Bay Astro – Events of Week of 04/10/2017 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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Tuesday, 04/11/17
04:30 PM – 05:30 PM

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

Controlling and Exploring Quantum Matter Using Ultracold Atoms in Optical Lattices
Speaker: Immanuel Block
Applied Physics/Physics Colloquium

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 04/11/17 7:30 PM

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

Caught on Camera: The Secret Lives of Life’s Molecules

For decades, scientists have been working to understand the building blocks of life by studying the structures of proteins and other large biological molecules. Using clever tricks with microscopes, electrons, and X-rays, it is possible to see the precise arrangements of atoms in these complex molecules. This sharp view of biological structure is especially important for understanding the mechanisms of disease and designing drugs that specifically target the action of proteins in viruses and bacteria. With conventional methods, though, we can take these pictures only when the molecules are artificially held still, for example by immobilizing them in crystals at temperatures far below freezing. Now, the LCLS X-ray laser at SLAC can deliver a beam so intense that it can take high-resolution pictures of biological molecules under natural, room-temperature conditions, even as they carry out their destructive biochemistry. Often, the new pictures differ in significant ways from those of frozen structures. This lecture will describe how this new imaging method gives us a real-time view of the molecules’ action and opens new opportunities for discovering drugs and understanding our body’s basic chemical processes.

Speaker: Raymond Sierra, Linac Coherent Light Source, SLAC

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 04/13/17
06:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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

Yuri’s NightLife

Get straight up spacey this week as NightLife celebrates cosmo-pioneer Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space.
Groove to an out-of-this-world live DJ set by Space Cowboys, a sonically-inspired SF collective and Burning Man favorite. Try a taste of space with Ninkasi Brewing Company’s Ground Control beer, made with brewer’s yeast that’s been to outer space (and back).
Learn about the future of space exploration as Wonderfest presents several pioneering scientists in the field. Yonatan Winetraub, cofounder of Space IL, will talk about his nonprofit organization’s goals to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the Moon and win the Google Lunar XPRIZE.
Still have dreams of going to Mars? Planetary scientists Dr. Pascal Lee from the SETI Institute and Dr. Christopher P. McKay from the NASA Ames Research Center will give an update about the possibilities of human exploration.
At the Project Lab, learn more about the NASA Kepler Mission, designed to survey the Milky Way and discover new habitable planets. The mission’s Jean-Pierre Harrison will also share stories about his wife, Dr. Kalpana Chawla, one of the astronauts who died in the Space Shuttle Columbia accident, and bring some of her photos, medals, and flight gear. Plus, chat with astro-aficionados from Sonoma County’s Robert Ferguson Observatory.
In the planetarium, explore the history of human spaceflight with two special presentations at 6:30 and 7:30 pm, followed by a dive into our new era of lunar exploration with “Back to the Moon for Good,” narrated by Tim Allen.

Website: http://www.calacademy.org/nightlife/yuris-nightlife

Cost: $15 General, $12 Members

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Friday, 04/14/17 7:30 PM

Peninsula Astronomical Society
Foothill College
12345 El Monte Road
Bldg. 5000, Room 5015
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Narrow Band Astrophotography from Almaden Observatory

Speaker: Robert J. Hawley is a subject matter expert on narrow band imaging, software, and eclipse photography. He is a past president of SJAA and a current PAS member, as well as a long-time amateur astronomer and inventor.

Cost: Free ($3 parking)

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Fri. 4/14/2017 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. 4/14/2017 and Sat. 4/15/2017

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. 4/14/2017 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. 4/15/2017 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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Tuesday, 04/18/17
04:30 PM – 05:30 PM

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

In Search of Cosmic-Ray Antinuclei from Dark Matter
Speaker: Kerstin Perez, MIT

Applied Physics/Physics Colloquium

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 04/18/17 7:45 PM

San Francisco Amateur Astronomers
Presidio Officer’s Club
50 Moraga Ave
San Francisco, CA 94129

Neutron Stars and Pulsars: The Inside Story

Predicted in the 1930s and discovered in the 1960s by X-ray and radio astronomers, neutron stars are now known to be the typical result of the evolution of a massive star. There should be nearly of a billion of them in our galaxy alone. Neutron stars have roughly ten km radii and can spin six hundred times in a second. They can also have magnetic fields over a million billion times stronger than the Earth’s magnetic field. A small fraction of these neutron stars create bright radio emission and they can be observed as periodic radio pulses and are called radio pulsars. Radio pulsars have turned out to be superb cosmic laboratories and to provide tools to explore gravity and its radiation.

