Free Public Stargazing Night, Friday, 9/14 (8:30 pm – 10:30 pm)

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Objects to look forward to observe: 4 planets: 1). Venus in the western sky, 2). Jupiter with its moons, 3). Lord of the rings – Saturn in the southern sky, 4). Mars the Red planet, in the south east sky. Also, Waxing crescent Moon, Double star cluster in Perseus (NGC 869 & 844), M31 the Andromeda galaxy, Dragonfly cluster, double star Alberio and many more objects.

Public Stargazing at the Montgomery Hill Observatory, 7/20/2018

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When: July 20, 2018, 8:45 PM to 10:45 PM

Where: Montgomery Hill Observatory at Evergreen Valley College, San Jose

4 Planets, a waxing gibbous Moon, astroid Vesta and the ISS (International Space Station).

For the evening of 20 July, 2018 we have 4 planets and many other objects to view.

1). You can view Venus at 9 PM in the western sky, it’s in a waning gibbous phase.

2). Jupiter will be in close conjunction with the Moon about 2 degrees will separate the two.

3). Saturn at 10 pm will be in the southern sky in the constellation Sagittarius just above the Teapot lid.

4). by 11 PM Mars the Red planet, will reach perihelia opposition on July 27 which mean it will be at its closest point to the Sun. Mars will be bigger and brighter at this time.

5). The Moon for tonight will be in a waxing gibbous phase around 64% illuminated .

6). The International Space Station (ISS) will be making a fly over tonight starting at 10:20 PM in the west traveling towards the north-east. The ISS will be right under the Big Dipper at 10:27 PM.

7). The Summer Triangle, it’s made up by the 3 stars Altair in Aquila the Eagle, Deneb in Cygnus the Swan and Vega in Lyra the Harp. In the Constellation Cygnus,

8). The most colorful double star “Albireo” a gold and blue double star.

Parking Direction:
You can park at the parking lot #6, which is just below the observatory. If you have any question you can e-mail me @ retrisco@hotmail.com. PS Parking will be FREE.

Free stargazing night, February 9, 2018

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Enjoy a free public stargazing night at Evergreen Valley College’s Montgomery Hill Observatory on Friday, February 9, from 7:30 pm till10 pm. Planet Jupiter with its four moons, planet Mars, Orion nebula, Pleiades (seven sisters) and many more objects will be available to observe. Please note that stargazing is a weather dependent event.

Kids and adults can learn about the objects and their location in the sky, also they can learn how to operate telescopes. Enjoy free cookies with free stargazing.

Parking & campus map: Free parking after 6:00 PM in the parking lot #6.

Join our Meetup group “Starry Evergreen, at the Montgomery Hill observatory” to get details about our future free public events at: http://www.meetup.com/Starry-Evergreen-at-the-Montgomery-Hill-Observatory/ Our website: http://evc-cit.info/astronews/

Like “Montgomery Hills Observatory at Evergreen Valley College” on facebook. For questions, contact Nargis Adham at montgomeryhillobservatory@gmail.com

Free Public Stargazing event, Friday, December 8, 2017

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Enjoy a free public stargazing event at the Montgomery Hill Observatory from 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm. View the skies with our two observatories and several telescopes set out for the public. Kids learn how to use telescopes and identify objects in the sky!

Parking: Free Parking after 6:00 PM in the parking lot # 6 for this event.

EVC map: http://files.meetup.com/18521374/evc_campus_map.pdf

Join our free online Meetup group at: http://edtech.meetup.com/834/

For questions, contact Rick at our Meetup group

Like us on facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/montgomeryhillobservatory/

For questions, contact: Nargis Adham here or at: montgomeryhillobservatory@gmail.com

Free Public Stargazing event, Friday, November 17, 2017

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Enjoy a free public stargazing event at the Montgomery Hill Observatory from 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm. View the skies with our two observatories and several telescopes set out for the public. Kids learn how to use telescopes and identify objects in the sky!

Parking: Free Parking after 6:00 PM in the parking lot # 6 for this event.

