Upcoming Events

Events are open to all members and the general public. Sign up for email event updates by registering with Night Sky Network.

Most of our events happen at the Chabot Space and Science Center. Get directions here.

Next General Meeting

SUNDAY, October 28th, 7:30pm
Chabot Space and Science Center, Galileo Room (Enter from the rear side gate between the two buildings. Door will be open).

Our Speaker is J.R. Skok, Planetary Scientist with the SETI Institute.

Our journey toward Mars and beyond will be humanity’s greatest adventure. It will determine the fate of our species and the extent of our legacy. This journey is already underway. Humans have walked on the Moon and have survived long-duration spaceflight. Our spacecraft have explored the solar system and mapped its routes and resources. Now we are on the verge of a revolution in space exploration as nations, corporations, and people like you are working to overcome the challenges that have held us back.

Planetary scientist J.R. Skok of the SETI Institute discusses how scientists and engineers are using the most alien places on Earth to develop the technology, resources, and experience that we will need to become a multi-planetary species.

John Roma (J.R.) Skok is a planetary scientist working as Research Scientist at the SETI Institute, where he works as a NASA contractor to develop future missions Mars. He is also working to develop the technology and economy to build from the materials of space with the company Made of Mars. J.R has been researching Mars since 2000, including working on the camera team for NASA’s Mars Exploration Rovers while at Cornell University and for NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter while at Brown University. J.R. continues to work on a number of current and future Mars missions and is actively engaged in science outreach through emerging technologies like augmented reality.

Special Events

Telescope Makers Workshop

The Telescope Maker’s Workshop is one of few regularly scheduled such workshops in the world! Every Friday from 7 to 10 PM, amateur telescope makers from the bay area meet at the Chabot Space & Science Center and learn how to grind, shape, polish, and figure mirrors for reflecting telescopes, under the guidance of EAS volunteers. The workshop is free; participants pay only for the mirror blanks and grinding tools, which generally cost between $100-$300, depending on the size of the mirror. All the instruction, grinding grit, testing equipment, and camaraderie is free of charge! For more information, email Richard Ozer at pres@eastbayastro.org, or come by the workshop any Friday to see what it’s all about.


Outreach

EAS sends volunteers to schools, libraries, and anywhere curious aspiring astronomers gather. EAS volunteers bring their own equipment or borrow telescopes. Students, parents, and teachers are always thrilled to look through the telescopes and ask questions. You’ll meet all sorts of interesting people and provide a unique and inspiring experience to kids and parents who may have never looked through a telescope before. Find our next event on the calendar above.

Inquire about and request visits by e-mailing EAS Outreach Coordinator Ray Howard at RaymondHow@aol.com. Visit our outreach page to find out about upcoming outreach events.


Members Only Viewing Nights (MOVN)

Once a month, we schedule a Members Only Viewing Night at the Chabot Telescope Deck for both EAS and Chabot members. This is our opportunity to look through Chabot’s historic instruments and research telescope, as well as bring our own equipment to share in a more quiet venue. The schedule for MOVN appears in the event calendar below.


Event Calendar

Header photo by EAS member Alan Roche.