The San Mateo County Astronomical Society (SMCAS) offers you the opportunity to explore the mind blowing world of astronomy at your pace and based on your level of interest. Whether you have a passing interest in astronomy, if you are a couch astronomer riveted to your TV screen, an observing enthusiast or interested in taking a deep dive into astrophotography - SMCAS offers the perfect blend of people, activities and resources to accommodate your interests.
KIDS: We welcome kids to all of our events. Grade school children are likely to find the speakers at our meetings too technical. All our other events are sure to entertain your entire family.
FREE: All of our events and the events we support at the College of San Mateo are open to the public. Admission and parking are free.
LEARN: Our meetings feature outstanding speakers who are leaders in their fields of study and include representatives from NASA, SETI and the local Universities. Click HERE for information about our meetings.
EXPLORE: Our Star Parties provide an opportunity to look Through our telescope with your own eyes. You can also learn about telescopes and other astronomical equipment from hobbyists who actually use them. If you arrive around sunset we would be happy to help you set up a telescope and find objects to view. Click HERE for information, start time and directions.
ENJOY: Planetarium Shows hosted by the College of San Mateo provide an opportunity to explore the heavens indoors regardless of weather conditions. Click HERE for schedules.
EXPERIENCE: The large telescopes at the College of San Mateo Observatory are available to the public to use monthly at Jazz Under The Stars. Click HERE for information.