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  • 13 Sep 2021 3:55 PM | Scott Miller (Administrator)

    Wednesday, 09/15/21  7:00 PM

    San Francisco Amateur Astronomers

    Tales from the Stratosphere - Livestream


    SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, operated by NASA, is a Boeing 747SP aircraft that flies into the stratosphere, above 99 percent of Earth’s infrared-blocking atmosphere, allowing research in ways not possible with ground-based telescopes.

    Ten years after her first flight on SOFIA, Marita Beard's stories about her experiences on SOFIA continue to serve as a way to engage and connect learning goals to real world education opportunities for her students. As an Airborne Ambassador for SOFIA, Marita will share how her experiences on several SOFIA flights helped her achieve her lifelong dream of being a part of a NASA mission. She works to inspire her students to pursue their own STEM goals through learning how science is conducted on SOFIA. Her students also learn about the backgrounds of people involved with SOFIA, and what SOFIA has discovered since its first flight.

    Marita believes she has much to contribute because of working with SOFIA at NASA Ames prior to going into teaching, and she will share her experiences with us.

    Speaker: Marita Beard, Leigh High School, San Jose

    Website: https://www.sfaa-astronomy.org/live-streamed-lectures/

    Connect starting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, September 15th by clicking this Zoom meeting link: 

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

    Clicking the link may prompt you to install the Zoom virtual meeting app. Once installed, you will be able to join the meeting. If the app is already installed on your device, simply enter the meeting number 958 3090 4603 and password 116064 to join the meeting.

    Once joined, you can test your audio and video, and greet other members.
    Board members will join the meeting early to help troubleshoot any problems with audio or video. 
    "Doors Open" at 6:30pm and the announcements and lecture will start promptly at 7:00pm.

    Cost:  Free

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    Thursday, 09/16/21
    05:00 PM - 06:30 PM

    Cafe Scientifique Silicon Valley

    Seven Months of Perseverance on Mars - Livestream

    I will discuss what the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover has been up to on Mars since landing on February 18, 2021.

    Speaker: Ken Farley, Calinfornia Institute of Technology

    Register at weblink to receive connection information.

    Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-cafe-scientifique-perseverance-on-mars-tickets-167526298669?aff=CafeSciWebsite

    Cost:  Free

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    Friday, 09/17/21  7:30 PM

    Tri-Valley Stargazers
    Astronomy - From Passion to Profession - Livestream

    I will discuss how I turned my passion for astronomy and outreach into a profession. I teach astronomy research seminars to students and educators around the country and the world, and get to use telescope networks covering the globe. Following my passion and taking advantage of opportunities that came my way, along with meeting some amazing mentors has led me to a life better than I could have dreamed of in astronomy.
    Speaker: Rachel Freed, Institute for Student Astronomical Research


    See weblink for instructions to receive connection information.

    Website: https://www.trivalleystargazers.org

    Cost:  Free

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    Saturday, 09/18/21
    09:00 PM - 10:30 PM

    Chabot Space and Science Center

    Virtual Telescope Viewing - Livestream

    Join our resident astronomers on Facebook Live every Saturday evening 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.

    Other Dates For This Event:
    • Saturday, 09/18/21
    • Saturday, 09/25/21
    • Saturday, 10/02/21

    Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/virtual-telescope-viewing/2021-09-18/

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

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

    Cost:  Free

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    Monday, 09/20/21  12:10 PM

    Campbell Hall, Rm 131
    UC Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720

    Searching for the quietest compact objects in the Milky Way
    Speaker: Tharindu Jayasinghe Arachchilage

    Website: https://tac.berkeley.edu/monday-tac-seminar/

    Cost:  Free

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    Monday, 09/20/21
    04:15 PM - 05:15 PM

    UC Berkeley

    Cosmic alchemy in the era of gravitational wave astronomy - Livestream


    The source of about half of the heaviest elements in the Universe has been a mystery for a long time. Although the general picture of element formation is well understood, many questions about the astrophysical details remain to be answered. Here I focus on recent advances in our understanding of the origin of the heaviest and rarest elements in the Universe.

    Speaker: Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, UC Santa Cruz

    See weblink for connection information

    Website: https://physics.berkeley.edu/news-events/events/20210920/cosmic-alchemy-in-the-era-of-gravitational-wave-astronomy

    https://physics.berkeley.edu/news-events/events/20210920/fall-2021-colloquia-schedule

    All lectures start at 4:15 PM (with the exception of the Department Welcome) and end around 5:15 PM. They are free and open to the public.

    PLEASE NOTE: Zoom links will be posted on the day of each event.

    For abstract and videos for each lecture, including past lecturers, please see our Colloquia and Videos page.

    https://physics.berkeley.edu/resources/colloquia-and-videos

    Cost:  Free

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    Tuesday, 09/21/21
    02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    National Math Festival

    Mathematics: The Key to a Hidden World - Livestream


    Do we really need to learn about mathematics in our modern world? We all carry calculators around in our pockets and so much of what we're taught in school mathematics can seem irrelevant to our lives. However, the reason we learn mathematics is not just to solve problems. It's to unlock a world hiding in plain sight, to enable us to appreciate its patterns and navigate its secrets. In this session we'll explore some of those secrets and see how mathematics helps us to wonder at the world we live in.

    Eddie Woo is a high school mathematics teacher in Sydney, Australia.

    This live event, geared at ages 11+, is presented by the National Math Festival and the Mathical Book Prize. Registrants will receive a Zoom link and instructions to join.

    Website: https://www.nationalmathfestival.org/news/online-event-author-educator-and-youtuber-eddie-woo-sept-21-2021

    Cost:  Free

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    Wednesday, 09/22/21
    07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    SETI Institute


    SETI Talks: Is a Sixth Mass Extinction the future of living species on Earth? - Livestream


    Human society and the global ecosystem are at a critical point in time, facing climate and biodiversity crises. According to a recent analysis, the sixth mass extinction of wildlife on Earth is accelerating. More than 500 species of land animals are on the brink of extinction and are likely to be lost within 20 years, a number equivalent to the number lost over the entire last century.

    Earth ecosystems have been through severe extinction crises in the past. There have been five mass extinction events during the last 450 million years, each destroying 70-95% of the species of plants, animals and microorganisms that previously existed. Causes of these events included massive volcanic eruptions, depletion of ocean oxygen or collision with an asteroid. Following each event, it took millions of years to regain the numbers of species comparable to those before the extinction event. 

    What can our understanding of these systems’ ecology, evolution and history teach us about surviving the current situation? We invited two scientists from the California Academy of Sciences to discuss this topic. Scott Sampson, executive director and a dinosaur paleontologist, and Peter Roopnarine, the Curator of Geology, whose research focuses on understanding the evolution of ecological systems.