Speaker: Roger Blandford, KIPAC, Stanford

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 04/20/17
08:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Marin Center Showcase Theater
10 Ave of the Flags
San Rafael, CA 94903

Kitaro Live in Concert: Kojiki and The Universe

Presenting a totally unique visual experience, the LIVE in CONCERT presentation of “Kojiki and The Universe” merges Kitaro’s Grammy nominated music from the album “Kojiki” with space-age photographic scenes of the Universe. “Kojiki and The Universe LIVE” features time-lapse images, expertly intertwined with real-time films provided by and in cooperation with NASA and Kyoto University.

Created by Kitaro in collaboration with Astronomy Professor Kazunari Shibata, the entire production was developed using modern film editing techniques, as well as state-of-the-art hardware and software. This once-in-a-lifetime, uniquely intimate concert is the only U.S. date on Kitaro’s world tour.

In Japanese mythology, Kojiki is a story closely related to evolution of the universe. It describes the origin of Heaven, Earth and the creation of the Gods. Utilizing Kitaro’s “Kojiki” score as the soundtrack, “Kojiki and The Universe” is a chronicle of astronomical research as well as a beautiful introduction to modern astronomy for everyone.

Website: https://tickets.marincenter.org/eventperformances.asp?evt=213

Cost: $200 VIP, $75, $55.

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Thursday, 04/20/17 8:00 PM

Exploratorium
Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street)
San Francisco, CA 94111

After Dark: Everything Matters: Scandium
A transition metal found mixed among rare earth elements, scandium is thinly scattered across the globe, and is considered expensive and difficult to obtain. Alloyed with aluminum, scandium strengthens jet planes and high-end bicycle frames but is too costly for widespread applications. And although pure scandium is seldom seen, its compounds are used in stadium lights and film set lamps to simulate natural sunlight.

Join marine scientist Claire Till to explore the significance of dissolved scandium. Learn what it’s like to be at sea collecting samples of trace elements, and the elaborate steps her team undertakes to avoid contaminating them with their ship or themselves. Find out how this seemingly obscure element illuminates important chemical and physical processes in the ocean.

Part of After Dark (6:00 – 10:00)

Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/after-dark/4-20-2017

Cost: Free with After Dark Admission

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Friday, 04/21/17 7:30 PM

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

Charles Messier, and Planning a Messier Marathon
Speaker: Don Machholz

Cost: Free

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Fri. 4/21/2017 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. 4/21/2017 and Sat. 4/22/2017

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. 4/21/2017 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. 4/22/2017 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, 04/22/17
08:00 AM – 08:00 PM

March for Science

The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.

We are scientists and science enthusiasts. We come from all races, all religions, all gender identities, all sexual orientations, all abilities, all socioeconomic backgrounds, all political perspectives, and all nationalities. Our diversity is our greatest strength: a wealth of opinions, perspectives, and ideas is critical for the scientific process. What unites us is a love of science, and an insatiable curiosity. We all recognize that science is everywhere and affects everyone.

Science is often an arduous process, but it is also thrilling. A universal human curiosity and dogged persistence is the greatest hope for the future. This movement cannot and will not end with a march. Our plans for policy change and community outreach will start with marches worldwide and a teach-in at the National Mall, but it is imperative that we continue to celebrate and defend science at all levels – from local schools to federal agencies – throughout the world.

Santa Cruz
1126 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
08:00 AM – 08:00 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/1007380229368441/

Hayward
Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center
4901 Breakwater Ave
Hayward, CA 94545
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
http://www.haywardbooktoaction.org/act.html

San Francisco
Start: Justin Herman Plaza, 11:00AM
End: Civic Center Plaza
San Francisco, CA
11AM-6PM
https://marchforsciencesf.com

San Jose
San Jose City Hall
200 E Santa Clara St
San Jose, CA 95113
11:00 AM – 03:00 PM
https://marchforsciencesv.com

Livermore High School
600 Maple St, Livermore, California 94550
1:00 PM – 04:00 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/1852615328326505/

