San Diego Astronomy Association (SDAA) sponsors speakers on a wide range of astronomy topics on the third Wednesday of every month at the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitors Center. The Program meeting begins at 7:00 PM. Each attendee receives one free door prize ticket. After announcements and a small amount of business, the audience is treated to the featured presentation. At the close of the meeting the door prizes are presented.  The event is open to the public. The Mission Trails Regional Park Visitors Center is at One Fr. Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego CA 92119.  Call the park at 619-668-3281 for more information or visit

Please contact Mike Chasin if you have an questions, comments, or ideas for the Program Meetings.

March 21, 2018

Speaker: Lyford Rome

Topic: Mars Exploration

SDAA Speaker

Lyford Rome has a passion for both space exploration and education. He believes the best way to engage young people is to integrate the themes of planetary science with the arts and humanities. His work developing K-8 educational resources has given him insight into drawing upon students’ innate fascination and wonder. He currently serves as a technology coordinator at a private school in San Diego.    

Upcoming SDAA Program Meetings
January No general meeting - annual banquet on January 27, 2018
February 21 Scott Dixon and Pat Boyce: Citizen Science at SDAA
March 21 Mars Exploration - Lyford Rome
April 18 Joint Meeting with the International Dark Sky Association (IDA)
May 16 OSIRIS-REx mission - Jerry Hilburn
June 20 Mars Opposition photography (tentative)
July 18  
August 15 Skyscape imaging - Dennis Mammana
September 19  
October 17  
November 21 Gadget night