    Moderator: Franck Marchis, SETI

    Register at weblink to receive connection information

    Website: https://www.seti.org/event/seti-talks-sixth-mass-extinction-future-living-species-earth


    Cost:  Free

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    Saturday, 09/25/21
    12:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    College of San Mateo

    College of San Mateo's Family Science & Astronomy Festival + Makerspace


    Fall is in the air, which means College of San Mateo's Virtual Family Science Day is just around the corner!

    Our annual festival brings the wonders of science to our community. This year it will be held virtually through Zoom, featuring both live sessions and on-demand recordings! Join us for a day of activities and exploration led by dedicated STEM@CSM faculty and staff.

    Activities include slime making, marshmallow molecules construction, and at-home physics and engineering experiments.

    We will have our astronomy team leading events like virtual stargazing and you'll have the opportunity to chat with real astronomers in our community!

    Our keynote speaker is research scientist, Pablo Sobron, who will be sharing his experience as a member of NASA’s Mars 2020/Perseverance Rover Science Team and their mission to seek signs of ancient life on Mars.

    All this...and more!

    Visit collegeofsanmateo.edu/familyscienceday to view our schedule register for updates.

    Contact:
    Jessica Damian
    Email: DamianJ@smccd.edu


    Website: https://collegeofsanmateo.edu/familyscienceday/

    Cost:  Free

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    Saturday, 09/25/21
    09:00 PM - 10:30 PM

    Chabot Space and Science Center

    Virtual Telescope Viewing - Livestream

    Join our resident astronomers on Facebook Live every Saturday evening 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.


    Other Dates For This Event:

    • Saturday, 09/25/21

    • Saturday, 10/02/21

    Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/virtual-telescope-viewing/2021-09-25/

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

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


    Cost:  Free

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    Sunday, 09/26/21
    06:30 PM - 10:00 PM

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

    Sunset Science


    Enjoy a warm summer evening of activities and stargazing on Chabot’s stunning Observation Deck! Learn about stellar concepts and preview our new offerings with special demonstrations, hands-on challenges and more. When the Sun goes down, the stars come out for exploring the cosmos through historic telescopes.

    Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/sunset-science-2-2/


    Cost:  $15 Adults, $5 Youth, Members Free


  • 06 Sep 2021 6:49 PM | Scott Miller (Administrator)

    Wednesday, 09/08/21

    03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Commonwealth Club - Online Event

    Fear of a Black Universe - Livestream

    In his latest book, Fear of a Black Universe: An Outsider's Guide to the Future of Physics, Brown University's Dr. Stephon Alexander explores some of nature's deepest questions. He uses the principles of invariance, quantization, and emergence to address ideas at the outer limits of physics, including even what happened before the big bang and what makes consciousness possible! Dr. Alexander argues that further progress in physics will likely be enhanced by embracing the excluded, listening to the formerly unheard, and being fearless in the face of possible error.

    See weblink for discount code

    Website: http://wonderfest.org/black-universe/

    Cost:  Free with discount code (WONDERFEST)

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    Thursday, 09/09/21  12:30 PM

    Long Now Foundation

    A History of Civilization in Twelve Clocks - Livestream

    How has time been imagined, politicized, and weaponized over the centuries"and how it might bring peace?

    Horologist David Rooney tells the hidden story of timekeeping and how it continues to shape our modern world. From medieval water clocks to monumental sundials, and from coastal time signals to satellites in earth's orbit, Rooney takes us on a global journey that showcases the ingenuity and craftsmanship humans have used to track and measure time. His in-depth research illustrates the very real effects clocks and timekeeping have on everything from navigation, to capitalism, to politics, to our very identity.

    An expert storyteller, Rooney brings pivotal moments from the past vividly to life and shows us how a history of clocks is a history of civilization.

    David Rooney, is a historian of technology and expert on clocks and timekeeping practices. As a curator at the Science Museum, London, Rooney was the lead caretaker of Long Now's Prototype 1 of The 10,000 Year Clock which is on display there in the Making of the Modern World exhibit.

    Website: https://longnow.org/seminars/02021/sep/09/history-civilization-twelve-clocks/

    Cost:  Free

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    Thursday, 09/09/21

    06:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    ExplOratorium

    Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street) 

    San Francisco, CA 94111

    After Dark: Science Fiction Turned Fact

    While science fiction is primarily a genre of imagination, there's a tradition of sci-fi speculations slowly emerging as fact. At this After Dark program, dig into technological innovations that, though now familiar (or soon to be familiar), were once the stuff of imaginative conjecture. Learn how these technologies have, or may, have far-reaching impacts. And consider how alternatives to our current realities can grow from acts of the imagination.

    Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/after-dark-science-fiction-turned-fact

    Cost:  $19.95 General, Free for members

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    Saturday, 09/11/21  7:30 PM

    Mount Tamalpias Astronomy Lectures

    Advanced Instrumentation in Optical Astronomy - Livestream

    Ground-based telescopes have come a long way in recent decades. Today they can take advantage of adaptive optics systems that reduce the effect of atmospheric image distortion, and, also, of fast compact computers that allow small telescopes to reach the capability of large telescopes. The result is a lively community of citizen astronomers who (among other things) can detect exoplanets and help study the size, shape, and trajectory of near-Earth asteroids

    Speaker: Franck Marchis, SETI

    See weblink for Zoom information

    Website: https://www.mttamastronomy.org/calendar#h.51voqul87vu0

    Zoom:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89697734661#success

    Cost:  Free

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    Saturday, 09/11/21

    09:00 PM - 10:30 PM

    Chabot Space and Science Center

    Virtual Telescope Viewing - Livestream

    Join our resident astronomers on Facebook Live every Saturday evening 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.

    Other Dates For This Event:

    • Saturday, 09/11/21
    • Saturday, 09/18/21
    • Saturday, 09/25/21
    • Saturday, 10/02/21

    Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/virtual-telescope-viewing/2021-09-11/

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

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

    Cost:  Free

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    Wednesday, 09/15/21  7:00 PM

    San Francisco Amateur Astronomers

    Tales from the Stratosphere - Livestream

    SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, operated by NASA, is a Boeing 747SP aircraft that flies into the stratosphere, above 99 percent of Earth’s infrared-blocking atmosphere, allowing research in ways not possible with ground-based telescopes.

    Ten years after her first flight on SOFIA, Marita Beard's stories about her experiences on SOFIA continue to serve as a way to engage and connect learning goals to real world education opportunities for her students. As an Airborne Ambassador for SOFIA, Marita will share how her experiences on several SOFIA flights helped her achieve her lifelong dream of being a part of a NASA mission. She works to inspire her students to pursue their own STEM goals through learning how science is conducted on SOFIA. Her students also learn about the backgrounds of people involved with SOFIA, and what SOFIA has discovered since its first flight.

    Marita believes she has much to contribute because of working with SOFIA at NASA Ames prior to going into teaching, and she will share her experiences with us.

