Tue October 27 - Tue November 3, 2020

Exploring the Solar System and Galaxy: A Tourist Tour for People over 50

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 over Four Weeks)

? 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 best "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!

When you register for the class, if you are not a current member of OLLI, you will be asked to sign up for OLLI, but it's a free process. The class itself has a modest fee.

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 (including the closest star to the Sun)
* several glowing columns of cosmic material that are being converted into new stars and new planets as we watch
* 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.
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 over Four Weeks)

? 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 best "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!

When you register for the class, if you are not a current member of OLLI, you will be asked to sign up for OLLI, but it's a free process. The class itself has a modest fee.

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 (including the closest star to the Sun)
* several glowing columns of cosmic material that are being converted into new stars and new planets as we watch
* 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.
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