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The Mt Tam 2014 Astronomy Nights program has ended for the winter.

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2014 MT TAM ASTRONOMY PROGRAMS
our 26th year on the mountain

April 5
8:30pm
Dr. Chat Hull, UC Berkeley   astro.berkeley.edu/~chat/
“Star Formation Through Radio Eyes”
CARMA, a millimeter-wave radio telescope, is being used to probe the origins of stars within their cold, dusty natal clouds revealing how magnetic fields affect the star-formation process.
May 3
8:30pm

Dr. Chris McCarthy, San Francisco SU

“Searching for Planets in Ophiuchus”

Searchers for extrasolar planets are using two techniques, radial velocity and a new strategy for finding a new category of planets that do not orbit any star, the so-called “free-floating” planets.

May 31
8:30pm

 Dr. Kevin Zahnle NASA-Ames Research Ctr

“When Worlds Collide”

Planet Earth is constantly being struck by interplanetary debris, from fine dust to rocks or boulders big enough to outshine the Sun when they die, to asteroids or comets or even small stray planets

Co-produced with Wonderfest

June 28
8:30pm

 Dr. Wil van Breugel, UC Merced

“Masks of the Cosmos”

Humans have always wondered about the Cosmos and their own place in it. Different cultures have believed that they have discovered its true nature, but might these ideas just be anthropological ‘masks’ projected on the universe?

Aug 2
8:30pm

 Dr. Beate Heinemann, Lawrence Berkeley Lab

“How We Found the Higgs Boson”

How does the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva in Switzerland work and how did its use lead to the discovery in 2012 of the Higgs boson. What is hoped to be learned  in the future at this collider.

Aug 30
8:30pm

 Dr. Lloyd Knox, UC Davis virgo.physics.ucdavis.edu/~knox/

“The Big Bang in Context”

Follow the history of the “big bang” picture of our origins of the universe, clarified by observational successes.  What remaining questions drive scientists toward deeper exploration.

Sept 27
8:30pm

 Dr. Lynn Cominsky ,  Sonoma SU  universe.sonoma.edu/~lynnc

“NuSTAR’s Sharper View of the Universe”

Launched in June 2012, NuSTAR is bringing the high-energy Universe into focus.  Exploding stars, hidden black holes and other exotic objects are all being studied in an entirely new light.

Oct 25
8:30pm

 Andrew Fraknoi,  Foothill College   foothill.edu/ast

The Top Tourist Sights of the Solar System”

Where will Bill Gates’ Great-Granddaughter go on her honeymoon?  Using spectacular space photos we will explore the most intriguing future “tourist destinations” among the planets and moons in our cosmic neighborhood.

Co-produced with Wonderfest-part of Bay Area Science Festival