Welcome to the Tri-Valley Stargazers Astronomy Club's web site. There is a lot of information here on the many activities of the Tri-Valley Stargazers (TVS). Learn why you should join the club to get the most out of your amateur astronomy hobby in the east San Francisco Bay Area.

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SETI Links

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Next Public Meeting

Speaker: Dr. Seth Shostak
The Search for ET

Friday, January 16, 2015
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Lecture at 7:30 p.m.
Show and Tell follows

Unitarian Universalist Church
1893 N. Vasco Rd., Livermore

Next Board Meeting

Monday, January 19, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Round Table Pizza
1024 E. Stanley Blvd, Livermore

Members are always welcome at board meetings. Pizza is optional.

The Latest News & Upcoming Events

January's meeting

Itís been more than a half-century since the first SETI experiment - a short effort to eavesdrop on radio signals that might be coming from two nearby star systems. Despite this work, we still havenít heard any confirmed signals suggesting that someone is out there. So what are the current thoughts on why this work has failed to turn up the aliens, and where is it going next? Also ... what would happen if scientists actually picked up a broadcast from another world?

Seth is the Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute, in Mountain View, California. For much of his career, Seth conducted radio astronomy research on galaxies, including studies conducted using the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope.

Seth developed an interest in extraterrestrial life at the tender age of ten, when he first picked up a book about the solar system. Seth is an enthusiastic participant in the Instituteís SETI observing programs. He also heads the International Academy of Astronauticsí SETI Permanent Committee. In addition, Seth is keen on outreach activities in science in general, and astrobiology in particular. Seth has written, edited and contributed to a half dozen books, most recently Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientistís Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence , and has published over 400 articles on astronomy and other topics. He hosts the SETI Instituteís weekly science radio show, "Big Picture Science." For more information see: http://www.seti.org/.

Dues are due

It's that time of year again. If you are a returning member and want to pay your dues now, or if you are a new member who would like to join the Tri-Valley Stargazers, you can do that by clicking here. After filling out the application form you are connected to the PayPal payment form. You do not need to have a PayPal account to pay online, since PayPal will accept credit cards. Everyone is encouraged to use the online application. Alternatively, you can mail in the Membership Application form along with a check to the Tri-Valley Stargazers, P.O. Box 2476, Livermore, CA 94551-2476.

TVS membership is open to anyone with an interest in astronomy. Amateurs and professionals are equally welcome; skilled amateurs comprise the majority of the membership. You do not have to own a telescope in order to be a member. The term of membership is one calendar year - January through December.

TVS Logo Wear

You may have seen some TVS members wearing shirts and jackets embroidered with the TVS logo. If you are interested in obtaining an embroidered logo item, you can do so by ordering whatever you would like through Land's End's Corporate Sales section and specifying TVS logo #0118948. You will need to set up an account, which will ask for the logo number and the TVS customer number (3452021).

TVS has also set up shop at Cafepress for members to buy non-embroidered TVS logo wear. You can have the TVS logo put on t-shirts, mugs, buttons, hats, coasters, etc. You buy through Cafepress, and Cafepress sends TVS a portion of the proceeds. Visit the web site to see all the TVS logo possibilities.