• 23 May 2022 11:59 AM | Scott Miller (Administrator)

    Monday, May 23 - 6pm PT/9pm ET


    Astronomical Society of the Pacific


    New! ASP's Astronomy Cafe Mini-Talks: Discovering Secrets of Galaxies

    Live Online Mini-Talks - Free


    DISCOVERING SECRETS OF GALAXIES


    1. "The First Stars & Galaxies"

    with AISHWARYA BALIVADA (Purdue University graduate student)

    Balivada will briefly review the timeline of our earlier Universe, up until the Epoch of Reionization. Then describe the period, the instruments (telescopes) used to detect what is going on in the period, and the large scale structures she's been studying. Her discussion will conclude with how a value called tau, helped us characterize how the first stars and galaxies formed.

    2. "A Cosmic 'Where's Waldo?': An Intro to Dwarf Galaxies"

    with MADELINE SHEPLEY (Ball State University graduate student)

    Shepley will take attendees through the basic properties of dwarf galaxies as compared to their normal galaxy counterparts, and then provide a taste of the galaxies research she's worked on.


    Website:  https://astrosociety.org/get-involved/events/event/2022/05/23/new-asp-s-astronomy-cafe-mini-talks-discovering-secrets-of-galaxies/382163


    Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpf--tqj4uHdGDIFSrVG3JuTlZwkmrIz4K


    Cost:  Free


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    Tuesday, 05/24/22  3:30 PM


    Natural Science Annex

    UC Santa Cruz

    Room 101

    Santa Cruz, CA 95064


    Ice Friction and the seismicity of icy moons


    Speaker: Christine McCarthy, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory - Columbia University


    Website: https://eps.ucsc.edu/news-events/whole-earth-seminars/spring-2022.html


    Cost:  Free


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    Wednesday, 05/25/22

    07:00 PM - 08:30 PM


    Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series


    Do Humans Have What it Takes to Thrive in this Universe? - Livestream


    Modern astronomy is revealing the story of our cosmic origins -- where the Galaxy came from, how the Sun and Earth were formed, and how the elements in our bodies were forged in stars and later gathered to form “us”. We are now poised to use that knowledge to predict Earth’s cosmic future, and it looks bright ahead - one billion years (more or less) of a future livable planet. However, one question then glows in stark relief: does our human species - honed by natural selection - have the makings to thrive on a cosmic time scale? In this lecture, Prof. Faber will share her perspective as a cosmologist, and sketch her vision for what we humans need to do to seize this incredible opportunity.


    Speaker: Winner of the National Medal of Science, Sandra Faber is Professor Emerita of Astronomy & Astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz. 


    Website: https://www.foothill.edu/astronomy/


    Watch On line at YouTube.


    YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/SVAstronomyLectures


    Cost:  Free


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    Friday, 05/27/22  7PM


    Telescope Makers Workshop

    Chabot Space and Science Center

    10000 Skyline Boulevard

    Oakland, CA 94619-2450


    The Chabot Telescope Maker's workshop reopens! 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! It does take time - depending on how much time you put in on it, and other factors, it could take a few months.. But, it's a fun project, great for kids, and at the end you get a great telescope!


    Enter from the main loading dock behind the main building.


    Please be prepared with proof of vaccination and a mask. These are

    Chabot Rules, which we always must adhere to.


    If you have a project, bring it with you so we can assess next steps.

    You can also bring any other equipment or literature you may have

    questions about.


    For more information call or email Richard Ozer at richozer1@gmail.com or phone (510) 406-1914.


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    Friday, 05/27/22 and Saturday, 05/28/22

    07:30 PM - 10:00 PM--Free telescope viewings are back!


    Chabot Space and Science Center

    10000 Skyline Blvd

    Oakland, CA 94619


    Free Telescope Viewings


    Join Chabot astronomers on the Observatory Deck for a free telescope viewing! Weather permitting, this is a chance to explore stars, planets and more through Chabot’s historic telescopes. Chabot’s three large historic telescopes offer a unique way to experience the awe and wonder of the Universe. Our observatory deck offers breathtaking views 1,500 feet above the Bay. Three observatory domes house the Center’s 8-inch (Leah, 1883) and 20-inch (Rachel, 1916) refracting telescopes, along with a 36-inch reflecting telescope (Nellie, 2003).


    Are the skies clear for viewing tonight? Viewing can be impacted by rain, clouds, humidity and other weather conditions. Conditions can be unique to Chabot because of its unique location in Joaquin Miller Park. Before your visit, check out the Weather Station to see the current conditions at Chabot.


    https://chabotspace.org/weather-station/


    Website: https://chabotspace.org/events/events-listing/


    Cost:  Free


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    Saturday, May 28

    Sunset: 8: 22 PM


    San Mateo Co. Astronomical SocietyCrestview Park1000 Crestview Drive San Carlos, CA


    Public Star Partiesat Crestview Park in San Carlos


    SMCAS and the City of San Carlos Parks Department host a public star party at Crestview Park in San Carlos twice a month when there is a new moon.  Members set up telescopes and let the public view and share their knowledge of the night sky all for Free.  All ages are welcome.  If you have kids interested in space or science, bring them here for a real time view of planets, nebula, star clusters, and galaxies.


