Bay Astro – Events of Week of 07/29/2019 and Beyond

This Yahoo group publishes announcements of interesting events related to astronomy and aerospace in the San Francisco Bay Area. This can include events such as astronomy and interesting physical science lectures, club meetings, star parties, air shows and other events of interest mostly to amateur astronomers and science enthusiasts. Many thanks to Ken Lum, who created this event listing.
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Monday, 07/29/19 7:00 PM

Club 21
2111 Franklin St
Oakland, CA 94612

Nerd Nite East Bay: Rock Posters, Mushroom Materials, Antikythera

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Beyond Psychedelic: Reassessing the Golden Age of Bay Area Rock Posters

Speaker: Ben Marks, The Rock Poster Society (TRPS)

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Mushrooms Making Marvelous Materials: Advances in Mycelium Technologies

Speaker: Sonia Travaglini, Stanford

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The Antikythera Mechanism: The Ancient Computer that the Greeks Learned and Lost

Recovered by sponge divers from an ancient shipwreck in 1901, the Antikythera Mechanism demonstrated math and calculating gears which would not be seen again in the historical record for several hundred years. See how the bronze epicyclic gears elegantly computed future planetary positions, lunar phases, and eclipses by tracking subtle changes in the moon’s velocity. Then learn how scientists finally unraveled the functions of the Antikythera after a century of trying, and how the astronomical principles contained in the device dates back to the ancient Babylonians and forward to the later work of Ptolemy, allowing humanity to predict the behavior of the universe for the first time.

Speaker: Jeff Herzbach

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/329864614558501/

Cost: $8 Web, $10 at door

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Tuesday, 07/30/19
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Varian Physics Building
382 Via Pueblo Mall
Room 355
Stanford, CA 94305

Exoplanetary Astronomy
Speaker: Daniel Angerhausen, Bern University

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/exoplanetary-astronomy

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 07/30/19
06:30 PM – 10:00 PM

swissnex San Francisco
The Embarcadero
Pier 17, Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94111

To the Moon and Beyond…

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 touched down on the lunar surface, safely delivering Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin – the first humans to land on the moon. The Swiss Solar Wind Composition Experiment, manufactured by the University of Bern and the Swiss National Science Foundation, was the only non-American experiment to be part of the Apollo landings. Where do we stand after 50 years, and where are we headed? Gather with astronauts, scientists, and artists to discuss the past, the future, and our inspiration for the unknown space.

Website: https://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/event/to-the-moon-and-beyond/

Cost: $10

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Tuesday, 07/30/19
07:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Foothill College
Appreciation Hall
Room 1500
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Panel Discussion

Fifty years ago, humans first set foot on the moon. Those first steps are still felt today. Join a panel of NASA scientists for a discussion of the legacy of the Apollo program at Foothill College.

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/apollo-11-50th-anniversary-panel-discussion-tickets-64680493096?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 07/30/19
07:30 PM – 08:30 PM

SLAC Public Lecture Series
2575 Sand Hill Road
Bldg 53, Panofsky Auditorium
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Brown Dwarfs: Failed Stars or Overachieving Planets?

Giant planets can be up to 13 times the mass of Jupiter, while the least massive stars are about 80 times the mass of Jupiter. In between are objects called “brown dwarfs” – too massive to be called planets, but not massive enough to burn hydrogen and shine like stars. Since 1994, a few thousand brown dwarfs have been observed close to us in the galaxy. But, what are they? Are they more like half-pint cousins of stars, or more like overgrown planets? In this lecture, Eric Nielsen, a research scientist in the Kavli Institute of Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at Stanford University, will explain how we observe and study brown dwarfs and what we have learned about them. It will describe clues to their nature from their composition and their evolution over time, and the insights they give us into how stars and planets are born.

