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Organized by Andrew Fraknoi (Foothill College)
As part of the second annual Bay Area Science Festival, we are throwing a regional star party (telescope observing night) at over a dozen different sites. Colleges, schools, observatories and science centers around the Bay Area will be open, and both professional and amateur astronomers will be on hand to offer telescope viewing and observing tips. If the sky is cloudy, many sites will still offer indoor astronomy activities. Some institutions will also have astronomy talks, open houses, and family events that evening, regardless of the weather. Join us for a stellar evening.
Map showing all the sites
Lawrence Hall of Science
1 Centennial Drive #5200
Star Party, 7:00–9:00 p.m. in the “Forces that Shape the Bay” outdoor exhibit (in the Planetarium if weather is poor), $5 admission (free for Hall members).
Deer Valley High School ACE Academy/Planetarium and the Contra Costa Water District Education program will sponsor a night of observing, 7 - 9:30 PM, at the Los Vaqueros Reservoir, 100 Walnut Blvd, Brentwood, CA. In case of inclement weather the program will be rescheduled. Admission is free and open to the public.
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Chabot College Astronomy Department
Hayward, CA 94545
a campus map, please visit:
California State University East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee
Hayward, CA 94542
Party, from 6-8 pm, on the Science East Lawn Picnic Area.
For a campus map, see:http://www20.csueastbay.edu/about/visitor-information/maps-campus-locations/hayward-campus-map/index.html
For more information, contact:
Dr. Gary Weston:firstname.lastname@example.org, (510)
Foothill mCollege Observatory Star Party
12345 El Monte Rd.
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
Hosted by the Peninsula Astronomical Society. Observatory will be open free to the public, 7 to 11 pm, with additional telescopes near the entrance.
Please park in the west end of Parking Lot 3 and walk uphill to the observatory, which is located next to the Krause Center. Please note that parking costs $3.
For directions to the observatory and Parking Lot 3, see the map at:
For more on the astronomy program, see: <http://www.foothill.edu/ast
Chabot Space & Science Center
10000 Skyline Blvd.
Party with the East Bay Astronomical Society, 6pm-10pm (Center open 10am-10pm); all activities included with general admission! Visit the observatory deck to gaze through our large telescopes, free-standing ‘scopes, and tour our domes. On the inside, enjoy music, drinks, a café conversation on Maya astronomy with author Jeanine Kitchel, a live planetarium show, and a human constellation scramble where you are the stars!
For more information: www.chabotspace.org, (510)
Sonoma State University Observatory
1801 East Cotati Ave.
Rohnert Park, California 94928
Public Viewing Night, 8:00 – 10:00 pm, with a focus on "Our Nearest Neighbor, The Moon."
Schedule, map and contact info: <http://www.phys-astro.sonoma.edu/publicviewingnight.shtml
The Observatory is located inside the stadium area at the SE corner of the campus (East Cotati Avenue and Petaluma Hill Road, 2 miles east of U.S. 101 at Cotati.)
Hartnell College Planetarium
411 Central Avenue
Salinas, CA 93901
Telescopes for will be set up for viewing on the top level of the nearby parking structure after the two regularly scheduled planetarium shows. See: <http://www.hartnell.edu/planetarium/schedule.html
For directions the Hartnell Main Campus: http://www.hartnell.edu/about/hartnell.html
For a campus map, see: http://www.hartnell.edu/about/hartnell_campus.html
San Francisco State University
Thornton Hall, 1600 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94132
Planetarium Shows at 8 pm and 9 pm (The planetarium is on the 4th floor of Thornton Hall -- Room TH422; Go in the main door of the building, take the elevator to the 4th floor, and look for the planetarium entrance there. Once a show has started, you can't get in.)
Telescope viewing in the observatory from 8 pm until 10 pm (The observatory is on the 10th floor of Thornton Hall -- Room TH1002; Go in the main door of the building, take the elevator to the 9th floor and follow the signs up to the observatory. You may drop in any time between 8 pm and 10 pm.)
In case of cloudy weather, telescope viewing will not happen, but demonstrations and Q&A session will occur in Room TH411, just down the hall from the planetarium. Planetarium shows will happen clear or cloudy.
For a campus map see: <http://www.sfsu.edu/~sfsumap/
For other directions to the observatory and planetarium see:
San Jose State University
Department of Physics and
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192
Members of the Physics & Astronomy Club will host a star party and a number of activities for children and adults. Tours of the night sky, telescope viewing (Moon, Jupiter, star clusters, etc.) and hands-on demonstrations and activities will be available. Telescopes will be set up on the Tower Lawn, between Tower Hall and the MLK library. No cost/rain or shine. 7PM start time. For more information, visit <www.physics.sjsu.edu
For a campus map, see: www.sjsu.edu/map
For campus parking information, see:www.sjsu.edu/parking/maps/
San Jose Astronomical Association
in Houge Park on Twilight Drive
San Jose, CA.
140 feet north of the intersection of Twilight and Rupert Drives, turn into the driveway immediately north of the tennis court fence.
7 to 10 pm, telescopes will be set up to show the nearly-full moon, faint planet Uranus, colorful double star Albireo, the Coathanger star cluster, and other objects as conditions permit.
WEBSITE with Google routing: <<www.sjaa.org/directions.shtml>.
For weather prospects, see <<http://www.sjaa.net/hotline.shtml> after 1:00 pm. If conditions change, this page will be updated.
PHONE: After 1 pm, a short weather message will be available at 408-559-1221.
3) Evergreen Valley College
3095 Yerba Buena Rd.
San Jose, CA 95135
The Montgomery Hill Observatory will be hosting the following activities:
Lunar Geology for Children ages 9 - 12, from 4 to 6 pm. Space is limited and on a first-come first-served bases. For reservations, please contact the astronomer at: <email@example.com
Observations of Moon, Jupiter, Uranus, the Pleiades and other interesting celestial sights. Astronomers will be using the roll-off roof building equipped with a 14” Celestron telescope, and the dome building with a 7" refractor. Portable telescopes will be available for public use. The star gazing will be held inside the dome and/or roll-off roof buildings after 7:00 PM. Attendance is free but limited to 50 visitors.
For a campus map, see: www.evc.edu/maps/campus_map.htm
4) Independence High School
1776 Educational Parkway
San Jose, CA 95133
Independence/Pegasus High School Star Party, 7 to 11 pm in the Planetarium Building.
For a school map, see: <http://ih.ca.campusgrid.net/home/School+Map
University of California Santa Cruz
Dept of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Star-party starting at 7:30 pm on the UC Santa Cruz campus.
More information and maps will be posted on:
Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society Stargazing 7 to 9 pm at:
Heather Farms Park, Dog Park Entrance,
505 North San Carlos Drive,
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Observe the Moon, Jupiter, star clusters, nebulae and more, weather permitting. Park in rear lots.
For more information, contact us at