Bay Astro – Events of Week of 10/02/2017 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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Monday, 10/02/17 7:30 PM

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

Solar Spicules: Dynamic Jets that Power the Sun’s Atmosphere

At any moment, the Sun’s lower atmosphere is permeated by tens of millions of colossal jets known as spicules, measuring up to 8000 kilometers (5000 miles) in length and propelling plasma into the upper atmosphere at speeds on the order of 100 kilometers (60 miles) per second. Despite being observed for a century, their origin has been poorly understood. For the first time, thanks to a combination of computer simulations and observations by ground-based telescopes and spaceborne observatories, some of the mysteries of spicules are being peeled away.

Speaker: Dr. Juan Martinez-Sykora, Lockheed-Martin

Website: https://www.calacademy.org/events/benjamin-dean-astronomy-lectures/solar-spicules-dynamic-jets-that-power-the-suns-atmosphere

Cost: $15 General, $12 Members & Seniors

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Tuesday, 10/03/17 4:30 PM

Hewlett Teaching Center
370 Serra Mall, Room 200
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305

A Wandering Path to Plasma Fusion
Speaker: Ted Baltz, Google

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 10/03/17 7:30 PM

SLAC Public Lecture Series
2575 Sand Hill Road
Bldg 53, Panofsky Auditorium
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Viewing the Beginning of Time from the Most Remote Places on Earth

Shortly after the birth of the universe, space was filled by a plasma that was literally red-hot. The light radiated by that plasma has traveled the vast emptiness of space for billions of years, with the expansion of the universe slowly stretching its waves until today it appears as microwave radiation. This is the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), a glow still visible in the night sky. This glow is almost uniform, but small variations from point to point hold information about the conditions of the universe 13.8 billion years ago. This lecture will introduce the CMB, present the sophisticated cameras we build to observe it, and describe the remote outposts of our planet where we deploy these cameras to take pictures of this faint radiation. As we image the CMB in finer and finer detail, we hope to improve our understanding of the beginning of the universe and perhaps of time itself.
Speaker: Zeeshan Ahmed, SLAC

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 10/05/17
07:00 PM – 09:30 PM

Astronomy Night
Campbell Hall
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720

Directly Imaging Planets Around Other Stars
Speaker: Gaspard Duchene, UC Berkeley

Cost: Free

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Friday, 10/06/17 7:00 PM

San Mateo Co. Astronomical Society
College of San Mateo
Building 36
1700 W Hillsdale Rd
San Mateo, CA 94402

Finding Meteorites in Antarctica

Meteorites fall on the Earth at a rate of 30,000 Kg per year. Antarctic meteorite searches are one of the most important sources of extraterrestrial material and information for planetary research. Antarctica is an ideal hunting-ground for these precious samples of other worlds, so each year, the National Science Foundation funds a handful of scientists to search the icy wastelands to recover as many meteorites as possible. In this talk, Dr. Kress will discuss the science of meteorites and what it was like to camp out for two months in the most inhospitable place on Earth.

Speaker: Monika Kress, San Jose State University

Cost: Free

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Friday, 10/06/17
07:30 PM – 09:30 PM

Don Edwards Refuge Environmental Education Center
1751 Grand Blvd
Alviso, CA 95002

Night Sky Party
Meet the stars of fall and view the full harvest moon! Join our amateur astronomers to learn about constellations. Make a star chart and then venture outside to view the night sky through a telescope. Afterwards, warm up with some hot chocolate. Bring your own binoculars or spotting scopes if you have them. Dress warmly. Fun for the whole family. Program will go on sprinkling rain or shine. Heavy rain cancels. Reservations required. Register at http://nightskyfall.eventbrite.com. Questions? Call Hope at 408-262-5513 ext. 104.

Website: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/don_edwards_san_francisco_bay/event/nightsky.html

Cost: Free

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Fri. 10/06/2017 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. 10/06/2017 and Sat. 10/07/2017
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. 10/06/2017 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. 10/07/2017 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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Saturday, 10/07/17
07:30 PM – 09:30 PM

San Jose Astronomical Association
Houge Park
3972 Twilight Drive
San Jose, CA 95124

On Becoming a Spacefaring Society

If we ever hope to become a true spacefaring society, we must wean ourselves away from chemical rockets. This premise will be proven through an examination of Tsiolkovsky’s Rocket Equation, where it will become apparent that adding fuel achieves diminishing returns, but increasing exhaust gas velocity offers rapid transits to Mars, the outer planets, and eventually the nearby stars. There is an upper limit to the exhaust gas velocity of chemical rockets. To improve on this we must revisit nuclear thermal rockets, and eventually fusion rockets, and finally antimatter rockets. Each of these technologies is feasible although considerable engineering and infrastructure development remains to be done. This technological evolution will be presented in my series of hard SciFi novels in the Galactican Series. This lecture will be delivered at the high school physics level. Ejner will be offering for sale signed copies of each of his two SciFi novels, SpaceCorp and CisLuna. The price is $30 for both, or $15 each. (Retail price on Amazon is $36.75 plus shipping and taxes.)

Speaker: Ejner Fulsang, Author

Website: https://www.meetup.com/SJ-Astronomy/events/242235263/

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 10/10/17 4:30 PM

Hewlett Teaching Center
370 Serra Mall, Room 200
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305

Quantum Matter without Quasiparticles: Strange Metals and Black Holes
Speaker: Subir Sachdev, Harvard

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 10/11/17 7:00 PM

Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series
Foothill College
Smithwick Theater
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Will the 21st Century be the Time We Discover Life Beyond Earth?

Dr. Tarter is one of the great scientific pioneers of our time, leading the effort to search for signals from civilizations among the stars. To celebrate the publication of Sarah Scoles’ recent popular biography of her life and work, Making Contact (Pegasus Books), Jill Tarter will talk about her vision of the future of understanding life on Earth and beyond our planet. Then she will answer audience questions and sign copies of the book.

In 2004, Craig Venter and Daniel Cohen suggested that if the 20th century was the century of physics, the 21st century will be the century of biology on our planet. Jill Tarter believes that their idea will be extended beyond the surface of our world and that we may soon have the first opportunity to study biology that developed on other worlds. The techniques we will need are different, depending on whether we are searching for microbes or mathematicians, but both are within reach. The technology required may develop more rapidly than any of us can now imagine.

Speaker: Jill Tarter, SETI

Cost: Free ($3 parking)

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Wednesday, 10/11/17
07:30 PM – 11:30 PM

City Star Parties – Parade Grounds at the Presidio
103 Montgomery St.
Main Post Lawn
San Francisco, CA 94129

San Francisco Star Party
Come join us for our monthly San Francisco City Star Party. SFAA members provide telescopes for your viewing pleasure.
Be sure to check the SFAA website for the latest updates…bad weather or overcast skies will cancel!

Website: http://www.sfaa-astronomy.org/events/cat_ids~55/%22%3E%20City%20Star%20Parties/

Cost: Free

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Friday, October 13, 2017
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

San Mose 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. 10/13/2017 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. 10/13/2017 and Sat. 10/14/2017

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. 10/13/2017 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. 10/14/2017 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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Saturday, 10/14/17
07:30 PM – 09:00 PM

Eastbay Astronomical Society
Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619

The Search for a Cousin of the Earth: Science or Fiction?

The featured speaker for the Eastbay Astronomical Society meeting is Dr. Franck Marchis: He will discuss the search for Earth-like exoplanets conducted at the SETI Institute in collaboration with institutions around the world. Dr. Marchis is senior planetary astronomer and chair of the exoplanet group at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute.

Website: http://www.eastbayastro.org

Cost: Free

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