Bay Area Astronomy Resources

San Francisco Amateur Astronomers
The San Francisco Amateur Astronomers is a non-profit organization that gathers together people of all backgrounds, education and levels of experience to enjoy the wonders of amateur astronomy. The club has been operating since 1952 and has a great tradition of helping to promote appreciation of the night sky with the San Francisco community.
California Academy of Sciences/Morrison Planetarium
This popular SF attraction houses a natural history museum, planetarium, aquarium, and rainforest dome. It hosts a variety of astronomical events including the Dean lecture series and amateur observing nights, in addition to a wide variety of planetarium shows.
NASA Ames Exploration Center
The NASA Ames Exploration Center in Moffett Field, where visitors can experience NASA technology and missions firsthand, has a number of exciting exhibits open to the public at no charge.
Lawrence Hall of Science
Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley is a renowned resource center for preschool through high school science and mathematics education, and a public science center with exciting hands-on experiences for learners of all ages. They hold Saturday night star parties and have a planetarium.
Chabot Space and Science Center
Founded as an observatory in 1883, today Oakland’s Chabot Center offers visitors the very latest in hands-on, interactive exhibits, displays, and Planetarium and large-screen shows that explore the mysteries of the universe and of life here on earth.
Foothill Observatory
Operated by the Peninsula Astronomical Society, Foothill Observatory in Los Altos Hills offers weekly public programs. These programs allow the public to directly view the wonders of the universe through the observatory's large astronomical telescopes.
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