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SMCAS General Meetings, 2022
Meetings are still available but only on line.

SMCAS General Meeting February 1, 2022
SMCAS General Meeting February 11, 2022

Subject to change. Updates at:


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1700 West Hillsdale Blvd.,
Bldg 36-100, San Mateo, California


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Events and Club News
Star Parties at Crestview Park

SMCAS Monthly Calendar

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New SMCAS astrophotography website

Ken Lum captures amazing inages with a 4 inch telescope.
Dear Friends:
Was out last night and took an eVscope pic of the Running Man Nebula,
NGC 1973, -5, and -7 in Orion near M 42.
Was listed as a recent Unistellar challenge object.
Very clear last night and should also be good tonight.
Ken L.
Feb 06




February 23

Final entry for February Newsletter







Crestview Star Parties

Star Parties at Crestview Park.

Crestview 2010 Sun Chart

Star Parties at Crestview Park, January 28, 2022.

We are scheduled for a Crestview Star Party tomorrow, January 29. Sunset is at 5:31pm.
Weather forecasts are mixed – commercial forecasts indicate partially cloudy but all the astronomer forecasts indicate clearing around 5:00pm and good observing conditions.
Usually the astronomer forecasts are more accurate for our purposes.
I would suggest you look at the sky yourself but remember that Crestview doesn’t get as much fog or low costal clouds as some nearby communities.

Ed Pieret


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.

or go to:
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'



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 )

Due to the covid virus many of the venues listed below are now on-line.

Ken Lum's SMCAS Event Listing
Posted 02-21-22

SLAC Physics Lecture Series at Stanford Linear Accelerator

Archive of past lectures:


On Wednesday, Mar. 9th, 2022 at 7 pm (PST), Dr. Adam Burgasser (University of California, San Diego) will give a free, illustrated, non-technical lecture entitled:

“Dark Star: The Invisible Universe of Brown Dwarfs"

On line at YouTube:

[if you go to this address the evening of the talk you will see and be able to participate in the live event; we will also make a recording]

The talk is part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series (through Foothill College), now in its 22nd year.

Normal stars, like our Sun, shine because they undergo nuclear fusion, turning hydrogen into helium and converting matter into radiation. But what if a star wasn't able to fuse? What would such a "dud" look like? These were purely theoretical question until the 1990s, when the first examples of non-fusing stars, or brown dwarfs, were discovered. Today, many thousands of such objects are known, spanning a wide range of temperatures and masses, and they occupy a unique niche of at the intersection of stars and exoplanets. In this presentation, Prof. Burgasser will introduce the science of brown dwarfs, discuss how they were and continue to be discovered, highlight some of their exceptional properties, and describe how this (mostly) invisible population may provide clues to the early formation and evolutionary history of the Milky Way.

Adam Burgasser is a professor of Physics at UC San Diego, and an astrophysicist who studies the coldest stars, brown dwarfs, and extrasolar planets. Prof. Burgasser defined the “T spectral class” of brown dwarfs as a graduate student; and is one of the co-discoverers of the TRAPPIST-1 exoplanetary system, a system of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting an object at boundary of the star/brown dwarf divide. He has authored over 600 publications, including work in astrophysics, physics education, and equity, diversity, and inclusion in STEM. Prof. Burgasser is currently a Vice-President of the American Astronomical Society and has been a Fulbright scholar.

The lecture is co-sponsored by:
* The Foothill College Science, Tech, Engineering & Math Division
* The SETI Institute
* The Astronomical Society of the Pacific
* The University of California Observatories (including Lick Observatory).

Past lectures in the series can also be found on YouTube at: and as audio podcasts at:

For a copyright free image showing an artist’s impression of a brown dwarf, see:


Andrew Fraknoi
Emeritus Chair, Astronomy Department
Foothill College
(Currently teaching at U. of San Francisco & San Francisco State U.)
Web site:
AstroProf Facebook Pages:

Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures





UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science 

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory has begun to re open to the public as some
covid restrictions have been dropped.
The Gift Shop, Main Building and restrooms are still unavailable
for casual daytime visitors.
Posted December 28, 2021

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.

   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.

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:

Lick Observatory, telescopes and visitors program.
Technical talk given to the Peninsula Astronomical Society.
Posted January 2022

UCO astronomers prove the existence of
Black Holes:
Posted November 25, 2020

UCO, University of California Observatories
U Tube page:
Posted Oct 15, 2020

A new era for Lick Observatory's Twin Astrograph
Posted February 2020

The Apollo Cube Reflectors and Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory on 'Facebook'
posted November 11, 2014

Mount Hamilton Wildflower Collection

California Condors visit Lick Observatory

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:

Extra Solar Planetary Orbital Stability, The Game
(This link posted May 18, 2014)

Reference 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

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:

Keep up to date with Ken Lum's weekly event listings:

Astronomical Society of the Pacific
ASP Website

U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Geological Survey,
Public Programs:


The Intel Museum

Computer History Museum

JPL on_line


Astronomy at College of San Mateo



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