FRIDAY, December 30, 2005
FYI: The 2006 Observer's Handbook is in stock
at the Chabot Space & Science Center's Starry Night Gift Shop.
It retails for $24.95 and member discount is 10%. This is a must-have
resource for night sky observers; you can use it to plan vacations
around astronomical events, learn tons of practical info about
our Solar System, the stars, and deep sky objects; after 2006
is over, even if you don't get the 2007 edition, it still contains
a plethora of info to keep it on your permanent reference bookshelf.
Their calendars are also being discounted; both
the ecological calendar and the Return to Flight are at 50% off
and the 2006 Phases of the Moon magnets and mugs are at 30% off.
They also have a good stock of the planetarium
program (for both Mac and PC) Starry Night Pro @ $179.95 (less
10% for members). If you haven't experienced this program, it's
the best, most user-friendly, graphical program of its type. We
use it up in the telescope domes to show visitors what constellations
and objects are visible at any time in the past, present, and
future; we use it to graphically explain the motions of the planets
around the Sun, what the Earth looks like from the Moon, how Mercury
and Venus can only be morning or evening "stars," and
dozens of other astonomical concepts. In a word, this program
FRIDAY, December 23, 2005
Near miss alert:
At approx 05:25, the morning of Sunday, December 25, the waning
crescent Moon will make a very close pass by Spica in the south-southeasterly
skies. It will be hard to see due to the glare of the Moon's brightness,
but binoculars or a small telescope will help. [more]
THURSDAY, December 22, 2005
CORRECTION to the Next Meeting info:
That was supposed to be (and now is) the evening of SUNDAY, JANUARY
1, not Saturday for the club Pot Luck Holiday Party.
Sorry about that!
MONDAY, December 19, 2005
Happy Solstice and Merry Perihelion to all.
There are still a few seats remaining in the Ask
Jeeves Planetarium at Chabot and more in the Tien MegaDome Theater
that have not yet been named for anyone. If you would like a present
for that special person who has everything, consider a gift that
will last decades or longer (more
Or, call (510) 336-7323 to sponsor one before the holidays.
The educational programs at Chabot cost significantly
more than the revenues taken in at the front entrance. Consider
helping with a year-end tax-deductible contribution. The Chabot
Space & Science Center Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) not for
profit organization. Checks may be sent to:
Chabot Space & Science Center
10000 Skyline Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619
SUNDAY, December 18, 2005
From the AANC files: The UCS (Union of
Concerned Scientists) has a Satellite Database of operational
satellites currently in orbit around the Earth. It includes basic
information about more than 800 satellites and their orbits and
is the only free, comprehensive compilation of active
satellites in an easy to manipulate, commonly-used
November 1, 2005 deadline is past
But it's never too late to renew
your membership to the Eastbay Astronomical Society. Those who
get the snail-mail version of the newsletter, and have not yet
renewed, will receive one last issue, with a red stamped message
indicating their lapse in membership.
WEDNESDAY, November 16, 2005
For all you solar observers out there, heads-up!
There's a Jupiter-sized spot on the sun rolling around towards
us with bright M-class flares going off around it. If it points
our way, we may see aurora activity a day or so later. Hot stuff
MONDAY, November 14, 2005
Just to remind everyone that the NOVA science series on PBS
will be broadcasting an episode on the life of Sir Isaac Newton
tomorrow, Nov. 15 at 8PM on Channel 9 titled "Newton's Dark
Secrets". It is a wonderful complement to the program on
Einstein last month.
