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Family Science & Astronomy Festival

Life on Mars and Beyond
Sat Oct 20, 2012
2:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Planetarium shows
2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm, and 6 pm
A presentation of the night sky by Darryl Stanford

Science Workshops
Hands on drop-in workshops in Science and Astronomy

Department Conducted by: Activity’s Title Room
Geology John Galloway Build your own paper model of a volcano or sand dune 36-119
Physics Violeta Grigorescu & David Locke Strings and Things 36-109
Biology Kathy Diamond Exploring life on planet earth: hands-on biology museum! 36-200
Anatomy Carlene Tonini & Lakshmikanta Sengupta Bone to Be Wild 36-217
Chemistry Catherine Ciesla & Carmen Velez Chemistry Creations


Astronomy Workshops:
2-7 pm

Activity Location
Construct Planispheres 36-112
Space Theatre 36-114
1) How a Telescope Works
2) Finding Planets around Other Stars
3) Solar System Model,
4) Gravity and Black Holes
36 - First floor hallway
1) Meteors and Comets
2) The Sun - Including Solar Observing
3) Making Craters

Seth ShostakKeynote Speaker Dr. Seth Shostak
Senior Astronomer, SETI Institute
"The Search for Life Nearby, and Beyond"
8 pm, CSM Theatre Building 3

Mars is everyone’s favorite inhabited planet.  Consequently, there was considerable disappointment thirty-five years ago when NASA landers failed to find either green-complected aliens or even simple Martian microbes on the Red Planet.

Nonetheless, Mars may yet reveal that it has, or once had, life.  And there are a half-dozen other moons and planets in our solar system that might also be home to fauna or flora.  Looking for life in such places is all part of a three-way horse race that might present us with evidence of biology beyond Earth within twenty years.

That race includes the search for intelligent extraterrestrials - SETI.  Finding other sentient beings in the cosmos would be dramatic news, and change our attitudes forever.

In this talk, we’ll speak of the efforts to find life, discuss what such a discovery would mean, and even speculate on the nature of aliens.

Jazz Under the Stars
9:30-11 pm, CSM Observatory
Dean Drumheller

Program Coordinator: Mohsen Janatpour

Festival sponsored by CSM Math/Science Division and San Mateo County Astronomical Society.

CSM Science Building 36 & CSM Theatre Building 3
1700 W. Hillsdale Boulevard
San Mateo, CA 94402 United States
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Event Contact Info
Mohsen Janatpour
(650) 574-6272