Hello SMCAS Members,
I would like to remind everyone that we have our annual meeting and elections
this Friday June 21st at 7pm in the College of San Mateo ISC room.
During this meeting, members will vote on the 2019 Board members.
After an update on the annual Star-B-Que and Glacier Point Star Party,
a movie will be offered in the CSM Planetarium.
“The Universe – Life and Death of a Star”
narrated by Alex Filippenko, Holly Gilbert, and Neil de Grasse Tyson.
Please attend if you can.
There will be pasta with salad at the meeting!
Posted June 19
The SMCAS Annual Meeting tonight (6/21), on the summer solstice no less, was a great success.
Great socializing and plenty of food - pasta, polenta lasgne, veggies, garlic bread, salad, multiple desserts and drinks -
provided by SMCAS.
At the meeting:
Outgoing President Frank Seminaro brought us up to speed on upcoming events,
primarily the status of the Yosemite Glacier Point star Party scheduled for July 19-20:
we will make a final go, no-go, decision on July 1. Issue is camping/lodging situation,
there may be no convenient place to stay this year. Also discussion of significant events coming up:
- Annual StarBQue and installation of Officers at Crestview Park August 3rd
- General meeting and presentations September 6th and October 4th
- CSM Family Science and Astronomy Festival October 5th (volunteers needed!)
- SLAC/KIPAC Community Day with SMCAS Star Party October 19th (volunteers needed!)
Then we held the annual election of our SMCAS 2019-20 Officers and Board Members at Large.
Nominations were closed, and a voice vote held. The official results are:
President: Mike Ryan
Vice-President: Ed Pieret
Treasurer: Tom McDonough
Secretary: Marion Weiler
Board Members at Large:
The installation of these Officers and Board members will be at our August 3rd StarBQue at Crestview Park.
From the rest of the Board and the membership: thank you Frank for your great service as President this past year.
And special thanks to Mary Ann McKay for her service on the Board this past year,
as well as providing assistance to Editor Bill Lockman in preparing our Event Horizon newsletter!
Following the election, we were enthralled by a full–dome Planetarium show by Prof. Darryl Stanford,
followed by a showing of the excellent award winning Evans and Sutherland full-dome video ‘Secret Lives of Stars’
narrated by Sir Patrick Steward, followed by Q/A with Prof. Stanford.
Secretary - SMCAS
Posted June 22
Our outreach trip to Glacier Point in Yosemite has been cancelled.
The National Park Service was unable to locate lodging for SMCAS club members during our dates of July 19th and 20th.
Flooding in the park has prevented many of the campgrounds from opening this year.
The Board researched other private lodging options with no success.
The options were either too far away from Glacier Point or fully booked.
There is a chance the Bridalveil campsite will open on 7/15.
However, the NPS is unable to confirm the opening date or if campsites will be available for us.
Without a confirmation as of July 2, the Board decided to withdraw from the event to allow members to make other plans.
We intend to volunteer again at Glacier Point next year.
Thank you for your continued participation..
Posted July 2
In the Mail and In the eMail
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.
Posted April 2019
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 June Newsletter
Crestview Star Parties
Star Parties at Crestview Park.
Crestview 2010 Sun Chart
2019 Schedule, local copy
Posted June 9, 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 June )
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
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