SATURDAY, November 12, 2005
Sorry for being missing in action the last two
months - I've been more than usually busy! But, I'm back, and
with a new resolve to keep this website as active and fresh as
one person can. I could use some help, so if you would like to
contribute notices, articles, links to news items of interest
to us (Eastbay Astronomical Society) or even help out with site
administration, let me know; whatever you can do will be most
Don Saito, EAS Webmaster
FRIDAY, September 2, 2005
There's a nice conjunction coming up of the Moon,
Jupiter, and Venus on Tuesday, September 6th. More details on
the month of September's What's
THURSDAY, August 11, 2005
From Space Weather News for August 11, 2005
The Perseid meteor shower is underway. The shower's
broad peak extends from August 11th through 13th, with August
12th being best. If you get away from bright city lights and watch
the sky between local midnight and dawn on Friday morning, August
12th, you can expect to see dozens to hundreds of meteors.
The planet Mars is out during the Perseid meteor
shower, too. It's that bright red "star" high in the
eastern sky before dawn. Many Perseid meteors will appear to fly
past Mars on Friday morning--a pretty sight.
And speaking of Mars, beware the Mars Hoax. A
rumor about the red planet continues to spread via email. The
message claims that Mars will come so close to Earth on August
27th that it looks as big as the full Moon. In fact, Mars is approaching
Earth for a close encounter in October--not August. October's
close approach will indeed be beautiful, but Mars will never rival
Get the full story, plus sky maps, pictures of
Perseids, and solar activity updates at Spaceweather.com.
WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2005
Only a few days left to sign up for the Barcroft
High-Altitude (Low-Oxygen) Star Party! (first entry in August
SATURDAY, July 18, 2005
EAS member Mark G supplies data to view tomorrow
tonight's lunar occultation of Antares for these areas: Berkeley,
Livermore, Oakland, San Jose, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Stockton!
SATURDAY, June 25, 2005
Mark you calendars! Deep Impact (the NASA
mission - not the movie) is coming to a Chabot Space and Science
Center near you! [more]
On the evening of July 3, from 10pm - midnight, they're going
to whack comet Temple I with a desk-sized, pure copper bullet,
and Chabot will have a live video feed from NASA, commentary by
the scientists running the mission, and (weather permitting) have
their own telescope, the 36" reflector, Nellie, trained
on the comet and feed the image into the science center.
Also, there's a very nice conjunction of three
planets up this weekend just after the sun sets. Mercury, Venus,
and Saturn get chummy. If we're lucky, the fog won't hide this
planetary tête-à-tête (that's French
for head to head).
WEDNESDAY, June 8, 2005
A few notes of special interest to skywatchers,
as submitted by Carter Roberts, from Space Weather News for June
VENUS RETURNS: After many months in hiding, Venus has returned
to the evening sky. You can see it at sunset; it pops into view
long before the sky grows completely dark. Wednesday evening,
June 8th, is an especially good time to look, because then Venus
will be pleasingly close to the slender crescent Moon.
DAYTIME METEORS: The annual Arietid meteor shower peaks on June
7th and 8th. You won't see many meteors, though, because the shower
is most intense when the sun is high in the sky. The Arietids
are a rare daytime meteor shower. Researchers aren't certain where
the Arietids come from, but they might be debris from sungrazing
See also: The What's
Up section of this website, for info on upcoming lunar
and planetary conjunctions, and deep-sky objects.
SATURDAY, May 14, 2005
A coronal mass ejection (CME) is heading for Earth
following a strong solar flare on May 13th. Sky watchers should
be alert for auroras when the cloud arrives on May 14th or 15th.
The display, if it materializes, will be best over high latitudes--e.g.,
Alaska and Canada. But CMEs sometimes spark auroras over lower
latitudes, too, so everyone should keep an eye on the sky this
MONDAY, May 9, 2005
Stanford's School of Engineering is delaying
the imminent demolition of the Bracewell Radio Astronomy Observatory
until June 30th, 2005 in order to allow our non-profit group a
chance to mount a rescue effort. Our goal is to restore the observatory
to open up the world of Radio Astronomy to the community, as well
as to support new Stanford research uses. We need introductions
to benefactors interested in rescuing the Observatory before
June 2nd. [Details]
SATURDAY, April 30, 2005
See big spot. See big spot run. See big spot on
the sun, either with your own (specialized solar observation)
equipment, or at the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO)
This is an unusually large sunspot, considering the Sun is not
in its "solar max" phase, which occurs roughly ever
11-years. The last solar max was in 2001.
