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Mars at the Randall Museum
A day and night of Mars science, hands on activities, food and views
2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    San Francisco Clear Sky Clock Look at the skies in San Francisco

    Geology The Geology of Mars The six geologic processes that shape Mars past, present and future

    Geology The Geology of San Francisco an excellent slickenside wall is found near the Randall Museum.

    Schedule of events

      Speakers in the theatre
    • 2:00 p.m. opening ceremony
    • 2:15 - 2:45 p.m.SFAA President Michael Portuesi - Mars Past and Present
    • 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Dr. Chris McKay 9/4/03 SF Chronicle article

    • Activities in the afternoon
    • Information desk and activity signup
    • Posters and handouts at the Museum friends welcome table
    • Star Lab Planetarium shows
    • Family Astro Projects with the ASP and the Planetary Society
    • View the sun - white light views for sunspots and H-ALpha for solar prominences
    • Sit around a big Sundial and learn how it works
    • Drive a Martian Rover
    • Free Mars Maps and "make your own" folding Mars icosahedrons
    • Free "make your own" Galilean Telescope
    • Martian Landscape Art Project

    • The roving astronomers
    • Tracy Avent - How a telescope works
    • Jane Houston Jones and Akkana Peck - observing Mars and the moon
    • Jane Houston Jones and Akkana Peck - sketching Mars and the moon, sketchpads provided

    • Sales
    • Scope City books and star charts available

    • Eats!
    • Mars cookie decoration activity
    • Afternoon snacks from 2 - 6 p.m.
    • Mars Bars prizes
    • Evening food for sale from 6 - 9 p.m. includes chili, french bread, fruit and hot drinks

    • Views until 10:00 p.m.
    • See a scale model of Mars and its moons, plus the earth - visible all day and night
    • Bring your telescope for a "how to use it" telescope clinic held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This replaces the usual clinic held at the SFAA monthly city Star party. Reservations required for the clinic, so we know what type of telescope you have and we can have the experts on hand to help you
    • See Mars up close through telescopes 8/29/03 image by James McGaha
    • See the moon through telescopes, too

    • In case of evening clouds
    • The video "Mars, Past, Present and Future" will be shown in the theatre if we have fog or clouds

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