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Astronomy & Space

9 am–4 pm | Valley Life Sciences Building, south entrance
Passport to Science@Cal Bear icon
Explore the awesome world of science with your passport to Science@Cal in hand. Pick up your passport here or at any participating location, and begin your journey! At each destination, your passport will get a stamp or sticker to show where your travels have taken you. Recommended for children ages 4–12 and their families.

10–11:15 am | 2 LeConte Hall
Why Are There Stars?
On a clear night, the sky is filled with countless stars. These objects must be the natural outcome of processes that occur all the time, throughout our galaxy and others. Indeed, images taken with radio and infrared telescopes show us new stars forming relatively nearby.
Associate Research Astronomer Steven Stahler

10 am–3:30 pm | Lawn North of Sproul Hall
Astronomy Demonstrations and Hands-on Activities Bear icon
Build a scale model of the solar system and read the "fingerprints" of stars. Learn also how to determine distances to the stars, and why the moon sometimes looks red. (Demonstrations facilitated by astronomy graduate students.)

10 am–3:30 pm | Lawn North of Sproul Hall
Solar Viewing Bear icon
Safely observe the sun through a telescope! See sunspots, solar flares and other activity. Also, check out a sundial and get proof that the Earth is rotating. (Weather permitting.) Get your Science@Cal passport stamped here!

11 am–12:15 pm | 2 LeConte Hall
What Wonderful Worlds: Exploring Our Solar System
Hear a short overview of our solar system and the numerous bodies now known to orbit the sun, which have become familiar to us as individual worlds. Professor de Pater will also discuss the results her group obtained with regard to Jupiter's volcanically active moon Io, impacts on Jupiter, and planetary rings.
Department Chair Imke de Pater

11 am–4:30 pm | Space Sciences Laboratory (take Hill Shuttle from Evans Hall east entrance)
Walking Tour of the Space Sciences Laboratory Bear icon
See UC Berkeley's cutting-edge space science research lab. Learn about the illustrious 50-year history of NASA missions, and visit our 60' high bay, cosmochemistry laboratories that analyzed lunar samples, clean room where a Hubble instrument was built, and a Nobel laureate's office. Tours start at 11 a.m. and depart every 20 minutes. Last tour 4:20 p.m.

11 am–5 pm | Space Sciences Laboratory (take Hill Shuttle from Evans Hall east entrance)
Adventures in Space Science Bear icon
Learn about UV rays, magnetism, solar energy and more. Look through a solar telescope! Many activities are specifically for children ages 6-12. After each activity, you'll get your Science@Cal passport stamped!

1–2 pm | Space Sciences Laboratory (take Hill Shuttle from Evans Hall east entrance)
Lunar Eclipse Lowdown
A total lunar eclipse will be visible in California shortly after midnight on April 15, 2014. Come find out when and how to observe the eclipse, learn about celestial conditions that cause lunar eclipses, explore cultural perspectives related to eclipses, and hear about current lunar research.
Dr. Bryan Mendez, Nancy Ali

2–2:45 pm | 1 LeConte Hall
Our Origins in Exploding Stars
The elements that make up the earth and ourselves -- the calcium in our bones, the iron in our blood -- were originally fused in the cores of exploding stars. This lecture presents a story of stellar life, death and rebirth -- how an ancient generation of massive stars came to blow themselves apart as supernovae, how we were formed from the clouds of their ashes, and how remnants of the old giants are still around in the form of ultra-dense objects like black holes and neutron stars. Today, high-fidelity supercomputer simulations allow us to understand and visualize what actually goes on deep within the fiery crucible of exploding stars.
Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Dan Kasen

2–3 pm | Space Sciences Laboratory (take Hill Shuttle from Evans Hall east entrance)
Cool Careers in Space Science
How do you get a cool job at the Space Sciences Lab? Join us for an informal panel discussion with scientists, engineers and students to hear the various paths that led them to the exciting work they do at our laboratory. Don't miss this opportunity to talk with people who "walked the walk"!

2–3:15 pm | 2 LeConte Hall
Are We Alone?: SETI@home and the Search for E.T.
Learn about Berkeley's SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) program via the world's largest telescopes. Volunteers have a small but captivating chance that their computer will be the first to detect a signal from a civilization beyond Earth.
SETI Project Director Dan Werthimer

3–4 pm | Space Sciences Laboratory (take Hill Shuttle from Evans Hall east entrance)
Imaging With Neutrons: Can You See A Flower Through A Granite Wall?
New developments in imaging and detection technology, developed at the Space Sciences Laboratory for NASA missions, extend to research in such diverse fields as materials science, energy research, cultural heritage, aerospace engineering and many others! Learn how you can see stresses in metals, water flowing inside metal pipes, and a drop of oil inside an aluminum-block car engine.
Anton Tremsin, Ph.D.


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