• 18 Jan 2023 9:00 AM | Scott Miller (Administrator)

    Tuesday, 01/17/23
    07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Livestream

    San Jose Astronomical Association

    Astronomy Beginner's Forum - Livestream


    If you're new to astronomy and are perhaps considering getting your own telescope but are not sure where to start, maybe we can help!
    This event is an on-line meeting where you can chat with representatives of SJAA as well as other new astronomy enthusiasts. We'll share general tips and answer specific questions. Our goal is to give you information, so that you can make good choices for yourself and get started in a way that leads to success and joy.
    You can ask any astronomy or astronomy equipment-related question, but please understand that some questions may be beyond the scope of this session. For example, we will not be able to walk through complex telescope setup procedures. If you're having specific trouble with a telescope, we'll do our best to give you tips, but we may have to refer you to further resources.
    Also, if you're looking to buy binoculars or a telescope, we will not be able to give you a specific recommendation for what to get, as there is no single right answer. We will, however, give you criteria and guidelines to consider, so you can focus your own research and make an informed choice.
    We will start the session by collecting the questions you want to ask. Other than that, just bring your enthusiasm for astronomy

    Register at weblink

    Website:  https://www.meetup.com/sj-astronomy/events/290267758/


    Cost:  Free
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    Wednesday, 01/18/23
    03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
    In-person

    Hiller Aviation Museum
    601 Skyway Rd.
    San Carlos, CA 94070

    Glider Discovery Day
    Discover the world of flight in a special outdoor family event!

    Learn the names of the different parts of the airplane, then join in the fun the help build a full-size Penguin airplane!  Then, assemble a balsa wood glider and join a fun festival of flight outdoors in the museum’s Courtyard.  Each child receives a glider to take home!

    Website: https://www.hiller.org/event/glider-day/

    Cost:  Free with admission

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    Wednesday, 01/18/23
    07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
    Livestream

    SETI Institute

    Meet COSMIC: An Alien Hunter Instrument at the VLA - Livestream

    COSMIC SETI (the Commensal Open-Source Multimode Interferometer Cluster Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is about to survey of 40 million stars for technosignatures using the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA). The VLA is the world’s largest radio telescope array operating at microwave frequencies. It’s also where Jodie Foster heard an alien signal in the 1997 movie “Contact.”

    COSMIC SETI is a collaboration between the SETI Institute and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), which operates the VLA, to bring a state-of-the-art search for extraterrestrial intelligence to the VLA for the first time. As the VLA conducts observations with its 27 antennas, COSMIC SETI will enable SETI Institute scientists to access a copy of that data to analyze for evidence of technosignatures, signs of technology not caused by natural phenomena.

    Once up and running, it is estimated that COSMIC SETI will observe about 40 million galactic star systems in two years. It will be the most comprehensive SETI observing program ever conducted in the Northern Hemisphere, with high sensitivity and a colossal target list.

    To discuss the ability of COSMIC SETI to conduct this unique technosignature search, we invited two researchers involved in the project. Chenoa Tremblay, radio astronomer at the SETI Institute and Mark Ruzindana, a postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley. Together with Molly Bentley, executive Producer and Co-Host at Big Picture Science, they will discuss the potential of COSMIC SETI to detect technosignatures from such a large star system sample located “only” 900 light-years away from us.

    Register at weblink to attend.  This event will only be available live, and not on SETI's YouTube channel.

    Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seti-talks-meet-cosmic-an-alien-hunter-instrument-at-the-vla-tickets-505705327247

    Cost:  Free

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    Thursday, 01/19/23
    06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    In-person

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

    After Dark: Moon and Stars

    Look up at the night sky and you might be able to track the passage of time or navigate your way home - just as observers from Earth have done throughout history. What do we miss when we pollute our sky with light and crowd it with satellites? What can we learn from the moon and the stars? Tonight, explore the allure of these celestial bodies through story, song, and science.

    Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/after-dark-moon-stars

    Cost:  $19.95 General, Free for members

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    Friday, 01/20/23  7:00 PM

    This will be a hybrid meeting. Location details below. 

