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SMCAS General Meeting, June 21, 2019
Possibly pizza along with conversation at 7:00PM in the ISC.
Talk at 8:00pm in the Planetarium 


College of San Mateo
1700 West Hillsdale Blvd.,
Bldg 36-100, San Mateo, California 


Hello SMCAS Members,

I would like to remind everyone that we have our annual meeting and elections
this Friday June 21st at 7pm in the College of San Mateo ISC room.
During this meeting, members will vote on the 2019 Board members.
After an update on the annual Star-B-Que and Glacier Point Star Party,
a movie will be offered in the CSM Planetarium.
“The Universe – Life and Death of a Star”
narrated by Alex Filippenko, Holly Gilbert, and Neil de Grasse Tyson.

Please attend if you can.
There will be pasta with salad at the meeting!

Frank Seminaro
SMCAS President
Posted June 19

SMCAS Members:

The SMCAS Annual Meeting tonight (6/21), on the summer solstice no less, was a great success.
Great socializing and plenty of food - pasta, polenta lasgne, veggies, garlic bread, salad, multiple desserts and drinks -
provided by SMCAS.

At the meeting:

Outgoing President Frank Seminaro brought us up to speed on upcoming events,
primarily the status of the Yosemite Glacier Point star Party scheduled for July 19-20:
we will make a final go, no-go, decision on July 1. Issue is camping/lodging situation,
there may be no convenient place to stay this year. Also discussion of significant events coming up:

- Annual StarBQue and installation of Officers at Crestview Park August 3rd

- General meeting and presentations September 6th and October 4th

- CSM Family Science and Astronomy Festival October 5th (volunteers needed!)

- SLAC/KIPAC Community Day with SMCAS Star Party October 19th (volunteers needed!)

Then we held the annual election of our SMCAS 2019-20 Officers and Board Members at Large.
Nominations were closed, and a voice vote held. The official results are:


President: Mike Ryan

Vice-President: Ed Pieret

Treasurer: Tom McDonough

Secretary: Marion Weiler

Board Members at Large:

Edwin Ching

Bill Lockman

Ken Lum

Steve Minkin

Frank Seminaro

The installation of these Officers and Board members will be at our August 3rd StarBQue at Crestview Park.

From the rest of the Board and the membership: thank you Frank for your great service as President this past year.
And special thanks to Mary Ann McKay for her service on the Board this past year,
as well as providing assistance to Editor Bill Lockman in preparing our Event Horizon newsletter!

Following the election, we were enthralled by a full–dome Planetarium show by Prof. Darryl Stanford,
followed by a showing of the excellent award winning Evans and Sutherland full-dome video ‘Secret Lives of Stars’
narrated by Sir Patrick Steward, followed by Q/A with Prof. Stanford.

Marion Weiler
Secretary - SMCAS
Posted June 22

Hello everyone,

Our outreach trip to Glacier Point in Yosemite has been cancelled.
The National Park Service was unable to locate lodging for SMCAS club members during our dates of July 19th and 20th.
Flooding in the park has prevented many of the campgrounds from opening this year.
The Board researched other private lodging options with no success.
The options were either too far away from Glacier Point or fully booked.
There is a chance the Bridalveil campsite will open on 7/15.
However, the NPS is unable to confirm the opening date or if campsites will be available for us.
Without a confirmation as of July 2, the Board decided to withdraw from the event to allow members to make other plans.

We intend to volunteer again at Glacier Point next year.

Thank you for your continued participation..

Frank Seminaro
Posted July 2

In the Mail and In the eMail

Hello SMCAS Members,

We have been selected to host a Yosemite Starparty at Glacier Point on July 19 & 20 2019.
This is a unique opportunity for SMCAS and will take a lot of coordination prior to the actual event.
The SMCAS Board has started the planning process and will communicate more details shortly.
The National Park Service requires that SMCAS host a star party the nights of July 19 and 20.
Prior to dusk, we will have to deliver a presentation to the public.
The Park Service also encourages (not required) that we host solar viewing on Saturday.
In return, SMCAS will receive one reserved group campsite (holds 30) and 30 park entrance passes.
More SMCAS members/friends can attend, however they will need to make their own campsite.

Due to heavy snow last Winter approved campsites may be at Wawona this year.
Posted April 2019

Table of Contents

Events and Club News
Star Parties at Crestview Park

SMCAS Monthly Calendar

The complete SMCAS Newsletter in .pdf format is available from:


SMCAS,  Club Membership

SMCAS,  patches on sale  

New SMCAS astrophotography website

July 5
Final Entry for June Newsletter  






Crestview Star Parties

Star Parties at Crestview Park.

