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Silicon Valley Lecture Series

About the SVLS

The Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures Resume On Line!

The 2020 talks are part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series (through Foothill College), now in its 21st year.

  • Live at 7pm PST, Dr. Michael Brown, of Caltech, will give a free, illustrated, non-technical talk on: ”Planet 9 from Outer Space: Searching for a Distant Planet in our Solar System” . Click the date above for details.

View 2020 Schedule

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 emeritus astronomy instructor Andrew Fraknoi and sponsored by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the SETI Institute, University of California Observatories (including the Lick Observatory), and the Foothill College Astronomy Program.

Due to COVID-19, the in-person Lecture Series is paused until further notice. Enjoy the Live series and recordings in the meantime!


Beginning in October, 2020, upcoming lectures will be available live and recorded. You can participate at anytime during the lecture time (Pacific Time) as well as visit the past lectures available on the SVAL YouTube channel.

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the lectures are being video- and audio-taped by David Manzo of Bejaw Productions.

Visit the Silicon Valley Lecture Series YouTube channel for video versions of past lectures.