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Subscribe to the Opps For B.A.T.S. Newsletter!

Karin Hauck

Our Bay Area Teen Science (B.A.T.S.) program aims to provide San Francisco Bay Area teenagers with the most up-to-date information available on current STEM learning and career building opportunities. Some of the best science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, internships, and events for teenagers in the country are in the Bay Area, including many that are completely free for participants. Yet, far too often large numbers of local teens remain unaware of them, or find out about them too late. But through the B.A.T.S. network of STEM education providers and other connections, we’re in a position to alert Bay Area teens to these opportunities as soon as they are announced. In fact, for years now, these "breaking news" alerts have been regularly posted on our Facebook page and home page. However, a survey of almost 700 Bay Area teenagers made it clear that teens would prefer to get such information through email, and so we responded with the Opps For B.A.T.S. newsletter!

The Groundhog and the Candle

Bryan Mendez

February 2nd is celebrated in the United States as both Groundhog’s Day and Candlemas, or Dia de la Candelaria in Spanish. Both celebrations have their roots in astronomical events.

Candlemas (Dia de la Candelaria) is a Christian celebration of the presentation of Jesus at the temple in Jerusalem, commemorating Mary's ritual purification after her childbirth. Following ancient Hebrew tradition, this took place 40 days after Jesus was born. Therefore, Candlemas is now celebrated 40 days after Christmas (Dec 25) on February 2nd. Some people do not remove Christmas decorations until this date, as it marks the end of the Christmas season.

These dates are where the first astronomical connection comes into play.

Eclipse Megamovie Photo Release

Karin Hauck

Our Eclipse Megamovie Project is a first-of-its-kind citizen science project that enlisted thousands of volunteers from locations across the United States to capture images of the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse. These individual photos are being stitched together to give us an extended look at the sun’s atmosphere. We’ve always intended to make these images public as well, and we’re pleased to announce that the first of many access points is finally available!



Eclipse Megamovie!

Karin Hauck

Were you along the path of totality for the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017? If so, we hope you participated in the Eclipse Megamovie Project! We wanted as many photos of the eclipse as we could gather, and created a special upload site for the public to submit their photos (such as the beautiful composite at top left). Here are three ways to watch the incredible results. First, a mini-documentary from Google: Chasing Totality: the Making of the Eclipse Megamovie. Next, The Crowd & The Cloud also made a road trip from Charleston SC to Dubois WY to hear from many of the enthusiastic volunteer photographers contributing to the Eclipse Megamovie project. And here is a 360 degree video capturing the event in virtual reality!

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