     For non-members if you would like to join the meeting, please send an email to president@trivalleystargazers.org asking for the meeting link

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

    Planet Formation from a Dynamical Perspective


    Recent observational advances have allowed the discovery of thousands of exoplanets and an initial characterization of their orbital and physical parameters. As this population has grown, it is increasingly apparent that existing models of planet formation are incomplete. The Kepler/K2/TESS data have presented counterexamples to prevailing theories, including theories of hot Jupiter formation. In this talk, I will present my and others’ work towards integrating these theories of planet formation with new astronomical discoveries. Resolving these conflicts requires not only a deep understanding of the current dynamical states of benchmark systems, but also an exploration of their histories through theoretical analysis expanding on the observational data. I will explain how theoretical models can give these needed constraints and determine the most probable formation pathways of these systems. As the number of known exoplanets approaches 5000 and individual systems are being more deeply characterized, we are entering a new era of exoplanet science where it will be possible to construct a coherent theory of planet formation; as I conclude my talk, I will outline the roadmap to this understanding.

    Speaker: Juliette Becker, CalTech

    This event was originally listed for January 7.

    Website: https://www.trivalleystargazers.org


    Cost:  Free

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    Friday, 01/20/23  7PM
    In-person

    Telescope Makers Workshop
    Chabot Space and Science Center
    10000 Skyline Boulevard
    Oakland, CA 94619-245

    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 rrichozer1@... or phone (510) 406-1914.

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    Friday, 01/20/2023 9PM-11PM for night observing and Saturday 01/21/2023
     10AM-12Noon for solar observing
    In-person

    Foothill Observatory is open again!
    12345 El Monte Road
    Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

    Foothill Observatory Open 1st and 3rd Fridays + Saturdays

    The Foothill College Astronomy Department and Peninsula Astronomical Society (PAS) have reopened public viewing programs at Foothill College Observatory on the following schedule:

    ·       1st and 3rd Friday of each month, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. for star gazing

    ·       1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to noon for solar viewing

    Since we are still dealing with COVID, we are adopting the following guidelines to enable safe operation of the Observatory for both our public visitors and our PAS operators.  We ask that visitors please agree to complying with these guidelines before visiting the Observatory, and to direct any questions to info@pastro.org.
    ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES
    1.    Full vaccination against COVID-19 is required to visit the Foothill College campus — This is a College requirement detailed on the Foothill College COVID-19 Behavioral Expectations page.

    2.    Mask usage is required anytime visiting the Foothill College campus — This includes the Observatory, per the same college policy linked above in item 1. 

    3.    The number of visitors allowed inside the Observatory is reduced — To avoid overcrowding within the limited space, please wait outside the observatory until a PAS telescope operator lets you and your group inside. Once your group is done viewing through the telescope, you will exit the Observatory so that a new group may enter. 

    Websites:  https://foothill.edu/astronomy/observatory.html

    and  https://pastro.org

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    Friday, 01/20/23 and Saturday, 01/21/23
    07:30 PM - 10:00 PM--Free telescope viewings are back!
    In-person

    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, January 21
    Sunset: 5:22 PM
    In-person

    San Mateo Co. Astronomical Society
    Crestview Park
    1000 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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    Sunday, January 22, 2023 
    1:30 PM to 3:30 PM PST
    In-person

    San Jose Astronomical Association
    Houge Park 
    3972 Twilight Dr 
    San Jose, CA

    Solar Observing

    It’s there for us year round, lighting our days and providing energy for our lives, so maybe it’s time to give it a closer look. Join SJAA for amazing and detailed views of the Sun, and be assured that we’ll be using special telescopes that will keep your eyeballs perfectly safe.

    We’ll have white-light telescopes with dense solar filters that reveal sunspots. Further, we’ll show you hydrogen-alpha telescopes that isolate a very specific color of red that reveals prominences (often thought of as solar flares) and intricate texture within the Sun’s chromosphere (its atmosphere).

