
The Tech Museum downtown San Jose
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;
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Geological Survey,
Palo Alto Colloquia
NASA Ames Research Center
The NASA Exploration Center is open to the public
free of charge.
For information about the Exploration Center
To learn about other events hosted by NASA Ames:
JPL Lecture series, video on-line
PARC Forum videos, PARC a Xerox Company