EVC map: http://files.meetup.com/18521374/evc_campus_map.pdf

Join our free online Meetup group at: http://edtech.meetup.com/834/

For questions, contact Rick at our Meetup group

Like us on facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/montgomeryhillobservatory/

For questions, contact: Nargis Adham here or at: montgomeryhillobservatory@gmail.com

Public Stargazing Night, Friday, October 6, 2017

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When: Friday, October 6, 2017, 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM

Where: Montgomery Hills Observatory, Evergreen Valley College,
Northern Hills, San Jose – 95135

View the skies with our two observatories and several telescopes set out for the public. Kids learn how to use telescopes and identify objects in the sky!

List of object for October public stargazing:

For October 6, Fall evening Saturn will be in the southwest sky 1 hour after sunset, the rings will be at maximum tilt of 27° . The waning gibbous Moon will rise at 8:00PM, it will be 97% illuminated . Neptune will be in the south east sky we’ll try to find this blue gas giant.

Let’s see if we can find some deep space objects. M57 the Ring Nebula is a planetary nebula the remains of a star like our own Sun, it’s 2300 light years away from Earth.

Brocchi’s cluster also known as the Coathanger cluster – Cr 399, this asterism is made of 10 stars that looks like a upside down coathanger, it’s located in the constellation Vulpecula.

The Double star cluster in Perseus (NGC 869 & 844) is visible with the naked eye, but will look like a field of diamonds in the night sky in a telescope. Both clusters are 7500 light years away from Earth, they are also very young at 12.8 million years old.

Keep looking up you’re bound to find something new.

Rick Francisco
For questions, contact Rick at our Meetup group

Join our free online Meetup group at: http://edtech.meetup.com/834/

Parking: Free Parking after 6:00 PM in the parking lot #6 for this event.

EVC map: http://files.meetup.com/18521374/evc_campus_map.pdf

Like us on facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/montgomeryhillobservatory/

For questions, contact: Nargis Adham here or at: montgomeryhillobservatory@gmail.com

Public Astronomy Talk & Stargazing

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Between 1966 and 1967, five Lunar Orbiter missions were launched to photograph high resolution images of the lunar surface—the analog data of which was archived onto tape and archived in various locations about the Bay Area (including an abandoned McDonald’s at NASA Ames Research Center), nearly forgotten. Dennis Wingo was part of the 2005 crew that meticulously recovered the photos and brought them back from complete and certain obscurity.

To tell his amazing and convoluted story, Wingo has agreed to give a presentation at Evergreen Valley College regarding the historical significance of the images, and the painstaking processes and “wild goose chase” that was required of his group to bring the images back into physical form.

Historical curator at NUMU (New Museum in Los Gatos) Amy Long (in charge of the Dennis Wingo McMoon exhibit) will also give a short presentation about the museum itself. The exhibit will be in display until 5/7.

Enjoy a free public stargazing event at the Montgomery Hill Observatory from 7:45 pm – 10:30 pm. View the skies with our two observatories and several telescopes set out for the public. Kids learn how to use telescopes and identify objects in the sky!

Parking: Free Parking after 6:00 PM in the parking lot #6 for this event. EVC map: http://files.meetup.com/18521374/evc_campus_map.pdf

Public Talk: Science Expeditions to Planetary-like environments and the search for life in the Solar System

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Astronomy Public talk by SETI scientist Dr. Rosalba Bonaccorsi.

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Overview: The Astrobiology-driven search for Life in the Solar System and beyond begins here on Earth.  In connection with this search, the NASA vision for Space Exploration involves robotic missions to prepare for humans living, working on the surface of Mars, and exploring it for finding indicators of life.  The near future search for life will target Ocean Worlds such as Enceladus and Europa, icy moon with potentially habitable subglacial briny oceans.

Over the past 10 years we have been planning and conducting NASA Spaceward Bound field expeditions to terrestrial planetary analog environments where we can gain scientific knowledge; and test technologies and analytical protocols for life detection. During SB expeditions we train teachers and educators as well as the next generation of scientists and space explorers; and we engage the local communities and the general public.

In this talk Rosalba will present examples of expeditions to extreme and remote deserts in Chile (Atacama), Namibia, New Zealand, Australia, Antarctica, and the Himalayas. A summary of the latest 2016 SB India Expedition to the Leh-Ladakh region will be also presented.

Social Community Mixer: 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Performing Arts Theater, EVC

Enjoy free snacks from our event sponsor – Rajjott Indian Cuisine & Sweets 

Public Stargazing Night: Enjoy a free public stargazing session after the talk at the Montgomery Hill Observatory of Evergreen Valley College from 8:30 pm to 10 pm. View Moon, Mars, Orion Nebula, pleiades and many other objects.

