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Crestview Star Parties
Star Parties at Crestview Park.
Crestview 2010 Sun Chart
2019 Schedule, local copy
Posted January 5, 2019
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)
Archive of past lectures:
For newsletters, websites, email exploders, and social media:
On Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 at 7 pm, Dr. Penelope Boston from NASA’s Ames Research Center, will give a free, illustrated, non-technical talk on:
”The Worlds Under Our Feet: Caves from Earth to Mars and Beyond”
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 19th year.
New exploration indicates that caves may be more common on rocky and icy worlds in our Solar System than we have thought in the past. Caves below the Earth show us a very different planet than the familiar one we experience on the surface. Each dark cave system has its own micro-organisms and distinctive mineral and chemical properties. So we infer that caves on Mars and on some of the icy moons of the outer planets will also have characteristics quite different from their surfaces. We will take a tour of the some of the most spectacular caves under the Earth and the unusual life-forms they harbor, and consider how the lessons they teach us can be applied to the exploration of the Solar System.
Dr. Penelope Boston is Director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, headquartered at NASA’s Ames Research Center. From 2002-2016, she served as Associate Director of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute and Professor and Chair of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Dept. at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Her research areas include geo-microbiology and astrobiology in extreme environments (especially caves and mines, hot and cold deserts, high latitudes and altitudes); geological processes creating caves on other planets and moons; human life support issues in space and planetary environments; and use of robotics to assist exploration in extreme Earth and planetary environments. She received the 2010 Lifetime Science Achievement Award from the National Speleological Society, the Caving Legend Award from the Ft. Stanton Cave Study Project, and is a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences.
Foothill College is just off the El Monte Road exit from Freeway 280 in Los Altos.
For directions and parking information, see: foothill.edu/parking.
For a campus map, see: foothill.edu/map.
The lecture is co-sponsored by:
* The Foothill College Physical Science Division
* 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
Six cave entrances on Mars (Photographed by NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter): https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mars_caves_from_NASA_orbiters.jpg
Emeritus Chair, Astronomy Department
(Currently teaching at U. of San Francisco & San Francisco State U.)
E-mail: fraknoiandrew zazt fhda.edu
Web site: www.fraknoi.com
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
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:
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 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.
About Adaptive Optics
Adaptive Optics on U Tube
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.
Keck Observatory Science Talks
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,
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