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Resource Guide

Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures

Target Audience:

  • Faculty / Instructors
  • K-12 Teachers
  • Undergraduates
  • Other (public)

Brief description of the resource guide and its strengths:

A growing library of non-technical, illustrated talks by noted astronomers, such as Frank Drake, Michael Brown, and Natalie Batalha, on recent developments in astronomy, available on YouTube.



The Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures, featuring noted scientists giving nontechnical illustrated lectures on recent developments in astronomy, are now available on their own YouTube Channel, at: 

The talks include:
* Frank Drake discussing his modern view of the Drake Equation, 
* Michael Brown explaining how his discovery of Eris led to the demotion of Pluto, 
* Alex Filippenko talking about the latest ideas and observations of black holes,
* Natalie Batalha sharing the latest planet discoveries from the Kepler mission, 
* Anthony Aguirre discussing how it is possible to have multiple universes, and 
* Chris McKay updating the Cassini discoveries about Saturn's moon Titan.  

The lectures are taped at Foothill College near San Francisco, and co-sponsored by NASA's Ames Research Center, the SETI Institute, and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. 

Note that the top page of the channel shows the lectures in the order they happened to be uploaded to YouTube.  If you want to see them in chronological order, select the Playlist option.

Both new and older talks in the series will be added to the channel as time goes by.  Many pioneering astronomers have given talks in this series since its founding in 1999; recent lectures are being recorded so that people around the world can "tune in."

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Audio podcasts are also available at: 

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Submitted By:

First Name:Andrew
Last Name:Fraknoi
Institution:Foothill College