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NO MEETING FOR SEPTEMBER

 

The next PAS meeting is Friday October 12, 2018

7:30 pm, Room 5015, Foothill College

"Celebrating Stephen Hawking:

How Black Holes are Not Quite Black"

a non-technical talk by Andrew Fraknoi

Scientists and science enthusiasts are mourning the passing of Stephen Hawking, one of the great minds and spirits of our time.  In this introductory, non-technical talk, Andrew Fraknoi will briefly summarize Hawking’s life, and talk about the importance of his scientific work.  He’ll focus particularly on Hawking’s work merging the world of the big and heavy (described by Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity) with the world of the small and light (described by quantum mechanics).  He’ll describe how this merger led to the idea of mini black holes, “Hawking Radiation,” and the bizarre notion that black holes don’t have to be fully black.   No background in science or math will be required, but be prepared to have your mind boggled.

Andrew Fraknoi retired from Foothill College in 2017. He still teaches occasional non-credit astronomy classes through the University of San Francisco Fromm Institute and San Francisco State’s OLLI program.  Fraknoi was named Professor of the Year for the state of California in 2007 and still appears from time to time on the radio explaining astronomy in everyday language.  He is the lead author of a new, free, open-source, introductory astronomy textbook, published by OpenStax, and has written two children’s books on astronomy.  Asteroid 4859 has been named Asteroid Fraknoi to honor his contributions to the public understanding of science.

 


 Location: Foothill College room 5015, next to Parking Lot 5
Bring $3 for a parking permit, and please avoid parking in STAFF spaces
(map)

 

 

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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