    Speaker: Marita Beard, Leigh High School, San Jose

    Website: https://www.sfaa-astronomy.org/live-streamed-lectures/

    Connect starting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, September 15th by clicking this Zoom meeting link: 

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

    Clicking the link may prompt you to install the Zoom virtual meeting app. Once installed, you will be able to join the meeting. If the app is already installed on your device, simply enter the meeting number 958 3090 4603 and password 116064 to join the meeting.

    Once joined, you can test your audio and video, and greet other members.

    Board members will join the meeting early to help troubleshoot any problems with audio or video. 

    "Doors Open" at 6:30pm and the announcements and lecture will start promptly at 7:00pm.

    Cost:  Free

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    Thursday, 09/16/21

    05:00 PM - 06:30 PM

    Cafe Scientifique Silicon Valley

    Seven Months of Perseverance on Mars - Livestream

    I will discuss what the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover has been up to on Mars since landing on February 18, 2021.

    Speaker: Ken Farley, Calinfornia Institute of Technology

    Register at weblink to receive connection information.

    Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-cafe-scientifique-perseverance-on-mars-tickets-167526298669?aff=CafeSciWebsite

    Cost:  Free

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    Saturday, 09/18/21

    09:00 PM - 10:30 PM

    Chabot Space and Science Center

    Virtual Telescope Viewing - Livestream

    Join our resident astronomers on Facebook Live every Saturday evening 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.

    Other Dates For This Event:

    • Saturday, 09/18/21
    • Saturday, 09/25/21
    • Saturday, 10/02/21

    Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/virtual-telescope-viewing/2021-09-18/

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

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

    Cost:  Free

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    Monday, 09/20/21  12:10 PM

    Campbell Hall, Rm 131

    UC Berkeley

    Berkeley, CA 94720

    Searching for the quietest compact objects in the Milky Way

    Speaker: Tharindu Jayasinghe Arachchilage

    Website: https://tac.berkeley.edu/monday-tac-seminar/

    Cost:  Free


  • 06 Sep 2021 10:13 AM | Scott Miller (Administrator)

    15 September 2021, 7:00 PM, Wednesday, Live-streamed via Zoom, YouTube and Facebook

    “Tales from the Stratosphere”

    by

    Marita Beard, Physics Instructor, Leigh HS, San Jose

    SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, operated by NASA, is a Boeing 747SP aircraft that flies into the stratosphere, above 99 percent of Earth’s infrared-blocking atmosphere, allowing research in ways not possible with ground-based telescopes.

    Ten years after her first flight on SOFIA, Marita Beard's stories about her experiences on SOFIA continue to serve as a way to engage and connect learning goals to real world education opportunities for her students. As an Airborne Ambassador for SOFIA, Marita will share how her experiences on several SOFIA flights helped her achieve her lifelong dream of being a part of a NASA mission. She works to inspire her students to pursue their own STEM goals through learning how science is conducted on SOFIA. Her students also learn about the backgrounds of people involved with SOFIA, and what SOFIA has discovered since its first flight.

    Marita believes she has much to contribute because of working with SOFIA at NASA Ames prior to going into teaching, and she will share her experiences with us.

    Brief Bio

    After earning her B.S. in Physics and a mathematics minor from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Marita Beard worked as an assistant scientist in Astrophysics research as a contractor at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, and then in Education and Public Outreach developing science curriculum through the SETI Institute.

    The desire to work directly with students and the opportunity to inspire more young women and students of color to STEM education led her to a teaching career at Campbell Union High School district in 2005. She currently teaches Physics and AP Physics at Leigh High School in San Jose. When not teaching she enjoys family road trips.


    How to Attend

    To attend the virtual meeting "live" with the opportunity to ask questions:

    Connect starting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, September 15th by clicking this Zoom meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/95830904603?pwd=UDNKdm16US9wK1EremdJeGptdjNNdz09

    Clicking the link may prompt you to install the Zoom virtual meeting app. Once installed, you will be able to join the meeting. If the app is already installed on your device, simply enter the meeting number 958 3090 4603 and password 116064 to join the meeting.

    Once joined, you can test your audio and video, and greet other members.

    Board members will join the meeting early to help troubleshoot any problems with audio or video.

    "Doors Open" at 6:30pm and the announcements and lecture will start promptly at 7:00pm.

    Alternatively, please visit the following channels to attend the live stream:

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

    SFAA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/152754481404310

  • 30 Aug 2021 3:05 PM | Scott Miller (Administrator)
    Wednesday, September 1,  1:10-2 p.m.

    131 Campbell Hall, UC Berkeley

    Evolution of the Velocity Field of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

    Speaker:  Mike Wong, UC Berkeley

    Sponsor:  Department of Astronomy

    We measured the horizontal winds in Jupiter's Great Red Spot (GRS) at 11 time periods from 2009 to 2020, using Hubble Space Telescope time-series imaging. As an example of a ""pancake vortex"" with height much smaller than length, the GRS---and its interactions with its environment---share both similarities and differences with other solar system vortices embedded in stratified fluids with shear flow. These include terrestrial ocean eddies and atmospheric vortices on the other giant planets. 

    Our data show that there are long-term monotonic trends in size and shape of the high-speed ring marking the vortex dynamical boundary, as was previously noted from trends in the visible cloud appearance. We find a 4-8% increase in the mean wind speeds of the high-speed ring from 2009 to 2020. Shorter-term changes include variability in the shape of the high-speed ring, and changes in flow properties that may relate to a large convective outbreak horizontally distanced (but at similar latitude) in 2016-2017.

    Website:  https://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/astro?event_ID=141434&date=2021-09-01&filter=Secondary%20Event%20Type&filtersel=

    Event Contact:  510-642-5275

    Access Coordinator:  Brandye Johnson,  info@astro.berkeley.edu,  510-642-5275

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    Friday, 09/03/21

    11:30 AM - 01:30 PM

    Astronomical Society of Edinburgh

    The effect of stellar activity on the detection of terrestrial planets - Livestream

    Stars undergo activity cycles often lasting many years. During these periods surface phenomena on their surfaces may not only make exoplanet planet detection and characterisation difficult but, in some cases, may produce spurious signals that mimic those expected from exoplanet mass companions. Here we look at the menagerie of processes occurring and look at ways to minimize their effects. Further developments will be needed if we are to reach sufficient accuracy to detect earth analogue systems or to reveal atmospheres of small planets.

    Speaker:Don Pollacco, University of Warwick

    Website: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-effect-of-stellar-activity-on-the-detection-of-terrestrial-planets-tickets-162702356127

    Cost:  Free

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    Saturday, 09/04/21

    09:00 PM - 10:30 PM

    Chabot Space and Science Center

    Virtual Telescope Viewing - Livestream

    Join our resident astronomers on Facebook Live every Saturday evening 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.

