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Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures

Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures

Listen to exciting, non-technical talks on some of the most interesting developments in astronomy and space science. Founded in 1999, the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures are presented on six Wednesday evenings during each school year at Foothill College, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Speakers include a wide range of noted scientists, explaining astronomical developments in everyday language. The series is organized and moderated by Foothill's astronomy instructor emeritus Andrew Fraknoi and jointly sponsored by the Foothill College Physical Science, Math, and Engineering Division, the SETI Institute, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and the University of California Observatories (including the Lick Observatory.)

A Sharper Image: Seeing Colliding Galaxies with Adaptive Optics (with Dr. Claire Max)Cosmobiology: Recent Progress in Cosmology, Exoplanets, and the Prerequisites for Life in the UniverseCosmology and Ambition: Losing the Nobel Prize (with Dr. Brian Keating)Planets Under Our Feet: The Caves on Earth, Mars, and Beyond (with Dr. Penelope Boston)Dark Star: The Invisible Universe of Brown Dwarfs (with Dr. Adam Burgasser)Charon, Pluto’s Companion: What We’re Learning from New Horizons (with Dr. Ross Beyer)Living with a Star: A Life-friendly Planetary Environment (with Dr. Michelle Thaller)Beyond: Our Future in Space (with Dr. Chris Impey)Ocean Worlds in Our Solar System (with Dr. Kevin Hand)
Jan 7 2022
1 hr 33 mins
Meet the Neighbors: Exploring Planets Orbiting Nearby Stars (with Dr. Courtney Dressing)The Biggest Sky Survey Ever Undertaken: Exploring the Universe with the Rubin Observatory (with Dr. Phil Marshall)Postcards from Mars: The Latest from Our Robot Explorers (with Dr. Jim Bell)The Last Stargazers: Behind the Scenes in Astronomy (with Dr. Emily Levesque)Will the 21st Century be the Time we Discover Life Beyond Earth (with Dr. Jill Tarter)The Monster Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way (with Nobel Laureate Andrea Ghez)Encounter with Ultima Thule: The Most Distant Object Humanity Has Ever Explored (with Dr. Jeff Moore)What Does a Black Hole Look Like: How We Got our First Picture (With Prof. Eliot Quataert)A Little Talk about Aliens with Dr. Adam FrankPlanet 9 from Outer Space with Dr. Michael BrownBlack Hole Survival Guide with Dr. Janna Levin