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September 2020

International Observe the Moon Night Virtual Telescope Viewing

September 26, 2020 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Saturday, September 26 9-10:30 p.m. Free on Facebook Live Join us for a special Virtual Telescope Viewing with our resident astronomers. We will go on a guided tour of the Moon for International Observe the Moon Night!   About International Observe the Moon Night International Observe the Moon Night is an annual worldwide public event that encourages observation, appreciation and understanding of our Moon and its connection to NASA planetary science and exploration. The annual event connects scientists, educators and…

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Live Science!

September 30, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until November 18, 2020

Every Wednesday 10:30-11 a.m. Free on Facebook and YouTube Join Chabot Science Educators for a fun and interactive science experiment! Together, we will investigate and observe a phenomenon of science through a captivating demonstration. We’ll ask for observations and explanations of what YOU think is happening before revealing the science behind it. Then, we’ll end with a live Q&A for those burning questions. Live Science covers a different theme each month, and we’re celebrating SOUND in November! Tune in each…

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October 2020

Virtual Family Night Hike: Bats!

October 2, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Friday, October 2 7-8 p.m. Free on Facebook Live Did you know that bats are the only mammals that fly? It’s true. Learn about the bats of northern California from the experts from the East Bay Regional Park District. We will learn how they use echolocation to find food, why they come out at night, interesting tools we use to detect them, and the benefits they provide to our environment by reducing the insect population.   How to Watch We…

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Live Science!

October 7, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until November 18, 2020

Every Wednesday 10:30-11 a.m. Free on Facebook and YouTube Join Chabot Science Educators for a fun and interactive science experiment! Together, we will investigate and observe a phenomenon of science through a captivating demonstration. We’ll ask for observations and explanations of what YOU think is happening before revealing the science behind it. Then, we’ll end with a live Q&A for those burning questions. Live Science covers a different theme each month, and we’re celebrating SOUND in November! Tune in each…

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An Evening Cruise to the Center of the Milky Way (and back)

October 13, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Tuesday, October 13 7-8 p.m. Free on Facebook Live We’ve all be stuck at home recently, so what better way to escape than taking a cruise to the center of the Milky Way! Our luxury space liner will speed us out of the solar system with barely a nod to the laws of physics, and marvel at alien worlds, newborn stars and cosmic death rays. Finally we will take a deep dive towards the hidden monster at the very heart…

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Live Science!

October 14, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until November 18, 2020

Every Wednesday 10:30-11 a.m. Free on Facebook and YouTube Join Chabot Science Educators for a fun and interactive science experiment! Together, we will investigate and observe a phenomenon of science through a captivating demonstration. We’ll ask for observations and explanations of what YOU think is happening before revealing the science behind it. Then, we’ll end with a live Q&A for those burning questions. Live Science covers a different theme each month, and we’re celebrating SOUND in November! Tune in each…

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The Sky This Month

October 16, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

What's happening in the sky this month? Friday, October 16 8-9 p.m. Free Chabot Space & Science Center and Oaklandside are teaming up for a special tour of the October nighttime sky. Learn about this month’s constellations and bright stars with Chabot’s astronomers and Oaklandside community reporter Azucena Rasilla. Together, we will discuss what’s new in the sky this month and answer questions from local Oaklandside readers.   About Azucena Rasilla Azucena Rasilla is an East Oakland native, a bilingual…

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Live Science!

October 21, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until November 18, 2020

Every Wednesday 10:30-11 a.m. Free on Facebook and YouTube Join Chabot Science Educators for a fun and interactive science experiment! Together, we will investigate and observe a phenomenon of science through a captivating demonstration. We’ll ask for observations and explanations of what YOU think is happening before revealing the science behind it. Then, we’ll end with a live Q&A for those burning questions. Live Science covers a different theme each month, and we’re celebrating SOUND in November! Tune in each…

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Live Science!

