Bay Astro – Events of Week of 09/04/2017 and Beyond

This Yahoo group publishes announcements of interesting events related to astronomy and aerospace in the San Francisco Bay Area. This can include events such as astronomy and interesting physical science lectures, club meetings, star parties, air shows and other events of interest mostly to amateur astronomers and science enthusiasts. Many thanks to Ken Lum, who created this event listing.
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Wednesday, 09/06/17 7:30 PM

Long Now Foundation
SF Jazz Center
201 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA 94102

Earth in Human Hands

Dr. David Grinspoon is an astrobiologist and Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute. His research focuses on climate evolution on Earth-like planets, potential conditions for life elsewhere in the universe and planetary-scale human influences on the Earth system.

Website: http://longnow.org/seminars/02017/sep/06/earth-human-hands/

Cost: $15

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Thursday, 09/07/17
07:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Campbell Hall
UC Berkeley
Room 131
Berkeley, CA 94720

Hunting for Black Holes

Black holes come in at least two varieties – small stellar-mass black holes and supermassive black holes. The stellar-mass black holes are predicted to form when a massive star dies in a violent supernova explosion. There should be 100 million to 1 billion of these star-sized black holes in our Galaxy; but this number is uncertain by an order of magnitude. The ~25 stellar-mass black holes we have found so far are all in binary systems with a companion star that is dumping hot gas onto the black hole, causing it to glow and flicker in X-rays. Even the recent LIGO discovery of gravitational waves emanated from a binary black hole. Where are all of the isolated black holes? I will present our prospects for finding isolated “free-floating” black holes by using the technique of gravitational lensing. To find the first free-floating black hole, we will need high-resolution infrared images such as those delivered by laser-guided adaptive optics systems on the W. M. Keck Observatory and the future large ground-based telescopes.

Speaker: Jessica Lu, UC Berkeley

Website: http://astro.berkeley.edu/event/2017-08-18/astro-night

Cost: Free

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Friday, 09/08/17 7:30 PM

Peninsula Astronomical Society
Foothill College
Room 5015
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

“An Update on Saturn and Cassini” by Robert S. French of SETI

(The original topic and speaker appears to have been changed)

Cost: Free ($3 parking)

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Fri. 9/8/2017 7PM

Telescope Makers Workshop
Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619-2450

Chabot’s TMW is one of only a handful of regularly scheduled telescope making workshops in the U.S., and probably the world; it meets every Friday evening throughout the year, except Memorial Day weekend. It has been in operation since December of 1930, founded by Franklin B. Wright, and is currently run by Eastbay Astronomical Society member Rich Ozer, with help from other EAS members, Dave Barosso, Barry Leska, and others. The price of admission is FREE. All you have to do is show up, buy a mirror blank and a “tool” (typically around $100 – $200 depending on the size of the mirror) and start “pushin’ glass!” We supply you with instruction, the various grits you’ll need to first grind, and then polish and figure your mirror, and all the testing equipment needed. With a small bit of luck, you could wind up with a telescope that costs 1/3 or 1/4 the cost of a store-bought telescope, that is yet optically superior! Itdoes take time – depending on how much time you put in on it, and other factors, it could take a few months or several months. But, it’s a fun project, great for kids, and at the end you get a great telescope!
For more information call or email Richard Ozer at rozer@pacbell.net or phone (510) 406-1914.

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Fri. 9/8/2017 and Sat. 9/9/2017

Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619-2450
(510) 336-7300

EXPLORE THE NIGHT SKIES AT THE CHABOT OBSERVATORIES
for more information: http://www.chabotspace.org/
Free Telescope Viewing
Regular hours are every Friday & Saturday evening, weather permitting: 7:30pm -10:30pm
Come for spectacular night sky viewing the best kept secret in the Bay Area and see the magnificence of our telescopes in action!

Daytime Telescope Viewing On Saturday and Sunday afternoons come view the sun, moon, or Venus through Chabot’s telescopes. Free with General Admission.

12pm – 5pm: Observatories Open (weather permitting)

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Fri. 9/8/2017 9PM

Foothill College
12345 El Monte Rd
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Foothill Observatory is open for public viewing every clear Friday evening from 9:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Visitors can view the wonders of the universe through the observatory’s computer-controlled 16- inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.
Views of objects in our solar system may include craters and mountains on the moon, the moons and cloud-bands of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, etc. Deep space objects including star clusters, nebulae, and distant galaxies also provide dramatic demonstrations of the vastness of the cosmos.The choice of targets for any evening’s viewing depends on the season and what objects are currently in the sky.

