....Oakland, California - Stargazing since 1924

Upcoming Event:
EAS General Meeting

Date and Time:
Sat, Apr 11
7:30 pm

Chabot Space &
Science Center
Galileo Rm
2nd Floor Spees Bldg
Chabot Space & Science Center

Mikhail "Mike" Belyaev

Simulating Compact Astronomical Objects

Dinner with the Speaker
Meet and chat with the speakers before the meeting! Hunan Yuan Chinese Restaurant, 4100 Redwood Rd, 5:30pm. No need to register - just show up!


moon phases

The Eastbay Astronomical Society
91st Annual Awards Dinner
Sunday, March 15
5:45pm - ~9pm
Kepler and Copernicus Rooms
2nd Floor, Dellums Bldg
Chabot Space & Science Center

It's that time of year again, to honor our best and brightest, hear the latest in astronomical research, and to just eat, drink and be merry with our fellow amateur astronomers!

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Imke de Pater, Professor of Astronomy at one of the finest institutions of higher learning in the world, University of California, Berkeley! The topic of her talk is entitled:

What Wonderful Worlds: Exploring Our Solar System

Click here to conveniently sign-up online via PayPal
Send check or money order to:

EAS Treasurer
PO Box 18635
Oakland, CA 94619-0635

The price is still $35 per person. Please be sure to give us the names of the attendees so we can have nametags ready for you and your guests.

We will be using our usual caterer (The Carvery, aka Harry's Hoffbrau)

Buffet Menu
Oven Roasted Turkey, Roast Beef & Ham
Served Hot and Carved to Order
Roated Red Potatoes
Steamed Vegetables
Spinach Lasagna
Garden Green Salad with assorted Dressing
Pesto Penne Pasta Salad
Three Bean Salad
Assorted Dinner Roll with Butter
Fresh Brewed Coffee
White 10" China Plates and Stainless Steel Flatware
Decorated Buffet and Beverage Table
Linen Napkin for each guest

See you there!


The sign-up period for this year's event is open.

Sign up early to secure a spot!

For full info on the Barcroft High Altitude Star Party, click here.

Wed Aug 12 - Mon Aug 17, 2015
(New moon on Fri Aug 14)

Newsletter From White Mountain Research Station

Every year, we rent time up at the Barcroft High Altitude Research Station in the White Mountains to provide our members with an opportunity to gain access to "research-grade" night skies. Well, they have begun publishing their own newsletter, and you can view it here. It's full of info about the three facilities they make available, one of which is Barcroft, and it's chock-full of interesting stuff about these sites. Check it out!


EAS member Gerald McKeegan got interviewed by radio talkshow host Gil Gross on 910AM KKSF about the possibility of asteroid impacts and what we're doing about it. Listen to the interview online here.

Big Astro Events for 2014

Go to our What's Up link to see details for another total lunar eclipse, and
a partial solar eclipse, both in the month of October!

Members Gerald McKeegan and Ken Swagerty were both interviewed in an NBC TV news clip on the total lunar eclipse on Apr 15, 2014


Members Don Saito and Rich Ozer are in a video clip about sidewalk astronomy at the Exploratorium website.

Eastbay Astronomical Society
90th Annual Awards Dinner
Sunday, March 16, 2014

This year's event is now over. We had a wonderful time, eating lots of great food, listening to our keynote speaker Dr. Gibor Basri, an EAS member, UC Berkeley professor, and Kepler mission scientist who brought us up-to-date on the latest exoplanet discoveries by NASA's Kepler mission, and we awarded our Helen Pillans Awardee this year is
Steve Berl
for his tireless efforts to bring the club's industrial-quality machine lathe back to full functionality.

What's Up page updated for the new month and New Year
Check it out! (Click the What's Up link to the upper-left.) There's all kinds of great info about the month's lunar phases, where to look for the planets throughout the year, upcoming meteor showers, and lunar conjunctions!

Cool new video advocating dark skies
Take a look at this, and feel free to point it out to as many others as possible, through newspaper editorials, websites, emails, tweets, etc. Light pollution is harmful to the natural balance of the world's eco-system. Seeing as we humans are a part of that system, it would behoove us to make it right, so Click here.

Barcroft 2013
NOTE: The cutoff date for signing-up (Aug 20) has passed. Better luck next year! Just FYI: We got four people who will stay the full 5 nights, two people who will stay two nights, and two more people who will stay one night. We will have a feature story on the event (hopefully) for the October 2013 issue of the club newsletter, The Refractor. How nice!
Join us now on Facebook
Thanks to the industriousness of new EAS board member David Prosper, the EAS now has a presence on Facebook! Check it out here.

What's Up is updated
Check it out for a useful summary of 'what's up' for the entire year, including the current month's lunar phases, when the planets are visible, which meteor showers will be good for the year, and when this year's new moons occur. Click to it and check it out!

EAS Loaner Scope Program
Telescopes available for rental by EAS members

60mm & 80mm refractors, C90 Maksutov-Cassegrain, 2 - 10 inch Dobsonians,
4 & 8 inch Schmidt-Cassegrains

Scope rental is $15 a month with a $50 deposit.

If you rent a scope and bring it to EAS outreach programs, monthly rent is waived - a good deal!

For information, contact Barry Leska by E-mail at b.leska@comcast.net

EAS Library Hours

3:00pm to 7:00pm every Friday &
Immediately after month EAS lecture meetings

Library is located on the second floor of the Dellums Building, down the the hall next to the interactive lunar lander exhibit.

Volunteer librarians are needed to expand library hours, if you'd like to help, contact Don Saito at donsaito@yahoo.com