October 28, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until November 18, 2020

Every Wednesday 10:30-11 a.m. Free on Facebook and YouTube Join Chabot Science Educators for a fun and interactive science experiment! Together, we will investigate and observe a phenomenon of science through a captivating demonstration. We’ll ask for observations and explanations of what YOU think is happening before revealing the science behind it. Then, we’ll end with a live Q&A for those burning questions. Live Science covers a different theme each month, and we’re celebrating SOUND in November! Tune in each…

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Spooky Science Show

October 30, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Friday, October 30th 7-8 p.m. Free on Facebook Live & YouTube If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Scientists! Join us on Facebook Live for our variety show all about spooky science. Tune in for exciting science demos led by our Galaxy Explorers, learn how to make your own Halloween candy and witch's brew and hear scientific explanations for things that go bump in the night. Science is so fun… it’s scary! Everyone is invited to…

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Once In A Blue Moon Halloween Virtual Telescope Viewing

October 31, 2020 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Saturday, October 31 9-10:30 p.m. Free on Facebook Live Join us for a special, spooky virtual telescope viewing on Halloween night! This Halloween, we are celebrating a sight that only comes around once in a Blue Moon. The last time we had a Full Moon on Halloween was in 2001, and this year is extra special with a rare Blue Moon. This will be the first Blue Moon on Halloween since 1944. Celebrate this special night with Chabot's astronomers for…

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November 2020

Live Science!

November 4, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until November 18, 2020

Every Wednesday 10:30-11 a.m. Free on Facebook and YouTube Join Chabot Science Educators for a fun and interactive science experiment! Together, we will investigate and observe a phenomenon of science through a captivating demonstration. We’ll ask for observations and explanations of what YOU think is happening before revealing the science behind it. Then, we’ll end with a live Q&A for those burning questions. Live Science covers a different theme each month, and we’re celebrating SOUND in November! Tune in each…

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Live Science!

November 11, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until November 18, 2020

Every Wednesday 10:30-11 a.m. Free on Facebook and YouTube Join Chabot Science Educators for a fun and interactive science experiment! Together, we will investigate and observe a phenomenon of science through a captivating demonstration. We’ll ask for observations and explanations of what YOU think is happening before revealing the science behind it. Then, we’ll end with a live Q&A for those burning questions. Live Science covers a different theme each month, and we’re celebrating SOUND in November! Tune in each…

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The Sky This Month

November 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

What's happening in the sky this month? Friday, November 13 7-8 p.m. Free Join Chabot's astronomers, with Gerald McKeegan & Don Saito on Facebook Live for a short tour of this month's nighttime sky. Learn to recognize many of this month's constellations and bright stars, and even learn a little about celestial navigation!   How to Watch Watch on Facebook: We will go live on the Chabot Space & Science Center Facebook page 10-15 minutes before the event. You can…

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Thanksgiving on Mars: Exploration & Human Missions Beyond Earth Orbit

November 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Talk by Dr. Margaret Race, Sr. Research Scientist SETI Institute Tuesday, November 17 7-8 p.m. Free on YouTube and Facebook Humankind has always dreamt of traveling to new places and exploring new frontiers.  When the Pilgrims' arrived in the New World on wooden sailing ships in the 1600's, they celebrated the first Thanksgiving with Native Americans and began settling into life in their new home.   Over time, the exploration and settlement on of our continent continued -- initially on…

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Live Science!

November 18, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until November 18, 2020

Every Wednesday 10:30-11 a.m. Free on Facebook and YouTube Join Chabot Science Educators for a fun and interactive science experiment! Together, we will investigate and observe a phenomenon of science through a captivating demonstration. We’ll ask for observations and explanations of what YOU think is happening before revealing the science behind it. Then, we’ll end with a live Q&A for those burning questions. Live Science covers a different theme each month, and we’re celebrating SOUND in November! Tune in each…

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How the Visions of Sci-Fi Led the Way to Space

November 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Talk by Ben Burress Friday, November 20 7-8 p.m. Free on YouTube and Facebook Live Long before a rocket carried the first person into space, people journeyed to the Moon, Mars, and other worlds on flights of fancy—imaginative voyages of fictional storytelling. Beyond entertaining us, science fiction tales have sometimes foreshadowed real events of space exploration and may even serve to shape future voyages.    About Benjamin Burress Benjamin Burress has been a staff astronomer at Chabot Space & Science…