Website: https://www6.slac.stanford.edu/public-lectures

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 07/31/19
07:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Uproar Brewing Company
439 S. First St
San Jose, CA 95113

Astronomy on Tap South Bay: Portraits of the Stars

New technologies that can take actual photographs of stars tell us tales of the past that we didn’t know a mere decade ago, from stories of planets born around Sun-like stars, to the violent relationship between white dwarfs and Sun-like stars. So twinkle, twinkle no more, little star, as we learn about newly discovered planets, brown dwarfs, and the oldest stars in the universe!
SETI Institute scientist Rosalba Bonaccorsi and Erica Gonzales, UC Santa Cruz

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1080180329036223/

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Thursday, 08/01/19
08:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Astronomy Night
Campbell Hall
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720

Astro Night: Making the Largest-Ever 3D Maps of our Universe
Speaker: Josh Dillon

Talk followed by stargazing 9:00 – 10:30

Website: https://astro.berkeley.edu/i/astro-night

Cost: Free

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Friday, 08/02/19
06:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619

First Friday: Light

Light, from many different sources, is all around us and has existed since the beginning of the universe. Join us for an enlightening First Friday and learn about the form of energy that sustains life, reveals colors, and can travel at nearly 300 million meters per second! Through talks, hand-on activities, and exhibitry, we’ll highlight the importance of light in science, art, and culture.

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/first-friday-light-2/

Cost: $5

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Fri. 08/02/2019 7PM

Telescope Makers Workshop
Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619-2450

Chabot’s TMW is one of only a handful of regularly scheduled telescope making workshops in the U.S., and probably the world; it meets every Friday evening throughout the year, except Memorial Day weekend. It has been in operation since December of 1930, founded by Franklin B. Wright, and is currently run by Eastbay Astronomical Society member Rich Ozer, with help from other EAS members, Dave Barosso, Barry Leska, and others. The price of admission is FREE. All you have to do is show up, buy a mirror blank and a “tool” (typically around $100 – $200 depending on the size of the mirror) and start “pushin’ glass!” We supply you with instruction, the various grits you’ll need to first grind, and then polish and figure your mirror, and all the testing equipment needed. With a small bit of luck, you could wind up with a telescope that costs 1/3 or 1/4 the cost of a store-bought telescope, that is yet optically superior! Itdoes take time – depending on how much time you put in on it, and other factors, it could take a few months or several months. But, it’s a fun project, great for kids, and at the end you get a great telescope!

For more information call or email Richard Ozer at pres@eastbayastro.org or phone (510) 406-1914.

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Fri. 08/02/2019 and Sat. 08/03/2019

Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619-2450
(510) 336-7300

EXPLORE THE NIGHT SKIES AT THE CHABOT OBSERVATORIES
for more information: http://www.chabotspace.org/
Free Telescope Viewing
Regular hours are every Friday & Saturday evening, weather permitting: 7:30pm -10:30pm
Come for spectacular night sky viewing the best kept secret in the Bay Area and see the magnificence of our telescopes in action!

Daytime Telescope Viewing On Saturday and Sunday afternoons come view the sun, moon, or Venus through Chabot’s telescopes. Free with General Admission.

12pm – 5pm: Observatories Open (weather permitting)

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Fri. 08/02/2019 9PM

Foothill College
12345 El Monte Rd
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Foothill Observatory is open for public viewing every clear Friday evening from 9:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Visitors can view the wonders of the universe through the observatory’s computer-controlled 16- inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.
Views of objects in our solar system may include craters and mountains on the moon, the moons and cloud-bands of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, etc. Deep space objects including star clusters, nebulae, and distant galaxies also provide dramatic demonstrations of the vastness of the cosmos.The choice of targets for any evening’s viewing depends on the season and what objects are currently in the sky.

Admission is free. Parking is $3

Foothill Observatory is located on the campus of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. Take Highway 280 to the El Monte Rd exit. The observatory is next to parking lot 4. Parking at the college requires visitor parking permits that are available from the machines in the parking lots for $3.00. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change. Citations are issued.

Come to Foothill Observatory and join us in the exploration of our Universe!

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Sat. 08/03/2019 10AM

Foothill College
12345 El Monte Rd
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Foothill College Observatory 10AM-12PM if it is clear Solar observing with a Hydrogen alpha solar telescope every clear Saturday morning. This allows spectacular views of solar prominences and unusual surface features on the Sun not otherwise visible with regular white light telescopes.

