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Roberts Rules
By Carter Roberts, President
New Year – new Millennium – at new Chabot! Chabot’s first New Year celebration since moving into their new facility starts off appropriately (thanks to Alan Roche’s AV expertise) with Also Sprach Zarathustra playing as hundreds of balloons are dropped at the precise appropriate moment.

Chabot Space & Science Center celebrated the real beginning of the Millennium with a balloon drop in the rotunda at 0 hours Universal Time in 1 January 2001 which conveniently happened at 4pm on Sunday 31 December in the Pacific time zone. A picture of the event (taken from directly below this one) was on the front page of the Oakland Tribune.

Thanks to Mike Martinez who painted the hall wall dark blue, thus significantly improving viewing conditions on Wightman Plaza. We are continuing to have very good viewing of Saturn and Jupiter on Friday and Saturday nights. More than 350 people have looked at Saturn on some of these nights, and once the crowd thins we have looked at Jupiter.
Eight volunteers employ ancient Egyptian technology to lift just one Transit Telescope pier from Ken Swagerty’s truck to the loading dock at New Chabot. It weighs 570 lbs! It’s in place, now (see picture of the Transit Telescope Room at New Chabot elsewhere in this newsletter).

Telescope Makers Workshop
is on the second floor of the Spees Building, across from the antique telescope display. Call Paul Zurakowski for further information at 
(925) 447-6837.
Come any Friday evening and build your own telescope!

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