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Dr. Paul Doherty will give you a demonstration on how the sun can burn a hole in your retina if you don't take the proper procausions when viewing a Solar Eclipse. Remember: Never look directly at the sun, even during a Partial Eclipse! To learn more about eclipses and safe viewing techniques, check out the various articles and videos on our Eclipse website. http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/

We are thrilled to host Hubble Imaging expert, Zolt Levay, from the Space Telescope Institute for a discussion about the science and art of translating Hubble's data into colorful photographs of the cosmic landscape.

5 years and 5 servicing missions have provided scientists and the public with unprecedented views of our universe. From objects as close as our solar system to the furthest reaches of the Universe, we’ll look at some of these images and discuss what it took to get them.

Behold beryllium, an exceptionally light, strong metal that is both prized and poisonous. Found in minerals such as emeralds and other forms of beryl, beryllium is highly conductive to heat and electricity, nonmagnetic, capable of great elasticity, and impervious to a wide range of temperatures, making it a favored material for aerospace projects such as space shuttles and satellites. In this video you will discover the element’s ancient and atomic histories with host Ron Hipschman!

Join Dr. Jay Daniel, Director of Engineering at L-3 Integrated Optical Systems Tinsley, to explore beryllium’s central role in the future James Webb Space Telescope.

Looming over San Francisco since 1973, Sutro Tower's antennae transmit and receive radio and television signals to the nine-county SF Bay Area. Perched above Twin Peaks, the tower has become a local icon, now revered as much as it was abhorred when first built. Visit the tower with us to find out what’s on it, what’s underneath it, and its history, including its transformation from eyesore to icon.

What is Community Radio? The DJs and station managers at KPOO, KUSF in Exile, Mutiny Radio and Radio Valencia give us some insight into community radio in the Bay Area, how it works and the challenges they face. http://www.kpoo.com/ http://savekusf.org/ http://pcrcollective.org/ http://radiovalencia.fm/

Join Exploratorium staff scientist Ron Hipschman as we visit Dan Werthimer, Director of the SETI Research Center at UC Berkeley. SETI conducts experiments searching for electromagnetic signatures of intelligent extraterrestrial civilizations, spanning wavelengths from radio to visible light, over ten orders of magnitude in characteristic time scale.

Cities are known to produce a lot of light pollution, making it a challenge for astronomy enthusiasts to view the heavens within city limits. For us in the SF Bay Area, these issues apply, however, exciting results can still be attained between sky gazing and learning about how we all fit into this big thing we call "space". Urban Astronomer Paul Salazar, The Exploratorium's very own Adam Esposito and more demonstrate how to deal with the parameters and the unforgettable experiences that await with simple to no equipment, the right conditions, and some decent timing.

As a special event in conjunction with the 2009 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, we connected a live audience at the Exploratorium with scientists at the South Pole. Learn about atmospheric research at the South Pole from NOAA's Nick Morgan, the IceCube neutrino detector from Mark Krasberg and Laura Gladstone, and the South Pole Telescope from Bill Holzapfel.