• 10 Jun 2024 7:30 AM | Scott Miller (Administrator)
    Thursday, 06/13/24  7:00 PM
    Livestream

    Bay Area Skeptics

    Click here to watch the talk:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZV5g2MTOjA

    Are Americans Really Anti-Science? - Livestream

    Lately, there has been much discussion in the media and even in academic journals about the supposed rise of “anti-science” in the United States. Examples tend focus on climate change, evolution, and vaccination. But what about science in general? Are Americans truly anti-science in the sense of rejecting all of science? Research shows that in the decades since the end of the Second World War, American adults actually have held strong positive attitudes about the benefits of science and technology and fewer concerns or reservations about science and technology broadly. I will discuss the reasons for this general approval of science. Looking to the future, I will discuss the challenges in the 21st century to maintaining strong positive attitudes toward science and increasing the level of civic scientific literacy in the U.S. and similar industrial countries.

    Speaker: Jon Miller, University of Michigan

    Website: http://baskeptics.org/upcomingskeptalk/

    Cost:  Free

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    Friday, 06/14/24  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.

    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@... or phone (510) 406-1914.

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    Friday, 06/14/24
    09:30 PM - 11:30 PM
    In-person

    San Jose Astronomical Association
    Houge Park
    3972 Twilight Drive
    San Jose, CA 95124

    In Town Star Party

    Come join San Jose Astronomical Association (SJAA) for an evening of stargazing.

    Event details:

    • Events are held at the parking lot of our headquarters, Houge Park San Jose. The event duration is 2 hours. SJAA volunteers will share night sky views from their telescopes.
    • Please refrain from bringing your own telescopes (Binoculars are welcome). If you like to be a volunteer with or without a telescope please email at "itsp@...".
    • SJAA as an all volunteer-nonprofit org depends on the City of San Jose to use facilities at Houge Park. To maintain this relationship, we must provide facility-use data to the city. Therefore, we ask you to sign in (no traceable personal data collected) when you arrive at the event.

    Website: https://www.meetup.com/sj-astronomy/events/300659111/

    Cost:  Free

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    Friday, 06/14/2024 9PM-11PM for night observing and Saturday 06/15/2024
    10AM-12 Noon for solar observing
    In-person

    Foothill Observatory
    12345 El Monte Road
    Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

    Foothill Observatory now Open EVERY clear Friday night and Saturday morning

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

    ·       Every clear Friday night from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. for star gazing

    ·       Every clear Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon for solar viewing

    ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES
    COVID vaccination and masks no longer required on the Foothill College campus.

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

    and  https://pastro.org

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    Friday,  06/14/2024 and Saturday 06/15/2024
    07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    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.

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    Saturday, 06/15/24
    08:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    In-person

    City Star Parties - Tunnel Tops Park
    210 Lincoln Blvd
    East Meadow
    San Francisco, CA 94129

    City Public Star Party

    Come join the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers for free public stargazing of the Moon, planets, globular clusters and more!

    The event will take place in Tunnel Tops National Park, parking is located adjacent to Picnic Place (210 Lincoln Blvd for GPS) with the telescopes setup in the East Meadow.

    Dress warmly as conditions can be windy or cold in the Presidio. Rain, heavy fog or overcast skies cancel the event. Check the SFAA website for a cancellation notice before leaving for the star party.

    SFAA members with telescopes are encouraged to attend and share their views of the stars with the general public.

    Website: https://www.sfaa-astronomy.org/event-5619395

    Cost:  Free
  • 10 Jun 2024 7:00 AM | Scott Miller (Administrator)
    Wednesday, 06/19/24
    07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

    Attendance is in-person or virtual.

    Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/95830904603?pwd=UDNKdm16US9wK1EremdJeGptdjNNdz09

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChuBJGp_iJYZ11q_ayA-q3A 

    San Francisco Amateur Astronomers
    Randall Museum
    199 Museum Way
    San Francisco, CA 94114


    A Cosmic shadow theater: How galaxy silhouettes reveal their dark side


    The afterglow from the Big Bang, the "cosmic microwave background", acts as the backlight in a shadow theater where galaxies are the protagonists. The resulting galaxy shadows contain unique information about the invisible components of galaxies, such as their cold gas and dark matter, which hold clues to the nature of dark matter, dark energy, and the formation of galaxies. Dr. Emmanuel Shaan will present some of the scientific efforts to reveal these galaxy silhouettes, using unprecedented cosmic microwave background experiments and galaxy surveys.

