Watch the “We Are Astronomers” digital planetarium show, and hear De Anza College Astronomy Instructor Marek Cichanski, astronomy instructor at De Anza College, present an accompanying talk.
Do you know what an astronomer does? Today’s astronomer is not the lone observer of past centuries. “We Are Astronomers“ reveals the global collaboration, technology, and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the universe.
You can be your own astronomer, but you can also collaborate with others to share and learn. Unlike many other sciences, “amateur astronomers” actively contribute to real, professional scientific research. Whether or not you have your own telescope, you can participate many ways, from image processing to citizen science projects mapping galaxies or searching for exoplanets. Instructor Cichanski will discuss and demonstrate some astronomical equipment you might use, like cameras and telescopes. He will also share tips for working collaboratively with the Bay Area’s rich tradition of astronomy, ranging from professional organizations like the University of California’s Lick Observatory to several local astronomy clubs like the San Jose Astronomical Association, the Peninsula Astronomical Society, and the Fremont Peak Observatory Association.
Family Audience/Children ages 10 and older
* Note: You do not have to be a Foothill or De Anza Student to purchase tickets online, but it is necessary to create an account. This registration system is managed by the Community Education Department and is separate from the College’s registration system.
We Are Astronomers Trailer: