Just a reminder.
Our summer hiatus is coming to a close and we will be resuming our normal monthly meetings starting on Friday, September 1, at 7:00pm in the ISC room, followed by a presentation in the Planetarium at 8:00pm.
The presentation will be by Dr Vanessa Bailey from Stanford University, KIPAC.
She will be presenting on the topic of
‘Finding Exoplanets with the Gemini Planet Imager’.
Meeting and presentation details link can be found at:
I hope to see you all there! Regards, Marion
Hello everyone, As you probably already know, the Event Horizon is the San Mateo County Astronomical Society Newsletter, and we publish monthly (except for July and August). The final version of the Event Horizon is posted as a PDF file on our website at http://www.smcasastro.com, and a notice is emailed to everyone via the Yahoo Group.
Normally the Event Horizon is not published in July and August. However this year in part because of the August solar eclipse the next issue has been moved up a couple weeks so that it will appear in mid-August rather than at the end of the month.
Observing August 21 eclipse from San Mateo (College of San Mateo)
If you are available, I encourage you to head on up to CSM on Monday morning 8/21 and help out Astronomy Professor Darryl Stanford with the CSM Partial Eclipse viewing event. He can use our help in answering questions from the public, helping student volunteers, etc! Or just show up and join in the fun!
For those remaining in the Bay Area, the sun will be about 75% eclipsed. The CSM partial eclipse viewing event at CSM will be held at the Sun Plaza, which is on the edge of Galileo Parking lot 6, next to Building 36 and the Planetarium. The event will start setting up at 8:30am and run until noon.
Darryl plans to have 3 solar scopes, 2 Sun Spotters, a large pizza pan with holes (makes great pinhole cameras for projecting the sun onto the ground). There will be plenty of solar eclipse viewing safety glasses available. Parking is free in Galileo lot 6.
In the Mail and In the eMail
Table of Contents
The complete SMCAS Newsletter in .pdf format is available from:
SMCAS, Club Membership
SMCAS, patches on sale
New SMCAS astrophotography website
Final Entry for August Newsletter
Crestview Star Parties
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 August )
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)
Archive of past lectures:
UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org
Lick Observatory will NOT be open for the Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21st.
Staff is traveling to the path of totality.
If you don't have glasses yet, this is the time to get them
at the Lick Observatory Gift Shop or on Amazon, for example.
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
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.
Summer Visitors Program
Local copy of schedule
as of April 4
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:
Dear UC Observer,
As many or most of you know, Google has given (through UCB) a major three-year gift to help with the operation of Lick Observatory; see http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2015/02/10/google-gives-lick-observatory-1-million/
(it's actually $1.5M -- we got the third year upon showing good progress).
We hope that this is just the beginning of a long relationship between Lick and Google, and several UC astronomers are already doing various activities with Google.
Professor of Astronomy
alex zazt astro.berkeley.edu
Posted July 21, 2017
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