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Silicon Valley Lecture Series

About the SVLS

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, NASA’s Ames Research Center, and the Foothill College Astronomy Program.


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

Video versions of the lectures going back several years can now be found on YouTube.


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