Bay Astro – Events of Week of 03/25/2019 and Beyond

This Yahoo group publishes announcements of interesting events related to astronomy and aerospace in the San Francisco Bay Area. This can include events such as astronomy and interesting physical science lectures, club meetings, star parties, air shows and other events of interest mostly to amateur astronomers and science enthusiasts. Many thanks to Ken Lum, who created this event listing.
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Tuesday, 3/26/2019 7:15 PM

Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society
Lindsay Wildlife Experience
1931 First Avenue
Walnut Creek, CA 94597

Speaker: Dr. Pete Worden, Breakthrough Initiative

Topic: Starshot – sending a micro spacecraft to Alpha Centauri

Website: https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/event-view.cfm?Event_ID=95186

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Wednesday, 03/27/19 6:30 PM

My Sphere
1212 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94611

The Future of Women in STEM

This engaging panel discussion will focus on how to empower the next generation of women in STEM and how to build a thriving leadership pipeline for women. Our panel will also address the role that Chabot Space & Science Center and other community organizations play in fostering opportunities for Oakland’s young women to explore and achieve success in STEM fields.
Moderated by Jennifer Liebler Michael, Chabot Board Member and Senior Environmental Policy Advisor for Chevron, this panel will feature Margaret Race, Astrobiologist at SETI; Vanessa Kuroda, Wireless and Communications Architect at Airbus; Lisa Hoover, Programs Manager at Chabot, and several other women at various stages in their careers.

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/the-future-of-women-in-stem/

Cost: $30

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Wednesday, 03/27/19
07:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Scotty’s Bar and Grill
548 Emerson St
Palo Alto, CA 94301

taste of science: Sleep and space exploration

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Space the Final Frontier

Interplanetary exploration will be humankind’s most ambitious expedition and the journey required to do so, is as intimidating as it is intrepid. One major obstacle for successful deep space travel is the possible negative effects of galactic cosmic radiation (GCR) exposure. We investigate the long-term effects GCR can have on behavioral and cognitive performance in a rodent model system.

Speaker: Karen Krukowski, UC San Francisco

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Sleep Science

Speaker: Virginie Gabel, Stanford

Website: https://tasteofscience.org/san-francisco-events/2019/03/27

Cost: $5 advance, $7 day of

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Wednesday, 03/27/19 7:00 PM

Science on Tap
The Crepe Place
1134 Soquel Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

The Social and Ecological Impacts of Light Pollution in Santa Cruz

Join Santa Cruz IDA chapter members Lisa Heschong and Andy Kreyche for a discussion of how light pollution in Santa Cruz impacts our local environment. We will review recent research on circadian disruption of plants, animals and humans by exposure to artificial light at night. Plants and animals depend on Earth’s natural cycle of daylight and night-time darkness to govern the rhythms of life sustaining behaviors, including metabolic activity, immune response, feeding behaviors, migration, reproduction, growth, development, and essential sleep. Lab and field studies are starting to fill in the detail of how light pollution can cause profound ecological disruption and potentially collapse. The local IDA chapter has surveyed conditions around Santa Cruz with a nighttime aerial photography, and has started to identify strategies to reduce the most egregious sources of light pollution in our area, while respecting our social and cultural desire for nighttime light.

Speakers: Lisa Heschong, Illuminating Engineering Society; Andy Kreyche, International Dark Sky Assoc.

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

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 03/28/19 4:00 PM

Room 50-5132
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1 Cyclotron Road
Berkeley, CA 94720

Exploring Fundamental Physics with Galaxy Redshift Surveys
In this talk, I will present various ways in which we can use galaxy redshift surveys to constrain fundamental physical models. This year the DESI experiment will launch, collecting a dataset of about 50 million galaxies and Quasars. Using observables like Baryon Acoustic Oscillations and Redshift-space distortions we can use this dataset to measure the sum of the neutrino masses and the number of neutrino species as well as test models of dark energy and modified gravity. Moreover, we can test models of the very early Universe (inflation) through primordial non-Gaussianity and primordial oscillations. The multitude of upcoming survey experiments (LSST, Euclid, WFIRST, DESI) offers exciting prospects to put the standard model of cosmology (LCDM) to the test.

Speaker: Florian Beutler, Portsmouth

Website: https://cosmology.lbl.gov/sem_bcg_future.html

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 03/28/19
06:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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

After Dark: Outer Space

From exoplanets to space biology, what exists outside of the boundaries of planet earth has long exerted a pull on the human imagination. Come catch a glimpse into what lies ahead in the future of space exploration and join Exploratorium host Ron Hipschman for Full-Spectrum Science: The Universe to learn more about where we exist in the context of it all.

Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/after-dark-march-28-2019

Cost: $19.95 General, $14.95 Daytime Members

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Thursday, 03/28/19
06:00 PM – 10:00 PM

California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94118

NightLife Spotlight: Women in Science

The spotlight’s on women in science when NightLife celebrates National Women’s History Month. Join the celebration and learn from local scientists from UC Berkeley, Stanford, UCSF, the Academy, and more whose expertise spans everything from microbes to coral reefs and infectious diseases to arachnids. Listen and learn during an insightful panel about what it’s like to be a woman in STEM – and then take part in a lively Q&A. Take a very special “Tour of the Universe” in the Morrison Planetarium to learn about just a few of the many important contributions women have made to the field of astronomy.

Website: https://www.calacademy.org/nightlife/nightlife-spotlight-women-in-science

Cost: $22 General, $18 Members

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Friday, March 29, 2019
8:30 PM to 10:30 PM

San Jose Astronomical Association In Town Star Party
Houge Park
3972 Twilight Dr · San Jose, CA
How to find us
Near the tennis courts

Come view the heavens through a telescope at the SJAA’s In Town Star Party. Bring a scope to share the views, and if you do, feel free to come early to set up. Remember, this event is free, everyone is invited, no reservations required. Just show up!

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Fri. 03/29/2019 7PM

Telescope Makers Workshop
Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619-2450

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! Itdoes take time – depending on how much time you put in on it, and other factors, it could take a few months or several months. But, it’s a fun project, great for kids, and at the end you get a great telescope!

For more information call or email Richard Ozer at pres@eastbayastro.org or phone (510) 406-1914.

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Fri. 03/29/2019 and Sat. 03/30/2019

Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619-2450
(510) 336-7300

EXPLORE THE NIGHT SKIES AT THE CHABOT OBSERVATORIES
for more information: http://www.chabotspace.org/
Free Telescope Viewing
Regular hours are every Friday & Saturday evening, weather permitting: 7:30pm -10:30pm
Come for spectacular night sky viewing the best kept secret in the Bay Area and see the magnificence of our telescopes in action!

Daytime Telescope Viewing On Saturday and Sunday afternoons come view the sun, moon, or Venus through Chabot’s telescopes. Free with General Admission.

12pm – 5pm: Observatories Open (weather permitting)

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Fri. 03/23/2019 9PM

Foothill College
12345 El Monte Rd
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Foothill Observatory is open for public viewing every clear Friday evening from 9:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Visitors can view the wonders of the universe through the observatory’s computer-controlled 16- inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.
Views of objects in our solar system may include craters and mountains on the moon, the moons and cloud-bands of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, etc. Deep space objects including star clusters, nebulae, and distant galaxies also provide dramatic demonstrations of the vastness of the cosmos.The choice of targets for any evening’s viewing depends on the season and what objects are currently in the sky.

Admission is free. Parking is $3

Foothill Observatory is located on the campus of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. Take Highway 280 to the El Monte Rd exit. The observatory is next to parking lot 4. Parking at the college requires visitor parking permits that are available from the machines in the parking lots for $3.00. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change. Citations are issued.

Come to Foothill Observatory and join us in the exploration of our Universe!

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Sat. 03/30/2019 10AM

Foothill College
12345 El Monte Rd
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Foothill College Observatory 10AM-12PM if it is clear Solar observing with a Hydrogen alpha solar telescope every clear Saturday morning. This allows spectacular views of solar prominences and unusual surface features on the Sun not otherwise visible with regular white light telescopes.

Admission is free. Parking is $3

Foothill Observatory is located on the campus of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. Take Highway 280 to the El Monte Rd exit. The observatory is next to parking lot 4. Parking at the college requires visitor parking permits that are available from the machines in the parking lots for $3.00. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change. Citations are issued.

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Sat. 03/30/2019
Sunset: 7:29 PM

San Mateo Co. Astronomical Society
Public Star Parties
Crestview Park
1000 Crestview Drive
San Carlos, CA

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, 03/30/19 5:00 PM

Fujitsu Planetarium at De Anza College
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd
(by parking lot E)
Cupertino, CA 95014

Explore Live! – Discover the Beautiful Night Sky

The De Anza College Planetarium will present “Explore Live!” – a live astronomy series featuring presentations by our professional planetarium staff.

