The Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures Podcasts – Audio Recordings of Recent Non-technical Talks by Noted Astronomers. ‘Founded in 1999, the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures are presented on six Wednesday evenings during each school year at Foothill College, in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. Speakers over the years have included Nobel-prize winners, members of the National Academy of Sciences, the first woman in history to discover a planet, an astrophysicist who is an award-winning science fiction writer, and many other well-known scientists explaining astronomical developments in everyday language. The series is moderated by Foothill’s astronomy instructor Andrew Fraknoi and sponsored by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the SETI Institute, NASA’s Ames Research Center, and the Foothill College Astronomy Program.’
Podcast currently available: The Planet Pluto: Maligned but Not Forgotten by Dr. Dale Cruikshank (NASA Ames).
Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP). ‘The Astronomical Society of the Pacific was founded in 1889 by a group of Northern California professional and amateur astronomers after joining together to view a rare total solar eclipse. The ASP’s earliest purpose was to disseminate astronomical information – a mission which has flourished with astronomers’ inexhaustible exploration of the universe. The ASP has become the largest general astronomy society in the world, with members from over 70 nations.’