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Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures

Audio Recordings of Recent Non-technical Talks by Noted Astronomers

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Founded in 1999, the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures are presented on six Wednesday evenings during each school year at Foothill College, in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. Speakers over the years have included Nobel-prize winners, members of the National Academy of Sciences, the first woman in history to discover a planet, an astrophysicist who is an award-winning science fiction writer, and many other well-known scientists explaining astronomical developments in everyday language.

The series is moderated by Foothill’s astronomy instructor Andrew Fraknoi and sponsored by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the SETI Institute, NASA’s Ames Research Center, and the Foothill College Astronomy Program.

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can sign up to receive advance e-mail notification of each lecture by clicking here.

Thanks to the creative work of DeAnza College Broadcast Media Production Supervisor Marty Kahn and David Manzo of Bejaw Video Productions, video versions of a few of the current lectures can now be found at: Once you launch iTunes, you will see the option of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures in the DeAnza iTunes library.