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Flame Nebula and Horsehead Nebula, in the constellation Orion

We will have events for everyone. Kids can build their own solar system, and everyone can view the Sun, Moon, planets and other celestial sights first-hand through the CSM Observatory telescopes.

For information on times and places for these events, see the Schedule page.

Daytime and Evening Observing Sessions

Astronomical observing begins when the conference begins, at 12 noon. Expert members of San Mateo County Astronomical Society and CSM faculty and staff will be on hand to guide visitors thru the sky ....all day long.

Equipment for solar viewing of both prominences & sunspots, will be set up downstairs by building 36, and on the 4th floor observatory. Watch first hand, as we enter the next solar cycle !

Nighttime observing takes place until midnight, and includes views thru 8" to 20" telescopes from the rooftop observatory, and SMCAS member scopes located in building 36 courtyard. Jupiter will be high in the sky! There will also be CCD imaging thru the 140mm TEC observatory refractor, and viewing thru the 20" RC Systems Ritchey-Chretien telescope.

In addition to Jupiter, highlights will include the Ring Nebula, the colorful Albireo, M13, The Summer Triangle, The Milky Way, M27, M11, and much MUCH more. All adults and kids are welcome!

Bring a jacket, some curiosity, and all questions. And of course, we'll turn on KCSM Jazz 91 and listen to some Ron Carter, Miles, and Mr. Armstrong.

Ewell Observatory - “Real Sky Show” (CANCELLED)

This event has been cancelled due to illness with the presenter. Instead, we will be offering “Black Holes”, an all-dome video in the CSM Planetarium.

SMCAS activities for kids (and adults too)

  • Make a Planisphere - Kids cut out and construct a paper Planisphere, a rotating star map displaying the constellations.
  • Astro-Theatre - Astronomy movies presented using CSM's built-in digital projectors, large screens and excellent sound system.
  • How Telescopes Work - A demonstration of the optical principles by which telescopes operate.

Planetarium shows by Professor Darryl Stanford and Dean Drumheller

Darryl Stanford

Professor Darryl Stanford will present several planetarium shows during AANC-Con with our Evans & Sutherland D3 SP2 digital star projector. We’ll see the current sky from San Mateo, galaxies, planets, and more.

Professor Stanford holds a BS in physics from Polytechnic University, MSc in Physics from Concordia University, and MS in Astrophysics from University of Toledo, and has been a faculty member at CSM since 1998. Not only that .... Darryl really knows the sky! Check out his Harley ..... http://smccd.net/accounts/stanfordd/

Dean Drumheller

Dean Drumheller is College of San Mateo’s Astronomy Lab Technician. He’s the guy who keeps this place humming. His background is in photography as well as amateur astronomy and has imaged everything from factory equipment to weddings, photojournalism to astrophotography.

Dean has spent many years eclipse chasing from Hawaii, to Bolivia and Venezuela. His past written works include a monthly column on astrophotography he produced for the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club.

Dean’s photographs have been published in both Sky & Telescope and Astronomy magazines. Putting photography and astronomy together is a perfect match for Dean, who will be assisting Darryl with the planetarium shows and running the observatory.

KCSM-FM / CSM Astro. Dept. “Jazz Under The Stars”

Supported by KCSM Jazz 91 and San Mateo County Astronomical Society, “Jazz Under The Stars” is a monthly star party held on CSM’s rooftop observatory. “Jazz” night is the Saturday closest to first quarter moon.

Visitors enjoy great views of the lunar landscape through our telescopes. We also check out some star clusters and a planet or two, all to the great music of KCSM FM 91.

September’s event is set to coincide with AANC-Con. 2007, on Sept. 29th.

Enjoy the conference and join us for some “Jazz Under The Stars.”

Mirror Grinding - Chabot Telescope Makers Workshop

For more information, see the Chabot Telescope Makers Workshop website.

ASP Pacific Project Family Astro Activities

For more information, see the ASP Pacific Project Family Astro Activities website.

AANC Awards

For more information, see the AANC Awards website.