SATURDAY, April 9, 2005
It's the first day past new moon - can you catch
a sight of the "silver sliver?" Try using binoculars
a little after sunset to see if you can see it (just above where
the Sun set on the horizon).
The What's Up
page has just been updated - sorry for the delay!
FRIDAY, February 25, 2005
A lunar occultation of Antares will be happening
for the SF Bay Area during the early morning hours of March 3rd!
TUESDAY, February 22, 2005
ISS makes a pass at the Moon
EAS member Bruce Skelly notes an upcoming event
for Oakland skywatchers:
On Sunday, Feb 27, at about 10 minutes before
7:00pm PST, the International Space Station is predicted to cross
in front of the moon(!), and this would be a good opportunity
to catch the event with a camcorder. This calculation was based
on the observing site being at Chabot Space and Science Center,
but should be good for Oakland and the surrounding areas (with,
of course, slightly different times and views).
FRIDAY, February 18, 2005
EAS Wins an AstroOscar at the 2nd Annual AstronomyOutreach
The Astronomy Outreach Network today announced
the recipients of its 2nd Annual Outreach Awards, given for extraordinary
efforts to promote astronomy. These AstroOscars were awarded at
the Winter Star Party in the Florida Keys on February 11, 2005
and will be presented on an annual basis at the Winter Star Party
FRIDAY, February 11, 2005
Check out the great picture
of M42, the Great Nebula in Orion, taken by Paul Hoy through Chabot's
36" reflector, Nellie. [More]
WEDNESDAY, February 2, 2005
Here's an excellent article by Richard Godwin
of AdAstra, magazine of the National Space Society about
why we have a space program. [Read]
Also, please note that this month's What's
Up and info about this month's speaker (see the left
column of this page and/or the Schedule)
are now posted.
SATURDAY, January 29, 2005
Today is the first day for Chabot's newest arrival:
Mirror Mirror, a highly interactive exhibit, which offers
hours of things to see and do, and which replaces the ancient
Chinese astronomical instruments exhibit, Dragon Skies.
The Dragon Skies exhibit will now tour the nation, going
to many other science centers, but remember: we saw it first!
For more info on Mirror Mirror, visit Chabot's website.
MONDAY, January 10, 2005
Our friend in high places (JPL), Jane Houston
Jones, provides us a tip on an on-line article from Sky &
Telescope about a rare viewing event for Saturn on the nights
of Thursday and Friday, January 13 and 14. The Sun, Earth, and
Saturn come into alignment, which causes Saturn to brighten
Here's a bit of guilty pleasure for you: Go to
Lick Observatory's HandyCam
web page and check out their HamCam Theatre link. We're betting
you can't eat just one!
SATURDAY, December 31, 2004
Happy New Year! It would be happier for us astronomer-types
if the weather were clear, instead of rainy for the last week-and-a-half,
but that's the way the comet crumbles; speaking of which, have
you seen this one, yet? It's about 4th magnitude nowadays, if
you ever get a clear sky...
FRIDAY, December 24, 2004
Happy holidays! The good folks at Spaceweather.com
let us know we have an early morning show of the five bright planets
going currently, with Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn
spread across the ecliptic like jewels on a string. Check 'em
out, but no rush - they'll be like that for more than a week (how
THURSDAY, December 2, 2004
Announcement from NCHLADA: We meet this Saturday,
December 4, at the Chabot Space and Science Center. After coffee
and conversation at 9:30 the morning topic, Naming Controversies
in Early Astronomy, will be chaired by Nick Kanas, MD. An outline
is available here.
Then, lunch and a brief business meeting followed
by the afternoon session, Chinese Astronomy, led by Celeste Burrows.
More details are available at http://nchalada.org.