Speaker: Toshi Komatsu, Planetarium Director

Website: http://www.deanza.edu/planetarium/#Explorelive

Cost: $9

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Monday, 04/01/19
04:15 PM – 05:15 PM

LeConte Hall, Rm 1
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720

New Insights into the Cosmic Growth of Supermassive Black Holes

Using a “wedding cake” combination of multi-wavelength X-ray+infrared+optical surveys, we measure the growth of supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies over the ~12 billion years. Most actively growing black holes (“Active Galactic Nuclei” or AGN) are heavily obscured and thus look like inactive galaxies in optical surveys, so our census has effectively quadrupled the amount of accretion, and thus the amount of energy deposited in AGN host galaxies. However, contrary to leading models, our data suggest that for only a minority of galaxies does merger-triggered AGN “feedback” cause rapid quenching of star formation.

Speaker: Meg Urry, Yale Univ.

Website: https://physics.berkeley.edu/news-events/events/20190401/new-insights-into-the-cosmic-growth-of-supermassive-black-holes

Cost: Free

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Monday, 04/01/19 7:30 PM

California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94118

Building a Galaxy-Scale Gravitational Wave Detector

Galaxies grew in the early universe by merging with each other, and as they coalesced, the supermassive black holes at their hearts merged with each other, too. Einstein’s theory of general relativity predicts the existence of gravitational waves – the stretching and squeezing of space itself – as such black hole mergers take place. We have recently detected these ripples from the mergers of stellar black holes, but the mergers of supermassive black holes produce ripples with much longer wavelengths, requiring a galaxy-scale detector to observe them.

Dr. Chatterjee will describe how we are using rapidly spinning neutron stars as clocks to build such a long-wavelength gravitational wave detector, how the searches for these neutron stars have turned up fast radio bursts, and how these mysterious radio flashes from distant galaxies are teaching us more about the universe we live in.

Speaker: Dr. Shami Chatterjee, Cornel Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science

Website: https://www.calacademy.org/events/benjamin-dean-astronomy-lectures/building-a-galaxy-scale-gravitational-wave-detector

Cost: $15 General, $12 Members & Seniors

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Wednesday, 04/03/19
07:30 PM – 08:30 PM

Marin Science Seminar
320 Nova Albion Way
Terra Linda High School Rm 207
San Rafael, CA 94903

Myths of Astronomy

Marin Science Seminar

Speaker: Thomas Targett, Sonoma State Univ.

Website: http://marinscienceseminar.com/calendar/

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 04/04/19 4:00 PM

LeConte Hall, Rm 1
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720

Protoplanets and Protoplanetary Disks
Speaker: Josh Eisner, Arizona

Website: https://astro.berkeley.edu/i/astronomy-colloquium

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 04/04/19
06:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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

After Dark: Throwback Thursday

We’re celebrating the Exploratorium’s 50th birthday, and you’re invited! At After Dark, we’re throwing it back to 1969, musing on the cultural environment from which the museum rose, and considering how that time period resonantes with the past and maybe impacts the future. From the first person on the moon to the first communication by ARPANET, the events, inventions, and cultural shifts of 1969 remain essential in our lives 50 years later. Come see how they might carry us on to the next 50 years.

Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/after-dark-april-4-2019

Cost: $19.95 General, $14.95 Daytime Members

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Thursday, 04/04/19
07:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Astronomy Night
Campbell Hall
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720

Astro Night: Demystifying Black Holes
Speaker: Fatima Abdurrahman, UC Berkeley

Stargazing after the lecture, 8:30 pm – 10:00pm

Website: https://astro.berkeley.edu/i/astro-night

Cost: Free

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Fri. 04/05/2019 7PM

Telescope Makers Workshop
Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619-2450

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! Itdoes take time – depending on how much time you put in on it, and other factors, it could take a few months or several months. But, it’s a fun project, great for kids, and at the end you get a great telescope!

For more information call or email Richard Ozer at pres@eastbayastro.org or phone (510) 406-1914.

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Fri. 04/05/2019 and Sat. 04/06/2019

Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619-2450
(510) 336-7300

EXPLORE THE NIGHT SKIES AT THE CHABOT OBSERVATORIES
for more information: http://www.chabotspace.org/
Free Telescope Viewing
Regular hours are every Friday & Saturday evening, weather permitting: 7:30pm -10:30pm
Come for spectacular night sky viewing the best kept secret in the Bay Area and see the magnificence of our telescopes in action!

