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No SMCAS General Meeting, April 2017

No SMCAS April General Meeting at the CSM Planerarium  

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



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:


SMCAS,  Club Membership

SMCAS,  patches on sale  

New SMCAS astrophotography website


May 3,
Final entry for April Newsletter






Crestview Star Parties

Star Parties at Crestview Park.

 Crestview 2010 Sun Chart


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.

or go to:
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'



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 April )

Bay Astro,  Ken L's Event List

SLAC Physics Lecture Series at Stanford Linear Accelerator (how to get to SLAC)

 Seti Seminar Series

 The colloquiums are free and open to the public
Important Note: March 27 will be the final SETI Talk Weekly Colloquium at Microsoft’s Mountain View campus. The SETI Institute is grateful for the support this program has received from Microsoft, for hosting these events, to Adrian Brown for organizing them, and to Leonard Tramiel for his generous sponsorship of the program. SETI Talks will return! We are currently identifying a new venue and will share all the details as soon as they are finalized. In the meantime, there will be a brief hiatus following the event on March 27.  



Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures




Advance Announcement for Calendars, Websites, and Newsletters:

On Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 7 pm, astronomer Andrew Fraknoi of Foothill College will give a free, illustrated, non-technical talk on:

“The Sky Event of the Decade: The August 21 ‘All-American’ Eclipse of the Sun”

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.

NOTE: Everyone attending this lecture will receive a free pair of certified eclipse-viewing glasses courtesy of Google!

On August 21, 2017, there will be a rare eclipse of the Sun visible throughout the U.S. and all of North America. People in a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina will see a spectacular total eclipse, with the Moon briefly covering the Sun, and day turning into night. Everyone else (an estimated 500 million people, including all of us in the Bay Area) will see a nice partial eclipse, where the Moon covers a good part of the Sun. The talk will describe how eclipses work, why they are one of nature’s most spectacular sights, what scientists learn during eclipses, exactly when and where the eclipse of 2017 will be best visible, and how to observe the eclipse and the Sun safely.

Andrew Fraknoi is the chair of the astronomy department at Foothill College and the co-author of a new children’s book about eclipses When the Sun Goes Dark (2017, NSTA Kids.) He appears regularly on local and national radio, explaining astronomical developments in everyday language, and was named California Professor of the Year in 2007. He is also the lead author of a free, electronic, college textbook, Astronomy, published last year by OpenStax. With three colleagues, he is leading the effort to distribute 2 million eclipse glasses through public libraries, with support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Google.

Foothill College is just off the El Monte Road exit from Freeway 280 in Los Altos. For directions and parking information, see:
For a campus map, see:

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 expect a large crowd for this talk, so we suggest people arrive a 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


Astronomy Department
Foothill College
12345 El Monte Rd., Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
E-mail: fraknoiandrew zazt
Web site:
AstroProf Facebook Pages:


UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science 

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.

   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.
As of February 26, 17 Mount Hamilton Road ( State Route 130 ) is closed due to a slide.
You will need to use Quimby Road or check conditions with the gift shop and Caltrans.
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

Guided tours

Local copy of schedule
as of April 4
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.

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:

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

Reference April 8, 2014.




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;

Astronomical Society of the Pacific
ASP Website

U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Geological Survey,
Public Programs:


The Intel Museum

Computer History Museum

 Lockheed Martin
   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
please visit:

To learn about other events hosted by NASA Ames:

JPL Lecture series, video on-line

PARC Forum videos, PARC a Xerox Company





Astronomy at College of San Mateo



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