Join astronomy enthusiasts from around the Bay to celebrate the 130th year of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), and the outreach work of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at SF State University, during an astronomy festival from 1 to 10 pm on Friday, Oct. 18th, 2019, on the SF State Campus! Admission is Free.
Activities include panels, talks, telescope observing, and shows at the university planetarium. Available seating is first-come, first-served. For more detailed schedules, plus parking and transportation information, see: http://www.astrosociety.org/annualmeeting
Speakers include Debra Fischer (Yale University), who discovered the first system of planets orbiting another star, NASA’s Kimberly Ennico Smith, who has been a part of a number of space-probe and space-telescope missions, and Steve Richard, local co-chair of the Climate Reality Project. The 7:30 pm Keynote Lecture (on “The Top Tourist Sights of the Solar System”) will be given by Andrew Fraknoi (former Executive Director of the ASP).
San Francisco State staff will offer an open house at the campus Observatory and Planetarium (star theater) and there will be students and volunteers with telescopes set up for safe viewing of the Sun during the day. Families are welcome.
The ASP was founded in San Francisco in 1889, but has, since that time, become one of the largest and most active astronomy organizations in the world. San Francisco State is one of the premier institutions of higher learning in the Bay Area and has an active program to train undergraduates and graduate students in astronomy.