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“Earthrise” by Bill Anders, Apollo 8 Astronaut This photo was taken by Bill Anders from Apollo 8 on Christmas Eve 1968. This absolutely stunning image of our home rising above the lunar surface reminds us that we are stewards of a fragile island in a universe of possibilities, and that we need to take the utmost care of our Mother Earth. The actual poster is 24” x 24”, will be delivered to winning bidder, framed and signed by Mr. Anders.
Value: Priceless Live Auction Item
 “Odyssey III” By Carol Berry 18” x 14” oil painting, circa 1975.
Value: $1,500
Bottle of The Oracle, Napa Valley Red Wine, Vintage 2004 (Donated by David Pratt, member of SETI Institute Board of Trustees)
This bottle of red scores 90 points by Robert Parker, December 2007. “A beautiful wine from this Napa winery… Deep ruby/purple, with spicy aromatics intertwined with some lush blackberry and cassis fruit, opulent on the palate, with full body silky tannins, and low acidity. It is a beauty that should drink handsomely for at least a decade. Drink 2007 – 2017.”
Value: $200
SETIcon I Memorabilia (Donated by Barbara Vance, SETI Institute)
Now you can remember your adventure to SETIcon I with this original set of a SETIcon I program and flyer, signed by the designing artist, Paul Duffield.
Value: $25
Original Computer Processor (Donated by Gerry Harp, SETI Institute)
This board predates the time of fast fourier transform algorithm implementations in software. Back in the day (-15 years ago), to do this processing was very expensive/not available. This custom board did the equivalent of a fast fourier transform in real time on 2 MHz of data. This board was part of the last-generation SETI search system and was used in the field. Starting about 5 years ago we began performing this processing in software and this board was retired about 3 years ago. A similar device of ours resides at the Smithsonian, and this is the very last board of its kind that we have in our possession. In the current generation system, using the FFTW library, off-the-shelf computers can do approximately the same job at a tiny fraction of the cost with very little non-recoverable development cost.  As far as is known, this board is fully functional. Notice the hand-tweaking of the board layout with tiny blue wires soldered in place to fix design flaws! Now that is what we used to call bleeding edge technology.
Value: Priceless
One week stay in Donner Lake cabin (Donated by Jill Tartar, SETI Institute, and Jack Welch, member of SETI Institute Board of Trustees)
This 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home will sleep up to 10 guests and is yours for 7 days during the month of either September or October 2012 or September or October 2013. Includes a game room with pool table. Caveat: Bidders should be aware that there this home is on multiple levels and has stairs.
Value: Live Auction Item
“51 Pegasi” (Donated by artist, Lynette Cook)
This 23¬-3/4” x 19-1/2” piece is double matted, framed with acid-free materials and glazing with a UV inhibitor, signed by artist, Lynette Cook. This image has been reproduced worldwide, with the original residing in the Geneva Observatory collection. 51 Pegasi b is the first exo-planet confirmed to be orbiting a sun-like star.
Value: Live Auction Item
Infinite Worlds: An Illustrated Voyage to Planets Beyond Our Sun (Donated by artist/co-author Lynette Cook)
A decade ago, there were no known planets orbiting sunlike stars outside our own solar system. Since then, fast-paced developments in astronomy have revealed over 140 extrasolar planets. This lavishly illustrated book gives us an idea of what those far-flung worlds might look like. Lynette Cook’s internationally renowned astronomical artwork joins with the latest and most dramatic images from the world’s top observatories, and up-to-the-minute scientific findings on subjects ranging from the big bang and stellar evolution to a possible universe filled with countless planets and life forms. Ray Villard’s text elegantly describes the state of astronomy today, imagines where it will take us in the coming years, ponders the chances of success for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), and explores the survivability of life in an evolving and accelerating universe.  Lynette Cook will personalize this volume for the winning bidder.