Free parking in the parking lot #6 for this event.

About the speaker: Rosalba Bonaccorsi is an Astrobiologist of SETI Institute’s Carl Sagan Center at NASA Ames Research Center. In 2001 Rosalba obtained her Ph.D. in Geological, Marine and Environmental Sciences from the University of Trieste (Italy). Since 2005 she has expanded her interest to the habitability of mineralogical Mars analogs, and very dry desert regions worldwide. For the past 10 years she has been science team member and field instructor during NASA’s Spaceward Bound expeditions (http://spacewardbound.nasa.gov/bios/bonaccorsi.html) to remote places including the Mojave Desert, Antarctica, Atacama (Chile), Australia, New Zealand, Israel, the Namib Desert.

Our website: http://evc-cit.info/astronews/

Join our free online Meetup group at: http://edtech.meetup.com/834/

Like us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/montgomeryhillobservatory/

Watch our previous Talks at our youtube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF-aF2oHTeKDpNM_zmJ7L2g

For questions, contact Nargis Adham at: montgomeryhillobservatory@gmail.com

Our event sponsor: 

Rajjott Indian Cuisine & Sweets Indian Panjabi style fast food eatery

3327 San Felipe Rd, San Jose, CA 95135

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/evergreenrajjot

 

 

 

Public Astronomy Talk: Pluto, Ceres, and Below: What is a Planet?

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When: Friday, October 7th, 7 pm – 8 pm,

Where: Performing Arts Theater, Evergreen Valley College, 3095 Yerba Buena Rd,

San Jose, CA 95135

Cost: Free

Overview: In summer 2015 we got our first (and probably only, in your lifetime) close-up  look at Pluto. It was a good year for dwarf planets, since we also visited the warm one: Ceres. Professor Basri will talk about Pluto’s history as a planet (or not), and why it has had a rough time. He will then talk about what we learned at Pluto (so far), compared with Triton (a similar body) and Ceres (a rather different case).

About the Speaker: Dr. Gibor Basri is a Professor of Astronomy at University of California, Berkeley. He received his B.S. in Physics from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Basri is a discoverer and an expert on brown dwarfs. He has primarily used the Lick Observatory and the 10-meter Keck telescopes on Mauna Kea. He has also utilized space telescopes including the International Ultraviolet Explorer, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Kepler Mission (which produced the knowledge that planets are very common). Dr. Gibor Basri was Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion for eight ground-breaking years at UC Berkeley, leading the campus in developing the UC Berkeley Strategic Plan for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity: Pathway to Excellence – one of the most comprehensive plans of its kind at a research university. …

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Social Hour: Enjoy free snacks after the talk. Also,free raffle for $25 Frys Electronics Gift Card from WeMo Connect.

Public Stargazing Night: Enjoy a free public stargazing session after the talk at the Montgomery Hill Observatory of Evergreen Valley College from 8:30 pm to 10 pm.

Free parking in the parking lot #6 for this event.

Our website:http://evc-cit.info/astronews/

Join our Meetup group at: http://edtech.meetup.com/834/

For questions, contact Nargis Adham at: montgomeryhillobservatory@gmail.com

Our Event Sponsor: WeMo Connect offers Tech trainings and bootcamps.

For information: http://www.wemoconnect.com/  Contact: hackers@wemoconnect.com

Astronomy Public Talk: “Mesoamerican Astronomy” & Public Stargazing Night

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When: Friday, June 17th, 7 pm – 8 pm,

Where: Visual Performing Arts (VPA) Theater

Evergreen Valley College, 3095 Yerba Buena Rd, San Jose, CA 95135

Cost: Free

Guest Speakers: Dr. Gustavo Flores and Dr. Artura Villarreal

Overview: Current knowledge about the ancient Mesoamerican astronomers will be presented in particular, some of the methods employed in the creation and storage of knowledge about position of stars and planets, techniques used in the construction of astronomical observatories, and sites of astronomical significance will be described. The talk will end with the information about stargazing in Mesoamerica which is currently done by Indigenous communities.

Social Hour: 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Visual Performing Arts (VPA) Theater, EVC

Enjoy free snacks after the talk. Raffle tickets can be purchased for only $1, to win a $25 Gift card for New Seasons Market!