Pacifica
Pacifica State Beach
Highway 1
Pacifica, CA 94044
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/342439812818655/

Cost: Free

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Saturday, April 22, 6:30 pm

San Jose Hilton
300 Almaden Blvd
San Jose, CA 95110

An Invitation: SETI SpaceBall 2017 Gala

You are cordially invited to support the scientific and educational work of the non-profit SETI Institute by attending the first SpaceBall Gala on Saturday evening, April 22, from 6:30 pm on, at the San Jose Hilton Hotel. Mingle with scientists and educators, space investors and entrepreneurs, and others who enjoy thinking about the possibilities of life elsewhere in the universe.

For more information and to make reservations, go to: http://www.seti.org/spaceball

SpaceBall features:
· A tasting of Ground Control Imperial Stout, a beer fermented with space-traveled yeast
· A cocktail party and buffet, followed by astronaut ice cream
· “Ignite Space” mini-talks by scientists involved with the Institute (see below)
· A variety of fun activities, including a virtual reality demo and a discovery-dome planetarium
· A brief live auction with out-of-this world items to bid on
· Theremin music by Project Pimento.

Some of the attendees will join us from Silicon Valley ComicCon, which is being held at the same hotel, and may be in costume. Others will conclude being part of the March for Science (taking place around the country) by supporting the good work in and for science that the SETI Institute has done for more than 30 years.

Mini-talk speakers during the Gala will include:
· Jill Tarter on Speeding Up the SETI Process
· Pascal Lee on Finding Mars on Earth
· Mark Showalter on Pluto and Its Moons
· Franck Marchis on Discovering Asteroids with Moons
· Margaret Race on Protecting our Planet
· Seth Shostak on Looking for the Right Kind of Alien?
· Michael Busch on The Hazard of Asteroid Impacts
· Andrew Fraknoi on The August 21 “All-American” Eclipse of the Sun
Free safe eclipse viewing glasses will be provided to all attendees.

There are several ticket levels and packages available, but unlike space itself, space at SpaceBall is limited. Don’t miss out.

Register at: http://www.seti.org/spaceball

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Sunday, 04/23/17
01:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Exploratorium
Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street)
San Francisco, CA 94111

Full-Spectrum Science with Ron Hipschman: Mirrors
Why do you see yourself in reverse when you look at yourself in a mirror? Why are you not upside down? Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman reveals the physics behind different types of mirrors and reflects on fascinating aspects of their construction and applications.

Presentations at 1:00 and 3:00.

Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/full-spectrum-science-mirrors-4-23-2017

Cost: Free with admission

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Monday, 04/24/17 1:00 PM

Osher Marin Jewish Community Center
200 N. San Pedro Rd
San Rafael, CA 94903

Wonderfest: Is Anybody Out There?

NASA’s Kepler mission has determined that hospitable planets – just in our Milky Way Galaxy – number in the billions! Can we really be alone in this marvelous universe?

Speaker: Dan Werthimer, Chief Scientist, Berkeley SETI

Website: http://wonderfest.org/is-anybody-out-there/

Cost: $10

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Monday, 04/24/17
07:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The Patio
412 Emerson St
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Life on Earth and Beyond
Krish Seetah will tell us how lessons from history can help us combat disease outbreaks in future followed by a tour of the universe with Jessie Dotson.

Astronomy on Tap Bay Area will be bringing you Astronomy in News TRIVIA! There are some cool prizes to be won!!

Ages 21+

Website: https://tasteofscience.org/sf-events/2017/4/24/monday-at-the-patio

Cost: $5 advance, $10 at door

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Monday, 04/24/17
07:00 PM – 10:00 PM

PianoFight
144 Taylor Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Space Exploration
Join Taste of Science at PianoFight for a night focused on space! Marcia Fiamengo a NASA Ambassador and Virgin Galactic Future Astronaut will speak about the importance of space exploration. Miguel Ramahlo-Santos, an associate professor at UCSF, will explain what he has learned from stem cells to open the possibility of suspended animation. Following the talks, we will have Science Trivia at the bar hosted by the Stanford Complexity club!

Ages 21+

Website: https://tasteofscience.org/sf-events/2017/4/24/sf-city-space-exploration

Cost: $5 advance, $10 at door

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