Value: Live Auction Item
The Box of Stars (Donated by Edna DeVore, SETI Institute)
The Box of Stars is a set of cards and is a practical guide to the night sky and to its myths and legends, by Catherine Tennant. This set includes a guide book, perforated star plates with classical drawings of constellations, and a small northern hemisphere poster of the sky.
Value: $25
cal academy logo Family Membership to California Academy of Sciences For two cardholders and your children/grandchildren. Family membership enjoys a full year of:
•Free unlimited daily admission
•Members-only hours: Sun. 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Tues. 8:30 am – 9:30 am
•Members-only entrance
•Personalized member card
•Planetarium shows and passes for members only
•Invitations to members-only events and exhibit previews
•Members-only Penguin Feedings and Family Nature Crafts
•Free admission to Pritzker Members’ Lectures
•10% savings on dining at Academy Cafe and the Moss Room
•10–25% savings on shopping, special lectures, Behind-the-Scenes Tour and NightLife
•Subscription to Academy Member eNews
•Unlimited free admission for two cardholders, all of your own children/grandchildren (18 years of age and under) each time you visit.
Value: $199
cal academy logo Four General Admission Tickets to the California Academy of Sciences
Value: $120
One Hour Private Flight in an Historic Military Plane (Donated by David Forter)
Experience the thrill of a lifetime! A Bay Area sightseeing flight for one hour (with aerobatics – at your option). Fly with a full sky view under the canopy of a beautifully restored T-34 Mentor military trainer. Flight will depart from either the Palo Alto or San Jose airport.
Value: Priceless Live Auction Item
Expedition to the Stars (Donated by Edna DeVore, SETI Institute)
Expedition to the Stars is a 3-D model of the local universe that displays the nearby stars searched by the NASA SETI program which was launched in 1992. The model has never been assembled and is in the original box.
Value: $30
Two CDs of Space Music (Donated by Loch Ness Productions)
One copy each of two CDs of space music by Geodesium (www.geodesium.com). “Stella Novus” and “A Gentle Rain of Starlight”.
Value: $30
An Astrobiologist in Your Child’s Classroom! (Donated by Dr. Margaret Race, SETI Institute)
Imagine! Dr. Margaret Race, SETI Institute’s Principal Investigator and ecologist, will bring a basket of “alien goodies” along with a fascinating and age-appropriate lesson to your child’s K-12 science classroom, afterschool program, or even a community group – to teach about astrobiology and searches for ET. Dr. Race will tailor the presentation, and related activity, based on the students’ needs or interests. S.F. Bay Area only.  Expires as of end of academic school year in 2013.
Value: $300
Selections from the NASA Art Collection (Donated by Edna DeVore, SETI Institute)
This collection of prints is artwork commissioned by NASA and depicts space exploration. The prints span the range from abstract to realistic art, and are suitable for framing. Includes a presentation folder that protects the unframed set of 11” x 14” prints.
Value: $250
Spaceopoly (Donated by Edna DeVore, SETI Institute)
You’ve seen regular Monopoly and Monopoly “SpongeBob Square Pants”. Monopoly “Simpsons”, Monopoly “Star Wars”. Here is “Spaceopoly”, the space-y real estate game for 2-6 players, suitable for ages 7 to adult. Game includes board, cards, pieces and is ready to play!
Value: $15
Mars Meteorite (Donated by David Morrison, SETI Institute)
No humans have yet gone to Mars, but a small piece of the Red Planet could come to you. SETI Institute scientist David Morrison is offering a 6 milligram piece of the Martian meteorite NWA 4925. It’s a small, dark bit of rock, boxed in a plastic case, and about the size of a poppy seed (image shown is larger than actual size). Geologically, it’s catagorized as an olivine-phyric shergottite. Few people have the opportunity to hold in their hands a piece of another planet, but this extraordinary privilege could be yours. Value: Priceless
Bird Sculpture by Beniamino Bufano (Donated by Al Bagley, member of SETI Institute Board of Trustees)
In 1977, the Bufano Society created a limited number of these beautiful birds as thank you gifts to Hewlett Packard. This Bird, number 30 of this limited edition, stands approximately 5” tall atop its own base.
