Winter sunset scene at HGO.  Image taken by Stuart Shultz

January 20, 2017: Jeff Baldwin, of the Stockton Astronomical Society (SAS), and Dr. Larry Grimes

Both are scheduled to fly on the NASA SOFIA mission this fall, and have agreed to share their experience with the SVAS members this January. More info will be coming soon. Check out their website at: SETI-Educators.

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December 16, 2016 at 8pm : Our speaker will be Jon Richards from SETI

Jon Richards is a Senior Software Engineer and Head of SETI Observing, Center for Research. His work involves detecting SETI signals using the Allen Telescope Array. He has a website that shows the details of the observing schedule and will show real-time observation status when it is observing. Please visit: SETI Quest For more info on Jon, please visit: Jon Richards

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November 18, 2016: Bob Fies - Owner of Aluminum Coating

Will present on proper aluminum coating for telescope mirrors, and his experience with laser spotting at Lick Observatory. John Dobson asked Bob, many years ago, if he could figure out how to coat telescope mirrors. He achieved the goal, and coated countless mirrors for John and the San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers. Check out his web site: and the SVAS newsletter article dated Jan / Feb, 2016.

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October 21, 2016: Chuck Real - SVAS Board Member

Will present on Near-Earth Objects or NEO’s. He will discuss historical and pre-historical evidence of large extraterrestrial impacts on Earth, and work that is currently underway to better understand the risks future impacts could pose to humanity. Check out the SVAS newsletter article dated July / Aug, 2015, page 8.

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