    Other Dates For This Event:

    • Saturday, 09/04/21
    • Saturday, 09/11/21
    • Saturday, 09/18/21
    • Saturday, 09/25/21

    Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/virtual-telescope-viewing/2021-09-04/

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

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

    Cost:  Free

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    Thursday, 09/09/21  12:30 PM (note: half past noon)

    Long Now Foundation

    A History of Civilization in Twelve Clocks - Livestream

    How has time been imagined, politicized, and weaponized over the centuries "and how it might bring peace?

    Horologist David Rooney tells the hidden story of timekeeping and how it continues to shape our modern world. From medieval water clocks to monumental sundials, and from coastal time signals to satellites in earth's orbit, Rooney takes us on a global journey that showcases the ingenuity and craftsmanship humans have used to track and measure time. His in-depth research illustrates the very real effects clocks and timekeeping have on everything from navigation, to capitalism, to politics, to our very identity.

    An expert storyteller, Rooney brings pivotal moments from the past vividly to life and shows us how a history of clocks is a history of civilization.

    David Rooney, is a historian of technology and expert on clocks and timekeeping practices. As a curator at the Science Museum, London, Rooney was the lead caretaker of Long Now's Prototype 1 of The 10,000 Year Clock which is on display there in the Making of the Modern World exhibit.

    Website: https://longnow.org/seminars/02021/sep/09/history-civilization-twelve-clocks/

    Cost:  Free

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    Saturday, 09/11/21  7:30 PM

    Mount Tamalpias Astronomy Lectures

    Advanced Instrumentation in Optical Astronomy - Livestream

    Ground-based telescopes have come a long way in recent decades. Today they can take advantage of adaptive optics systems that reduce the effect of atmospheric image distortion, and, also, of fast compact computers that allow small telescopes to reach the capability of large telescopes. The result is a lively community of citizen astronomers who (among other things) can detect exoplanets and help study the size, shape, and trajectory of near-Earth asteroids

    Speaker: Franck Marchis, SETI

    See weblink for Zoom information

    Website: https://www.mttamastronomy.org/calendar#h.51voqul87vu0

    Zoom:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89697734661#success

    Cost:  Free

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    Saturday, 09/11/21

    09:00 PM - 10:30 PM

    Chabot Space and Science Center

    Virtual Telescope Viewing - Livestream

    Join our resident astronomers on Facebook Live every Saturday evening 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.

    Other Dates For This Event:

    • Saturday, 09/11/21
    • Saturday, 09/18/21
    • Saturday, 09/25/21
    • Saturday, 10/02/21

    Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/virtual-telescope-viewing/2021-09-11/

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

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

    Cost:  Free

  • 23 Aug 2021 2:13 PM | Scott Miller (Administrator)

    SFAA Observing Basics Series

    Session 3,  7:00pm, 24 August 2021, Tuesday

    “Setup and Operation of Astronomical Telescopes and Binoculars”

     Live-streamed via Zoom, YouTube and Facebook

    Presented by

    Bill Kircher, Amateur Astronomer, SFAA

    The San Francisco Amateur Astronomers (SFAA) is excited to offer a Zoom-based Observing Basics Virtual Bootcamp series, open to newcomers and observers at all levels. This 4-part series features a robust agenda to help you make the most out of your stargazing time and equipment choices. (Members and non-Members are welcome to attend.)

    The series is prepared and presented by SFAA's Vice President, Bill Kircher. As a long-time amateur astronomer, Bill has created a virtual Observing Basics course to provide a solid foundation for optimizing your night sky viewing time and equipment choices. He has learned from experience that the best telescope is the one you’ll actually use and he recommends keeping it simple, especially at the beginning.

    Attendees will be able to continue to expand on what they learn in each session as we move into the summer months. We look forward to being able to meet up at SFAA star parties on Mt. Tamalpais and share the night sky with you when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Experienced telescope operators will be on hand to help with set up and questions.

    The Session 3 will be held on Tuesday, August 24th at 7:00pm (PT). The date of the remaining session will be announced soon. To join the session, please see the details below with options to join the conversation over Zoom or to watch the livestream via YouTube or Facebook!

    • Session 3: “Set up and Operation of Astronomical Telescopes and Binoculars”

    The session centers on the set up and use of various types of telescopes and mounts and binoculars. The main focus will be on helping participants to become familiar enough with the set up and use of their scopes (including loaner scopes) that they can participate more fully in our SFAA star parties. Topics include preparation—what to do at home, at the observing site before dark, at the observing site after dark, plus particular issues and problems with telescopes and binoculars.

    • Next Month:
    • Session 4: “Introduction to Astro Imaging”

    This technical area will be presented as an overview of the different types of imaging opportunities plus the type of equipment and processing software that is needed. The steps involved in each type of imaging are all quite different and will be introduced.

    What’s Up There (Stars, Moon and Planets, Deep Sky, and everything else--comets, asteroids, meteorites, satellites), plus navigation aids, layout and motion of the night sky, a virtual tour of the night sky, what can be seen with the naked eye and more.

    • Session 2: “Choosing the Right Telescope or Binoculars to Suit Your Interests, Circumstances, and Budget”(presented May 6, 2021 and available through the SFAA YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFqVZbTfdbE )

    The best telescope is the one you’ll actually use. Includes assessment of your needs, level of experience and astronomy goals. Discussion of the different types of telescopes and mounts and pluses and minuses of each. If you currently own a telescope, binoculars, etc., you will be able to better appreciate the capabilities and potential of your equipment and may also consider acquiring additional equipment or accessories to complement or enhance your experience.

    Webinar & Streaming Details

    SFAA is excited to provide multiple viewing options. You may attend the virtual meeting "live," which includes the opportunity to participate in any chat discussions and ask questions of the speaker -or- you may attend the live-streaming event on our YouTube channel or Facebook page.

    To attend the virtual meeting "live" with the opportunity to ask questions:

    • Connect by 6:45pm on Tuesday, August 24th by clicking this Zoom meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/96915345115?pwd=OWZXWHFiaUlwZEtYdWZTWGZkNTBPQT09
    • Clicking the link may prompt you to install the Zoom virtual meeting app. Once installed, you will be able to join the meeting. If the app is already installed on your device, simply enter the meeting number 969 1534 5115 and password 891781 to join the meeting.
    • Once joined, you can test your audio and video, and greet other members.
    • Board members will join the meeting early to help troubleshoot any problems with audio or video.
    • The series will start promptly at 7:00pm

    Alternatively, please visit the following channels to attend the live stream:

     

    Eventbrite registration page:

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/observing-basics-virtual-bootcamp-night-sky-navigation-equipment-more-tickets-147017327785

  • 23 Aug 2021 2:07 PM | Scott Miller (Administrator)

    Tuesday, 08/24/21

    07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    San Francisco Amateur Astronomers

    Astronomical Observing Basics Virtual Bootcamp - Setup and Operation of Astronomical Telescopes and Binoculars - Livestream

    Speaker: Bill Kircher, Amateur Astronomer, SFAA

    The San Francisco Amateur Astronomers (SFAA) is excited to offer a Zoom-based Observing Basics Virtual Bootcamp series, open to newcomers and observers at all levels. This 4-part series features a robust agenda to help you make the most out of your stargazing time and equipment choices. (Members and non-Members are welcome to attend.)