Value: $500
Tour of SETI@home and Space Sciences Laboratory, UC Berkeley (Donated by Dan Werthimer, Chief Scientist of SETI@home)
Dan Werthimer, Chief Scientist of SETI@home, will lead a one hour tour of up to 10 people through UC Berkeley’s Space Science Laboratory, including the SETI lab, Stardust@home lab, the Satelite Control Center, the High Bay, and the Vacuum Test facility. The SETI@home project uses the world’s largest radio telescope to search for radio signals from extraterrestrial civilizations. 5 Million SETI@home participants in 226 countries have formed Earth’s most powerful supercomputer by combining their desktop PCs. SETI@home users have a small but captivating possibility their computer will detect the first signal from a civilization beyond Earth.
Value: Priceless
“Arrival At Phobos” (Donated by artist, Pascal Lee, SETI Institute Planetary Scientist)
This painting depicts the arrival of a future manned spaceship from Earth in the vicinity of Mars’s dark and mysterious inner satellite, Phobos. Humans may journey to Mars Orbit and explore the planet’s two small moons before they are ready to explore Mars itself. This painting shows what an early mission to Mars Orbit might look like. The vessel is a hybrid nuclear and solar powered spacecraft. A Certificate of Authenticity is included.
Value: $1,000
Vacation in Bend, Oregon (Donated by Peter and Myrtle Berger)
Take a break and spend 4 days/3 nights in beautiful Bend, Oregon, known throughout the world as an all-season destination for outside activities. This private home is 3 bedrooms/2.5 bathrooms and sleeps 5 easily. From here, you can get to both downhill and cross-country skiing, sledding, hiking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing and biking. There are even unique geologic features nearby to explore! Bend has excellent restaurants, museums, nightlife, and shopping. If you get tired of being out and about, retire back to the house where there are board games, a fireplace, WiFi, TV, a fully-equipped kitchen with dishes, linens, spices, condiments, etc. Enjoy breakfast on the master bedroom deck! It is perfect for a trip with a family or friends.
Restrictions: Expires one year after auction, unless owner OK. Not available November 22-25, 2012 or December 21, 2012 – January 2, 2013. No pets. Value: Live Auction Item
Overnight Stay at Lick Observatory at IM-Nickel Telescope (Donated by Frank Marchis, SETI Institute)
Spend a unique night at the Lick Observatory. You will be involved in ground-based telescopic observations at the Lick IM-Nickel telescope with Frank Marchis, SETI Institute’s Planetary Astronomer. Date to be arranged and based on the scientist’s availability.
Value: Priceless Live Auction Item
Overnight Stay at Lick Observatory with Astonomers at work (Donated by Frank Marchis, SETI Institute)
Here’s a second chance to spend a unique night at the Lick Observatory. You will be involved in ground-based telescopic observations and will see astronomers do their work. The telescope will be the Shange 3M telescope and the project will be testing a new type of instrument called a “Fibered Imager”. Date to be arranged and based on use schedule, but in September/October 2012.
Value: Priceless Live Auction Item
An Astrophotographic Tour at the Allen Telescope Array with Seth Shostak, SETI Institute’s Senior Astronomer Join Seth Shostak for tour for 2 of the Allen Telescope Array in No. California’s Hat starting and ending at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, with a one night stay in Burney, near the ATA. You will get a personal tour of the facility and an evening session during a new moon, in which to photograph the antennas and the spectacular night sky. Dinner in Burney will be included, as well as breakfast and lunches en route. Caveat: Seth cannot guarantee clear skies!
Date to be arranged by mutual agreement with Seth and the phases of the moon. Double occupancy for overnight stay.