Admission is free. Parking is $3

Foothill Observatory is located on the campus of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. Take Highway 280 to the El Monte Rd exit. The observatory is next to parking lot 4. Parking at the college requires visitor parking permits that are available from the machines in the parking lots for $3.00. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change. Citations are issued.

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Saturday, August 3

Sunset: 8:16 PM

San Mateo Co. Astronomical Society
Public Star Parties
at Crestview Park
1000 Crestview Drive in San Carlos.

SMCAS and the City of San Carlos Parks Department host a public star party at Crestview Park in San Carlos twice a month when there is a new moon. Members set up telescopes and let the public view and share their knowledge of the night sky all for Free. All ages are welcome. If you have kids interested in space or science, bring them here for a real time view of planets, nebula, star clusters, and galaxies.

If you are a Non-member and own a telescope, bring it to share! Experts are available if you need assistance or have questions about buying a telescope.

Telescope setup begins at sunset and observing starts one hour after sunset. In the event of inclement weather (rain, clouds, fog, or high winds) the star party will be cancelled. Because each astronomer makes his or her own decision about bringing their telescope, there is no official cancellation notice.

Crestview Park is located at 1000 Crestview Drive in San Carlos.

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Sunday, 08/04/19
10:00 AM – 04:00 PM

The Space Station Museum
464 Ignacio Blvd
Novato, CA 94949

Novato Space Festival
Join NASA in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Program.

Speakers include:

• Millie Highes-Fulford, Space Shuttle
• Dan Bursch, Space Shuttle and International Space Station
• Greg Johnson, Space Shuttle
• Joey Lazzaro, Appolo Flight Controller
• Al Worden, Apollo 15
• Steve Smith, Space Shuttle
• Yvonne Cagle, Aerospace Surgeon
• Ed Rezac, NASA Engineer

See weblink for additional information as well as parking shuttle information and early admission for families with children under 12.

There are also volunteer opportunities. See weblink to volunteer.

Website: http://thenovatospacefestival.org

Cost: Free

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Monday, 08/05/19
01:00 PM – 03:00 PM

Berkeley Public Library Clarement Branch
2940 Benvenue
Berkeley, CA 94705

Space Phantasy Cartooning @Claremont

Graphic novelist and art mentor, Aaron Southerland, will hold a series of cartooning vibe sessions focused on outer space. The sessions are dedicated to the artsy students who desire to create and continue working on their own cartoon and comic characters. Aaron will provide guidance on drawing techniques using a variety of drawing materials.
Ideal for Grades 5-8.

Website: https://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/events/summer-cartooning-space-phantasy-claremont

Cost: Free

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Monday, 08/05/19
07:30 PM – 09:00 PM

California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94118

The Universe in the Infrared: Spitzer’s Final Voyage

The infrared lies beyond the red end of the visible spectrum of light. Cool and dusty things throughout the Universe appear bright in infrared. The Spitzer Space Telescope is one of NASA’s Great Observatories, designed to observe the universe in infrared light. It was launched in 2003 with an expected lifetime of 5 years. Spitzer has succeeded beyond our wildest expectations, observing things from dust in our Solar System out to dusty galaxies at the edge of the Universe. On January 30, 2020, Spitzer will complete its mission. Dr. Rebull will summarize some of the interesting engineering that made this mission so successful, and cover several scientific highlights from the past 16 years of Spitzer operations.

Speaker: Luisa Rebull, Research Scientist, Caltech/IPAC

Website: https://www.calacademy.org/events/benjamin-dean-astronomy-lectures/the-universe-in-the-infrared-spitzer’s-final-voyage

Cost: $15 General, $12 Members and Seniors

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Tuesday, 08/06/19
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Varian Physics Building
382 Via Pueblo Mall
Room 355
Stanford, CA 94305

The future of TMT and the complex issues associated with Mauna Kea
Speakers: Bruce Macintosh and Risa Wechsler

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/future-tmt-and-complex-issues-associated-mauna-kea

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 08/08/19
08:00 PM – 11:00 PM

City Star Parties – Point Lobos Parking Lot
El Camino Del Mar
San Francisco, CA 94121

City Star Party @ Point Lobos

Come join us for our monthly San Francisco City Star Party. SFAA members provide telescopes for your viewing pleasure.
Be sure to check the SFAA website for the latest updates…bad weather or overcast skies will cancel!