Daytime Telescope Viewing On Saturday and Sunday afternoons come view the sun, moon, or Venus through Chabot’s telescopes. Free with General Admission.

12pm – 5pm: Observatories Open (weather permitting)

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Fri. 04/05/2019 9PM

Foothill College
12345 El Monte Rd
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Foothill Observatory is open for public viewing every clear Friday evening from 9:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Visitors can view the wonders of the universe through the observatory’s computer-controlled 16- inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.
Views of objects in our solar system may include craters and mountains on the moon, the moons and cloud-bands of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, etc. Deep space objects including star clusters, nebulae, and distant galaxies also provide dramatic demonstrations of the vastness of the cosmos.The choice of targets for any evening’s viewing depends on the season and what objects are currently in the sky.

Admission is free. Parking is $3

Foothill Observatory is located on the campus of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. Take Highway 280 to the El Monte Rd exit. The observatory is next to parking lot 4. Parking at the college requires visitor parking permits that are available from the machines in the parking lots for $3.00. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change. Citations are issued.

Come to Foothill Observatory and join us in the exploration of our Universe!

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Sat. 04/06/2019 10AM

Foothill College
12345 El Monte Rd
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Foothill College Observatory 10AM-12PM if it is clear Solar observing with a Hydrogen alpha solar telescope every clear Saturday morning. This allows spectacular views of solar prominences and unusual surface features on the Sun not otherwise visible with regular white light telescopes.

Admission is free. Parking is $3

Foothill Observatory is located on the campus of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. Take Highway 280 to the El Monte Rd exit. The observatory is next to parking lot 4. Parking at the college requires visitor parking permits that are available from the machines in the parking lots for $3.00. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change. Citations are issued.

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Sat. 04/06/2019
Sunset: 7:35 PM

San Mateo Co. Astronomical Society
Public Star Parties
Crestview Park
1000 Crestview Drive
San Carlos, CA

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, 04/06/19 7:00 PM

Fujitsu Planetarium at De Anza College
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd
(by parking lot E)
Cupertino, CA 95014

Explore Live! – Dark Skies Worldwide

The De Anza College Planetarium will present “Explore Live!” – a live astronomy series featuring presentations by our professional planetarium staff.

This is the first of two presentations on this date.

Website: http://www.deanza.edu/planetarium/#Explorelive

Cost: $9

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Sunday, 04/07/19
02:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Diablo Valley College Performing Arts Center
321 Golf Club Rd
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Celebrating Stephen Hawking: How Black Holes are Not Quite Black

Scientists and science enthusiasts are mourning the passing of Stephen Hawking, one of the great minds and spirits of our time. In this introductory, non-technical talk, astronomer Andrew Fraknoi will briefly summarize Hawking’s life, and talk about the importance of his scientific work. He’ll focus particularly on Hawking’s work merging the world of the big and heavy (described by Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity) with the world of the small and light (described by quantum mechanics). Then he’ll describe how this merger led to the idea of mini black holes, “Hawking Radiation,” and the bizarre notion that black holes don’t have to be fully black. No background in science or math will be required, but be prepared to have your mind boggled.

Speaker: Andrew Fraknoi, Univ. of San Francisco

Benefit for Diablo Valley College Emeritus Program

Advance tickets strongly recommended here.

Website: https://diablo.cr3.rschooltoday.com/public/costoption/class_id/1516/public/1/sp/

Cost: $25 Adults, $10 ages 10 – 15

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Monday, 04/08/19 7:30 PM

Nourse Theater
275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

Destiny Beyond Earth: Interstellar Travel & Immortality

Dr. Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist and futurist, and the co-founder of string field theory, a branch of the theoretical framework of string theory. His work follows the directive of Einstein, attempting to develop a Theory of Everything that unites the four fundamental forces of the universe. His books include The Future of the Mind, Physics of the Future, Physics of the Impossible, and Parallel Worlds. His most recent, The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth considers the concrete, scientific possibility of moving human civilization to outer space, drawing upon astrophysics, artificial intelligence, and cutting-edge developments in robotics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology to make a case for the potentials of sustainable human life as it intersects with new technology. Dr. Kaku is also the science correspondent for CBS: This Morning, host of two weekly science radio programs, Science Fantastic and Explorations in Science and a Professor in Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York.
Member presale starts 12/17/2018

Website: https://www.cityarts.net/event/destiny-beyond-earth-interstellar-travel-immortality-with-dr-michio-kaku/

Cost: TBA

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