Value: Priceless Live Auction Item
Chagall’s “Floral Bouquet” (Donated by Pierre Schwob, member of SETI Institute Board of Trustees)
Large framed, photomechanical graphic, published in 1997 by REA Productions. Edition size: 500 Arabic. Plate destroyed. Includes Certificate of Authenticity.
Value: $750
Chagall’s “Les Lupins Bleu” (Donated by Pierre Schwob, member of SETI Institute Board of Trustees)
Large framed, photomechanical graphic, published in 1999 by REA Productions. Edition size: 500 Arabic. Plate destroyed. Includes Certificate of Authenticity.
Value: $750
Chagall’s “Red Bouquet with Lovers” (Donated by Pierre Schwob, member of SETI Institute Board of Trustees)
Large framed, photomechanical graphic, published in 2001 by REA Productions. Edition size: 500 Arabic. Plate destroyed. Includes Certificate of Authenticity.
Value: $750
Dinner with Pierre Schwob and a special guest from Stanford Physics/SLAC or SETI Institute (Donated by Pierre Schwob, member of SETI Institute Board of Trustees)
Join Pierre Schwob at his Palo Alto home for an intellectually stimulating and tasty dinner! Up to 4 people will break bread with Pierre and a scientist of reknown who will share their experiences of Stanford Physics/SLAC or the SETI Institute (the guest will be a surprise!). Experience the thrill of being in the same room as the first editions of the most important scientific volumes, such as the first-ever printing of the complete works of Euclid, the first edition of Galileo’s Dialogues and others. Date to be mutually arranged for a weeknight.
Value: Priceless Live
SLAC and Kavli Institute Tour and Dinner with Pierre Schwob (Donated by Pierre Schwob, member of SETI Institute Board of Trustees)
Pierre Schwob has made arrangements, for up to 4 people, to enjoy a private tour of SLAC and the Kavli Institute for Particle Physics and Cosmology. While SLAC tours are available free to the public, this tour is unique in giving you the opportunity to meet and talk with some of the greatest scientific minds in Physics and Cosmology. After the tour, you will all be invited back to Pierre’s beautiful Palo Alto home for a sumptuous and intellectually stimulating dinner.  Date to be mutually arranged for a weeknight.
Value: Priceless Live Auction Item
Andromedome Paperweight (Donated by Shasta Visions)
The Earth, Mars and Moon, as highly detailed glass marbles to scale, are suspended above the beautiful full-color Andromeda Galaxy in this handsome 4” diameter dome paperweight. Shasta Visions has expertly crafted this dome to be a cherished keepsake for generations.
Value: $78
Autographed copy of Disney’s Wonderful World of Space (Donated by author Andrew Fraknoi, member of SETI Institute Board of Trustees)
How hot is the sun? How big is the moon? Could there be life on other planets? Andrew Fraknoi has written a book that engages children with fascinating facts about galaxies, planets, stars, space exploration, and more! Information is presented in an easy-to-understand and fast-paced question-and-answer format, along with explanatory sidebars and character commentary.
Value: $30
Autographed copy of The Planets, The Universe (Donated by co-editor Andrew Fraknoi, member of SETI Institute Board of Trustees)
These science and science fiction books, written by Andrew Fraknoi.
Value: $
Autographed copy of Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier (Donated by author Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director, Hayden Planetarium)
A thought-provoking and humorous collection on NASA and the future of space travel. Now that NASA has put human space flight effectively on hold—with a five- or possibly ten-year delay until the next launch of astronauts from U.S. soil—Tyson’s views on the future of space travel and America’s role in that future are especially timely and urgent. This book represents the best of Tyson’s commentary, including a candid new introductory essay on NASA and partisan politics, giving us an eye-opening manifesto on the importance of space exploration for America’s economy, security, and morale.
Value: $16
Autographed copy of Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution (Donated by co-author Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director, Hayden Planetarium)
This book explores cosmic science’s stunning new insights into the formation and evolution of our universe – of the cosmos, of galaxies and galaxy clusters, of stars within galaxies, of orbiting planets, and of different forms of life, distilling complex science in clear and lively prose.