Website: https://www.sfaa-astronomy.org/events/cat_ids~55/%22%3e%20City%20Star%20Parties/

Cost: Free

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Friday, 08/09/19
08:00 PM – 12:30 AM

Lick Observatory
7299 Mt. Hamilton Rd
Mt. Hamilton, CA 95140

Lick Observatory Evening with the Stars – SOLD OUT
Speaker: Dr. Andreas Burkert, Univ. of Munich

Website: http://www.ucolick.org/summer/stars/2019august9.shtml

Cost: $25

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Friday, August 9, 2019
9:15 PM to 11:15 PM

San Jose Astronomical Association In-Town Star Party
Houge Park
3972 Twilight Dr · San Jose, CA
How to find us
Near the tennis courts

Come view the heavens through a telescope at the SJAA’s In Town Star Party. Bring a scope to share the views, and if you do, feel free to come early to set up. Remember, this event is free, everyone is invited, no reservations required. Just show up!

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Friday, 08/09/19
08:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619

Beginners Astrophotography Class

If YOU have ever wanted to try your hand at astrophotography or hone your existing skills, now is your chance!

This beginners’ class will be led by the President of the East Bay Astronomical Society, Richard Ozer, and will guide you through basic steps of astrophotography. The class ends with a guided session out on our Observation Deck.

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/beginners-astrophotography-class/

Cost: $20

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Fri. 08/09/2019 7PM

Telescope Makers Workshop
Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619-2450

Chabot’s TMW is one of only a handful of regularly scheduled telescope making workshops in the U.S., and probably the world; it meets every Friday evening throughout the year, except Memorial Day weekend. It has been in operation since December of 1930, founded by Franklin B. Wright, and is currently run by Eastbay Astronomical Society member Rich Ozer, with help from other EAS members, Dave Barosso, Barry Leska, and others. The price of admission is FREE. All you have to do is show up, buy a mirror blank and a “tool” (typically around $100 – $200 depending on the size of the mirror) and start “pushin’ glass!” We supply you with instruction, the various grits you’ll need to first grind, and then polish and figure your mirror, and all the testing equipment needed. With a small bit of luck, you could wind up with a telescope that costs 1/3 or 1/4 the cost of a store-bought telescope, that is yet optically superior! Itdoes take time – depending on how much time you put in on it, and other factors, it could take a few months or several months. But, it’s a fun project, great for kids, and at the end you get a great telescope!

For more information call or email Richard Ozer at pres@eastbayastro.org or phone (510) 406-1914.

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Fri. 08/09/2019 and Sat. 08/10/2019

Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619-2450
(510) 336-7300

EXPLORE THE NIGHT SKIES AT THE CHABOT OBSERVATORIES
for more information: http://www.chabotspace.org/
Free Telescope Viewing
Regular hours are every Friday & Saturday evening, weather permitting: 7:30pm -10:30pm
Come for spectacular night sky viewing the best kept secret in the Bay Area and see the magnificence of our telescopes in action!

Daytime Telescope Viewing On Saturday and Sunday afternoons come view the sun, moon, or Venus through Chabot’s telescopes. Free with General Admission.

12pm – 5pm: Observatories Open (weather permitting)

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Fri. 08/09/2019 9PM

Foothill College
12345 El Monte Rd
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Foothill Observatory is open for public viewing every clear Friday evening from 9:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Visitors can view the wonders of the universe through the observatory’s computer-controlled 16- inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.
Views of objects in our solar system may include craters and mountains on the moon, the moons and cloud-bands of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, etc. Deep space objects including star clusters, nebulae, and distant galaxies also provide dramatic demonstrations of the vastness of the cosmos.The choice of targets for any evening’s viewing depends on the season and what objects are currently in the sky.

