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Astronomy Night on Mount Tam: Gravitational Waves + the Glow of Cosmic Gold

October 13 @ 7:00 pm

Astronomy Night on Mount Tam: Gravitational Waves + the Glow of Cosmic Gold

// Saturday, October 13 / 7 PM / FREE
/Mount Tamalpais  Mountain Theater / Free parking permit required / For more information visit Friends of Mount Tam //

A presentation by Daniel Kasen, Research Associate Professor, UC Berkeley

Astronomy Nights on Mount Tam are presented by Mt. Tamalpais State Park, Friends of Mt Tam, Wonderfest, and San Francisco Amateur Astronomers.

In October 2017, Earthlings detected gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of space time — from the violent merger of two ultra-dense neutron stars. The signals showed that collision debris self-assembled into heavy elements, such as gold and platinum, providing an explanation for the cosmic origin of these special materials.

Celebrating 30 years, the Mt. Tam Astronomy Program gives people of all ages and backgrounds a better understanding of the universe by hearing about current theories and discoveries, followed by an opportunity to observe the night sky through telescopes. Throughout the summer public talks and slide presentations are held in the Mountain Theater near the end of twilight and last about 45 minutes. The audience is invited to remain for a brief Night Sky Tour highlighting the prominent constellations, stars and planets visible in the night time sky, before enjoying the Star Party observing session conducted by the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers in the Rock Springs parking lot. Parking permit required. See wesbsite link above.


October 13
7:00 pm