Chabot Space and Science Center and Roberts Regional Recreational Area, Oakland, CA

 

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If you are interested in learning about anything space related, Chabot Space and Science Center will let you learn more. From a model of Mars with the largest known volcano and canyon in the solar system, to a Live feed from the International Space Station, to models of mankind's many spacecrafts, Chabot will give you a better understanding of the Space around us as we know it. 

Previous Life Boat for the International Space Station

Previous Lifeboat of the International Space Station

 Live Feed from the International Space Station

Live Feed from the International Space Station

 

One of the best things about Chabot is it's telescopes. There are three telescopes that open for viewing even during the day. Daytime viewing is reserved for those with a Chabot general admission ticket (or membership) but night-time viewings on Fridays and Saturdays are open to the public free of charge. All viewings are subject to weather as humidity can damage the lens of the telescope. In our past visits, we have seen Venus, Mercury, Saturn with its rings, the star Vega and the craters of the Moon.

Telescope Viewing at Chabot

Telescope Viewing at Chabot

 

Two planetarium shows are included with General Admission. If you're not familiar with planetariums, it's screen is on the roof of theatre and seats are reclined so you get a better view of the entire screen. On the day we went, a show called “Secret of the Cardboard Rocket" gave us a tour of the solar system from a tour through the Asteroid Belt to a landing on Pluto, all in about 30 minutes. It was meant to be entertaining for kids, but this adult also very much enjoyed it. There are many different shows available for viewing, check at Info Desk for show times.

Walking under the Redwoods at Sunset

Walking under the Redwoods at Sunset

 

While awaiting the telescopes to open, we decided to take on the redwoods of Roberts Regional Recreational Area. We found a nice shaded hike amongst the redwoods and the madrones on the Madrone Trail and looped back via the Redwood Peak Trail.  Chabot also offers hikes among the Redwoods.

Walking under the Madrones

Walking among the Madrones

 

Chabot Space and Science Center is a member of ASTC Science Centers and participates in the ASTC Passport Program. To be eligible for the Passport Program, you have to live a minimum of 90 miles away from the member museum you are visiting, and your home museum is a minimum of 90 miles away from the museum you are visiting. We usually enjoy the benefits of this program a few times in the year of our membership, making sure to hit the museums in Los Angeles (Los Angeles County Natural History Museum and La Brea Tar Pits) at least once.

 

Practical Information (as of August 2016):

Features: Learn about the solar system, spaceships of the past, catch a Planetarium show, view the stars and planets using a telescope

Address: 10000 Skyline Blvd. Oakland, CA 94619

Telephone:  510-336-7300

Chabot Admission: $18/adult, $14/youth, free with membership in a ASTC museum at least 90 miles away, discounted entries with reciprocities with some Bay area museums, FIrst Fridays of the Month: $5 admission (6-10pm)

Telescope Viewing:  Free to public on Friday and Saturday nights, weather permitting

 

Warning: The safety of these adventures are dependent on a variety of factors including but not limited to: terrain, weather, wildlife, hiker skill level, human error, and other foreseen and unforeseen circumstances. Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information provided at the time of publication, we do not assume any liability for the accuracy and completeness of the information provided.  As such, we will not be held responsible for any harm, injury, and/or loss that may result. Your personal judgement on the safety of each adventure is required at all times. Please use your own discretion and be safe.

 

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