Del Mar Foundation Talks presents astronomer Oct. 6

Stargaze with Dr. Allen Shafter, professor and chair of SDSU’s astronomy department, at a Del Mar Foundation Talks presentation on Oct. 6 at the Powerhouse in Del Mar.

Automated all-sky surveys are rapidly changing our understanding of variable stars, exploding stars, near-Earth asteroids and more. Shafter will explore and present these topics in his talk on “Seeing Stars: Time Domain Astronomy.”

The presentation, followed by questions and answers, begins at 6:30 p.m. A wine and cheese reception precedes it at 6 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made online at www.delmarfoundation.

Shafter received a B.A. in physics from UC Irvine, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in astronomy from UCLA. He chairs the Astronomy Department at San Diego State University, the only Astronomy Department in the Cal State system, and the only campus to offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees in astronomy.

DMF Talks, the Del Mar Foundation’s version of TED Talks, draws speakers from locally based creative, intellectual and scientific leaders. Launched in 2012, DMF Talks aims to entertain, inspire, and inform the Del Mar community through a series of free presentations.

The Del Mar Foundation sponsors programs, makes grants, and manages more than $2 million in endowment funds to benefit the greater Del Mar community. For information, visit