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Hello SMCAS Members,
We have been selected to host a Yosemite Starparty at Glacier Point on July 19 & 20 2019.
This is a unique opportunity for SMCAS and will take a lot of coordination prior to the actual event.
The SMCAS Board has started the planning process and will communicate more details shortly.
The National Park Service requires that SMCAS host a star party the nights of July 19 and 20.
Prior to dusk, we will have to deliver a presentation to the public.
The Park Service also encourages (not required) that we host solar viewing on Saturday.
In return, SMCAS will receive one reserved group campsite (holds 30) and 30 park entrance passes.
More SMCAS members/friends can attend, however they will need to make their own campsite.
Due to heavy snow last Winter approved campsites may be at Wawona this year.
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SMCAS, Club Membership
SMCAS, patches on sale
New SMCAS astrophotography website
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 May )
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:
Advance notice for newsletters, email exploders, websites, etc.
On Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 7 pm, Dr. Ross Beyer, of the SETI Institute, will give a free, illustrated, non-technical talk on:
”Charon, Pluto’s Companion: What We’re Learning from New Horizons”
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.
Pluto’s large moon Charon turned out to be far more interesting than astronomers expected. Pluto was the star of the New Horizons show, but the features on Charon’s surface tell a fascinating tale of how icy worlds could form far from the gravitational influences of the giant planets. There is evidence of a world-wide sub-surface ocean early on, and of global expansion as that ocean froze solid. Charon’s surface also has a region of plains where icy materials may once have flowed and smoothed over the fractures present elsewhere on its surface. Dr. Beyer will be your guide through this story of formation and change in the frozen reaches of the outer Solar System.
Dr. Ross Beyer is a Planetary Scientist with the Carl Sagan Center at the SETI Institute and NASA Ames Research Center. His interests include surface features, surface processes, remote sensing, and photography of the solid bodies in our Solar System—if you can stand on it, he's interested in what it's like and how it got that way. He was a Participating Scientist with the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, he serves as a Co-Investigator with the HiRISE instrument on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and has worked to help certify safe landing sites for Mars landers and rovers starting with Spirit and Opportunity. He is also a member of the New Horizons Science Team that explored the Pluto System and is currently exploring in the Kuiper Belt.
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
For editors: A copyright free image of Charon can be found at: http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/Galleries/Featured-Images/pics/Charon-Neutral-Bright-Release.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