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.


Next Public Meeting

Speaker: TBA.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Show & Tell and Talk starts at 7:30 p,m., talk follows

Unitarian Universalist Church
1893 N. Vasco Rd., Livermore

Next Board Meeting

Monday, April 20, 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

March's meeting

In today's highly technological world, having our students graduate with a degree in some aspect of science is crucial. However, opposing this is our country's preoccupation with standardization. The 'one size fits all' education model we currently have isn't about creating innovative thinkers; it is pandering to a common denominator. Instead, we should be personalizing our education system by striving to create a meaningful learning experience for students based on depth of inquiry, collaboration through trust and creativity, and development into capable, adaptable citizens of the world. We should use real tools, real materials, and real problems to encourage students' love of learning, curiosity about the world, ability to engage, tenacity to think big, and persistence to do amazing things. One small contribution to that goal are Citizen Science projects which use real data exploring real problems that anyone can use including and especially grade-schoolers.

Todd Rigg Carriero is an astronomy instructor at City College of San Francisco. He received his M.S. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Michigan in 2002 and has been educating students of all ages ever since. Apart from introducing the value of critical thinking to hoards of young adults, he can frequently be found giving astronomy night and science education policy presentations to K-12 schools around the Bay Area. Engaging kids in summer camp activities is also a special treat. He is credited with taking the discovery images of two of Saturn's moons: S/2000 S3 "Siarnaq", S/2000 S4 "Tarvos". Todd currently resides in Livermore with his wife, second grader, a huge kitten, and three fish.

Upcoming star parties

We have tentatively planned the following star parties: Please contact for further information.

What's Up for February

Roland gave February's What's Up presentation. You can see it here

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.