    If you are a Non-member and own a telescope, bring it to share!  Experts are available if you need assistance or have questions about buying a telescope.


    Telescope setup begins at sunset and observing starts one hour after sunset.  In the event of inclement weather (rain, clouds, fog, or high winds) the star party will be cancelled.  Because each astronomer makes his or her own decision about bringing their telescope, there is no official cancellation notice. 


    Crestview Park is located at 1000 Crestview Drive in San Carlos.


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    Saturday, 05/28/22 and Sunday 05/29/22

    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM


    Chabot Space and Science Center

    10000 Skyline Blvd

    Oakland, CA 94619


    NASA’s Artemis Takeover


    In Artemis I, the most powerful rocket in the world takes flight, leading the way for humanity’s return to the Moon. To mark this summer’s historic launch, NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley is taking over Chabot Space & Science Center with a day of hands-on learning. Get ready to explore NASA’s next big mission with a new rover model unveiling, interactive activities, conversations with NASA scientists and technology from Ames.



    VIPER Rover rolls into Chabot


    See a scale model of NASA’s Artemis lunar rover, the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER. Launching in 2023, this rover is heading to the Moon’s South Pole in search of ice and other potential resources. Its 100-day mission will answer big questions about lunar water and how it can be used for future human space exploration.


    Other Dates For This Event:

    • Saturday, 05/28/22

    • Sunday, 05/29/22


    Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/nasas-artemis-takeover/2022-05-29/


    Cost:  Free with admission


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    Thursday, 06/02/22

    07:00 PM - 08:00 PM


    SLAC Public Lecture Series

    2575 Sand Hill Road

    Bldg 53, Panofsky Auditorium

    Menlo Park, CA 94025


    Seeing the Universe through Quantum Eyes - Livestream


    Since the earliest times, we humans have attempted to understand and explain the world around us by observing our surroundings. By building tools such as telescopes and microscopes, we have been able to see phenomena ranging from the cosmological scale to the nanoscale, and, on the way, we have learned a huge amount about how our world works. As we scientists seek to measure ever fainter signals to uncover the workings of our universe, we have learned to take advantage of the mysterious quantum world to unlock ever more sensitive "eyes." In quantum mechanics, nothing seems to work the way we might expect - a weirdness that we can leverage to build the world's most sensitive detectors. In this lecture, I will discuss how some of these amazing sensors work, and I will describe some of my work building new quantum tools to measure the universe as well as some of SLAC's other efforts as a leader in this nascent field of quantum sensing.


    Speaker: Cyndia Yu


    Register at weblink to attend in person, or use our weblink to access via Zoom.


    Website: https://www6.slac.stanford.edu/public-lectures


    Zoom:  https://stanford.zoom.us/j/91023167569?pwd=dHhUWU1SWnE0RXdOVnZUb3NXSEY2dz09#success


    (passcode 650650)


    Register to watch in person in the Panofsky Auditorium:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/slac-public-lecture-seeing-the-universe-through-quantum-eyes-tickets-343382364897


    Cost:  Free


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    Friday, 06/03/22  8:00 PM


    San Mateo Astronomical Society Annual Meeting and Election


    Speaker: Dr. Norm Nasise, Starchaserz.org


    The mission of Star Chaserz is to promote public awareness, education, appreciation, and preservation of one our most precious and often overlooked natural resources—the “Night Sky”. To achieve this goal we will offer both live and virtual events through our website (starchaserz.org). Live events will include scheduled star parties and public events and will be listed on our website. Virtual events will include live video broadcasts through telescopes in remote mobile and stationary observatories located in dark sky areas of Northern California. 


    Website: http://www.smcasastro.com/meetings.html


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


    Zoom Meeting ID:  253 926 2920    Passcode: SMCAS   


    Cost:  Free


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    Friday, 06/03/22  8:30 PM


    Lick Observatory

    7299 Mt. Hamilton Rd

    Mt. Hamilton, CA 95140


    Evening with the Stars at Lick Observatory


    Astronomy Speaker: Dr. Raja GuhaThakurta (UC Santa Cruz)

    The Darkest Secrets of the Universe


    Tickets go on sale April 13 at noon. See weblink.


    Website: https://www.lickobservatory.org/events/evening-with-the-stars/ews-2022-06-03/


    Cost:  $25 General


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    Friday, 06/03/22  7PM


    Telescope Makers Workshop

    Chabot Space and Science Center

    10000 Skyline Boulevard

    Oakland, CA 94619-2450


    See 05/27 description above.


