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Most of our events happen at the Chabot Space and Science Center. Get directions here.
Next General Meeting
Saturday, April 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 Ejner Fulsang
Mr. Fulsang is an accomplished author with two critically acclaimed speculative fiction novels and a prize-winning short story under his belt. Although he is passionate about good SciFi, he has always felt that he was not space-savvy enough to write a true ‘hard’ science fiction novel. Not anymore—working as a NASA tech writer from 2007 to 2017 has changed that. He spent that time helping world-class scientists and engineers craft proposals for space missions and getting a unique education in the bargain. The topical areas have included manned Mars missions using nuclear thermal rockets, searching for microbial life under the Martian regolith, extremophiles as analogs for life in high radiation planetary environments, interstellar space travel, asteroids as both hazards and resources, and a good deal of spare time in such arcane fields as quantum entanglement and beamed core antimatter drives. He has become so obsessively conversant in these subjects that he is no longer invited to his friends’ parties. Hopefully you will enjoy reading the Galactican Series as much as he enjoyed researching it.
RTMC (50th Anniversary): Thursday, May 24 – Monday, May 28
Dark sky observing, Telescope Making Awards, Speakers, and Workshops. This year’s keynote is David Levy. Visit http://rtmcastronomyexpo.org for more information and registration.
(Sponsored by The Riverside Astronomical Society)
Golden State Star Party: Wednesday, July 11 – Sunday, July 15.
Join hundreds of amateur astronomers for one of California’s best known dark sky observing and astro-photography events. Visit www.goldenstatestarparty.org for more information and registration. EAS members can book a campsite here.
(Sponsored by The Astronomy Connection, AANC, and Frosty Acres Ranch).
Barcroft High Altitude Observing (EAS members only): Sunday August 5th – Saturday August 11th.
Each year, EAS runs an excursion to UC Berkeley’s Barcroft High Altitude Research Station in the White Mountains above Bishop, CA.
This is a total of 6 possible nights. Everyone needs to leave by noon on Saturday.
At 12,000 feet, with often bitterly cold temperatures and miles of gravel and shale roads to traverse, this excursion is not for the faint of heart. The facilities, however, are exceptional. Food and lodging is included. Oxygen is not! To reserve your spot, you must be an EAS member, and you need only click the button below to pay for your intended stay. For detailed information, download our overview of the Barcroft event by clicking here. Reserve your spot via Paypal below.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or come by the workshop any Friday to see what it’s all about.
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.
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.
Header photo by EAS member Alan Roche.