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An Illustrated "Tourist Tour" of the Solar System and Galaxy

October 20, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 2:15 pm PDT

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An event every week that begins at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 3, 2020

You are invited on a spectacularly illustrated Tourist Tour of the Solar System and the Galaxy with astronomer Andrew Fraknoi

*Tuesdays, 12:30 PM – 2:15 PM, Oct. 13 through Nov. 3 (Four Meeting Days)

* Offered through the SF State Osher Life-long Learning Institute (OLLI), but open to anyone over age 50.

Have you recently had an irresistible desire to get off planet Earth and be somewhere else? Then join the scientist who is often called the Bay Area’s public astronomer on a fun tour of the not-to-be-missed "tourist sights" among the planets and moons with which we share the Sun, and among the nearby stars, glowing clouds, and star clusters in our Milky Way Galaxy!

To sign up, go to: https://www.campusce.net/sfsu/course/course.aspx?C=662&pc=94&mc=&sc=
When you register for the class, if you are not a current member of OLLI, you will be asked to sign up, but it’s a free process.

The class discussion will be accompanied with really dramatic color images from the latest space probes, many of them new. We'll learn about some of the most interesting vistas in deep space, including:
* the steam geysers on one of Saturn's moons,
* a cliff on a moon of Uranus’ which is the tallest lovers leap in the solar system
* nearby stars that have intriguing planets that may be habitable
* several glowing columns of cosmic material that are being converted into new stars and new planets right now
* the colorful death-shrouds that surround aging stars in our neighborhood.

Designed like the Rick Steves travel shows on public TV, these tours are for the beginner, and will assume no background in science. Discover how we humans fit into the bigger picture.

Andrew Fraknoi retired as the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College a few years ago, and now offers short classes to seniors for enjoyment. He is the lead author of a free, on-line introductory textbook in astronomy (used by over 300,000 students) and has written two children’s books and three published science-fiction stories. Fraknoi appears regularly on local and national radio, explaining astronomical developments in everyday language. He was selected as the California Professor of the Year in 2007, and has an asteroid named after him.


October 20, 2020
12:30 pm - 2:15 pm
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Kathy Bruin