    We can also share with you a little about how the Sun works and how complex magnetic fields drive the number of sunspots and prominences that we’ll see on a given day.

    Around 1:45, we'll have a short, informal introductory talk, and at other times, you can enjoy the views and ask questions about the Sun, telescopes, or astronomy in general.

    You may bring your own telescope. If you have a properly filtered white light or H-alpha telescope and want to share views with others, please arrive at 1:00 or earlier, so you have time to set up before the event officially starts.

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    Sunday, 01/22/23  1:00 PM
    Livestream

    Bookshop West Portal
    ONLINE, via Zoom [https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84960898723]

    Wonderfest: Probing the Heart of Matter - Livestream

    Physics has always sought to deepen our understanding of reality, particularly our concept of matter. Today, city-size machines crash together particles - at nearly the speed of light - that are a trillion times smaller than a grain of sand. The resulting insights have both theoretical and practical value: a more profound (and weird) concept of existence, and new technologies such as diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy. Wonderfest joins BookShop West Portal - online - to present physicist Dr. Suzie Sheehy in discussion of her new book The Matter of Everything: How Curiosity, Physics, and Improbable Experiments Changed the World.

    See weblink for Zoom information

    Website: https://wonderfest.org/heart-of-matter/

    Cost:  Free


  • 18 Jan 2023 8:30 AM | Scott Miller (Administrator)

    Tuesday, 01/24/23  6:00 PM

    Livestream

    YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAk0ZUwG60s

    Astronomical Society of the Pacific

    Dec 13 APOD.jpg.jpeg


    Astronomy Picture Of The Day: Postcards from the Universe 2022 - Livestream


    Join the Night Sky Network and Robert Nemiroff for a tour of the highlights from the Astronomy Picture of the Day archive for 2022.

    Along with Jerry Bonnell, Robert Nemiroff has written, coordinated, and edited NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) since 1995. The APOD archive contains the largest collection of annotated astronomical images on the internet.

    See weblink for YouTube links

    Website: https://astrosociety.org/get-involved/events/event/2023/01/24/free-live-nsn-webinar-series-apod-postcards-from-the-universe-2022/408458
    Cost:  Free

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    Wednesday, 01/25/23  7:00 PM

    In-person

    Museum of Art and History
    705 Front St
    Back Patio
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060

    The Universe of Galaxies, James Webb Space Telescope, and STEAM Research Opportunities for Young People


    My Science on Tap presentation will touch upon highlights from my group's research on galaxies. We tend to focus on nearby spiral galaxies like the Andromeda and Triangulum galaxies and the smaller galaxies that orbit around these two large galaxies. I will also present results from our ongoing research on the outer regions of the galaxy we live in, our Milky Way galaxy. The properties of the resolved populations of stars that make up these galaxies tell us a lot about the formation and complex evolutionary history of these galaxies. For example, the motion of stars tells us about the dark matter content of galaxies and their canni- balism history. My talk will include some of the latest images from the James Webb Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, and ground based telescopes. Finally, I will describes three outreach programs under the Creating Equity in STEAM (CrEST) umbrella that engage young aspir- ing students: (1) Shadow the Scientists (StS); (2) Python and Research (PyaR); and (3) Science Internship Program (SIP).

    Speaker: Puragra GuhaThakurta, UC Santa Cruz

    Website: https://wiseucsc.wixsite.com/wise/science-on-tap


    Cost:  Free

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    Friday, 01/27/23  12:00 PM

    Livestream

    UC Santa Cruz

    Geophysics Contact: Valère Lambert:  valamber@ucsc.edu

    Planetary Sciences: Benjamin Idini: bidini@ucsc.edu

    for weblink

    Thermal tides in the Martian atmosphere = Livestream

    Speaker: Siteng Fan, Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique, Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace

    See weblink for connection information

    Website: https://eps.ucsc.edu/news-events/igpp-seminar/winter-2023.html

    Geophysics Contact: Valère Lambert:  valamber@ucsc.edu
    Planetary Sciences: Benjamin Idini: bidini@ucsc.edu
    for weblink


    Cost:  Free

    =============================

    Friday, 01/27/23  7PM
    In-person

    Telescope Makers Workshop
    Chabot Space and Science Center
    10000 Skyline Boulevard
    Oakland, CA 94619-245


    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 rrichozer1@... or phone (510) 406-1914.

