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Get a glimpse into the life of an astronaut, and experience the mixture of exhilaration, adventure, and confinement that is living and working in space. See real spacesuits, spacecraft, and astronaut food. Try out astronaut exercise gear and space tools, and picture yourself in a weightless environment. Learn how astronauts cope with the physical and mental challenges of weightlessness, isolation, and a grueling workload.
Chabot’s Tales of the Maya Skies planetarium show features the scientific achievements and cosmology of the Maya. The companion exhibit includes ten graphic panels and two interactive exhibits that supplement the planetarium show and engage Chabot’s primarily family audience. The exhibit presents the ancient Maya civilization, Maya cosmology, Maya math, Maya language and writing, the Maya calendar, and the significance of 2012. The exhibit will be displayed at Chabot for approximately one year; all content is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Take a simulated Moon-walk, try on a space helmet, climb into a Mercury capsule, and land a lunar module! Chabot’s new hands-on exhibit explores legends and science fiction about the Moon; the Space Race and the Moon landings; and the Earth-Moon system. Learn what the Moon is made of, how it affects the Earth, what causes Moon phases, gravity on the Moon, and more. You can even take a look at an ancient piece of the Moon up close! The exhibit includes space artifacts and replicas, from Sputnik and Mercury to Gemini and Apollo.
Take a journey from our Sun to the farthest reaches of the cosmos! Along the way, you’ll see where stars are born, how they die, meet nebulae of all kinds, and travel to distant galaxies. Experience the Origins Theater; crawl into a black hole; see what happens when galaxies collide; and view stunning space images.
Since 1883, countless visitors have gazed through the Chabot telescopes at the wonders of the night sky. Chabot Observatories: A View to the Stars, explores the history of the Chabot Observatories and how its historic telescopes continue to be used today. Daytime visitors can virtually operate a telescope, experiment with mirrors and lenses to understand how telescopes create images of distant objects, and travel though more than a century of Chabot’s history via multimedia kiosks, historical images, and artifact displays.
Explore the Skies at the Chabot Observatories
Chabot’s giant, historic telescopes offer a unique way to experience the awe and wonder of the Universe. Check out celestial viewing day and night. Our observatory deck offers breathtaking views 1,500 feet above the Bay.
Don’t Miss: A View to the Stars exhibition inside the telescope domes.
The observatories at Chabot Space & Science Center are located 37.819 degrees North latitude and 122.182 degrees West longitude.
Experience spectacular night sky viewing. It’s the best kept secret in the Bay Area. See the magnificence of our telescopes in action!
Regular hours are every Friday & Saturday evening, weather and special events permitting:
- 7:30pm – 10:30pm (during the summer months, telescopes open once the skies are dark)
- Use the outside gate around the back of the Center. Follow the signs to the observatory entrance gate.
General Admission guests are welcome to access the telescopes through our Astronomy Hall with in and out privileges.
During your visit on Saturday and Sunday afternoons our volunteers on the observatory deck will have special telescopes out to view the Sun, Moon, or Venus. Free with General Admission, weather permitting, of course!
- Staffed observatory hours: 12pm – 5pm
- Observing hours: 1pm – 4pm
At Chabot in the light of day we bring out Sunspotters, a Coronado Hydrogen-Alpha PST telescope, a Coronado SolarMax 70 H-alpha telescope, and a Coronado Calcium-K filter solar scope. Each of these scopes gives us a different view of the Sun, allowing visitors to explore different solar features. Views of the Sun through these scopes are available most Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting.
The “safe solar viewing” Sunspotter telescope reveals any sunspots that may be crossing the Sun’s photosphere (visible surface) on a given day. Sunspots are magnetic disturbances on the Sun, quite often as big as the planet Earth–and can get much larger than that!
Hydrogen Alpha Filter Telescopes
Through these special telescopes, which filter out all of the Sun’s light except for a special wavelength of red that emitted by hot hydrogen gas, we are able to view features in the Sun’s atmosphere–features such as filaments and prominences: cooler gases in the Sun’s atmosphere that might be thought of as “clouds” on the Sun. These “clouds,” however, are much larger than the Earth and made of hot hydrogen gas.
Calcium-K Filter Telescope
Another telescope with a special filter allows us to see the Sun only in the blue light emitted by hot calcium, revealing surface hot spots in a similar way to how a Sunspotter reveals the cooler locales of sunspots.
About Chabot’s Telescopes
Chabot boasts three telescopes on its observatory deck. Nellie, Chabot‘s youngest and most powerful, is housed in a rolling roof observatory, allowing access to 180 degrees of sky. This modern, research-quality telescope offers breathtaking views of the cosmos.
The impressive 20″ telescope, named Rachel, is the largest refractor in the western United States regularly open to the public. Its companion, the 8″ Alvan Clark refractor, named Leah, is the original 1883 instrument donated by founder Anthony Chabot.
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