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Editor's News 'n Views
As always, lots of things happening or about to happen! A real convergence occurred this month with Barcroft, the Davis Star Show, Bort Meadows, and the Chinatown StreetFest. They're all happening right now, so as I write this, I don't have any details on them at all - I'm hoping y'all will help me out when you come back from some or all of these events with your own pictures and stories (wink-wink, nod-nod knowwhatImean, knowwhatImean?)
One thing that happened that I can write about is EAS' recent television
exposure on KQED Channel 9; a group of us, Richard Campbell, Phil Crabbe,
Anne and Frank Creese, Debbie Dyke, Mike Hanley, Howard Mangrum, Alan
Roche, Dave Rodrigues and myself did volunteer phone duty for one of the
public television station's pledge drives.It was fun! First, they fed
(should I say 'stuffed?') us with gormet food from a great caterer. Then
they briefed us on the forms and procedures. We were nervous at first,
but after the calls started coming in, it became quite easy, and since
we had an inside man on the camera (take a bow, Harry Betancourt!), we
got the best seating in the house, plenty of coverage, and even intimate
tours of the different production facilities and sets from Harry; very
interesting stuff! Anyone interested in doing this in the future, let
me know - there's nothing like repeated exposure to up that brand name
recognition with the public.
Chabot will be sponsoring a Leonid Observing Session dusk to dawn Saturday,
Nov. 17- Sunday, Nov 18 at Briones Regional park in Lafayette. Tickets
to the event will be available at Chabot and through TicketWeb starting
in October. $5 gets entrance to a dark sky site, a hot beverage and snacks,
roving astronomers to answer questions and telescopes to view other objects
through. (Thanks, Denni!)
I have a confession to make: I defected to another observatory, twice,
this month. Yes, it's true: I went up to Lick Observatory and commingled
with the staff, astronomers, and volunteers up there. Once to attend their
"Music of the Spheres" program (combination of music, lecture,
and viewing), and again, for their straight lecture/viewing program. It's
a little tricky getting tickets; you have to know what time of year to
keep an eye on their website to know precisely when to call them for reservations.
And then, they use a lottery system, so you still might not get in. Well
worth the effort, though - it's a remarkable facility with limited public
access (only during the summer). It's too late to even think of trying
this year. Go to their website or give them a call to find out how to
get tickets for next year.
And here's this month's collection of pictures of various localized phenomenon
involving club members and/or Chabot. Enjoy, enjoy!
PS: Don't forget - there's an early morning occultation of Saturn by the moon on September 10th at 4:56am.
News From Chabot
Two new planetarium shows, Cosmic Catastrophes and Other Worlds! Other
Beings start August 25. A new movie, The Living Sea, starts in the Tien
MegaDome theatre on Labor Day weekend, Saturday, Sept 1-3 - check with
Chabot (www.chabotspace.org or 510 336-7491) for exact showtimes. There
will be a speaker from SETI for the premier showing of OWOB at 8:30pm.
How did you like having the lecture portion of the July meeting in the Tien MegaDome theatre?
We started at 5:30pm and went until a bit after 7:00pm. The only question
is: How did you like it? Let us know what you thought of the new meeting
format. If we get a largely positive feedback on it, we'll change it,
Phone: (510) 482-2913 (leave a short message stating only your name, phone number, and your vote: "liked it," or "didn't like it."
SnailMail: 3514 Randolph Ave, Oakland, CA 94602-1228
Debbie Dyke inspects the lens before Ken Swagerty puts on the freshly
made brass dewcap.