    =============================

    Friday, 01/27/2023 9PM-11PM for night observing and Saturday 01/28/2023
     10AM-12Noon for solar observing
    In-person

    Foothill Observatory is open again!
    12345 El Monte Road
    Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

    Foothill Observatory Open 1st and 3rd Fridays + Saturdays

    The Foothill College Astronomy Department and Peninsula Astronomical Society (PAS) have reopened public viewing programs at Foothill College Observatory on the following schedule:

    ·       1st and 3rd Friday of each month, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. for star gazing

    ·       1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to noon for solar viewing

    Since we are still dealing with COVID, we are adopting the following guidelines to enable safe operation of the Observatory for both our public visitors and our PAS operators.  We ask that visitors please agree to complying with these guidelines before visiting the Observatory, and to direct any questions to info@pastro.org.
    ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES
    1.    Full vaccination against COVID-19 is required to visit the Foothill College campus — This is a College requirement detailed on the Foothill College COVID-19 Behavioral Expectations page.

    2.    Mask usage is required anytime visiting the Foothill College campus — This includes the Observatory, per the same college policy linked above in item 1. 

    3.    The number of visitors allowed inside the Observatory is reduced — To avoid overcrowding within the limited space, please wait outside the observatory until a PAS telescope operator lets you and your group inside. Once your group is done viewing through the telescope, you will exit the Observatory so that a new group may enter. 

    Websites:  https://foothill.edu/astronomy/observatory.html

    and  https://pastro.org

    =============================

    Friday, 01/27/23 and Saturday, 01/28/23
    07:30 PM - 10:00 PM--Free telescope viewings are back!
    In-person

    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, 01/28/23  7:00 PM
    Livestream

    East Bay Astronomical Society

    An Introduction to Astrophotography - Livestream

    Have you ever wondered how astronomers take a picture of another galaxy or celestial object? In this presentation, you will hear how amateur astronomers produce these images. This includes the required equipment, what an imaging session looks like, and finally, an overview of processing data into a final image. Whether you are a casual observer or just getting started, this presentation will provide you insight into astrophotography.

    Speaker: Frank Seminaro, & Michael Coook,  San Mateo Co. Astroomical Soc.

    See weblink for link to the talk

    Website: https://eastbayastro.org/events/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EastbayAstroSociety/videos/
     
    EAS Members will get a private Zoom invitation by Email

    Cost:  Free 

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    Monday, Jan 30, 2023 - 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm 

    In-person and online

    Stanford University

    KIPAC Public Lectures

    Hewlett Teaching Center, Room 200

    Stanford, CA

    and online - see below

    The James Webb Space Telescope: Atmospheres of Other Worlds


    Prof. Bruce Macintosh (UC Observatories & KIPAC/Stanford)


    JWST is an extraordinary technological achievement. Its ultra-precise optical system makes it a powerful tool for studying extrasolar planets (exoplanets) - worlds that orbit around other stars. Specifically, JWST is capable of measuring the chemical composition of exoplanet atmospheres with unprecedented sensitivity. In this lecture, Prof. Macintosh will discuss the most exciting exoplanet science planned for JWST: it will study giant planets like our own Jupiter by blocking the glare of bright stars, allowing us to understand how these worlds form. The telescope will also study smaller planets as they eclipse their host stars; we can identify chemical traces in their atmosphere when these planets are backlit by starlight. Prof. Macintosh will highlight recent results using both techniques. The same techniques will be adopted by JWST and future successor telescopes to study Earth-sized planets and look for signs of life.


    Website:  https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/james-webb-space-telescope-atmospheres-other-worlds

    Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/astronomy-lecture-the-james-webb-exoplanets-registration-472812523987

    Yo0uTube:  https://youtu.be/AREJrEpDIMU



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