SATURDAY, November 20, 2004
Paul Hoy sent in this link to National Geographic's
website, which features a great picture of (from left to right)
Paul Hoy, Terry Galloway, Stephen Matthews, Alan Roche, and Bruce
Skelly. They're standing in front of Rachel's dome in Wightman
Plaza. We're famous! [More]
Space & Science Center is looking for volunteers to help do
a bit of gardening work which will help preserve an endangered
species of vegetation around their premises: the pallid manzanita
(Arctostaphylos pallida). [More]
MONDAY, November 15, 2004
The SJAA will hold their Fall Astronomical Swap
Meet on Sunday, November 21, starting at noon. [More]
Chabot is looking for volunteers for a Manzanita
protection project. There will be free coffee and bagles in the
morning, and free pizza for lunch! (I'm there!) [More]
SATURDAY, November 6, 2004
FISCHER TALK: Today's the day! Dr. Debra Fischer
gives a talk to the EAS and Chabot Space & Science Center
public (it's free if you're an EAS member, and $5 per person if
you're not). Dr. Fischer is one of the world's foremost researchers
on extra-solar planets; planets that orbit stars other than our
own! The talk begins this evening at 7:30pm in the Tien MegaDome
theatre at the Chabot Space & Science Center. Club members
should come at 7:00 pm for a bit of club business.
COOL LINK: Greg Sugg sent in this link: http://www.fourmilab.ch/cgi-bin/uncgi/Earth,
which gives a view of the Earth from the Sun's perspective at
any given moment. Check it out!
SATURDAY, October 16, 2004
The Eastbay Astronomical Society proudly presents
planet hunter extraordinnaire, Debra Fischer, as our November
meeting speaker (Saturday, Nov 6, 7:30pm)! She is an astronomer
on the cutting-edge of Humankind's efforts to find planets around
other stars, and will fill us in on the up-to-the-minute news
on what new discoveries have been made, and the bright future
of planet hunting.
You really don't want to miss this meeting!
SATURDAY, October 2, 2004
Space Weather News for Oct. 2, 2004
VENUS AND REGULUS: Prepare to wake up early: Just
before sunrise on
Sunday, Oct. 3rd, the planet Venus and the bright star Regulus
beautifully close together in the eastern sky--only 1/5 of one
apart. It's a real treat for early risers.
BLUE MOON ALERT: Mount St. Helens in Washington
is spewing ash and steam, and scientists say a bigger eruption
could happen soon. This means sky watchers in western North America
should be alert for blue moons in the weeks ahead. Airborne particles
from volcanoes can act like a
color-filter, shading the moon (or even the sun) blue. Follow
the links at
spaceweather.com for more information.
SOLAR ACTIVITY: For the second straight week,
solar activity remains low. Bright auroras are unlikely in the
FRIDAY, October 1, 2004
is holding a month-long 15% discount sale on all their books and
products for astronomy club members until the end of October!
Go to their website
shopping page, make your selections, and at Step One
of the checkout process, enter CLUB04H into the Promotion
Code field to get your 15% discount. Or, if you're calling your
order in (800-253-0245), just mention the code to receive the
WEDNESDAY, September 15, 2004
Job opportunity for trained astronomy educators
for PBS! [More]
FRIDAY, September 10, 2004
Upcoming Special Presentation
On Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2004, 7 pm, the Silicon
Valley Astronomy Lecture Series will feature Apollo 9 Astronaut
Russell Schweickart, who will give a non-technical, illustrated
talk on: "Asteroid Deflection: Hopes and Fears" in the
Smithwick Theater, Foothill College, El Monte Road and Freeway
280, in Los Altos Hills, California.
Free and open to the public. Parking on campus
Call the series hot-line at 650-949-7888 for more information.
WEDNESDAY, September 8, 2004
Check out the new features in our What's
Up page. We've got a lunar calendar for the entire
month of September, and an improved Messier objects list.