    The series is prepared and presented by SFAA's Vice President, Bill Kircher. As a long-time amateur astronomer, Bill has created a virtual Observing Basics course to provide a solid foundation for optimizing your night sky viewing time and equipment choices. He has learned from experience that the best telescope is the one you’ll actually use and he recommends keeping it simple, especially at the beginning.

    Attendees will be able to continue to expand on what they learn in each session.  We look forward to being able to meet up at SFAA star parties on Mt. Tamalpais and share the night sky with you when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Experienced telescope operators will be on hand to help with set up and questions.

    Website: https://www.sfaa-astronomy.org/event-4451195

    Connect by 6:45pm on Tuesday, August 24th by clicking this Zoom meeting link: 

    https://zoom.us/j/96915345115?pwd=OWZXWHFiaUlwZEtYdWZTWGZkNTBPQT09

    Cost:  Free

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    Wednesday, 08/25/21

    06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    UC Berkeley

    What Peculiar Vibrations of the Entire Earth Can Teach Us About Earth's Deep Interior - Livestream

    Speaker: Dr. Harriet Lau, UC Berkeley

    See weblink for registration information

    Website: https://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar.html?event_ID=139823&date=2021-08-25&tab=lectures

    Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-can-studying-tiny-vibrations-deep-within-the-earth-teach-us-registration-166862948571?aff=BerkeleyEvents

    Cost:  Free

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    Thursday, 08/26/21

    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Commonwealth Club - Online Event

    Bright Galaxies, Dark Matter, and Beyond - Livestream

    Join us to discover how astronomer Vera Rubin's persistence, after her work was initially dismissed, finally convinced the scientific community that dark matter might exist. It is now taken for granted that the universe is mostly dark, made up of particles that are undetectable even by our most powerful telescopes. This discovery of the possible existence of dark matter signaled a Copernican-like revolution in astronomy: not only are we no longer the center of the universe, but even the stuff we’re made of appears to be insignificant. By showing that some astronomical objects seem to exaggerate gravity’s grip, Rubin played a pivotal role in this discovery.

    Yeager tells the story of Rubin’s childhood fascination with stars, and her scientific education at Vassar and Cornell. She became a rarity, a woman in science, and her findings were equally incredible to her colleagues. Since some observatories still restricted women from using their large telescopes, Rubin was unable to collect her own data until a decade after she had earned her Ph.D. But in 1993 she received the National Medal of Science for her groundbreaking work. She’s also been memorialized with a ridge on Mars, an asteroid, a galaxy, and most recently the Vera C. Rubin Observatory, the first national observatory named after a woman.

    Speaker: Ashley Jean Yeager, "Science News"; George Hammond, Author, Moderator

    Website: http://wonderfest.org/vera-rubins-cosmos/

    Buy free ticket:  https://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2021-08-26/bright-galaxies-dark-matter-and-beyond

    Cost:  Free with discount code ( WONDERFEST ) to receive FREE admission

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    Thursday, 08/26/21

    06:30 PM - 07:30 PM

    UC Riverside

    Search for Life Outside the Solar System - Livestream

    Are we alone or is the universe teeming with life? The search for life beyond the Solar System is one of the most compelling - and ambitious - efforts humanity has ever undertaken. Thousands of exoplanets, planets outside our Solar System, are currently known, and some of them may possess the right conditions for life. However, we will not be able to visit any of these worlds for the foreseeable future. How then will we be able to remotely determine the presence or absence of life over the immense gulf of interstellar space? Join Prof. Edward Schwieterman to learn about the science of exoplanet biosignatures, the future missions and observatories that may detect these biosignatures, and how studying the Earth today and in the deep geologic past will aid us in the search for life beyond our own planet.

    Speaker: Edward Schwieterman, UC Riverside

    Register at weblink to receive connection information

    Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/astronomy-lecture-search-for-life-outside-the-solar-system-registration-153370949639

    Cost:  Free

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    Friday, 08/27/21

    06:30 PM - 10:00 PM

    Chabot Space and Science Center

    10000 Skyline Blvd

    Oakland, CA 94619

    Sunset Science

    Enjoy a warm summer evening of activities and stargazing on Chabot’s stunning Observation Deck! Learn about stellar concepts and preview our new offerings with special demonstrations, hands-on challenges and more. When the Sun goes down, the stars come out for exploring the cosmos through historic telescopes.

    During this event, we’ll be learning all about meteors! Those illusive streaks of light that flash across the sky hold clues to the remnants of space rocks like asteroids and comets. Enjoy comet demonstrations, hands-on activities, and games and simulations that unlock the mysteries about these space objects. Find out where meteors originate and where to catch the next meteor shower.

    Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/sunset-science-2/

    Cost:  $15 Adults, $5 Youth, Members Free

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    Saturday, 08/28/21

    09:00 PM - 10:30 PM

    Chabot Space and Science Center

    Virtual Telescope Viewing - Livestream

    Join our resident astronomers on Facebook Live every Saturday evening 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.

    Other Dates For This Event:

     • Saturday, 08/28/21

     • Saturday, 09/04/21

     • Saturday, 09/11/21

     • Saturday, 09/18/21

    Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/virtual-telescope-viewing/2021-08-28/

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

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

    Cost:  Free

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    Saturday, 09/04/21

    09:00 PM - 10:30 PM

    Chabot Space and Science Center

    Virtual Telescope Viewing - Livestream

    Join our resident astronomers on Facebook Live every Saturday evening 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.

    Other Dates For This Event:

     • Saturday, 09/04/21

     • Saturday, 09/11/21

     • Saturday, 09/18/21

     • Saturday, 09/25/21

    Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/virtual-telescope-viewing/2021-09-04/

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

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

    Cost:  Free

  • 12 Aug 2021 9:15 PM | Scott Miller (Administrator)

    18 August 2021, 7:00 PM, Wednesday, Live-streamed via Zoom, YouTube and Facebook

    "How Your Family Can Land on Mars and Explore the Solar System - Using NASA’s Solar System Treks”

    by

    Brian Day, Staff Scientist, NASA

    Right now, NASA’s Perseverance rover is beginning its epic exploration of the ancient lakebed in Mars’ Jezero Crater while the Curiosity rover continues its investigations in Gale Crater. Using NASA’s Mars Trek data visualization portal, we’ll fly to Jezero and examine up close the amazing terrain that is Perseverance’s new home. We will then journey out across the Martian surface to explore some of the planet’s more exotic and exciting locations and landforms.

