Discover the Universe at Foothill College
The Astronomy Department at Foothill College offers lecture and laboratory classes conducted by Andrew Fraknoi. Courses in solar system and stellar astronomy provide students with a non-technical introduction to the worlds with which we share our solar system; the life and death of stars; the formation of galaxies; and the evolution of the universe.
The Foothill College Observatory
Located on the main campus,the observatory provides students and community members with the opportunity for first-hand exploration of the wonders of the universe. Regularly scheduled public programs provide close-up views of the Sun, Moon, stars and planets through the observatory's telescopes.
The Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series
Founded in 1999, the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series lectures are presented on six Wednesday evenings during each school year at Foothill College. Speakers over the years have included Nobel-prize winners, members of the National Academy of Sciences and many other well-known scientists explaining astronomical developments in everyday language.
The series, moderated by Foothill College Astronomy instructor Andrew Fraknoi, is sponsored by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the SETI Institute, NASA's Ames Research Center and Foothill College. Topics range from the exploration of the planets to the speeding up of the expanding universe; from planets around other stars to black holes at the centers of
distant galaxies.
Lectures are free to the general public. You can obtain free audio files (podcasts) of the lectures from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and video versions of a few of the current lectures at YouTube Channel.
The Peninsula Astronomical Society
The Peninsula Astronomical Society holds its meetings on the campus of Foothill College at 7:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month in room 5015 next to Parking Lot 5. There is a $3 charge for parking — visitor parking permits are available from the machines in the parking lots (see map). Meetings feature lectures by prominent members of the professional and amateur communities, and are open to the public.
Astronomy on the Web
For further explorations of the universe, check out these selected astronomy sites on the Web.
Coming in Spring 2017
Professor Fraknoi will retire in June 2017. Spring could be the last time to take his popular introductory classes, Astronomy 10B and Physics 12 (Physics for Poets). Classes will be offered both during the day and in the evening, starting April 10 or 11.
Astronomy Links
Astronomy Home
PSME Division Home

Astronomy Courses Offered
Astronomy News & Events
The Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series:
   Podcasts | Videos | YouTube
Foothill Observatory
Peninsula Astronomical Society
Links to Astronomy Websites

About Andrew Fraknoi

An Eclipse of the Sun
is coming August 21, 2017.
To learn more about it,
hear Foothill's astronomy professor
Andrew Fraknoi
at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park
Sat., June 10 at 2 p.m.