MONDAY, September 6, 2004
Genesis set for stellar return from space (CNN)
A daring trip to study the solar wind will end
on Wednesday, September 8, with the midair retrieval of extraterrestrial
samples above the Utah desert. However, the scientific journey
is only beginning. [More]
THURSDAY, August 19, 2004
There's a half-time job position at the Astronomical
Society of the Pacific (ASP) as a facilitator and coordinator
for the newly implemented Night
Sky Network. They want someone to work with astro clubs
to help promote amateur astronomy, and they're willing to pay
you to do that! [More]
MONDAY, August 9, 2004
The Perseids are coming! The Perseids are coming!
Well, actually, they're already here, but they peak in the morning
hours of Thursday, August 12. This year, they're predicted to
be somewhat heavier than usual; 60 - 100 per hour, instead of
the usual 60 max per hour. If you get a chance, check 'em out!
(The Perseid meteor shower occurs annually starting around mid-July
and going until mid-August.) [More]
MONDAY, July 26, 2004
AstroCon 2004 has come and gone! Pictures from
the event will soon be posted here! Okay, they're here.
Something new has been added to this site's What's
Up page: a pdf document listing all the Messier objects
visible (at least to some degree) for the month of July 2004.
I will try to make up a new list for each month of the year.
THURSDAY, June 17, 2004
Jane Houston Jones is putting the call out for volunteers to
work on AstroCon 2004. If you've got some spare time - morning,
afternoon, or evening - between Tuesday, July 20 - Saturday, July
24, she could really use your help! [More]
TUESDAY, June 15, 2004
More on the transit of Venus: Spaceweather.com
has just announced a new gallery of fantastic transit pictures.
Check 'em out!
TUESDAY, June 8, 2004
The transit of Venus has come and gone, but the
ultimate web search engine, Google, commemorates it with
a special logo!
Anything look familiar to you, there?
Thanks to Debbie Dyke for finding this.
MONDAY, MAY 10, 2004
We've got four new astrophotos in! Two of Comet
NEAT from Paul Hoy, and Carter Roberts, and two more (the Moon
and Jupiter) from Paul Hoy. Check 'em out in our Astrophotos
section. Find out a bit more about Comet NEAT in our What's
THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2004
Space & Science Center is offering a specially-priced
package of $10 ($8 Youth & Senior) for those wishing to attend
both Sten Odenwald's Back to the Astronomy Cafe lecture
& booksigning at 6:00 pm, and The Sky Tonight planetarium
program, featuring comet discoverer Alan Hale, at 7:30 pm, Saturday,
May 8, 2004
Tickets can be reserved by calling 510-336-7373,
or are available at the
TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2004
Just a few days left to sign up to be a part of Project Astro,
a coordinated volunteer effort to bring astronomy to kids through
their schools! [More]
MONDAY, MAY 3, 2004
Comet Neat might make a good show in about
4 or 5 days from today, though the long range weather forecast
isn't looking so good. Maybe we'll luck out, though. Find more
details in What's
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2004
Earth is passing through a stream of dusty debris
from Comet Thatcher, the source of the annual Lyrid meteor shower.
The best time to look is during the hours before dawn on Thursday,
April 22nd, when the shower peaks. Lyrids appear to stream from
the vicinity of the bright blue star Vega in the constellation
Lyra high in the northern sky. This is not an intense shower,
but some years it is pretty: northern sky watchers typically see
between 5 and 25 meteors per hour.
for more information and a sky map.
THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2004
Conjunction Alert! This evening, and for
the rest of the week, a rare 5-planet conjunction is happening.
Actually, it's been happening the past week already, but it's
at its best tonight. Full details in the What's
Up web page.