Admission is free. Parking is $3

Foothill Observatory is located on the campus of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. Take Highway 280 to the El Monte Rd exit. The observatory is next to parking lot 4. Parking at the college requires visitor parking permits that are available from the machines in the parking lots for $3.00. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change. Citations are issued.

Come to Foothill Observatory and join us in the exploration of our Universe!

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Sat. 08/10/2019 10AM

Foothill College
12345 El Monte Rd
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Foothill College Observatory 10AM-12PM if it is clear Solar observing with a Hydrogen alpha solar telescope every clear Saturday morning. This allows spectacular views of solar prominences and unusual surface features on the Sun not otherwise visible with regular white light telescopes.

Admission is free. Parking is $3

Foothill Observatory is located on the campus of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. Take Highway 280 to the El Monte Rd exit. The observatory is next to parking lot 4. Parking at the college requires visitor parking permits that are available from the machines in the parking lots for $3.00. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change. Citations are issued.

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Saturday, 08/10/19
07:00 PM – 12:30 AM

Lick Observatory
7299 Mt. Hamilton Rd
Mt. Hamilton, CA 95140

Exploring Planets Orbiting Nearby Stars with the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite and Lick Observatory

Courtney is an observational astronomer focused on detecting and characterizing planetary systems. Her research group uses telescopes on the ground (often at Lick Observatory!) and in space to search for planets, probe their atmospheres, measure their masses, and constrain their bulk compositions. She is curious about planet formation and evolution, the frequency of planetary systems in the Galaxy, and the prospects for detecting life on planets outside of our Solar System. Courtney is a member of the Target Selection and Follow-up Working Groups for the NASA Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite mission and the Science & Technology Definition Team for NASA’s Large UV/Optical/Infrared Surveyor (LUVOIR) mission concept study. She was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship in 2019 for becoming “a world leader in the search for other worlds.” Courtney previously obtained a bachelor’s degree in Astrophysical Sciences from Princeton University, earned a Ph.D. and A.M. in Astronomy & Astrophysics from Harvard University, and completed a NASA Sagan Fellowship at Caltech. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Astronomy Department at UC Berkeley.

Speaker: Courtney Dressing, UC Berkeley

Musical performers: Folias Duo

Website: http://www.ucolick.org/summer/music/2019august10.shtml

Cost: $50 – $199

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Saturday, 08/10/19 8:00 PM

Cushing Memorial (‘Mountain’) Amphitheater
Mt Tamalpais State Park
Pan Toll Road and Ridgecrest Blvd
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Astrobiology Under Our Feet & Out to the Stars

The Age of Astrobiology has begun. We have a whole Solar System – and a galaxy of star-warmed worlds beyond – to explore for life. How do we look for life here and way out there? How will we know it when we find it? Our exploration begins at Earth. We must apply what we are learning about our own amazing home planet to our search for life beyond.

Speaker: Penelope Boston, NASA Ames

Website: http://www.friendsofmttam.org/astronomy/schedule

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 08/10/19
08:30 PM – 10:30 PM

College of San Mateo Bldg 36
1700 W Hillsdale Rd
San Mateo, CA 94402

Jazz Under the Stars

Come peer through our telescopes and see craters on the Moon, the visible planets, star clusters, and more while we listen to CSM’s very own KCSM Jazz 91 FM. Dress warmly. Free parking in Marie Curie Lot 5. Directions are available on the Maps, Directions & Parking page.

Website: https://collegeofsanmateo.edu/astronomy/jazz.asp

Cost: Free

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Monday, 08/12/19
11:00 PM – 03:00 AM

Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619

Perseid Meteor Shower

Hang out on our new observation deck and be dazzled as you watch the spectacular Perseid Meteor Shower make it annual trip through our atmosphere and light up the night sky. Our astronomers are on hand to answer questions. Hot chocolate and other goodies will be available.

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/perseid-meteor-shower/

Cost: TBA

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