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.

EAS Annual Dinner

Join us on March 18th for our 94th Annual EAS Awards Dinner. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Eliot Quataert of UC Berkeley. He will present his research on the creation of heavy elements from the collision of neutron stars. Reserve your spot early, prices go up to $55 a seat after February 28th. A $10 lecture-only rate is available this year for members and non-members alike.

Doors open at 5:30 and our program will begin at 6:00. If you wish to pay by check, please notify our club secretary at secretary@eastbayastro.org, and send your check to the PO Box: Eastbay Astronomical Society, PO Box 18635, Oakland, CA 94619-0635

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Next General Meeting

Saturday, February 17th, 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 Ron Hipschman

Science fiction has predicted many things. Some have come true (think touch screens, submarines, bionic limbs), others, not so much—or at least, not yet.

If you’ve ever wondered where your flying car or rocket belt is, or why you don’t yet have a robot servant, find out at the next EAS meeting on Saturday, February 17 at 7:30 PM.

If you’d like to provide your own favorite science fiction prediction, that came true, didn’t come true, or you think will come true, perhaps with an image or brief video clip, please email your program director, Dave Rodrigues at programs@eastbayastro.org

Our speaker will be Ron Hipschman from the San Francisco Exploratorium.

Ron Hipschman has worn many hats since he joined the Exploratorium in 1971: exhibit developer, author of two of our three Cookbooks (manuals for building Exploratorium exhibits), and frequent writer for the Exploratorium magazine.

In 1993, Ron established the museum’s presence on the World Wide Web, making it among the first 600 websites in the world.

In 1996, he spearheaded the museum’s experiments with webcasting; he’s contributed technical expertise and has hosted many shows, both locally and as far away as the South Pole.

He’s currently responsible for the Exploratorium’s web, streaming media, and digital asset management servers.

Ron also taught undergraduate physics and astronomy for 16 years, and he was a laser artist for Laserium concerts at the Morrison Planetarium for 20 years.

He has a BA in physics and an MA in physical science from San Francisco State University.

Special Events

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.

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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.


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.

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Header photo by EAS member Alan Roche.