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Bulletin of the Eastbay Astronomical Society
Founded in 1924 at Chabot Observatory, Oakland, California
Volume 76, Number 11, July 2000

Front Page. Annual Dinner and Awards. Click here for ticket information.
Constellation of the Month. Lyra

Roberts Rules. President Carter Roberts’ message.

Observing Sunspots. Jim Scala
News from Chabot Space & Science Center
Other Stuff.

Annual Dinner and Awards

Dr. Michael Reynolds
José Olivarez
Prof. Harold Weaver
Chabot Space and Science Center

Saturday, 15 July, 2000
Doors Open 6:00 p.m.
Dinner 7:00 p.m.
Awards and Presentations 8:30 p.m.
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, California

When you attend the Annual Dinner and Awards meeting on July 15, you will be among the first to see “The Soul of Night,” the opening planetarium program at the new Chabot Space and Science Center atop the Oakland hills. This is a Universarium Planetarium demonstration done to the beautiful music of Wagner, Strauss and Saint-Saens. Director of Astronomy José Olivarez will include in his demonstration an overview of the Universarium sky, a total eclipse of the Sun, a comet and a meteor shower. Also, there will be an accurate simulation giving a view of the solar system as seen from the planet Pluto, and the AVI laser's magnificent animated graphics. After the show/demo, EAS members can ask questions and look more closely at the planetarium's control system.

The accompanying illustration is a poster that has been prepared to announce the opening of the Science Center and the Planetarium in August.

Executive Director Dr. Mike Reynolds will outline the features of the new 86,000-square-foot Chabot Space & Science Center, which include:
• Chabot's historic 8-inch and 20-inch telescopes and a new 36-inch reflector, one of the largest public telescopes in the United States.
• Teacher training programs, available both on-line and at the new facility
• 250-seat planetarium, the most advanced in the world
• Sophisticated science labs and classrooms
• 210-seat domed-screen theatre
• Challenger Learning Center® for space flight simulation
• Hands-on, interactive science and technology exhibits
• Teacher Research Center.
• Restored outdoor environmental study area
• Outdoor 150-seat amphitheater, nestled into the hillside
• Virtual Science CenterSM for on-line educational resources
• Cafe, catering kitchen, dining terrace, and gift shop

Professor Harold Weaver will speak about the exhibits, which will be an important part of the program of the new center.

The entrance exhibit is modeled after the children’s game ‘Where are you?’ The answer is: I am in my room in my house at 123 Sunny Avenue in Oakland in the county of Alameda in the East Bay Area in the state of California in the United States of America on the continent of North America in the Western Hemisphere … and so on, ending with the Universe.

The exhibit will start with the viewer’s location in CSSC, then ascend to show Oakland, the Bay Area, … the Earth. The Earth will then be displayed as a wonderful large real (and realistic) image floating in space. Various demonstrations can then be shown on this “hologlobe” as, for example, plate tectonics. From the hologlobe the visitor moves out through the Solar System, and then goes on a trip to the center of the Galaxy, visiting the Orion Nebula on the way. The trip then continues out to the Magellanic Clouds, the Local Group, and deep space. The exhibit will be totally 3-D. The visitor will exit through the Hubble deep field of galaxies. This very realistic illusion is created by having the visitor exit through a large walk-through kaleidoscope.
A second major exhibit is composed of a dozen works of scientific art designed and made by Ned Kahn, an artist who has many exhibits in the Exploratorium. These hands-on pieces at CSSC will show how planetary landscapes are formed and how well-known physical forces produce the displays we see on the planets. One exhibit will show, for example, how wind can interact with sand and rock to sculpt landscapes; another how flows and the nature of the surface the flow moves over can produce braided streams. Another exhibit will demonstrate convection cells which provide one of the principal modes of heat transport in planets and in the Sun as well. Convection cells on Earth are involved in the motions of the continents and with earthquakes.

Still other exhibits demonstrate cyclones, Martian dust devils, the forces that give rise to volcanic activity, and a host of other features found in the Solar System. This exhibit should be very popular with all the students who visit CSSC (and with the adults as well).

And in addition, we'll have the usual door prizes and awards presentations. Contact Don Stone for dinner ticket information. Phone (510) 336-3680 or e-mail ddcstone@earthlink.net.

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