BayAstro – Events of Week of 05/24/2021 and Beyond

25 May 2021 10:06 AM | Scott Miller (Administrator)

Monday, 05/24/21

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

Countdown to Launch - James Webb Telescope - Livestream

2021 is an exciting year for astronomy, with the launch of the highly anticipated James Webb Space Telescope (Webb). Webb, NASA’s and ESA’s flagship mission, will revolutionise astronomy. It will be the largest and most powerful telescope launched into space, and it has strong Scottish connections with one of the key instruments built here at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh.   Here I will talk about the engineering of Webb and its key science objectives as we look forward to significant astronomy discoveries when it is launched.

Speaker: Olivia Jones

Website: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-astronomy-talk-countdown-to-launch-tickets-139839221877

Cost:  Free

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Tuesday, 05/25/21

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The Royal Institution

It’s not easy growing a supermassive black hole - Livestream

When we think of black holes, we often think of them as endless hoovers, sucking up anything around them. In reality, it’s very difficult to grow a black hole; to get matter close enough to that point of no return. Instead, most matter will happily orbit a black hole. Just like the Earth orbits the Sun, the Sun orbits a supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way over 4 million times more massive than the Sun itself.

Join astrophysicist Rebecca Smethurst as she reveals how supermassive black holes like this got so big.

Register at weblink to receive connection information

Website: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/its-not-easy-growing-a-supermassive-black-hole-tickets-148945799897

Cost:  Donations encouraged

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Wednesday, 05/26/21

01:30 AM - 05:00 AM

Chabot Space and Science Center

Lunar Eclipse Virtual Watch Party

Stay up with Chabot astronomers to virtually watch a total eclipse of the Moon as it passes through the shadow of the Earth. It has been more than two years since we’ve enjoyed a total lunar eclipse, and this one will be extra special: it will happen during a perigean full Moon - a “supermoon.” 

Starting at 1:47 a.m. PDT, the Moon will fade only slightly as it enters the penumbra, the outer part of the Earth’s shadow. Then at 2:45 a.m., the Moon begins to enter the umbra, the darker rusty red part of the Earth’s shadow. By 4:11 a.m., the Moon will be fully immersed in the umbral shadow, but not for long as it begins to emerge from the umbra at 4:28 a.m. 

Chabot astronomers will be live streaming the eclipse, using a telescope mounted camera, starting at 1:30 a.m. PDT. 

See weblink for Facebook and YouTube links.

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/lunar-eclipse-party/

YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bhus6UBPcg

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/163545535595247/

Cost:  Free

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Wednesday, 05/26/21

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

Active Galactic Nuclei and Tidal Disruption Events - Livestream

A tale of hungry black holes and unfortunate stars. At the centre of every galaxy lies a supermassive black hole. Some of these black holes are in an 'active' state, pulling in a steady stream of material from the surrounding area. While in this state these black holes have a significant effect on their host galaxy's evolution. Other supermassive black holes, like the one at the centre of the Milky Way, are dormant. But even dormant black holes will occasionally feast on an unsuspecting star that strays a little too close...

Speaker: Philip Short

Register at weblink to receive connection information

Website: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-astronomy-talk-active-galactic-nuclei-and-tidal-disruption-events-tickets-139840862785#

Cost:  Free

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Wednesday, 05/26/21

07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Silicon Valley Astronomy Series

A Little Talk About Aliens: Techno-signatures and the New Science of Life in the Universe

Today, the search for intelligent, civilization-building life in the Universe is undergoing a profound renewal. Thanks to the discovery of thousands of planets orbiting other stars, the introduction of new observing technologies, and increased support from both public and private sectors, a new science of searching for “techno-signatures” is emerging. In this talk Dr. Frank will unpack this frontier area, discussing what counts as a techno-signature; how to be systematic in thinking about exo-civilizations and their evolution; what techno-signatures can tell us about our own future.  He believes that within the next few decades we will likely have actual data relevant to the question life, perhaps even the intelligent kind, in the Universe.

Speaker: Dr. Adam Frank of the University of Rochester

Watch the lecture here.

Email: astronomy@foothill.edu

Website: https://www.seti.org/event/little-talk-about-aliens-techno-signatures-and-new-science-life-universe

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

Cost:  Free

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Thursday, 05/27/21

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Commonwealth Club - Online Event

Black Holes, the Universe, and Us - Livestream

Join us for a virtual discussion, live-streamed direct from Berlin, Germany, with Heino Falcke, the German astrophysicist, about his research into the nature of black holes. His new book A Light in the Darkness is the story of how the first photographic evidence of black holes was achieved by Falcke in April 2019, and what its significance for humanity might be. Falcke wrestles with the ways in which black holes force us to confront the boundary where human life ends and the celestial begins. He also ponders why black holes are so difficult for most of us to understand, comparing that to our inability to envisage our own inevitable death.

Black holes develop when a massive star dies, and its matter is condensed. That extreme amount of mass contained in a small space generates a gigantic amount of gravitational force, allowing the black hole to suck up everything that comes near, including light. These astronomical wonders are the subject of intense scientific and philosophical theorizing - the journey to a black hole might even be a journey to the end of time itself. Which is why Falcke regards black holes as exquisite representations of fear, death - and, surprisingly, the divine.

