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Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures

Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures

Listen to exciting, non-technical talks on some of the most interesting developments in astronomy and space science. Founded in 1999, the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures are presented on six Wednesday evenings during each school year at Foothill College, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Speakers include a wide range of noted scientists, explaining astronomical developments in everyday language. The series is organized and moderated by Foothill's astronomy instructor emeritus Andrew Fraknoi and jointly sponsored by the Foothill College Physical Science, Math, and Engineering Division, the SETI Institute, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and the University of California Observatories (including the Lick Observatory.)
Episodes
Spacetime Symphony: Gravitational Waves from Merging Black HolesJanuary 25, 2023
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100 Years of Einstein's Relativity (And How it Underlies Our Modern Understanding of the Universe)December 28, 2022
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Space Weather and the Question of Human Survivability (with Dr. Tom Berger)December 12, 2022
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Is Anyone out There: The Hundred-Million Dollar "Breakthrough: Listen" ProjectDecember 05, 2022
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A Planet for Goldilocks: Kepler and the Search for Living WorldsOctober 30, 2022
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The Fast Radio Sky: A New Window on the Violent UniverseOctober 24, 2022
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Colliding Neutron Stars, Gravity Waves, and the Origin of the Heavy ElementsAugust 22, 2022
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When Mars Was Like Earth: Five Years of Exploration with the Curiosity RoverAugust 01, 2022
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Rubble Piles in the Sky: The Science, Exploration, and Danger of Near-Earth AsteroidsJuly 15, 2022
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Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto (with Alan Stern & David Grinspoon)June 24, 2022
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Do Humans Have What it Takes to Thrive in this Universe?June 01, 2022
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A Sharper Image: Seeing Colliding Galaxies with Adaptive Optics (with Dr. Claire Max)May 12, 2022
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Cosmobiology: Recent Progress in Cosmology, Exoplanets, and the Prerequisites for Life in the UniverseMay 02, 2022
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Cosmology and Ambition: Losing the Nobel Prize (with Dr. Brian Keating)April 07, 2022
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Planets Under Our Feet: The Caves on Earth, Mars, and Beyond (with Dr. Penelope Boston)March 25, 2022
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Dark Star: The Invisible Universe of Brown Dwarfs (with Dr. Adam Burgasser)March 15, 2022
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Charon, Pluto’s Companion: What We’re Learning from New Horizons (with Dr. Ross Beyer)March 01, 2022
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Living with a Star: A Life-friendly Planetary Environment (with Dr. Michelle Thaller)February 16, 2022
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Beyond: Our Future in Space (with Dr. Chris Impey)January 29, 2022
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Ocean Worlds in Our Solar System (with Dr. Kevin Hand)January 07, 2022
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Meet the Neighbors: Exploring Planets Orbiting Nearby Stars (with Dr. Courtney Dressing)December 20, 2021
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The Biggest Sky Survey Ever Undertaken: Exploring the Universe with the Rubin Observatory (with Dr. Phil Marshall)December 13, 2021
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Postcards from Mars: The Latest from Our Robot Explorers (with Dr. Jim Bell)November 22, 2021
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The Last Stargazers: Behind the Scenes in Astronomy (with Dr. Emily Levesque)November 01, 2021
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Will the 21st Century be the Time we Discover Life Beyond Earth (with Dr. Jill Tarter)October 21, 2021
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