Value: $
Autographed copy of Death by Black Hole: and Other Cosmic Quandaries (Donated by author Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director, Hayden Planetarium)
Readers of the monthly “Universe” essays in Natural History magazine will recognize Neil deGrasse Tyson’s guidance through the mysteries of the cosmos with clarity and enthusiasm. In this book, Tyson compiles his favorite essays across a myriad of cosmic topics, introducing readers to the physics of black holes by explaining the gory details of what would happen to your body if you fell into one; examining the needless friction between science and religion in the context of historical conflicts; exploring astral life from the frontiers of astrobiology. And more.
Value: $
Autographed copy of The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet (Donated by author Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director, Hayden Planetarium)
When the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History reclassified Pluto as an icy comet, the New York Times proclaimed on page one, “Pluto Not a Planet? Only in New York.” Pluto is entrenched in our cultural and emotional view of the cosmos, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Rose Center, went on a quest to discover why.
Value: $
Tasting for Two and bottle of Terrior Gin (Donated by St. George Spirits)
St. George Spirits, in Alameda, has been a distillery of delicious spirits, including pear, raspberry and coffee flavored liqueurs, sour cherry eau de vie, Zinfandel grappa, single malt whiskey, and since it was legalized in the U.S. in 2007, absinthe! Tours of the distillery are free to the public on weekends, but tastings are not! This is a terrific item!
Value: $95
Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, the First Encounter (Donated by Stephen Gold)
This book, now out of print, was recommended on the reading list from SETI’s firs conference on February 24 and 25, 1977. However what makes it even more unique is that it comes from the library of James Doohan, who signed it as his own, and then had co-workers and friends to the same: William Shatner, George Takai, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, Gene Rodenberry, Leonard Nimoy, Gary Lockwood and Keir Dullea.
Value: $
Ultra-Rare “Shuttle Bear” Plush Collectibles (Donated by David Knight, Film Producer of upcoming film “SHUTTLE 3D & The New Pioneers”)
Limited-availability plush Shuttle Bears – these cute bears wearing NASA’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ shirt were made to commemorate the closing of the Space Shuttle program by NASA employees – visit Shuttle Bear’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/shuttlebear.
Value: Priceless
Lunch with a Shuttle Astronaut! (Donated by David Knight, Film Producer of upcoming film “SHUTTLE 3D & The New Pioneers”)
The winner and up to three guests are invited to dine with SHUTTLE3D & The New Pioneers Producer David Knight and a Space Shuttle astronaut – plus get a private screening of the film.
Location and date dependent upon city where the winner is located, and astronaut availability (this is not a NASA activity).
Value: Priceless Live Auction Item
Come to a Space Launch! (Donated by David Knight, Film Producer of upcoming film “SHUTTLE 3D & The New Pioneers”)
The winner and one guest are invited to attend a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch with SHUTTLE3D & The New Pioneers Producer David Knight – plus receive a special SHUTTLE3D mission jacket for each!
Date(s) dependent upon launch schedule (subject to last-minute changes caused by weather and other variables). Fulfillment of this activity is by a private party and not by SpaceX or NASA.
Winner(s) to provide own transportation and lodging. May be required to submit to federal background check for access credentials. Open to US Citizens. International residents subject to federal-level approval.