Empirical and profound, Falcke examines both the physical nature and the spiritual meaning of black holes, which he calls “the epitome of merciless destruction.”

Moderator: George Hammond, Author

Use discount code Wonderfest21 to attend for free.

Website: https://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2021-05-27/heino-falcke-black-holes-universe-and-us

Cost:  Free ($5 without discount code)

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Thursday, 05/27/21

05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

SETI Institute

ANDY WEIR Discusses 'Project Hail Mary' with SETI Scientist Pascal Lee - Livestream

Books Inc. proudly presents #1 New York Times-bestselling author Andy Weir in celebration of his critically-acclaimed new novel, Project Hail Mary. Andy will be in conversation Pascal Lee, planetary scientist with the SETI Institute.

With Starred reviews from Booklist, Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and Library Journal, Project Hail Mary is an ever-entertaining space thriller.

Register at weblink to receive Zoom information.

Website: https://www.seti.org/event/andy-weir-discusses-project-hail-mary-seti-scientist-pascal-lee

*Please Note: Pre-registration via Eventbrite is required. Zoom information will be sent leading up to the event date. Click here to RSVP: 

https://www.booksinc.net/event/andy-weir-discusses-project-hail-mary?fbclid=IwAR1_4gOJg4XCEyRYWjcX9lQViLAorepwSbIOfCv5zbXu7Uu-cVYdQEzawD8

Cost:  Free

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Thursday, 05/27/21  5:00 PM

SLAC Public Lecture

Shocking Origin: Meteor Impacts and the Chemistry of Life - Livestream

When and where life originated on Earth - and if, or where, life exists elsewhere in the cosmos - are some of the biggest scientific questions of our time. Even the origin of the basic materials needed for life is a mystery. Meteorites and comets are often cited as potential sources of simple organic molecules. When these impact Earth, they experience extreme conditions - pressures a million times higher than the atmospheric pressure at Earth’s surface and temperatures as hot as the surface of the sun. Under these conditions, the simple molecules can reform into more complex and novel structures, including nucleotide bases for RNA and DNA. We can study how these organic fragments form and how they can build up complex products using SLAC’s X-ray free-electron laser. With observations that take place in a tiny fraction of a second, we can shock-compress materials to create extreme conditions and visualize the breaking and forming of chemical bonds. In this presentation, I will show how this technique may hold the key to revealing the origin of life via complex chemical dynamics taking place on ultrafast time scales and at ultrahigh pressures and temperatures.

Speaker: Arianna Gleason, SLAC

See weblink for Zoom information

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

Zoom:  https://stanford.zoom.us/j/91575735299?pwd=cWVZTFNKQ3VxeHAwMUR5VE50TGxpUT09#success

(passcode 650650)

Cost:  Free

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Saturday, 05/29/21  7:00 PM

East Bay Astronomical Society

Truth is Stranger Than Science Fiction - Livestream

Humankind speculated about the existence of planets orbiting other Suns for hundreds, if not thousands of years before their existence was finally confirmed. During that time we invented and depicted many new and now iconic sci-fi worlds - mysterious planets with exotic landscapes, orbiting alien star systems. When our technology finally caught up with our imaginations, what we found was even more extraordinary than we had imagined. As science curator at the NASA Exoplanet Archive, I’ll take you on a tour of some of the more fantastic exoplanet discoveries we have made, including some famous, fan-favorite fictional planets brought to life

Speaker: Jessie Christiansen, NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, Caltech

See weblink for Facebook connection

Website: http://eastbayastro.org/events/

This talk will be available live and publicly at:

https://www.facebook.com/EastbayAstroSociety/videos/

Cost:  Free

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Saturday, 05/29/21

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, 05/29/21

• Saturday, 06/05/21

• Saturday, 06/12/21

• Saturday, 06/19/21

• Saturday, 06/26/21

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/free-telescope-viewings/2021-05-08/

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, 06/05/21

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, 06/05/21

• Saturday, 06/12/21

• Saturday, 06/19/21

• Saturday, 06/26/21

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/free-telescope-viewings/2021-05-08/

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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Tuesday, 06/08/21

12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

Castro Valley High School

Project IceCube: Live from the South Pole - Livestream

Winter is here!

Join us for an extraordinary virtual presentation by scientists at the South Pole who will describe what it is like to live and work where it is dark more than 23 hours every day and where the average temperature is -50⁰F.

Project IceCube uses a cubic kilometer of ice at the South Pole to measure neutrinos, mysterious subatomic particles that have an extremely small mass.

Don't miss this fascinating event, live from an alien world!

Register at weblink to receive connection information.

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/project-icecube-live-at-the-south-pole-science-castro-valley-registration-156221676239?aff=bayareascience

Cost:  Free

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Tuesday, 06/08/21  3:30 PM

UC Santa Cruz

Climate and Habitability of Tidally Locked Planets - Livestream

Speaker: Jun Yang, Peking University

Zoom information can be found on the EPS advising Google calendar

Website: https://eps.ucsc.edu/news-events/whole-earth-seminars/spring-2021.html

Zoom: https://ucsc.zoom.us/j/91237759104?pwd=NXM3NlRiUDlncU5UKzFHZ01saEZyUT09 

Passcode = 708953 

Cost:  Free