Physics Professor Gary Weston, right, will give a lecture and provide guidance in observing the Moon and Jupiter at Hayward Star Party Nov. 5. (Photo: Barry Zepel)
Cal State East Bay's participation in the 2011 Bay Area Science Festival will be wrapped up when the university hosts a public look to the heavens by hosting the Hayward Star Party Saturday, Nov. 5.
For the Star Party, Gary Weston, associate professor of physics, will lead two telescope observation sessions. The first will focus on the sun, looking at sunspots and solar flares, from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Weston will present summaries of recent discoveries by the Cassini mission to Saturn from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.
With the start of night fall, the star party will return outside for observations of the Moon and Jupiter. The latter session takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Both of the outdoor sessions will take place in the picnic area east of the Science buildings, while the Weston’s lecture will be held in room 143 of the South Science building.
Although the region’s collaborative effort to highlight science is in its first year, science festivals are not new for the university. They’ve been a Cal State East Bay biennial tradition since 1974. More than 6,000 people of all ages attended the university's Science Festival on Oct. 29
The purpose of the Bay Area festival is to show how the region is an unparalleled world leader in science and technology. CSUEB is among the universities, professional research laboratories, world-class museums, and businesses taking part in the 10-day science festival. Events have been scheduled each day from Oct. 29 through Nov. 6 at locations throughout the Bay Area.
Additional information on CSUEB’s Discovery Day festival and the Hayward Star Party is available at http://www.csueastbay.edu/csci/festival/, while further information on schedule and location of other events of the Bay Area Science Festival is available at www.bayareascience.org.