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SMCAS General Meeting, October 6, 2017
Possibly pizza along with conversation at 7:00PM in the ISC.
Talk at 8:00pm in the Planetarium

Dr Monika Kress SJSU

Finding Meteorites in Antarctica

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Star Parties at Crestview Park

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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.

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 October )



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:
https://www.youtube.com/slac




 


Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures

Home:
https://foothill.edu/astronomy/index.php

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

  


First Announcement (for Newsletters, Web Sites, Social Media):

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 at 7 pm, Dr. Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute will give a free, illustrated, non-technical talk on:

“Will the 21st Century be the Time We Discover Life Beyond Earth?”

in the Smithwick Theater at Foothill College, in Los Altos.
The talk is part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series at Foothill College, now in its 18th year.

Dr. Tarter is one of the great scientific pioneers of our time, leading the effort to search for signals from civilizations among the stars. To celebrate the publication of Sarah Scoles’ recent popular biography of her life and work, Making Contact (Pegasus Books), Jill Tarter will talk about her vision of the future of understanding life on Earth and beyond our planet. Then she will answer audience questions and sign copies of the book.

In 2004, Craig Venter and Daniel Cohen suggested that if the 20th century was the century of physics, the 21st century will be the century of biology on our planet. Jill Tarter believes that their idea will be extended beyond the surface of our world and that we may soon have the first opportunity to study biology that developed on other worlds. The techniques we will need are different, depending on whether we are searching for microbes or mathematicians, but both are within reach. The technology required may develop more rapidly than any of us can now imagine.

Jill Tarter holds the Bernard Oliver Chair for SETI at the SETI Institute, serves on the management board for the Allen Telescope Array, is President Emeritus of the Board of the California Academy of Sciences and continues to make groundbreaking contributions to the worlds of science, education, and the arts. Jodie Foster portrayed a fictionalized version of Dr. Tarter in the film Contact. In 2004, she was on Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

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 Foothill College Astronomy Program

* The SETI Institute

* The Astronomical Society of the Pacific

* NASA’s Ames Research Center.

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
Emeritus 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

Contacts mailing list
Contacts@aanc-astronomy.org
http://mail.aanc-astronomy.org/mailman/listinfo/contacts  
 

Announcement for Newsletters, Websites, Social Media:

On Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 at 7 pm, Dr. Natalie Batalha of NASA’s Kepler Project will give a free, illustrated, non-technical talk on:

“A Planet for Goldilocks: Searching for Earth 2.0 Among the Stars”

in the Smithwick Theater at Foothill College, in Los Altos.
The talk is part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series at Foothill College, now in its 18th year.

"Not too hot, not too cold" begins the prescription for a world that's just right for life as we know it. Finding evidence of life beyond Earth is one of the primary goals of science agencies around the world thanks in large part to NASA's Kepler Mission which launched in 2009 with the objective of finding Goldilocks planets orbiting other stars like our Sun. The space telescope opened our eyes to the terrestrial-sized planets that populate the galaxy (including several right in our neighborhood) as well as exotic worlds unlike anything that exists in the solar system. Dr. Batalha will give an overview of the science legacy of the Kepler Mission and other key planet discoveries. She'll give a preview of what's to come by highlighting the missions soon to launch and those on the drawing board.

Natalie Batalha is an astrophysicist at NASA’s Ames Research Center and the Project Scientist for NASA's Kepler Mission. She holds a Doctoral degree in astrophysics from UC Santa Cruz. She has been involved with the Kepler Mission since the proposal stage and has contributed to many different aspects of the science, from studying the stars themselves to detecting and understanding the planets they harbor. Batalha served ten years as professor of physics and astronomy at San Jose State University, before joining NASA Ames. In 2011, she was awarded a NASA Public Service Medal and in 2017 Time Magazine named her to the list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

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 Foothill College Astronomy Program

* The SETI Institute

* The Astronomical Society of the Pacific

* NASA’s Ames Research Center.

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
 
 


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
   
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
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/
 


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.

...portions deleted

Alex Filippenko
Professor of Astronomy
UC Berkeley
alex zazt astro.berkeley.edu
posted July 21, 2017

Lick Observatory Science Talks 
posted September 25, 2017

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

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

 

 

 

 

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