Value: Priceless Live Auction Item
Dinner for Six with Alex Filippenko at the Berkeley home of SETI Institute Chairman John Gertz Did you know that 73% of the Universe is made up of something we know little about? It’s called Dark Energy, and it may be what is responsible for the “accelerating expansion of the Universe.” The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to the leaders of two teams whose research led to this amazing discovery. Dr. Alex Filippenko, UC Berkeley Professor of Astronomy, made critical observations and contributions that led to these results. Over dinner at the Berkeley home of SETI Institute Chairman, John Gertz, Alex will shares these stories, explaining their discovery in understandable ways with his approachable style, humor, and passion. He has numerous appearances on the History Channel, BBC, Discovery Science, and Nova. As well as being voted “Best Professor” on campus for the 9th time, and “National Professor of the Year for 2006.” In addition, Alex will bestow a special gift on the winning bidder of a copy of his 12 part DVD series “Skywatching: Seeing and Understanding Cosmic Wonders”, a copy of his award-winning textbook, “The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millennium,” as well as a humorous t-shirt his wife, Noelle, created for all of his team members to commemorate the Nobel Prize, “Dark Energy is the New Black.” Date to be mutually agreed upon.
Value: Priceless Live Auction Item
Parks 10 x 24 DWCF Binoculars and Alex Filippenko’s Great Course “Skywatching: Seeing and Understanding Cosmic Wonders”(Donated by Sam and Maria Sweiss of Scope City)
Scope City, the world’s largest optical supermarket for astronomy, sports, science and education instruments, are providing this outstanding skywatching package! It begins with a pair of Parks 10 x 24 DWCF Binoculars – midsize, shock resistant, water resistant and delivering a bright sharp image. Great for day and night time viewing. And to get the most from these binoculars, Scope City is including astronomer and professor, Dr. Alex Filippenko’s new 12-part DVD series from The Great Courses, “Skywatching: Seeing and Understanding Cosmic Wonders”, a visually stunning tour of the sky’s most dazzling displays, most of which you can see even without binoculars. Come to understand the science behind the phenomena, and how best to observe them.
Value: $800
America’s Cup Backstage Tour and Dinner at the St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco (Donated by John Billingham, member of SETI Institute Board of Trustees)
You, as the winning bidder, and one companion, will join Bob Billingham, the San Francisco Manager for Infrastructure on the America’s Cup Race Management, Olympic sailing medalist and crew member on an America’s Cup winning boat, for a tour of the America’s Cup team base area. The tour represents a special backstage “pit pass” experience unique to the America’s Cup. You will go inside the team base technical area, see how the boats are prepared and readied for the race, meet AC sailors, and see what it takes to race an America’s Cup boat. After your tour, Dr. John Billingham will take you both to highly professional quality dinner at the St. Francis Yacht Club on the waterfront of the San Francisco Marina, a spectacular setting!
The tour will begin at approx. 5:00 pm on either Thursday August 23, 2012 or Friday, August 24, 2012. Dinner will begin at approx. 7:30 pm. Winning bidder and companion will be responsible fo their own transportation to and from the event. Note that boats will be racing on the Bay in the afternoon before the tour, and can be viewed on television in any suitable location before the event.
Value: Priceless Live Auction Item
Autographed copy of Hedy’s Folly (Donated by author Richard Rhodes)
What do Hedy Lamarr, avant-garde composer George Antheil, and your cell phone have in common? The answer is spread-spectrum radio: a revolutionary inven¬tion based on the rapid switching of communications sig¬nals among a spread of different frequencies. Without this technology, we would not have the digital comforts that we take for granted today. Unhappily married to a Nazi arms dealer, Lamarr fled to America at the start of World War II, bringing not only her theatrical talent but also a gift for technical innovation. An introduction to Antheil at a Hollywood dinner table culminated in a U.S. patent for a jam- proof radio guidance system for torpedoes—the unlikely duo’s gift to the U.S. war effort. Hedy’s Folly is a riveting book about unlikely amateur inventors collaborating to change the world.
Value: $30
Shooting Star Pendant of White Gold and Red Sapphire (Donated by John Biagiotti, Metamorphosis Design)
This beautiful shooting star pendant features a brilliant cut, .30 carat red Sapphire set in 14k white gold with a trail of Gibeon meteorite. The trail is hand carved from meteorite and has been etched with nitric acid to reveal the characteristic patterns, or Widmanstatten figures, of iron meteorites. It hangs from an 18k yellow gold bale that has been laser welded to the back of the meteorite and is on a single strand, stainless steel cable with a 14k gold clasp. The pendant measures 29 mm by 9 mm.
