Bay Astro – Events of Week of 11/06/2017 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, 11/06/17 2:00 PM

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

New information in the wavefunction of primordial perturbations

Modern cosmological data enables extensive tests of the degrees of freedom and interactions operating nearly 14 billion years ago. We will show how a basic feature of quantum field theory — enhancement of multipoint correlations — enables a substantial improvement on our ability to constrain this early universe dynamics. The talk will start by reviewing the relevant early universe physics, focusing on inflationary cosmology. Then we will summarize in simple terms an ongoing development in quantum field theory concerning the size and structure of many-point correlations, noting a variety of applications. Returning to cosmology, we will derive a parametric improvement on the discovery potential and constraining power of primordial non-Gaussianity which is accessible using existing CMB data.

Speaker: Eva Silverstein, Stanford

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 11/07/17
11:00 AM – 01:00 PM

Sibley Auditorium
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94709

Dark Matter as Art – Film Screening and Artist & Scientist Panel

In celebration of Dark Matter Day, the Department of Nuclear Engineering presents The Artist Odyssey, and Director Chris Fessenden’s film “New Stellar Order,” a documentary about science artist and illustrator Melissa Walter.

Following the film screening, Director Chris Fessenden, artist Melissa Walter, and Dark Matter Scientists Karl van Bibber, Ph.D., Samantha Lewis, Maria Simanovskaia, and Al Kenany will have a panel discussion regarding illustrating and researching that which has not yet been visualized.

Please join us for this fun, informative and visually stunning conversation.

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 11/07/17 4:30 PM

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

Physics in the Future
Applied Physics/Physics Colloquium

Speaker: Steve Chu, Stanford

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 11/07/17
07:30 PM – 10:30 PM

DNA Lounge
375 11th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Astronomy on Tap San Francisco

Astronomy on Tap is an event where local students and scientists take over a local bar for games, talks, and all things space! There will be trivia (with prizes) as well as free space swag! There were also be several short talks by scientists about their work, as well as Astronomy in the News, a recap of all the major happenings in Astronomy in the last few months. We will be at DNA Lounge on November 11th at 7:30 pm. Be sure to be there, and remember, space is always better with beer!

Website: http://www.bayareascience.org/event/astronomy-on-tap-san-francisco/

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 11/08/17 7:00 PM

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

A Planet for Goldilocks: Searching for Earth 2.0 Among the Stars

“Not too hot, not too cold” begins the prescription for a world that’s just right for life as we know it. Finding evidence of life beyond Earth is one of the primary goals of science agencies around the world thanks in large part to NASA’s Kepler Mission which launched in 2009 with the objective of finding Goldilocks planets orbiting other stars like our Sun. The space telescope opened our eyes to the terrestrial-sized planets that populate the galaxy (including several right in our neighborhood) as well as exotic worlds unlike anything that exists in the solar system. Dr. Batalha will give an overview of the science legacy of the Kepler Mission and other key planet discoveries. She’ll give a preview of what’s to come by highlighting the missions soon to launch and those on the drawing board.

Speaker: Dr. Natalie Batalha, NASA

Cost: Free ($3 parking)

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Thursday, 11/09/17
06:30 PM – 08:00 PM

LeConte Hall
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720

Dark Matter Search: UC Berkeley Lab Tours

What is dark matter? Why is it so important to understand what it is? And why has finding it been so hard? For decades, firm astronomical evidence from observations of stars and galaxies has indicated that most of the matter in the universe cannot be seen directly in telescopes. Instead, this matter must be observed indirectly through its gravitational pull on the objects that we can see. This is how the term “dark matter” was coined…But how do we search for something we can’t see? Join Professor Matt Pyle of the SuperCDMS (Cryogenic Dark Matter Search) team for a short talk, followed by a tour of dark matter experimental labs at UC Berkeley.

Limited to 40 people, registration required-SOLD OUT

Website: http://www.bayareascience.org/event/dark-matter-search-uc-berkeley-lab-tours/

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 11/09/17
07:00 PM – 09:30 PM

Monument House
140 9th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Taste of Science: ‘Humanity Needs Dreamers – Marie Curie’

In honor of Curie’s 150th birthday, experience a preview screening of the new immersive science film Humanity Needs Dreamers: A Visit With Marie Curie.

Written and performed by former engineer & living history scholar Susan Marie Frontczak, Humanity Needs Dreamers presents a first-hand look at Curie’s early life in Poland through her groundbreaking research in France. Filmmaker Jen Myronuk will lead a post-screening Q & A with the performer live via Skype followed by trivia with prizes in celebration of Curie’s 150th birthday, including an edible elements birthday cake.

We’ll be joined by Holly Million, Founder of Artists United, on the global need for artists and scientists to collaborate plus ideas for bringing science stories to the stage.

The event is free with RSVP and recommended for ages 10+.