    Website: https://www.sfaa-astronomy.org/event-5529267


    Cost:  Free

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    Friday, 06/21/24  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.

    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@... or phone (510) 406-1914.

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

    Friday, 06/21/2024 9PM-11PM for night observing and Saturday 06/22/202410AM-12 Noon for solar observing
    In-person

    Foothill Observatory
    12345 El Monte Road
    Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

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    Foothill Observatory now Open EVERY clear Friday night and Saturday morning

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

    ·       Every clear Friday night from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. for star gazing

    ·       Every clear Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon for solar viewing

    ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES
    COVID vaccination and masks no longer required on the Foothill College campus.

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

    and  https://pastro.org

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    Friday,  06/21/2024 and Saturday 06/22/2024
    07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    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.

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    Saturday, 06/22/24 and Sunday, 06/23/2024
    10:00 AM - 04:00 PM


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

    NASA Fest at Chabot


    How do you organize a space party? You plan-et! Join us at Chabot for two days of astronomical fun for the whole family! Step into the shoes of a NASA engineer, discover and play with real world space tech, design and test your own Rovers, and hear from extraordinary guest speakers working at the forefront of the development of aerospace technology right here in the Bay!

    Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/nasa-fest-at-chabot-saturday/

     and

    https://chabotspace.org/calendar/25210/


    Cost:  $30 Adult, $25 Youth/Sr, $15 Member Adult


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    Saturday, June 22nd, 2024,  7:30 P.M.
    In-person and Livestream

    East Bay Astronomical Society
    Chabot Space and Science Center
    Classroom 3 & 4 / Kepler-Copernicus
    10000 Skyline Blvd
    Oakland, CA 94619

    This talk will be available live and publicly at:

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

    Next General Meeting – WE’RE BACK AT CHABOT!!
    (Note that this meeting will be hybrid, in-person and on zoom/facebook. Our speaker will join us IN PERSON in Classroom 3 & 4 / Kepler-Copernicus), as well as in our on-line meeting.

    Meeting will be held at the Chabot Space and Science Center Classroom 4 (the Room formerly known as Copernicus). Please enter through the side gate along the back road of the facility.

    Our guest speaker for the evening is Andy Kreyche, Presenter, Kvamme Planetarium, West Valley College; Vice President, Santa Cruz Chapter of DarkSky International
     
    TITLE: Planet Italy: Adventures in Teaching and Learning
    During 2023 Italy had a record 68 million visitors. That spring, one of them was Andy Kreyche of Santa Cruz, but his visit was far from typical. As a planetarium educator, Andy was selected to take part in a program to teach astronomy lessons to high school students in different parts of the country. Each location was both distinctly Italian and decidedly different. And each place came to life due to generous hosts—astronomy educators and amateur enthusiasts who seemed to exemplify their surroundings. Being in Italy for the first time gave Andy new perspectives on artistry, history, and permanence. Come along on a unique journey that will take you from Assisi to a Franciscan convent in the countryside, from historic Ravenna to an observatory in the foothills of the Alps, among other places.

    About the Speaker

    Andy Kreyche fell in love with the night sky when first saw stars in the deep, dark desert skies of Southern Arizona at the age of 7. He has been involved with informal astronomy education since the 1990’s, after which he started a career working in planetariums. He likes integrating hands-on learning with the planetarium experience to foster a deeper connection with audiences and better understanding of key concepts. Andy is an inaugural board member of the Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium (LIPS), Vice President of the Santa Cruz Chapter of DarkSky International, and works as a presenter at the Jean and E. Floyd Kvamme Planetarium at West Valley College in Saratoga.

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

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    Thursday, 06/27/24  6:00 PM

    Livestream

    Night Sky Network

    YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/live/LdSeHaJg8cs


    Three Years of Exploring Mars - Livestream


    Kim Steadman

    The Perseverance Rover has spent three years exploring the Jezero Crater on Mars. After exploring the crater floor, Perseverance is now exploring the Delta and working its way to the crater rim.

    Speaker: Kim Steadman, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    See weblink for links to watch on YouTube

    Website: https://astrosociety.org/get-involved/events/event/2024/06/27/free-live-nsn-webinar-series-perseverance-three-years-of-exploring-mars-with-kim-steadman/486422


    Cost:  Free

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