Value: $590
“Cosmic Awakening” (Donated by artist Lynette Cook)
37” x 37” Mixed Media (acrylic, colored pencil, gouache, ink, watercolor) on 100% cotton rag illustration board. Original work of art created entirely by hand, featuring a hibiscus flower as the dish of a radio telescope that scans the heavens for signals. Far away, an alien life form sends a signal toward Earth.
Value: $2,400
“HD168443 System” (Donated by artist Lynette Cook)
27.75” x 22” Mixed Media (acrylic, colored pencil, gouache) on 100% cotton rag illustration board. Original work of art created entirely by hand, of a sun-like star located 123 light years away in the constellation Serpens. It is orbited by both a massive planet and another bulkier object of 17 – 40 Jupiter masses. The star and inner planet are visible in the upper left, with the outer companion shown as a ringed world with a flare.
Value: $1,400
“HD177830 b and Moon” (Donated by artist Lynette Cook)
25” x 18.75” Mixed Media (acrylic, colored pencil, acrylic gouache) on 100% cotton rag illustration board. Original work of art created entirely by hand, of HD177830 b, a 1.52 Jupiter mass planet orbiting the K0 star HD177830, located 192 light-years away in the constellation Vulpecula.
Value: $1,400
“Planetary Disk” (Donated by artist Lynette Cook)
22.25” x 23.75” Mixed Media (acrylic, colored pencil, gouache) on 100% cotton rag illustration board. Original work of art created entirely by hand, first commissioned by Astronomy magazine for the November 1998 issue. It shows a disk of gas and dust around a central sunlike star. A planetesimal forms in the lower left-hand corner. Comets streak toward the sun. Star-forming clouds make a colorful background.
Value: $1,400
“Seeking Intelligent Life in the Milky Way” (Donated by artist Lynette Cook)
26.25” x 26” Mixed Media (acrylic, colored pencil, gouache) on 100% cotton rag illustration board. Original work of art created entirely by hand, first commissioned by Sky & Telescope magazine for the December 1998 issue. A radio telescope surveys the heavens, listening to sounds from space sent by intelligent beings far away. Shown against the Milky Way is a planet with clear signs of a technologically advance civilization.
Value: $1,800
Private Winery Tour and Tasting for 6 (Donated by Black Coyote Wines)
Dr. Ernest Bates formed the Black Coyote label with a few close friends in 2000, creating one of the first African American wineries in the Napa Valley. You will go with 5 friends for a private tour of the winery and process, lead by Vanessa Robledo, owner and fourth generation vineyard worker, set in the beautiful Napa Valley. Caveat: Expires 7/31/2013.
Value: Live Auction Item
IT Security Posture Analysis and Consulting (Donated by the Security and Forensics Group)
IT Security Posture Analysis and Consulting of SF will take care of the following for the winning bidder: Internal and external network security vulnerability scan and testing with detailed reporting, consulting and remediation. IT Security Policy Review and compliance audit. Network Server and Workstation turning and network hardening. Physical and remote penetration testing. Wireless and mobility threat assessment. IT Security Readiness Preparation. Caveat: Expires December 31, 2012, but it is available immediately.
Value: Live Auction Item
The Universe is at your fingertips! (Donated by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific)
This fun-for-the-family three pack includes: “Cosmic Decoders” – a card game for age 8 to 88 with a cosmic twist; “The Universe At Your Fingertips 2.0” – Astronomy activities and resources; and “Tours of the Night Sky” – with 2 audio cassettes and 2 CDS included.
Value: $50
“Black Holes Explained” (Doanted by Alex Filippenko and Noelle Filippenko)
Great Course DVD Set by Alex Filippenko. Includes a T-Shirt.
Value: $225