Admission is free. Parking is $3

Foothill Observatory is located on the campus of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. Take Highway 280 to the El Monte Rd exit. The observatory is next to parking lot 4. Parking at the college requires visitor parking permits that are available from the machines in the parking lots for $3.00. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change. Citations are issued.

Come to Foothill Observatory and join us in the exploration of our Universe!

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Sat. 9/9/2017 10AM

Foothill College
12345 El Monte Rd
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Foothill Colllege Observatory 10AM-12PM if it is clear Solar observing with a Hydrogen alpha solar telescope every clear Saturday morning. This allows spectacular views of solar prominences and unusual surface features on the Sun not otherwise visible with regular white light telescopes.

Admission is free. Parking is $3

Foothill Observatory is located on the campus of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. Take Highway 280 to the El Monte Rd exit. The observatory is next to parking lot 4. Parking at the college requires visitor parking permits that are available from the machines in the parking lots for $3.00. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change. Citations are issued.

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Sunday, 09/10/17 7:00 PM-EVENT SOLD OUT

UC Theater
Taub Family Music Hall
2036 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704

Everything All At Once with Bill Nye the Science Guy
Bill Nye the Science Guy joins us for one unforgettable evening to read and sign his new book, Everything All at Once.

Everyone has an inner nerd just waiting to be awakened by the right passion. In Everything All at Once, Bill Nye will help you find yours. With his call to arms he wants you to examine every detail of the most difficult problems that look unsolvable that is, until you find the solution. Bill shows you how to develop critical thinking skills and create change, using his everything all at once approach that leaves no stone unturned.

Whether addressing climate change, the future of our society as a whole, personal success, or stripping away the mystery of fire walking, there are certain strategies that get results: looking at the world with relentless curiosity, being driven by a desire for a better future, and being willing to take the actions needed to make change happen. Moving through the lessons he learned as a full-time engineer at Boeing, a stand-up comedian, CEO of The Planetary Society, and of course, as Bill Nye The Science Guy, we’ll learn how to tackle big problems the Bill Nye way.

We have the power to make real change. Join him in – dare we say it – changing the world.

This event was originally scheduled on July 15.

Website: http://www.theuctheatre.org/event/1469944-bill-nye-science-guy-berkeley/

Cost: $42.50

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Monday, 09/11/17
07:30 PM – 09:00 PM

California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94118

Farewell to Saturn: Cassini’s Spectacular End-of-Mission Science – SOLD OUT

Cassini’s 13 years at Saturn have made it the most spectacularly successful interplanetary mission in the history of NASA. In its final 10 months, Cassini has transformed itself into a whole new mission with its Grand Finale, including 20 close flybys off the outer edge of Saturn’s rings and 22 passes between the rings and the cloud-tops of the planet. With detailed new data, Saturn’s rings, its clouds, its small inner moons, and more are coming into sharper focus than ever before. In this lecture, only four days before Cassini’s final plunge into the depths of Saturn, Cassini rings scientist Matthew Tiscareno will review the rich harvest of the Cassini mission.

Speaker: Matthew Ticsareno, SETI

Website: https://www.calacademy.org/events/benjamin-dean-astronomy-lectures/farewell-to-saturn-cassinis-spectacular-end-of-mission

Cost: $15 General, $12 Members & Seniors

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Thursday, 09/14/17 7:30 PM

Aduro Biotech
740 Heinz Ave
Franklin Room
Berkeley, CA 94710

Alone in the Milky Way: A Bay Area Skeptics and WonderFest Skeptalk

How many civilizations capable of interstellar communication exist in our Milky Way galaxy? We know of just one, of course, namely us (barely!). The Drake Equation famously “quantifies our ignorance” regarding the number, N, of such advanced civilizations in the Galaxy. The task of estimating N, via the Drake Equation, is an honored exercise for scientists who conduct the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI).

Speaker: Pascal Lee, SETI

Note: Please check the website for new location and registration as space is limited.

