Bay Astro – Events of Week of 11/27/2017 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, 11/28/17
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Varian Physics Building
382 Via Pueblo Mall
Room 355
Stanford, CA 94305

Nearby Galaxies with the Atacama Large Millimeter Array

ALMA is a revolutionary new telescope that is dramatically expanding our understanding of the high-frequency radio sky. Astronomers are using ALMA to make exciting new discoveries in topics ranging from star and planet formation to galaxies in the distant universe. I will begin by highlighting some of the recent exciting results that illustrate the breadth of ALMA’s science. I will then describe my recent work with my students and collaborators probing the relationship between molecular gas properties and star formation in merging galaxies.
Speaker: Christine Wilson

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 11/28/17
04:30 PM – 06:00 PM

Lane History Corner, Bldg 200
Room 307
Stanford University
450 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305

Mathematical method and the metaphysics of Newton’s Principia
Speaker: Robert DiSalle, University of Western Ontario, is the author of Understanding Space-Time (Cambridge University Press) and numerous papers on Newton, Einstein and other philosopher-scientists.

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 11/28/17 4:30 PM

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

Probing Cosmology with the Dark Energy Survey
Applied Physics/Physics Colloquium

Speaker: Josh Frieman, Fermilab

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 11/29/17 7:00 PM

SRI International
333 Ravenswood Ave
Conference Center
Menlo Park, CA 94025

SETI Talks: Kepler, K2, and Beyond: The Era of Exoplanets Has Arrived!
NASA’s Kepler space telescope was launched in 2009 and measured the brightness of 200,000 stars at unprecedented precision for over four years, with the prime mission goal of detecting Earth-sized exoplanets. Now after another four, Kepler’s final planet catalog is complete — over 4,000 planet candidates have been found, with 50 of them possibly rocky and capable of having liquid water. For the first time in human history, we can calculate how common planets the same size and temperature as Earth are, a key component to SETI’s goal of figuring out how common life may be in the universe.

The K2 mission began three years ago, and uses the Kepler spacecraft to stare at many different parts of the sky for 80 days at a time. A broad portion of the Astronomical community chooses what targets to observe, resulting in a wide variety of science, including supernovae, galaxies, stars, and of course exoplanets. K2 has found over 300 confirmed exoplanets and an additional 500 candidates. Some of these are likely to be habitable, and many of them are prime targets to be observed by future missions, such as the James Webb space telescope. We’ll discuss what we may learn about these worlds over the next few decades, and what future missions are being planned to find planets to which our descendants may one day travel.

Speakers: Jeff Coughlin, K2/Kepler Science Office Director, SETI Institute / NASA Ames; Geert Barentsen, K2/Kepler Guest Observer Office Director, BAER Institute / NASA Ames

Website: http://www.seti.org/weekly-lecture/kepler-k2-and-beyond-era-exoplanets-has-arrived

Cost: Free

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Friday, 12/01/17
06:30 PM – 08:30 PM

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
165 Forest Ave
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Finding New Planets
The Museum will host Dr. Pimol Moth for an exciting lecture on the discovery of new planets. It has long been speculated that other stars in our galaxy harbor their own system of planets. However, it wasn’t until 1992 that the existence of exoplanets (planets in orbit around other stars) were confirmed. These planets were initially detected by their gravitational influence on the star they orbit. With the stellar wobble technique, hundreds of exoplanets were discovered. However, most of the exoplanets discovered were massive gas giant planets similar to Jupiter in our own Solar System. The stellar wobble technique was not sensitive enough to detect rocky planets like Earth. In 2009, the Kepler Space Telescope was launched using a technique that involved searching for a periodic dimming in the light of a star due to a planet transiting in front of the star. With this more sensitive technique, thousands of planets, including many Earth-sized planets that could be in the habitable zone, have been discovered. In this talk, Dr. Moth will discuss the detection and properties of these exciting exoplanets.

Website: http://www.pgmuseum.org/museum-events/2017/12/1/lecture-finding-new-planets

Cost: $5 General, Free for members

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Fri. 12/1/2017 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. 12/1/2017 and Sat. 12/2/2017

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. 12/1/2017 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. 12/2/2017 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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Monday, 12/04/17 7:30 PM

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

A Diversity of Worlds: Origins of Structure in Planetary Systems
Astronomers have now found several thousand confirmed and likely planets orbiting stars other than the Sun. Most of these worlds are quite different from Earth and the solar system’s other planets. However, discovery of true solar system analogs still strains the capabilities of current detection technologies. Prof. Murray-Clay will discuss what astronomers currently know about whether or not planetary systems like our own are rare in the universe. She will also describe how planetary systems form and demonstrate how the physical processes at work during planet formation can produce a diversity of worlds.

Speaker: Ruth Murray-Clay, UC Santa Cruz

Website: https://www.calacademy.org/events/benjamin-dean-astronomy-lectures/a-diversity-of-worlds-origins-of-structure-in-planetary

Cost: $15 General, $12 Members & Seniors

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Tuesday, 12/05/17
07:00 PM – 07:45 PM

Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd
Fremont, CA 94538

Exploring our Moon
How does our Moon and Earth move in space? Learn about past and future exploration. Why does the Moon change in the sky and how does our Moon create high and low tides. Does our Moon give us clues about other moons orbiting their planets.

Website: http://msnucleus.org/classes/libraryevents.html

Cost: Free (RSVP required)

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Wednesday, 12/06/17
07:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Sonoma Co. Astronomical Soc.
Rincon Valley Public Library
6959 Montecito Blvd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95409

The Unistellar Telescope Demonstration
Unistellar’s Enhanced Vision Telescope is the first telescope that accumulates light so the user can finally see hundreds of faint astronomical objects. The telescope is capable as well to recognize the observed field of view and can guide and inform the user. The technology mimics the light gathering capability of significantly larger reflector telescopes, thus delivering unprecedented views of night-sky objects previously inaccessible to amateur astronomers. Finally, we are partnering with the SETI Institute to host and analyze the data. Astronomers will be also able to request observations to the network.

Website: http://www.sonomaskies.org/This_Months_Speaker.shtml

Cost: Free

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Friday, December 8, 2017
7:00 PM to 9:00 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. 12/8/2017 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. 12/8/2017 and Sat. 12/9/2017

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. 12/8/2017 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. 12/9/2017 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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Saturday, 12/09/17
05:30 PM – 10:00 PM

City Star Parties – Point Lobos Parking Lot
El Camino Del Mar
San Francisco, CA 94121

City Star Party @ Point Lobos
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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