Website: https://tasteofscience.org/san-francisco-events/marie-curie-150th-birthday

Cost: Free

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Friday, November 10, 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. 11/10/2017 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. 11/10/2017 and Sat. 11/11/2017

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. 11/10/2017 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. 11/11/2017 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, 11/11/17
10:00 AM – 04:00 PM

AT&T Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94107

7th Annual Discovery Day at AT&T Park

There will hundreds of hands-on activities, opportunities to meet local scientists and engineers, and plenty of fun and educational entertainment. The entire ballpark is packed to the rafters with science content: on the field, at every entry/exit, and every level of the ballpark. Get ready to unleash your inner scientist.

Website: http://www.bayareascience.org/festival/discovery-days-at-att-park/

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 11/11/17 7:30 PM

East Bay Astronomical Society
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd
2nd Floor, Spees Bldg, Galileo Room
Oakland, CA 94619

‘The Higgs boson. The God Particle?’
This will be a very exciting talk on one of the most fundamentally important discoveries in elementary particle physics. Heather will introduce the complex experiments that we use to study this particle and explain how we actually go about measuring its properties. She will also review what we currently know and don’t know about the Higgs Boson, while focussing on some of its weird features. We’ll conclude with a short discussion about what the Higgs boson might tell us about the future of the universe.

Speaker: Heather Gray, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs

Cost: Free

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

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

City Star Party @ The Presidio
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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Monday, 11/13/17
07:30 PM – 09:00 PM

Benjamin Dean Astronomy Lectures
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94118

Black Holes: An Up Close and Personal Look

The Event Horizon Telescope is an experiment that is being performed on a large and ever-increasing array of radio telescopes that span the Earth, from Hawaii to Chile and from the South Pole to Arizona. In April of this year, the EHT collaboration has performed its first set of observations with this full array of telescopes in order to take the first ever picture of a black hole. This unprecedented spatial resolution and the novel methods of this experiment will allow us to get up close and personal with the black hole at the center of our Galaxy, Sagittarius A*, and the black hole at the center of the nearby galaxy M87. The ultimate goal is to test Einstein’s theory of General Relativity by looking for its most bizarre prediction: a shadow that is a direct evidence for the event horizon of a black hole.

Speaker: Feryal Ozel, University of Arizona

Website: https://www.calacademy.org/events/benjamin-dean-astronomy-lectures/black-holes-an-up-close-and-personal-look

Cost: $15 General, $12 Members

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Tuesday, 11/14/17 4:30 PM

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

Recent Results on Gravitational Waves from LIGO and Virgo
Applied Physics/Physics Colloquium

Speaker: Alan Weinstein, Caltech

Cost: Free

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Friday, 11/17/17
07:00 PM – 03:00 PM

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

How to Design, Launch, and Operate Geostationary Satellites
Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Noland

Cost: Free

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Friday November 17, 2017 7:30 pm

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

“Eclipse Extravaganza – The Great American Eclipse of 2017” by noted PAS Members

PAS Members will present their photos and videos taken from many different locations along the eclipse path. Park in Lot 6. The talk is FREE ($3 Parking Fee required by Foothill College.) The general public is welcome!

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Fri. 11/17/2017 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. 11/17/2017 and Sat. 11/18/2017

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. 11/17/2017 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. 11/18/2017 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, 11/19/17 2:00 PM (and repeated December 17, 2017 and January 21, 2018)

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

Made for Movies: Star Wars I, II, and III

Inside the Industrial Light & Magic Model Shop

Explore the challenge of sculpting lava fields for the fiery planet Mustafar and elaborate sinkhole cities on Utapau, as well an early version of C-3PO, when the newly built droid appears, as R2-D2 observes, “with his parts showing.”

Come in costume as any character from a Lorne Peterson film and receive a $5 discount on-site.

Lorne Peterson is a visual effects artist who worked as a model maker for Industrial Light & Magic on the first six Star Wars films. In addition, he is the author of the 2006 book, Sculpting a Galaxy: Inside the Star Wars Model Shop. Since being hired by George Lucas in 1975, he worked on many of Lucas’s films, as well as several of Steven Spielberg’s. In 1984, Peterson received an Academy Award and a British Academy Award for Visual Effects for his work on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Additional film credits include E.T., Jurassic Park, Men in Black, Wild Wild West, and two Pirates of the Caribbean films.

Since joining the Exploratorium in 1971, Ron Hipschman has worked as an exhibit developer, author, teacher, and webcast host. He currently works on the Exploratorium’s Environmental Initiative, implementing and maintaining a collection of environmental monitoring sensors and developing visualizations for the Bay Observatory Gallery’s super-resolution media wall. Ron also hosts the monthly lecture series’ Full-Spectrum Science and Everything Matters: Tales from the Periodic Table.

Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/made-for-movies-landing-page

Cost: included with admission

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