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AstroCon 2004 Update from Dr. Mike Reynolds:
Hello All - I am very pleased to announce that at AstroCon 2004's
USS Hornet Banquet event Don Blair, the "radio voice of Apollo
11," will be signing copies of his newly published book Splashdown--NASA
and the Navy. This to be just-released book (during AstroCon and
the Hornet's Splashdown event) details all Navy and Marine units
involved in the 31 manned spacecraft recoveries. The USS Hornet
is heavily featured, including the cover artwork. [More]
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Nifty SFU Astronomy Class info from Ken Frank:
San Francisco State University is offering a week long course
in observational astronomy this summer from July 18-23 at its
scenic Sierra Nevada Field Campus.
I took the class last year and it was a great hands-on course.
In fact, it was my major inspiration for taking John Dobson's
telescope building class this past fall. [More]
THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2004
If you're in the neighborhood, and would like
to help out, Julie Jones of Art From the Soul is looking for anyone
with a scope who might want to do some Astronomy Day evening viewing
in San Pablo on Saturday, April 24. Give her a call at (510) 232-6919
or (510) 367-5524. You can find out more about her organization
EAS Star Party at Lincoln High in Alameda
Dave Rodrigues, Carter Roberts, Paul Hoy, Don Saito (and one
unknown other) converged last night to do some early evening telescope
viewing for the kids at Lincoln High on Fernside Drive. Here's
a pic from the event of Paul Hoy showing a student Saturn:
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2004
up for AstroCon 2004 online now! If you like viewing
through huge telescopes, sampling the goods at world-class wineries,
hearing about cutting edge developments in the space sciences
from scientists who are at the top of their fields, walking amongst
and learning about ancient redwood trees, meeting a celebrity
astronaut, or eating great food in the company of fellow amateur
astronomers, ALL HERE IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD, then sign up today
- it's almost too easy.
FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2004
From Jane Houston Jones at JPL/NASA:
I really love todays Cassini image of Saturn!
angle camera aboard the Cassini
orbiter took the image in blue light February 29, 2004
when Cassini was 37.2 million miles from Saturn. Three of Saturn's
moons are visible in the image: 247 mile diameter Mimas is left
of the south pole, 949 mile diameter Rhea is at the lower right
and 310 mile diameter Enceladis is at left. Every Friday a new
image is being released, so now is the time to bookmark the Cassini
website and wake up every Friday to another amazing image.
And our JPL web page has a great article on the
5 planet lineup too, complete with a great illustration. Check
it out! Jane
ALERT: UPCOMING FIVE PLANET LINEUP
Just after sunset between March 22 and April 1,
Mercury, Mars, Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter will all be visible
at the same time, with the Moon thrown into the mix for good measure.
Don't miss it, as the next opportunity to see them this good will
be 32 years from now, in 2036!
THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2004
From Jane Houston Jones at JPL/NASA:
Hi everybody, I thought you'd enjoy this webcast
announcement. Paul Mortfield , Peninsula
Astronomical Society member who works as an astronomer
at the Stanford
Solar Center and who is also well known as the Backyard
Astronomer is hosting this webcast on the Transit of
Venus from JPL on Friday, March 19, 2004. [More]
FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2004
ASTROCON 2004 - July 20 - 24, right here
in Oakland, CA! Get the details and sign up online! [More]
ANOTHER NEW CLUB LAPEL PIN, but only a
very select few can have one. These are not bought with dollars
and cents, but only with years of devoted service to amateur astronomy,
and we will only give out one per year. Have you guessed what
it is, yet? It's the newly minted Helen
Pillans Award Pin, and the EAS will give them to all
former and future awardees of that venerable recognition.
REMINDER: March 19 and 20th is this year's
optimal nights for a Messier Marathon - your big chance to get
ALL those faint fuzzies!