Crestview 2010 Sun Chart

2019 Schedule, local copy

Posted June 9, 2019  


Come out and bring the kids for a mind expanding look at the universe!

The City of San Carlos Department of Parks and Recreation and the San Mateo County Astronomical Society have open Star Parties twice a month. These events are held in Crestview Park, San Carlos California.

Note that inclement weather (clouds, excessive wind and showers) will cause the event to be canceled without notice.

or go to:
for most recent update.


Reasons to Attend
  1. If you have kids interested in space or planets bring them here for a real life view of planets, nebula, star clusters and galaxies.
  2. If you are thinking of buying a telescope or want help using a telescope you own, come here to talk with experienced users.
  3. If you think you might have an interest in astronomy come and talk to experienced amateur astronomers. 

        Astronomers arrive to set up at around sunset. Observing starts at about one hour after sunset and continues for two to three hours.

Crestview Park is at W122  17',   N37  29'



With its planetarium, variety of astronomy courses, top-notch faculty,
and special events such as Star Parties, when the College partners with the
San Mateo County Astronomical Society...or with CSM's many A.A., A.S.,
and certificate programs, its scenic and historic campus, the ease with which
you can sign up for classes online as a first-time or returning student...
The possibilities are astronomical.

Astronomy Events in Our Area ( Edited for June )

Bay Astro,  Ken L's Event List

SLAC Physics Lecture Series at Stanford Linear Accelerator (how to get to SLAC)

Archive of past lectures:


Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures




UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science 

Lick Observatory

Plan to arrive after noon and before 3 PM for best access to Public Areas.
This is an all day trip climbing to 4200 feet on the historic
Mount Hamilton Road, Route 130, Alum Rock off of 101 or 680.
Please don't pass bicyclists on the blind curves.

   Gift Shop
   The Gift Shop is your best contact for current visitors progam status.

Visitor Center & Main Building
12:00 noon - 5:00 pm
Shane Telescope Gallery
Every Day: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Visitor's page

The APF Telescope is now doing science.
What this means to you (all)  is that the dome and telescope can move at any
time without warning. Often we are doing tests during the day so please don't
enter the building unless you have a good reason to be inside.

Summer Visitors Program

Guided tours

Summer Programs

The Shane Reflector,
celebrating the first 50 years

From Eyeballs to Electrons is the first online exhibit from the Lick
Observatory Historical Collections Project.

The exhibit draws on artifacts and images from Lick's collections
to illustrate the evolution of light detection in astronomy,
with special attention to Lick Observatory's role.

Part One begins with astronomy's first detector, the human eye,
and ends with photography's long reign as the principal means for
recording starlight.

The Historical Collections Project is a work in progress. It was
created to preserve and make accessible the observatory's historical
holdings through cataloging, online databases, and exhibits.
Please visit the Project website at:

Dear UC Observer,

As many or most of you know, Google has given (through UCB) a major three-year gift to help with the operation of Lick Observatory; see
 (it's actually $1.5M -- we got the third year upon showing good progress).

We hope that this is just the beginning of a long relationship between Lick and Google, and several UC astronomers are already doing various activities with Google.

...portions deleted

Alex Filippenko
Professor of Astronomy
UC Berkeley
alex zazt
posted July 21, 2017

Lick Observatory Science Talks 
posted September 25, 2017

Lick Observatory on 'Facebook'
posted November 11, 2014

Mount Hamilton Wildflower Collection

California Condors visit Lick Obsevatory

Music of the Spheres,  2001 program.

About Adaptive Optics

Adaptive Optics on U Tube

For those of you with an interest in Java Programs and/or
extra-solar planet search see:
This is a forum run by students and instructors at Lick Observatory
concerning the reduction of extra-solar radial velocity data.
Update at:

Extra Solar Planetary Orbital Stability, The Game
(This link posted May 18, 2014)

Reference April 8, 2014.


Keck Observatory Science Talks  



Disney Museum in the San Francisco Presidio

California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park

The Tech Museum downtown San Jose

Western Amateur Astronomers

Peninsula Astronomical Society

PAS membership information

OTHER CLUBS EVENTS  For regularly-updated information on other astronomical organizations and events
we refer you to the website of the Astronomical Association of Northern California;

Astronomical Society of the Pacific
ASP Website

U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Geological Survey,
Public Programs:


The Intel Museum

Computer History Museum



NASA Ames Research Center

The NASA Exploration Center is open to the public
free of charge.
For information about the Exploration Center
please visit:

To learn about other events hosted by NASA Ames:

JPL Lecture series, video on-line

PARC Forum videos, PARC a Xerox Company





Astronomy at College of San Mateo



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