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December 2020

A Jewel in the Sky — Spotting The International Space Station

December 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Talk by Faride Khalaf Friday, December 4 7 p.m. Watch on Facebook and YouTube Above our life sustaining atmosphere resides an international team of scientists living onboard an orbiting complex we know as the International Space Station (ISS).  The ISS is the crowning achievement of many nations. It symbolizes a new beginning in the exploration of space. In the early days of space travel, we competed as adversaries in our quest. Now we live, work, and learn together as eager…

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A Grand Tour of Remarkable Exoplanets 

December 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Talk by Dr. Franck Marchis, Senior Planetary Astronomer at the SETI Institute Tuesday, December 8 7-8 p.m. Watch on Facebook and YouTube Exoplanets are everywhere. Astronomers have discovered more 4,000 of them and today we know that in average each star in our galaxy has 2 planets! Among them, 300 million could be habitable. That’s a lot of worlds! The SETI Institute's Franck Marchis will give us a tour of the most remarkable exoplanets, those who could be a twin…

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The Sky This Month

December 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

What's happening in the sky this month? Friday, December 18 7-8 p.m. Watch on Facebook and YouTube Join Chabot's astronomers, with Gerald McKeegan & Don Saito on Facebook Live for a short tour of this month's nighttime sky. Learn to recognize many of this month's constellations and bright stars, and even learn a little about celestial navigation! Your Support Matters Your support fuels exciting STEM programs like these. While this event is free, please consider making a donation to make…

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The Great Conjunction Virtual Telescope Viewing

December 21, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Monday, December 21 5-6 p.m. Free, Watch On Facebook and YouTube Join Chabot astronomers virtually on Facebook and YouTube for a rare celestial event! Every 20 years, Jupiter gets very close to Saturn as seen from Earth, an event astronomers call "conjunction." This year, the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction will be especially close, the closest in 800 years. The planets will be so close that both will appear in the same telescope field of view. Since the planets will be low in…

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Cancelled: Virtual Telescope Viewing 12/26

December 26, 2020 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Virtual Telescope Viewings will take a holiday break on 12/26, but we look forward to viewing the cosmos with you in the New Year! Every Saturday 9-10:30 p.m. Free on Facebook Live and YouTube Join our resident astronomers on Facebook Live and YouTube every Saturday evening live from Chabot’s Observation deck! Each week, our astronomers will guide us through spectacular night sky viewing through Nellie, Chabot‘s most powerful telescope. Weather permitting we will be able to view objects live through…

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Virtual Balloon Drop New Year Celebration

December 31, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Now everyone can ring in the New Year without staying up past their bedtime! Thursday, December 31 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Virtual Event on Zoom Get Tickets Celebrate strokes of midnight around the world during our Virtual Balloon Drop New Year Celebration! When it’s noon in Oakland, it will be 2021 somewhere on the planet. Ring in the new year without staying up late as we countdown to 2021 at 12 p.m. Continuing a 20-year Bay Area tradition, our party will…

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January 2021

The Sky This Month

January 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

What's happening in the sky this month? Friday, January 15 7-8 p.m. Watch on Facebook and YouTube Join Chabot's astronomers for a short tour of this month's nighttime sky. Learn to recognize many of this month's constellations and bright stars, and even learn a little about celestial navigation! Your Support Matters Your support fuels exciting STEM programs like these. While this event is free, please consider making a donation to make fun learning opportunities available for our community. Donate

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An Evening Cruise into the Virgo Cluster

January 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Fasten your seat belts – this is going to be a bumpy ride! Tuesday, January 19 7-8 p.m. Free, Watch on Facebook and YouTube  In 2020, we took a cruise to the center of the Milky Way.  In 2021, we leave the comfort of our home galaxy and head to the Times Square of the Universe – the Virgo Cluster.  Along the way, we will visit a whole zoo of different galaxies, the biggest star factory in the cosmos and…

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