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The stars beckon. Alas, interstellar distances are fantastically challenging. (A lightbeam needs 1/7th of a second to go around the world, but over 4 years to reach our Sun’s nearest-neighbor star, Proxima Centauri.) Determined explorers at Breakthrough Starshot are developing miniature robot space probes — to be accelerated by laser light from Earth — whose cameras can reach Proxima Centauri in just 20 years! Among the wonders to be explored are Proxima’s three known planets, including Proxima b, which orbits in this red dwarf star’s “habitable zone.”
Our speaker, Dr. Pete Worden, is Executive Director of Breakthrough Starshot, and former Director of NASA Ames Research Center.
July 26 (7pm, Monday)
Science Talk: Exploring Mars with the Bay Area’s astronomer Andy Fraknoi
Join us for an extraordinary virtual presentation by scientists at the South Pole who will describe what it is like to live and work where it is dark more than 23 hours every day and where the average temperature is -70⁰F. Jun 8, 12pm PDT (noon)
DON’T MISS THIS WEEKEND’S SCIENCE TALK
Dan Werthimer is a world-renown astrophysicist and electrical engineer who has pioneered the technology involved in searching for intelligent signs of alien life in the universe.
Join us as we go looking for aliens in the dark!
Oct 17th 2020, 4pm (Saturday)
Emmy-Nominated “Racing Extinction”
Science Movie Night
At Castro Valley Library – FREE
Feb 4, 2020 (Tues), 6:30 pm
Community Science Day: Explore DNA & CRISPR!
October 19 — Volunteer Day @ RAFT