Fall '21 Star Party a big success!!
On Friday, October 29th, faculty, staff and community members were treated to our 23rd Star Party...with actual telescopes! The in-person event was held outside in our new Upper Plaza, adjacent the Don Takeda Science Center, and attracted more than 200 people. Our guest speaker, Camilo Mejia Prada, Ph.D., Manager of the High Contrast Imaging Facility at NASA JPL, opened the event with a presentation titled "NASA's Search for Planets, Habitability and Life in our Galaxy." Next, we received an update from the college's Aerospace and Sciences Team, and heard inspirational testimonials from our Astronomy Physics Club students and other college programs. Attendees explored the night sky through high-powered telescopes with the assistance of Dave Flynn and other members of the Local Group Astronomy Club of Santa Clarita Valley, as well as volunteers from the Antelope Valley Astronomy Club. The evening included interactive demonstration tables led by MESA, Civic Engagement Club, Helping US Become "HUB" club, Psychology Club, Psi Beta Honor Society Club, Active Minds Club, American Cancer Society, COC Library, Chemistry Department, and NASA HASP/RockSatX!! The Associated Student Government (ASG) was also on hand with free snacks and lots of energy! It was an educational and enjoyable evening for all!!
Our sincere THANKS to all who made this Star Party possible!!
Special thanks to our guest speaker, Camilo Mejia Prada, Ph.D., Manager of the High Contrast Imaging Facility at NASA JPL
Dave Flynn and members of the Local Group Astronomy Club of Santa Clarita Valley
Antelope Valley Astronomy Club
The COC Aerospace and Sciences Team led by Teresa Ciardi, COC Professor
Star Party Planning Committee - Teresa Ciardi, Maria Sanchez, Jamie Page, Nicholas
Anthony Michaelides and Dr. Ryan Theule
COC's Facilities, Campus Safety, Custodial/Grounds, Audio Visual and Information Technology
and Special Thanks to:
Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook
The Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees:
Dr. Edel Alonso, Michael D. Berger, Sebastian Cazares, Michelle R. Jenkins and Joan W. MacGregor
Plan to attend our next Star Party in Spring '22, part of our ongoing Science Talks series!!! Date and time to be announced soon!!
Missed our Spring’21 Virtual Star Party? Watch it now: Spring ’21, Virtual Star Party
On Friday, April 23rd, over 150 students, faculty, staff and community members were treated to our 22nd Star Party, or second in a virtual format. Our guest speaker, Jennifer Harris Trosper, Mars 2020 Deputy Project Manager, presented a mission update on the Mars Perseverance rover currently exploring Mars, which covered live videos from the command center and some dynamic shots of the Mars rover Ingenuity helicopter! Next, with the assistance of Dave Flynn, member of the Local Group Astronomy Club of Santa Clarita Valley, attendees were able to see a number of constellations in the skies through a virtual presentation, sharing tips and ideas on becoming an amateur astronomer. The evening continued with COC faculty members, Dr. Christine Hirst Bernhardt and Dr. Peregrine McGehee, who presented “Adventures in 21th Century Observational Astronomy – How We Managed Labs During the Time of COVID-19", which included the latest technology being used to run labs during COVID-19. The evening was capped with a project update and inspirational testimonials by our Aerospace & Sciences Team students, including their interaction and experience with NASA-led projects! It was an educational and enjoyable evening for all!!
Missed our Fall '20 Virtual Star Party? Watch it now: Fall '20, Virtual Start Party
On Friday, October 23rd, well over 150 students, faculty, staff and community members
were treated to our first ever Virtual Star Party. Our guest speaker, NASA’s Dr. Padi
Boyd, presented “Beyond the Night Sky – The Once Invisible Universe”, which covered
far away galaxies, stellar nurseries, and some dynamic shots and videos of space! Next,
with the assistance of The Local Group Astronomy Club of Santa Clarita Valley, attendees
were able to view the skies through virtual presentations lead by Dave Flynn, Glenn
Basore and Don Cogan, amongst others, and learn about the use of various telescopes. The
evening was capped by demos and inspirational testimonials by our Astronomy Physics
Club students, MESA/Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers students, and NASA
HASP/RockSatX!! It was an educational and enjoyable evening for all!!