    Also now, NASA is planning its return to the Moon with the Artemis Program, featuring a bold mix of robotic and human missions to the Moon. Using NASA’s Moon Trek data visualization portal, we will tour some of the key locations targeted for upcoming missions to the lunar surface.

    After our tour of Mars and the Moon, we will continue our adventure using additional Trek portals to explore amazing sites and sights on a diverse range of alien worlds across the Solar System. We’ll explore ice volcanos on Ceres, signs of awesome destruction on Vesta, eruptive centers on Mercury, boulder fields on near-Earth asteroids, and ocean worlds of the outer solar system.

    NASA’s Solar System Treks project produces a suite of online, interactive visualization and analysis portals.  These tools enable mission planners, planetary scientists, and engineers to access data products and analyze data from a wide range of instruments aboard a variety of past and current missions, for a growing number of planetary bodies. Originally planned for mission planning and science, this technology has shown great benefits for public outreach. As we tour the Solar System in this presentation, you will get an introduction to the portals and how you can use them, at home, for free, to conduct your own exciting explorations across the Solar System.

    Brief Bio

    Brian H. Day received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UCLA, and a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems at UCSF, and a Master’s in Astronomy from the University of Western Sidney. He works at NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute where he serves as Deputy Staff Scientist and Lead for Lunar and Planetary Mapping and Modeling. He has participated in various Mars analog field studies in extreme, Mars-like environments here in Earth. He previously served as Education and Public Outreach Lead for the LCROSS and LADEE robotic missions to the Moon. In 2007 he flew on NASA's Aurigid MAC mission to record debris from Comet Kiess burning up in Earth's upper atmosphere.


    How to Attend

    To attend the virtual meeting "live" with the opportunity to ask questions:

    Connect starting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, August 18th by clicking this Zoom meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/95830904603?pwd=UDNKdm16US9wK1EremdJeGptdjNNdz09

    Clicking the link may prompt you to install the Zoom virtual meeting app. Once installed, you will be able to join the meeting. If the app is already installed on your device, simply enter the meeting number 958 3090 4603 and password 116064 to join the meeting.

    Once joined, you can test your audio and video, and greet other members.

    Board members will join the meeting early to help troubleshoot any problems with audio or video.

    "Doors Open" at 6:30pm and the announcements and lecture will start promptly at 7:00pm.

    Alternatively, please visit the following channels to attend the live stream:

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

    SFAA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/152754481404310

  • 09 Aug 2021 8:54 PM | Scott Miller (Administrator)

    Wednesday, 08/11/21-SOLD OUT!
    AUGUST 11 @ 11:00 PM - AUGUST 12 @ 3:00 AM
    weather permitting

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

    Perseid Meteor Shower Watch Party

    Witness the peak of the dazzling Perseid Meteor Shower during this special in-person viewing on Chabot’s Observation Deck. Stay up late as the shower makes it annual trip through our atmosphere and lights up the night sky. Our astronomers are watching the show and eager to answer questions. Hot chocolate will be available.

    Moon phase is a thin waxing crescent that sets at 10:17PM so skies will be favorably dark for this one!

    To stay cozy during this late night viewing, we recommend warm clothes, blankets and lawn chairs

    Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/perseid-meteor-shower/

    Cost:  $15 Adults, $7 Youth, Members Free

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    Saturday, 08/14/21  7:30 PM

    Mount Tamalpais Astronomy Lectures

    Unveiling the Dark Universe with the Dark Energy Survey - Livestream

    Throughout history, the Universe has had a way of turning our grandest thoughts upside down. Now, we see that the cosmos is dark: dominated by dark matter and dark energy. With the Dark Energy Survey imaging 1/8th of the night sky - and mapping more than 100 million galaxies - we can get a clearer understanding of the vast Universe we call home.

    Speaker: Alexandra Amon, Stanford University

    See weblink for Zoom information

    Website: https://www.mttamastronomy.org/calendar#h.x0snkek9r9ue

    Zoom:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89697734661#success

    Cost:  Free

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    Saturday, 08/14/21
    09:00 PM - 10:30 PM

    Chabot Space and Science Center

    Virtual Telescope Viewing - Livestream

    Join our resident astronomers on Facebook Live every Saturday evening 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.

    Other Dates For This Event:
        • Saturday, 08/14/21
        • Saturday, 08/21/21
        • Saturday, 08/28/21
        • Saturday, 09/04/21

    Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/virtual-telescope-viewing/2021-08-14/

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

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

    Cost:  Free

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    Wednesday, 08/18/21
    07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

    SETI Institute

    SETI Talks: Can we define life? Should we? - Livestream

    What is the difference between you and a rock? Are stars alive? Is a computer virus a living being? These may seem like easy questions, but scientists have struggled to formulate a universal definition of life, to draw the line between the living and the inanimate. Can life even be defined? Is such an endeavor even helpful?
    We think we can intuitively recognize whether something is alive or not. But nature shows many examples that are difficult to categorize as life or non-life. The challenge may intensify as other worlds in our universe open up to exploration.
    “It is commonly said,” the scientists Frances Westall and André Brack wrote in 2018, “that there are as many definitions of life as there are people trying to define it.”  Is it possible to find life beyond Earth if we disagree about what life represents?
    We invited two scientists to join us for this month's SETI Talks to discuss this state of affairs. Haley Sapers, an astrobiologist at Caltech who studies living organisms we might find on Mars, and Carol Cleland, a professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder, who wrote “The Quest for a Universal Theory of Life: Searching for life as we don’t know it.”

    Register at weblink to receive connection information.

    Website: https://www.seti.org/event/seti-talks-can-we-define-life-should-we

    Cost:  Free

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    Wednesday, 08/18/21  7:00 PM

    San Francisco Amateur Astronomers

    How Your Family Can Land on Mars and Explore the Solar System - Using NASA’s Solar System Treks - Livestream

    Right now, NASA’s Perseverance rover is beginning its epic exploration of the ancient lakebed in Mars’ Jezero Crater while the Curiosity rover continues its investigations in Gale Crater. Using NASA’s Mars Trek data visualization portal, we’ll fly to Jezero and examine up close the amazing terrain that is Perseverance’s new home. We will then journey out across the Martian surface to explore some of the planet’s more exotic and exciting locations and landforms.

    Also now, NASA is planning its return to the Moon with the Artemis Program, featuring a bold mix of robotic and human missions to the Moon. Using NASA’s Moon Trek data visualization portal, we will tour some of the key locations targeted for upcoming missions to the lunar surface.