Website: http://wonderfest.org/n-1-alone-in-the-milky-way-sep14/

Cost: Free

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Friday, 09/15/17 7:30 PM

Tri-Valley Stargazers
1893 N. Vasco Rd
Unitarian Universalist Church
Livermore, CA 94551

Tri-Valley Stargazers public meeting
This meeting will feature short presentations by those who were able to get away to see the solar eclipse on 08/21/17. You can expect there to be plenty of slides and movies showing the phenomenon, and maybe a few pictures as well of the antics of those people who participated in the event.

Website: http://www.trivalleystargazers.org

Cost: Free

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Friday, September 15, 2017
8:15 PM to 10:15 PM

San Jose Astronomical Association In-Town Star Party
Houge Park
3972 Twilight Dr,
San Jose, CA

• Near the tennis courts
• Come view the heavens through a telescope at the SJAA’s In Town Star Party. Bring a scope to share the views, and if you do, feel free to come early to set up. Remember, this event is free, everyone is invited, no reservations required. Just show up!

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Fri. 9/15/2017 7PM

Telescope Makers Workshop
Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619-2450

Chabot’s TMW is one of only a handful of regularly scheduled telescope making workshops in the U.S., and probably the world; it meets every Friday evening throughout the year, except Memorial Day weekend. It has been in operation since December of 1930, founded by Franklin B. Wright, and is currently run by Eastbay Astronomical Society member Rich Ozer, with help from other EAS members, Dave Barosso, Barry Leska, and others. The price of admission is FREE. All you have to do is show up, buy a mirror blank and a “tool” (typically around $100 – $200 depending on the size of the mirror) and start “pushin’ glass!” We supply you with instruction, the various grits you’ll need to first grind, and then polish and figure your mirror, and all the testing equipment needed. With a small bit of luck, you could wind up with a telescope that costs 1/3 or 1/4 the cost of a store-bought telescope, that is yet optically superior! Itdoes take time – depending on how much time you put in on it, and other factors, it could take a few months or several months. But, it’s a fun project, great for kids, and at the end you get a great telescope!
For more information call or email Richard Ozer at rozer@pacbell.net or phone (510) 406-1914.

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Fri. 9/15/2017 and Sat. 9/16/2017

Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619-2450
(510) 336-7300

EXPLORE THE NIGHT SKIES AT THE CHABOT OBSERVATORIES
for more information: http://www.chabotspace.org/
Free Telescope Viewing
Regular hours are every Friday & Saturday evening, weather permitting: 7:30pm -10:30pm
Come for spectacular night sky viewing the best kept secret in the Bay Area and see the magnificence of our telescopes in action!

Daytime Telescope Viewing On Saturday and Sunday afternoons come view the sun, moon, or Venus through Chabot’s telescopes. Free with General Admission.

12pm – 5pm: Observatories Open (weather permitting)

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Fri. 9/15/2017 9PM

Foothill College
12345 El Monte Rd
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Foothill Observatory is open for public viewing every clear Friday evening from 9:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Visitors can view the wonders of the universe through the observatory’s computer-controlled 16- inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.
Views of objects in our solar system may include craters and mountains on the moon, the moons and cloud-bands of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, etc. Deep space objects including star clusters, nebulae, and distant galaxies also provide dramatic demonstrations of the vastness of the cosmos.The choice of targets for any evening’s viewing depends on the season and what objects are currently in the sky.

Admission is free. Parking is $3

Foothill Observatory is located on the campus of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. Take Highway 280 to the El Monte Rd exit. The observatory is next to parking lot 4. Parking at the college requires visitor parking permits that are available from the machines in the parking lots for $3.00. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change. Citations are issued.

Come to Foothill Observatory and join us in the exploration of our Universe!

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Sat. 9/16/2017 10AM

Foothill College
12345 El Monte Rd
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Foothill Colllege Observatory 10AM-12PM if it is clear Solar observing with a Hydrogen alpha solar telescope every clear Saturday morning. This allows spectacular views of solar prominences and unusual surface features on the Sun not otherwise visible with regular white light telescopes.

Admission is free. Parking is $3

Foothill Observatory is located on the campus of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. Take Highway 280 to the El Monte Rd exit. The observatory is next to parking lot 4. Parking at the college requires visitor parking permits that are available from the machines in the parking lots for $3.00. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change. Citations are issued.

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