• 29 Nov 2021 9:00 AM | Scott Miller (Administrator)

    Monday, 11/29/21
    04:15 PM - 05:15 PM

    UC Berkeley
    Department of Physics
    University of California
    366 Physics North MC 7300
    Berkeley, CA, 94720-7300

    The Black Hole Information Paradox in the Age of Holographic Entanglement Entropy - Livestream

    The black hole information paradox - whether information escapes an evaporating black hole or not -  remains one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of theoretical physics. The apparent conflict between validity of semiclassical gravity at low energies and unitarity of quantum mechanics has long been expected to find its resolution in the deep quantum gravity regime. Recent developments in the holographic dictionary and in particular its application to entanglement, however, have shown that a semiclassical analysis of gravitational physics has a hallmark feature of unitary evolution. I will describe this recent progress and discuss some potential new avenues for working towards a resolution of the information paradox.

    Speaker: Netta Englehardt, MIT

    See weblink for connection information

    Website: https://physics.berkeley.edu/news-events/events/20211129/the-black-hole-information-paradox-in-the-age-of-holographic

    Cost:  Free


    Thursday, 12/02/21  7:00 PM

    California Academy of Sciences

    NightSchool: Living Worlds - Livestream

    Who among us hasn’t gazed up at the stars and wondered what other life might exist in the vast expanse of the universe? The Academy’s new, award-winning planetarium film Living Worlds transports viewers across space and time in the search for life in our Solar System and beyond, and unearths a deeper understanding of life on our one-of-a-kind home planet.

    Get a behind-the-scenes look at how the Academy’s Morrison Planetarium and Visualization Studio team brought the film concept to life, from animating prehistoric dragonflies and distant exoplanets, to bringing a dynamic soundscape and cutting edge future spacecraft technologies to life. Producer Cheryl Vanderbilt is joined by design, visual effects and production supervisor Jeroen Lapré, plus sound designer Christopher Hedge for an out-of-this-world conversation about the making of Living Worlds.

    See weblink for links to YouTube and Facebook Live.

    Website: https://www.calacademy.org/nightlife/nightschool-living-worlds

    YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/calacademy

    Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/calacademy

    Cost:  Free


    Telescope Makers Workshop
    Chabot Space and Science Center

    The opening of this workshop is being delayed until January, 2022.


    Fri. 12/03/2021 and Sat. 12/04/2021
    7:30pm -10:30pm

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

    Chabot Telescopes reopening to the public! 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!


    Monday, 12/06/21
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

    Black holes in the Universe: where, what, and why? - Livestream

    In 2015, a merging pair of black holes was directly detected for the first time. Since then, the number of detections has grown substantially. This talk will describe the new catalogue of black holes and highlight some surprising features that pose new challenges for our understanding of these elusive objects.

    Register at weblink to receive connection information

    Website: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-astronomy-talk-black-holes-in-the-universe-where-what-and-why-tickets-170128586181?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

    Cost:  Free


    Tuesday, 12/07/21
    03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

    Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

    Lawrence Berkeley Lab Virtual Tour

    In response to COVID-related social conditions, Berkeley Lab is offering virtual tours of its facilities to the public. These are pre-scheduled, live, interactive, one-hour long presentations by Lab staff and scientists. Participants will learn about the Lab's fascinating history, ground-breaking discoveries, and contributions to COVID-19-related research.
    Join a Zoom Webinar to learn about Berkeley Lab's history and take a peek at the Molecular Foundry, the Advanced Light Source, National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). While we can spend days showing you various facilities at Berkeley Lab, in order to respect your time we'll only be giving you a taste of the vast research conducted.

    Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/berkeley-lab-virtual-public-tour-tickets-38961393577

    Cost:  Free


    Thursday, 12/09/21
    09:00 PM - 10:30 PM

    Chabot Space and Science Center

    Virtual Telescope Viewing

    Join our resident astronomers on Facebook Live and YouTube live from Chabot’s Observation deck!

    Each week, our astronomers will guide us through spectacular night sky viewing through Nellie, Chabot‘s most powerful telescope. Weather permitting we will be able to view objects live through the telescopes and our astronomers will be available for an open forum for all of your most pressing astronomy questions.

    See weblink for Facebook Live and YouTube links

    Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/virtual-telescope-viewing/2021-12-09/

    YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCarFXs-04xmdHW_PVc7LWRg

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/4443135732423850/?event_time_id=4443137535757003

    Cost:  Free


    Friday, 12/10/21  8:00 PM

    San Mateo County Astronomical Society

    The James Webb Space Telescope: Great science will be launching soon! - Livestream

    The James Webb Space Telescope will be the most powerful and complex astronomical space observatory ever built. It will launch in December and will unfold itself before arriving in its final orbit in the Sun - Earth system about a month later. The large 6.5-m diameter JWST primary mirror and its infrared instruments will allow it to see some of the very first luminous objects that formed in the Universe shortly after the Big Bang. Other major science themes of JWST encompass studying the assembly of galaxies, the birth of stars and planetary systems, and planetary systems and the origins of life. JWST will be the premier astrophysics space observatory for NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) over its 5 - 10 year mission lifetime. It will augment the Hubble Space Telescope, which primarily works at visible and ultraviolet light wavelengths. In addition to the topics covered in this talk, many scientists will use JWST to make discoveries that we have not yet imagined.

    JWST employs many unique technologies, and the mission has been in development for 20 years. All major hardware components including the telescope, spacecraft, and all science instruments have been completed, and a significant amount of this work was done in the Bay Area and California. The completed integrated observatory will be launched from the ESA spaceport in French Guiana, and scientists from all over the world will use it. In this talk I will illustrate the mission's science potential and highlight some aspects of its technologies, launch, and operations plans.

    Speaker: Dr. Thomas Green, NASA Ames Research Center

    Website: https://nebula.wsimg.com/ba3c817266d36f140d1dd68bdc5e413e?AccessKeyId=DEEA8EDAD4DCF5083531&disposition=0&alloworigin=1

    Zoom:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2539262920?pwd=U1puVE1nQVZHUW1vaGUrbGczMGxwQT09#success

    Cost:  Free


    Monday, 12/13/21
    11:00 PM - 03:00 AM

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

    Geminid Meteor Shower Watch Party

    Join us on our observation decks and be dazzled as we make our annual trip through the Geminids Meteor shower. The Geminids, named for the radiant or location where the shower appears to originate, is one of the best meteor showers to catch this year. The culprit and source of the shower is Asteroid 3200 Phaethon, a small asteroid about 3.17 miles (5.10 kilometers) across. Our astronomers will be on hand to answer questions.  

    Complimentary hot chocolate will be served. Bring warm clothing or optional blankets, chairs or sleeping bags.  

    Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/geminid-meteor-shower-2/

    Cost:  $15 Adults, $7 Youth