    After our tour of Mars and the Moon, we will continue our adventure using additional Trek portals to explore amazing sites and sights on a diverse range of alien worlds across the Solar System. We’ll explore ice volcanos on Ceres, signs of awesome destruction on Vesta, eruptive centers on Mercury, boulder fields on near-Earth asteroids, and ocean worlds of the outer solar system.

    NASA’s Solar System Treks project produces a suite of online, interactive visualization and analysis portals.  These tools enable mission planners, planetary scientists, and engineers to access data products and analyze data from a wide range of instruments aboard a variety of past and current missions, for a growing number of planetary bodies. Originally planned for mission planning and science, this technology has shown great benefits for public outreach. As we tour the Solar System in this presentation, you will get an introduction to the portals and how you can use them, at home, for free, to conduct your own exciting explorations across the Solar System.

    Speaker: Brian Day, NASA

    Website: https://www.sfaa-astronomy.org/live-streamed-lectures/

    Cost:  Free

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    Thursday, 08/19/21
    12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

    UC Berkeley

    Midday Science Cafe - The Periodic Table: How the Basic Elements of Life are Advancing the Frontiers of Research - Livestream

    The periodic table represents a chemical blueprint for organizing the elements of life. By analogy to an orchestra, each element can be thought of as an instrument with a unique sound and personality. In this month’s Midday Science Cafe, you’ll meet two chemical biologists who not only listen to the music that nature plays by studying the structure and properties of elements, but also actively compose music by developing new ways to harness elements to advance the frontiers of research. Berkeley Lab scientist Kathy Shield will walk us through the f-elements, the elusive, and often dismissed, bottom two rows of the periodic table. These elements have truly amazing properties: some are radioactive, some glow, some help cure cancer, and some power your cell phone. UC Berkeley researcher Dr. Eva Ge will introduce us to the wonderful world of metals, which are essential for life and the function of all DNA, RNA, and one-third to one-half of all proteins. Additionally, unique properties of metals, such as spin or radioactivity, can be harnessed to create new diagnostics and therapeutics in medicine.

    Website: https://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar.html?event_ID=140042&date=2021-08-19&tab=lectures

    Register:  https://lbnl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CVdD7H_KTCudkAi-_lyF3Q

    Cost:  Free

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    Friday, 08/20/21  7:30 PM

    Tri-Valley Stargazers

    Double Stars: Stars for Fun and Science - Livestream

    About half the stars in the sky are multiple stars. They are fun to observe, particularly the ones with a wide range of temperatures which results in different colors. They are also very important scientifically as they are the only way we can measure the mass of the stars. Some doubles, as they go through their evolutionary process, result in type 1a supernovae which we use to measure the scale of the cosmos, with the significant discovery being the acceleration of the expansion.

    Speaker: Gary Kader

    See weblink for connection information and details

    Website: https://www.trivalleystargazers.org

    For non-members if you would like to join the meeting, please send an email to the club president at:  president@trivalleystargazers.org  asking for the meeting link and telling us a bit about your areas of interest in astronomy.

    Cost:  Free

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    Saturday, 08/21/21
    09:00 PM - 10:30 PM

    Chabot Space and Science Center

    Virtual Telescope Viewing - Livestream

    Join our resident astronomers on Facebook Live every Saturday evening 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.

    Other Dates For This Event:
        • Saturday, 08/21/21
        • Saturday, 08/28/21
        • Saturday, 09/04/21
        • Saturday, 09/11/21

    Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/virtual-telescope-viewing/2021-08-21/

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

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

    Cost:  Free

  • 02 Aug 2021 7:00 PM | Scott Miller (Administrator)

    Monday, 08/02/21

    09:30 AM - 10:00 AM (morning!)

    SETI Institute

    SETI Live: The Search for Technosignatures with TESS - Livestream

    Dr. Ann Marie Cody uses space telescope data to study variability associated with stars and the material surrounding them.  This summer, she and her student Marlee Rapp are working with data from NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). TESS has observed tens of millions of stars over the past few years, many of which have variable light output. This variability comes from a variety of sources, including eclipsing binary star systems and dark spots on the spinning stellar surface. Cody is particularly interested in stars that display pronounced fading events, as these usually indicate occulting material surrounding a star. It has even been proposed that if intelligent civilizations exist in our galaxy, they might place artificial energy harvesting structures into orbit around their host star. We could then detect them by watching the stellar brightness dim each time a structure passed in front of the star. Cody and Rapp are now developing algorithms to search for such "technosignatures" among the stars monitored by TESS. The most intriguing and anomalous targets identified through this analysis will then be followed up with ground-based telescopes, including radio observatories dedicated to SETI searches.

    See weblink for Youtube and Facebook links.

    Website: https://www.seti.org/event/seti-live-search-technosignatures-tess

    WATCH LIVE ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/gZXgJ0uh8P4

    WATCH LIVE ON FACEBOOK: https://fb.me/e/UD3mLWa3

    Cost:  Free

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    Tuesday, 08/03/21

    02:00 PM - 02:30 PM

    SETI Institute

    SETI Live: Tracking Lightning from Space to Predict Weather on Earth - Livestream

    Lightning flashes can be excellent predictors of incoming storms, tornadoes, and other severe weather events and are used by meteorologists to warn local communities of oncoming severe weather many minutes in advance, protecting infrastructure and human lives. NASA’s two Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) spacecraft have cameras dedicated to capturing emitted light on Earth. This camera, known as the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM), captures and records the intensity of light on any camera pixel with a brightness above a certain threshold. These records are considered a single “event” and are downlinked to receivers back on Earth. The Frontier Development Lab's Lightning Upgrade team seeks to achieve a greater classification accuracy of true lightning events by applying machine learning algorithms to GLM data.

    See weblink for YouTube and Facebook links.

    Website: https://www.seti.org/event/seti-live-tracking-lightning-space-predict-weather-earth

    WATCH LIVE ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/pjB69BcEgKY

    WATCH LIVE ON FACEBOOOK: https://fb.me/e/1z0VlhZRL

    Cost:  Free

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    Thursday, 08/05/21

    06:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    ExplOratorium

    Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street) 

    San Francisco, CA 94111

    After Dark: Phenomenal Physics

    Forget equations, calculators, and whiteboards. Come experience physics as energetic expressions of motion, color, and sound! Tonight we highlight the astounding interactions of materials large and small that define the basic laws of our universe - and don’t forget to investigate real phenomena with scientific tools and your own body.

    Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/after-dark-phenomenal-physics

    Cost:  In-perdon:  $19.95, Free for members

    In-person visitation rules;  https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit

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    Saturday, August 7, 2021

    Sunset: 8:14 PM

    San Mateo Co. Astronomical Society-star parties resume!

    Public Star Parties

    Crestview Park

    1000 Crestview Drive, 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.

    There are no COVID restrictions. Masks are optional and vaccination is highly recommended but not checked for. Attendance is at one's own risk.