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    Friday, 06/03/22 and Saturday, 06/04/22

    07:30 PM - 10:00 PM--Free telescope viewings are back!


    Chabot Space and Science Center

    10000 Skyline Blvd

    Oakland, CA 94619


    See 05/27 description above.

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    Saturday, 06/04/22

    07:30 PM - 08:30 PM


    Mt. Tam Astronomy


    Gravitational Waves: The Discovery that Won the Nobel Prize - Livestream


    On September 14, 2015, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) received the first confirmed gravitational wave signals. Now known as GW150914, the event represents the coalescence of two distant black holes that were previously in mutual orbit. LIGO's exciting discovery provides direct evidence of what is arguably the last major unconfirmed prediction of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity and has launched the new field of gravitational-wave astronomy. This talk will present an introduction to LIGO, gravitational waves and black holes. It will also discuss the gravitational wave detection results reported to date from LIGO and Virgo.


    Speaker: Lynn Cominsky, Sonoma State University


    See weblink for Zoom information


    Website: https://www.mttamastronomy.org/calendar


    https://www.mttamastronomy.org/calendar#h.7uladcoqudge


    Zoom:  https://cuboulder.zoom.us/j/9556618485#success


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


    Cost:  Free


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    Saturday, 06/04/22

    07:30 PM - 01:00 AM


    Lick Observatory

    7299 Mt. Hamilton Rd

    Mt. Hamilton, CA 95140


    Music of the Spheres at Lick Observatory


    Artist: While Album Ensemble


    Astronomy Speaker: Shelly Wright, UC San Diego


    Tickets go on sale April 13 at noon. See weblink.


    Website: https://www.lickobservatory.org/events/music-of-the-spheres/mos-2022-06-04/


    Cost:  $55 General, $95 Preferred


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    Monday, 06/06/22

    07:30 PM - 09:00 PM


    California Academy of Sciences

    55 Music Concourse Dr.

    San Francisco, CA 94118


    Cosmic Catastrophes: Transient Phenomena and the Renaissance of Astrophysics


    Prof. Raffaella Margutti will share how new capabilities to study the night sky have led to recent discoveries and new ways to think about the universe around us. Astronomical transients are events that appear and disappear in the sky and are signs of catastrophic events in space, including the most extreme stellar (star) deaths and interactions between stars and supermassive black holes.


    Thanks to new and improved observational facilities, which use measurements of gravitational waves and light, we can now sample the night sky for astronomical transients with unprecedented resolution across the electromagnetic spectrum and beyond. This effort has led to the discovery of new types of stellar explosions, revolutionized our understanding of phenomena that we thought we already knew, and enabled the first insights into the physics of how black holes and stars interact.


    Speaker: Raffaella Margutti, UC Berkeley


    Website: https://www.calacademy.org/events/benjamin-dean-astronomy-lectures/cosmic-catastrophes-transient-phenomena-and-the-renaissance


    Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members & Seniors


  • 10 May 2022 12:01 PM | Scott Miller (Administrator)


    On Wednesday, May 25th, 2022 at 7 pm (Pacific time), Dr. Sandra Faber (University of California, Santa Cruz) will give a free, illustrated, non-technical lecture entitled:  “Do Humans Have What It Takes to Thrive in This Universe?"                                   

    On line at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/SVAstronomyLectures  

              [if you go to this address the evening of the talk you will see and be able to participate in the live event; we will also make a recording] 

    The talk is part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series (through Foothill College), now in its 22nd year. 

    Modern astronomy is revealing the story of our cosmic origins -- where the Galaxy came from, how the Sun and Earth were formed, and how the elements in our bodies were forged in stars and later gathered to form “us”. We are now poised to use that knowledge to predict Earth’s cosmic future, and it looks bright ahead – one billion years (more or less) of a future livable planet. However, one question then glows in stark relief: does our human species – honed by natural selection – have the makings to thrive on a cosmic time scale? In this lecture, Prof. Faber will share her perspective as a cosmologist, and sketch her vision for what we humans need to do to seize this incredible opportunity. 

    Winner of the National Medal of Science, Sandra Faber is Professor Emerita of Astronomy & Astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz. She helped to discover dark matter in the Universe and co-invented the modern scenario for galaxy formation based on it. She led the team that discovered how common black holes are at the centers of galaxies and the one that diagnosed the optical flaw on the Hubble Space Telescope. Her awards include the Gruber Prize in Cosmology and the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society.  Recently, she founded the Earth Futures Institute at UCSC to inspire human beings to embrace the task of long-term planet planning. 

    The lecture is co-sponsored by: 

    * The Foothill College Science, Tech, Engineering & Math Division 

    * The SETI Institute 

    * The Astronomical Society of the Pacific 

    * The University of California Observatories (including Lick Observatory). 

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