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Free Astronomy Lecture | Presidio

Every 3rd Wednesday Through September 1st.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Observation Post at the Presidio | 211 Lincoln Boulevard, San Francisco, CA

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Once monthly, the SFAA hosts distinguished guest speakers who are leaders in the fields of astronomy, physics and related disciplines and they present to SFAA Members the latest developments from cutting-edge scientific programs.

Held in the Randall Museum Theater on the third Wednesday of every month, come early for coffee and a light snack at 7:30 PM followed by the general meeting at 7:45 PM. The lecture begins at 8:00 PM.

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Dr. Franck Marchis, currently a Principal Investigator at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute, opens the 2015 Monthly Lecture Series with a presentation on Breaking the Seeing Barriers for Planetary Astronomy.

In the past four centuries planetary astronomy, the study of our solar system bodies using telescopes, has increased our knowledge of the environment of Earth, the evolution of planets, the origin of comets and asteroids, and the formation of our solar system. In this presentation, Dr. Marchis will discuss the contributions of telescopic observation over the past 50 years, highlighting the most recent discoveries and looking into the future of space-based astronomy, particularly for the search and study of planets around other stars in our galaxy.

Franck Marchis is a Principal Investigator at the SETI Institute, and also an Assistant Research Astronomer at UC Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in 2000 from University of Toulouse, France in planetary science, then moved to California shortly after through a postdoctoral position at UC Berkeley. In 2007, he was appointed as a Planetary Scientist at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute where he expanded his research on multiple asteroids using space-telescope facilities. In June 2011, he took a full-time position at the Carl Sagan Center to lead the development of space mission concepts and new high-resolution & high contrast instruments for ground-based telescopes. He is an associate astronomer at Observatoire de Paris since June 2003.

Please note, beginning in February 2015 these lectures will be held at the Presidio in the Observation Post / Building 211 on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.

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Cost: FREE
Categories: Geek Event, Lectures & Workshops, San Francisco
Address: 211 Lincoln Boulevard, San Francisco, CA