Mt. Tam Astronomy Programs are Free and Open to All! If your dwarf star is fascinated by the night sky, then they will love the awesome astronomy programs at the top of Mount Tamalpias. Once a month, from April through October, enjoy amazing talks by professionals in the field, followed by a Q&A and then a Night Sky Tour.
After the program, audience members are invited to the Rock Spring parking area to view through telescopes provided by members of the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers. Bring comfortable chairs and blankets and arrive early to enjoy a sunset picnic at the Mountain Theatre.
This years line up includes:
🌎 April 21, 8pm, A Universe of Universes? with Alex Filippenko, Professor of Astronomy, UC Berkeley, Many scientists now think that there might be more than a single universe. Our universe may be just one example in a far larger “multiverse,” but an unusually complex one that is conducive to the existence of life. Come learn about the relevant lines of reasoning and their profound implications.
🌌 May 19, 8pm, Astrophotography for Everyone, Jay GaBany, President & CEO, Advanced Imaging Conference, Advances in recent decades have allowed amateur astronomers to produce deep space and planetary pictures that rival those taken by professional observatories. This presentation will provide an overview of off-the-shelf instruments and methods anyone, with perseverance and patience, can use to take amazing astronomical images.
🌝 June 16, 8pm, MISSION: MARS, Pascal Lee, Planetary Scientist, Mars & SETI Institutes, We are making progress globally — from the Arctic to Antarctica, from basement labs to the International Space Station — to achieve the first human voyage to Mars. Come explore the what, why, how, when, and who of our first journey to the Red Planet.
🌙 July 14, 8pm, Life in the Goldilocks Zone, Natalie Batalha, Research Astronomer, NASA Ames Research Center, Discoveries by NASA’s Kepler Mission suggest there are billions of potentially habitable worlds in the Milky Way galaxy. What has the study of planets within and beyond the Solar System taught us about our own planet Earth? And what’s next in the search for life beyond the Solar System?
📽 July 28, 7:30pm, MOVIE NIGHT Screening of the 1995 science fiction film, APOLLO 13, award winning film dramatizes the aborted 1970 Apollo 13 lunar mission. Screening followed by expose of “fake” science in the film by Jeffrey Silverman and Kishore Hari from Science VS Cinema.
🌔 August 18, 8pm, The Modern Origins Story, Eliot Quataert, Professor of Astronomy, UC Berkeley, Our story begins in the remarkably simple early universe, devoid of the complexity around us today. Come learn how the universe has evolved to its current state from simple beginnings: how gravity reigns supreme and builds up the planets, stars, and galaxies required for biological evolution to proceed.
👽 September 23, 7:30pm, Searching for Aliens, Finding Ourselves, Jill Tarter, Research Chair, SETI Institute, Are we alone? Humans have been asking this question throughout history. Since the middle of the 20th century, we have had tools that permit us to explore this question scientifically. As we look up and look out, we are forced to see ourselves from a cosmic perspective. This perspective is fundamental to finding a way to sustain life on Earth for the long future.
🌎 October 28, 7pm, Gravitational Waves and the Glow of Cosmic Gold, Dr. Adrian Liu, Research Associate Professor, UC Berkeley, In October 2017, Earthlings detected gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of space time — from the violent merger of two ultra-dense neutron stars. The signals showed that collision debris self-assembled into heavy elements, such as gold and platinum, providing an explanation for the cosmic origin of these special materials.
Today's children are predicted be the future astronauts to land on Mars. Start inspiring them now at one of the most amazing places to stargaze in Marin and with some of the most knowledgeable in the field. More information about this program can be found at friendsofmttam.org/astronomy.html.