Free Public Stargazing Night at the Montgomery Hill Observatory:

Enjoy a free public stargazing session at the Montgomery Hill Observatory of Evergreen Valley College from 8:30 pm to 10 pm. It will be a three Planet night with a waxing gibbous Moon. Jupiter, Mars and Saturn should be visible by 10:15 PM, with the Moon rising at 10:45 PM. The Planets Mars and Saturn with the star Antares “The Heart of Scorpius” will make a nice upside down triangle. View Jupiter with its moons.

Free Astronomy activities and glow in the dark sticks for the kids.

Free parking in the parking lot #6 for this event.

Our website:http://evc-cit.info/astronews/

Join our Meetup group at: http://edtech.meetup.com/834/

Like us on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/montgomeryhillobservatory/

For questions, contact Nargis Adham at: montgomeryhillobservatory@gmail.com

Link to Pictures for Dr. Chris McKay Public Talk, May 6, 2016

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Public Talk by Leading NASA Scientist Dr. Chris McKay

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Dr. Chris McKay

“Searching for a second genesis of life in our Solar System”

When: Friday, May 6th, 7 pm – 8 pm,

Where: Visual Performing Arts (VPA) Theater, Evergreen Valley College, 3095 Yerba Beuna Rd, San Jose, CA 95135

Cost: Free

 Overview: The search for a second genesis of life in our solar system  is a prime goal of  astrobiology. Where might we find it? Following the water, the plume of Enceladus, meters below the surface of Mars, the methane seas of Titan! They all may have  life and if they do, that life will be fundamentally different from life as we know.

About the speaker: DrChris McKay is a world renowned research scientist with the NASA Ames Research Center. His research has been featured in various TV shows, such as “The Universe” and NOVA. He is also actively involved in planning for future Mars missions including human exploration.

Social Hour: 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Visual Performing Arts (VPA) Theater, EVC

* Enjoy free food provided by our local Indian restaurant Rajjot Indian Cuisine and Sweets (327 San Felipe Rd, San Jose, CA 95135). Like them on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rajjotevergreen/?fref=ts

* Raffle tickets for only $1 to win $25 Gift cards New Seasons Market (5667 Silver Creek Valley Rd, San Jose, CA 95138).

Public Stargazing Night: Enjoy a free public stargazing session after the talk at the Montgomery Hill Observatory of Evergreen Valley College from 8:30 pm to 10 pm.

View Jupiter with its moons. Free activities and glow in the dark sticks for kids.

Free parking in the parking lot #6 for this event.

Our Meetup group: Join our Meetup group at: http://edtech.meetup.com/834/

For questions, contact Nargis Adham at: montgomeryhillobservatory@gmail.com

Creating New Citizen Science Initiatives at Evergreen Valley College

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EVC – New Citizen Science Initiative

takes you to a few slides discussed yesterday (April 12 – 2019) with ideas related to the current citizen initiatives, and possible creation of future. As pointed out in the meeting, new initiatives can only be generated if EVC faculty and community members agree on what to do and how to proceed. More communication will be needed, and community engagement is required. Email me (celso.batalha@evc.edu) if you want to know more about this project.

Celso

 

Free Public Stargazing Night, January 12, 2018

Enjoy a free public stargazing Night with your family, friends and community at the Montgomery Hill Observatory of Evergreen Valley College on Friday, January 12, 2018 from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm.

View Moon, bright planet – Venus, red planet – Mars, Pleiades (Seven sisters or Subaru), Andromeda Galaxy, Orion Nebula , Crab Nebula , Double cluster in Perseus, star cluster Hyades, Pleiades, “Owl” cluster, Beehive cluster, bright stars Rigel, Betelgeuse, Sirius, Aldebaran and many more objects.

Facility has an 8 inch refractor telescope in a dome observatory, 14 inch SC telescope in a roll off roof observatory and several other telescopes set out for the public.

Free parking after 6:00 PM in parking lot #6 for this event.
Our website: http://evc-cit.info/astronews/
Join our Meetup group “Starry Evergreen, at the Montgomery Hill observatory” at: http://edtech.meetup.com/834/

Like us on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/montgomeryhillobservatory/
Watch our Public Science Talks at our youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF-aF2oHTeKDpNM_zmJ7L2g

For questions, contact us here or Rick Francisco through our Meetup group and Nargis Adham at: montgomeryhillobservatory@gmail.com