PASSED ON FROM JANE HOUSTON JONES who passed
it on from the Sidewalk Astronomers Dobson telescope class email
The Long Now Foundation is having a free lecture
next week that may be of interest:
On Friday March 12 at 7pm at the Presidio Officers
Club, the speaker will be Apollo 9 astronaut RUSTY SCHWEICKART,
speaking on "The Asteroid Threat Over the Next 100,000
Check out http://www.longnow.com
for more info.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2004
NEW SPEAKER FOR THE EAS ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER SELECTED:
The Ever Popular "Bad
Astronomer," Dr. Phil Plait. Dr. Plait's talk is entitled:
Seven Ways a Black Hole Can Kill You. [More]
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2004
COMET LINEAR GETTING CLOSER - Comet
C/2002 T7 (LINEAR) is approaching Earth and brightening every
It's not yet a naked-eye object, but the 7th-magnitude fuzzball
is easy to see through backyard telescopes. The comet lies not
far from brilliant Venus in the western sky after sunset. [More]
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2004
CHANGE OF SPEAKER FOR ANNUAL DINNER - Our
originally scheduled speaker, Dr. Jeff Moore, had to cancel his
engagement at our annual dinner. Not to worry: our fabulous Programs
Director, Dave Rodrigues, will find another fascinating speaker.
Look to our Schedule
for updates and announcements. Hope to see you there!
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2004
DO YOU LOVE Chabot's
Planetarium? Would you be interested in learning how
to operate this fantastic equipment? Here's your chance! Denni
Medlock is looking for volunteers who would like to become Planetarium
Operators. Shifts are available on weekdays (for the school groups)
and weekends (for the general public). After training is complete,
a commitment of two 4-hour shifts per month is required. If you
are interested, please contact Denni Medlock at 510-336-7368 or
(Note added 2/28/04: these positions have now been filled.
Also, applicants must be or become CSSC-trained volunteers.)
NEW AND IMPROVED Our section on Links
has been greatly expanded thanks to the efforts of EAS member
Bob Schalck (who also cares for the optics in the 8" and
20" antique telescopes Leah and Rachel up at
Chabot Observatory). Check 'em out and be enriched and enlightened!
FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2004
Would you like to swing on a star?
ONE DAY LEFT to add your
name to a space probe heading out to the comet Temple 1! After
January 31st, the opportunity is gone. [More]
FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2004
This just in from Gerald McKeegan (Chabot Telescope
Greetings space fans.
This is a story I just love!
It seems NASA needed some watches that ran on
Mars time (24 hr. 39 min), so the people at JPL could work the
Mars Rover missions. They went to the big watch makers and got
turned away, because NASA didn't want to buy 10,000 watches at
once. They also got told it wasn't possible to convert an existing
watch design to make it run on Mars time.
So the JPL folks went to a local jeweler in Montrose,
California. He figured out how to modify a watch to make it run
on Mars time, and sold a hundred or so to the JPL folks.
He is now offering the watch for sale to the public,
and they're beating down his door!!
If you know anyone who'd like to buy one, they
can order one at the jeweler's web site:
He has modified three different watch brands,
so you can pick the one you like, and you have to order the Mars
watch face separately. All told it runs about $200 plus or minus,
depending on which brand you chose.
If you want to read about the jeweler, JPL has
an article at: http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/spotlight/spirit/a3_20040108.html
I've ordered mine already. Just think, pretty
soon I'll be able to sleep in for 39 minutes every day, and still
have a full 24 hour day in front of me!
THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2004
Mars rover, Spirit, is on the move! Read more.
MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2004
Beautiful new EAS Membership Lapel Pins
for sale now! These are for sale to EAS Members, only. For
info on how and why to become a member, go here.
For more info about the pins, themselves, go here.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2004
On Jan. 9, 1968, the Surveyor 7 space probe made a soft landing
on the moon, marking the end of the American series of unmanned
explorations of the lunar surface.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 2004
TV trucks rim the vehicle turn-around near Chabot Space &
Science Center's front entrance with the "star" attraction
seen in the top-center of the picture: Mars. This was the night
the NASA rover, Spirit,
safely landed at 8:35pm PST and began communicating with its controllers
at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, CA, sending pictures and
data within a half-hour of its touchdown. Go NASA! Here's another
to a NASA news story about the landing. Photo by Carter Roberts.