Keep Oakland Beautiful Points of Interest remind us of how interesting and beautiful Oakland is and why we should care about protecting it.
Since we were just treated to nature’s spectacle of a lunar eclipse, it seems like a good time to call attention to a wonderful science resource in our community.
Away from the lights of downtown Oakland, the Chabot Space & Science Center offers the general public a chance to experience the stars like never before. The Chabot Observatory has three telescopes: a new, 36-inch reflecting telescope housed within a rolling roof observatory; a 20-inch refracting telescope, which is the largest of its kind in the west that is generally available to the public; and an 8” refracting telescope that is the original telescope donated by founder Anthony Chabot in 1883.
Eagle Nebula, a gaseous cloud where stars are born.
Photo from http://www.chabotspace.org/nellie-gallery.htm
In addition to scheduled night sky viewing programs (weather permitting, of course), the Chabot Space & Science Center offers a variety of educational programs and events, many of which are interactive, for young and old. Programs range from designing a bridge that can hold maximum weight to laser shows featuring the music of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin or the Beatles to guided night hikes in the surrounding hills.
LaserMania at Chabot Space and Science Center
Events are held at different times of the day and evening, so it’s best to consult the Center’s website and plan ahead: http://www.chabotspace.org/index.htm
Whether you’re looking for ways to entertain and educate your children or you want to see what the universe looks like through the eyepiece of a powerful telescope, the Chabot Space & Science Center has a lot of great programs for you to choose from. We’re very fortunate to have in our proverbial backyard, such an interesting educational facility that can expose us to the beauty of the night skies. I encourage you to take advantage of what this great Oakland asset has to offer.
The Planet Saturn
Photo from http://www.chabotspace.org/rachel-gallery.htm
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