News September 1, 2009

Prospects looking up for Mount Wilson Observatory

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At 7:21, Hal McAlister received a full briefing from LA County Deputy Fire Chief Jim Powers, and things look very good.

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News August 30, 2009

Mt. Wilson Observatory Threatened By Wildfire

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Smoke from the nearby Station fire has shut down operations at Mount Wilson Observatory and may even threaten the observatory itself.

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Events August 19, 2009

“The Physics Circus” at Cal Academy Nightlife 08.20.09

by Eric

This week’s Cal Academy Nightlife is a real treat: Zeke Kossover will be giving physics demonstrations as part of his award-winning “Physics Circus.”

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General August 19, 2009

Paving metaphorical roads with imaginary intentions

by Eric

The NY Times claims that the 750,000 cars turned into the “Cash For Clunkers” program would theoretically stretch from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. That’s a lot of cars, but we’re talking from LA to DC here. Surely a traffic jam of derelict beaters couldn’t possibly reach all the way across the country? How long is a car anyway? And just how far is it from LA to DC?

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Participate August 14, 2009

Help Galaxy Zoo find supernovae

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Galaxy Zoo is looking for help in finding supernova. Unfortunately, the site is currently down, but for now you still have an opportunity to help classify galaxies at Galaxy Zoo 2.

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Events August 10, 2009

“Kepler: Are There Other Good Worlds Out There?” at Cafe Scientifique: 08.11.09

by Eric

[ August 11, 2009; 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. ] John Jenkins, Principal Investigator at the SETI Institute will be speaking at this month’s Cafe Scientifique on how scientists will use the newly-launched Kepler satellite telescope to search for exoplanets.

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Events August 10, 2009

“Long Life in the 21st Century” at Stanford Summer Lecture Series: 08.13.09

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[ August 13, 2009; 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] In this installment of the Stanford Summer Science Lecture Series, on Thursday, August 13, 2009, Laura L. Carstensen, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity will speak on the topic of “Long Life in the 21st Century.”

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Events August 9, 2009

“Confessions of an Alien Hunter” at Down To A Science: 08.10.09

by Eric

[ August 10, 2009; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute will be discussing his new book Confessions of an Alien Hunter at this month’s Down to A Science Cafe, Monday August 10th from 7-9pm at the Atlas Cafe, 3049 20th St @ Alabama St. in the Mission District.

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Events July 21, 2009

S4G at Lunar Science Forum 2009

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We’ll be spending the next couple of days down at Ames Research Center in Mountain View CA, attending the 2009 Lunar Science Forum conference.

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News July 20, 2009

Possible Jupiter impact spotted by amateur astronomer

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UPDATE: JPL observations confirm that a mysterious dark spot on Jupiter’s southern hemisphere first observed by Australian astronomer Anthony Wesley, is an impact mark.

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