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    Saturday, 08/07/21

    09:00 PM - 10:30 PM

    Chabot Space and Science Center

    Virtual Telescope Viewing - Livestream

    Join our resident astronomers on Facebook Live every Saturday evening 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.

    Other Dates For This Event:

    • Saturday, 08/07/21
    • Saturday, 08/14/21
    • Saturday, 08/21/21
    • Saturday, 08/28/21

    Website: https://chabotspace.org/events/events-listing/virtual-telescope-viewings/

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

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/4443135732423850/?event_time_id=4443137552423668

    Cost:  Free

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    Wednesday, 08/11/21

    AUGUST 11 @ 11:00 PM - AUGUST 12 @ 3:00 AM

    weather permitting

    Chabot Space and Science Center

    10000 Skyline Blvd

    Oakland, CA 94619

    Perseid Meteor Shower Watch Party

    Witness the peak of the dazzling Perseid Meteor Shower during this special in-person viewing on Chabot’s Observation Deck. Stay up late as the shower makes it annual trip through our atmosphere and lights up the night sky. Our astronomers are watching the show and eager to answer questions. Hot chocolate will be available. 

    Moon phase is a thin waxing crescent that sets at 10:17PM so skies will be favorably dark for this one!

    To stay cozy during this late night viewing, we recommend warm clothes, blankets and lawn chairs

    Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/perseid-meteor-shower/

    Cost:  $15 Adults, $7 Youth, Members Free

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    Saturday, 08/14/21  7:30 PM

    Mount Tamalpias Astronomy Lectures

    Unveiling the Dark Universe with the Dark Energy Survey - Livestream

    Throughout history, the Universe has had a way of turning our grandest thoughts upside down. Now, we see that the cosmos is dark: dominated by dark matter and dark energy. With the Dark Energy Survey imaging 1/8th of the night sky - and mapping more than 100 million galaxies - we can get a clearer understanding of the vast Universe we call home.

    Speaker: Alexandra Amon, Stanford University

    See weblink for Zoom information

    Website: https://www.mttamastronomy.org/calendar#h.x0snkek9r9ue

    Zoom:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89697734661#success

    Cost:  Free

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    Saturday, 08/14/21

    09:00 PM - 10:30 PM

    Chabot Space and Science Center

    Virtual Telescope Viewing - Livestream

    Join our resident astronomers on Facebook Live every Saturday evening 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.

    Other Dates For This Event:

    • Saturday, 08/14/21
    • Saturday, 08/21/21
    • Saturday, 08/28/21
    • Saturday, 09/04/21

    Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/virtual-telescope-viewing/2021-08-14/

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

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

    Cost:  Free

  • 26 Jul 2021 6:52 PM | Scott Miller (Administrator)

    Monday, 07/26/21

    07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

    Hopmonk Tavern

    224 Vintage Way

    Novato, CA 94945

    Wonderfest: Rovers, Helicopters, & Ancient Martians: Why We Explore Mars - Livestream

    In 2021, three nations are sending missions to the Red Planet - including NASA's Perseverance rover with the first Mars helicopter, Ingenuity. Ancient Mars was much like Earth, with rivers, lakes, and possibly the stirrings of life; but how has it changed? Using beautiful color images from the latest space probes, astronomer Andrew Fraknoi will reveal what we know, and what we hope to discover, about the alien world next door.

    Website: https://wonderfest.org/exploring-mars/

    In-person:  At the Hopmonk Tavern, Novato, CA. To attend this FREE in-person event, full COVID vaccination is required, and (when not enjoying HopMonk food/drink) mask-wearing is welcomed.

    Zoom Livestream register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/discovering-mars-andy-fraknoi-livestream-science-registration-162359113479?aff=wf

    Cost:  Free

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    Saturday, July 31, 2021

    Sunset: 8:18 PM

    San Mateo Co. Astronomical Society-star parties resume!

    Public Star Parties

    Crestview Park

    1000 Crestview Drive, 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. 

    There are no COVID restrictions. Masks are optional and vaccination is highly recommended but not checked for. Attendance is at one's own risk.

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    Saturday, 07/31/21

    09:00 PM - 10:30 PM

    Chabot Space and Science Center

    Virtual Telescope Viewing - Livestream

    Join our resident astronomers on Facebook Live every Saturday evening 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.

    Other Dates For This Event:

    • Saturday, 07/31/21
    • Saturday, 08/07/21
    • Saturday, 08/14/21
    • Saturday, 08/21/21

    Website: https://chabotspace.org/events/events-listing/virtual-telescope-viewings/

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

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

    Cost:  Free

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    Thursday, 08/05/21

    06:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    ExplOratorium

    Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street) 

    San Francisco, CA 94111

    After Dark: Phenomenal Physics

    Forget equations, calculators, and whiteboards. Come experience physics as energetic expressions of motion, color, and sound! Tonight we highlight the astounding interactions of materials large and small that define the basic laws of our universe - and don’t forget to investigate real phenomena with scientific tools and your own body.

    Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/after-dark-phenomenal-physics

    Cost:  In-perdon:  $19.95, Free for members

    In-person visitation rules;  https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit

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    Saturday, August 7, 2021

    Sunset: 8:14 PM

    San Mateo Co. Astronomical Society-star parties resume!

    Public Star Parties

    Crestview Park

    1000 Crestview Drive, 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.

    There are no COVID restrictions. Masks are optional and vaccination is highly recommended but not checked for. Attendance is at one's own risk.

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

    Saturday, 08/07/21

    09:00 PM - 10:30 PM

    Chabot Space and Science Center

    Virtual Telescope Viewing - Livestream

    Join our resident astronomers on Facebook Live every Saturday evening 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.

    Other Dates For This Event:

    • Saturday, 08/07/21
    • Saturday, 08/14/21
    • Saturday, 08/21/21
    • Saturday, 08/28/21

    Website: https://chabotspace.org/events/events-listing/virtual-telescope-viewings/

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

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/4443135732423850/?event_time_id=4443137552423668

    Cost:  Free

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

    Wednesday, 08/11/21

    AUGUST 11 @ 11:00 PM - AUGUST 12 @ 3:00 AM

    weather permitting

    Chabot Space and Science Center

    10000 Skyline Blvd

    Oakland, CA 94619

    Perseid Meteor Shower Watch Party

    Witness the peak of the dazzling Perseid Meteor Shower during this special in-person viewing on Chabot’s Observation Deck. Stay up late as the shower makes it annual trip through our atmosphere and lights up the night sky. Our astronomers are watching the show and eager to answer questions. Hot chocolate will be available. 

    Moon phase is a thin waxing crescent that sets at 10:17PM so skies will be favorably dark for this one!

    To stay cozy during this late night viewing, we recommend warm clothes, blankets and lawn chairs

    Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/perseid-meteor-shower/

    Cost:  $15 Adults, $7 Youth, Members Free


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