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The Latest Results From Kepler - Foothill College Lecture Series

Two Upcoming Astronomy Lectures at Foothill College
Dear Astronomy Enthusiast:

I am delighted to report that the renovation work on Foothill College's Smithwick Theater is done, and we will resume the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures this fall. We're planning six exciting Wednesday evening lectures in 2012–2013, starting with the one described below. (That is, of course, if the world doesn't end on the winter solstice of 2012, as so many tabloid TV shows are claiming. But somehow I am confident that we'll still be meeting in 2013 :-)!)

Exploring Mars With Curiosity --searching the Martian surface for evidence of habitable conditions

USGS Astrogeology Science Center Ken Herkenhoff

The Mars Science Laboratory rover "Curiosity" landed successfully on August 5th to begin its 23 month mission
What have scientists discovered so far, particularly with respect to the geology of the Gale crater landing site?
Instruments aboard Curiosity are searching for evidence of environmental conditions that could support microbial life
How are dust and rocks analyzed and studied to learn about the role of water in forming the Martian landscape?

Advanced Imaging Conference

This year's AIC will be held in Santa Clara on 26, 27, 28 October. Check the link to the AIC Website for hotel reservations and conference registration.

The Beginning & End of the Universe: What Physics Says

The Beginning & End of the Universe: What Physics Says
In Conversation with Michael Krasny

Co-presented with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Monday, October 22, 2012, 7:30 pm
Venue: Herbst Theatre
Series: Special Events
But Tickets: 415.392.4400

Nobel Physicists Discuss The “End” (and the Beginning) of the Universe

Sandra Faber - Modern Genesis and the Limits of Cosmic Knowledge

Twelth Annual Maitra Memorial Lecture
"Modern Genesis and the Limits of Cosmic Knowledge" featuring Sandra Faber
UCSC Professor of astronomy and astrophysics
Interim director of UC Observatories

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
7:00 pm
Music Recital Hall, UC Santa Cruz

Register online

Professor Martin Rees - A Cosmic Perspective On The 21st Century

Join Martin Rees, England’s Astronomer Royal, for a fascinating and thought-provoking talk about the nature of the cosmos and the high stakes humans face as we consider our future in it. A renowned scientist whose work has touched on some of the greatest questions in physics, Professor Rees will use his unique and stimulating perspective to explore the consequences of scientific discovery, the limits of human understanding, and our role as the first species in 45 million centuries to determine the Earth's fate.

October 12, 2012, 3:00 PM, UCSC Music Recital Hall


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