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The next PAS meeting is Friday May 12, 2017

7:30 pm, Room 5015, Foothill College

"The Role of Magnetic Fields in the Lives of Stars" by Dr. Gibor Basri of UC Berkeley

Magnetic fields are pervasive in the Universe, and often have very noticeable and important effects on astrophysical phenomena. In particular, essentially all stars are magnetic at some level, and magnetic fields begin to play a role even before the star is born. Young stars are much more active than our Sun today, although solar magnetism still has various effects on both the Sun and the Earth. I spend some time on the Sun in more detail. Recently it has been realized that magnetic fields may play an important role in the habitability of exoplanets, particularly around red dwarfs. Finally, magnetic fields can also play an important role in the death of stars.

Dr. Gibor Basri has been on the faculty of UC Berkeley since 1982 and has made numerous significant contributions toward the improved scientific understanding T Tauri stars and brown drawfs.  He has written more than 200 technical publications and has served as a co-investigator on NASA’s very productive Kepler mission.  Dr Basri has also invested his time in improving science education and in expanding opportunities for minorities in science careers.

Next Speaker on June 9 -- please check back for details.

 Location: Foothill College room 5015, next to Parking Lot 5
Bring $3 for a parking permit



The Peninsula Astronomical Society is a group of some 200 Bay Area astronomy enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds. Some members are professionally trained in astronomy, others are just starting and have never looked through a telescope before. One thing that we all have in common is an interest in the sky.

The PAS holds meetings on the second Friday of each month at 7:30 pm on the campus of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA (between San Jose and Palo Alto).  The meetings are usually held in Room 5015, next to Parking Lot 5 (see map). Each meeting features a speaker (or speakers) bringing us up to date on different topics in astronomy. The public is welcome to attend these meetings; there is no charge to attend.  Note, however, that there is a $3 charge for parking - visitor parking permits are available from the machines in the parking lots.  Please do not park in spaces marked "Staff" - you will be ticketed!

As part of its commitment to bringing astronomy to the public, the Peninsula Astronomical Society operates the Foothill College Observatory (click here for more information). The Observatory is staffed by members of the society who volunteer to conduct the regularly scheduled public programs.

In addition to operating the Foothill Observatory, the PAS has its own observatory in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains. This location has AC power and room for members to set up their own telescopes at our monthly star parties. This site is also the home of the society's 12" telescope, available for member use after a checkout.

For informaton about membership in the PAS, click here.



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