Bay Astro – Events of Week of 05/13/2019 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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Monday, 05/13/19
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Large-scale structure cosmology from low to high redshift

Close to a decade in the making, the imminent DESI experiment (desi.lbl.gov ) promises to revolutionise our understanding of Dark Energy and extend large-scale structure studies to z~2. But what comes next? The unprecedented depth of LSST will enable ‘dropout’ selection of Lyman-break galaxies at z~3 and 4 that prove ideal for studies of the primordial Universe and horizon-scale gravity. Based on recent work (arxiv.org/abs/1904.13378, arxiv.org/abs/1903.09208), I’ll discuss the potential of this science case for future surveys, in particular with respect to the synergy with CMB lensing and DESI itself.
Speaker: Mike Wilson, UC Berkeley

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/large-scale-structure-cosmology-low-high-redshift

Cost: Free
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Monday, 05/13/19
03:30 PM – 04:30 PM

SLAC Colloquium Series
2575 Sand Hill Rd, Building 51
Kavli Auditorium
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Fundamental Physics with Antihydrogen Atoms – Rescheduled

The ALPHA Collaboration at CERN has combined antiprotons and positrons to create and probe antihydrogen atoms. ALPHA can now store over 1000 antihydrogen atoms at a time for thousands of seconds. We have developed techniques to conduct precision physics using minimal numbers of antiatoms. The comparison of antihydrogen and hydrogen spectra are sensitive probes of Charge-Parity-Time (CPT) Symmetry. We have conducted the first precision physics experiments on antihydrogen, measuring the 1S-2S and the hyperfine transition bandwidths to the 10kHz level. The charge of antihydrogen has been limited to less than 0.7ppb of the magnitude of the electron charge, and the Lyman-alpha transition, critical for laser cooling, has been excited. A gravity experiment designed to measure antihydrogen acceleration in the Earth’s field to 1% accuracy is being constructed. In this talk I will describe ALPHAs techniques, physics results, and our plans for the future.

Speaker: Johathan Wurtele, UC Berkeley

This event was originally scheduled for April 15.

Website: https://sites.slac.stanford.edu/colloquium/events/fundamental-physics-antihydrogen-atoms

Cost: Free

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Monday, 05/13/19
06:00 PM – 07:15 PM

Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105

What Is Real? The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics

Monday Night Philosophy and almost all physicists agree that quantum mechanics is among humanity’s finest scientific achievements. But ask what it means, and the result will be a not-so-scientific brawl. For a century, most physicists have followed Niels Bohr’s Copenhagen interpretation and dismissed questions about the reality underlying quantum physics as meaningless. That is why, even though it is a mishmash of solipsism and poor reasoning, the Copenhagen interpretation has endured, with Bohr’s students vigorously protecting his legacy, and the physics community favoring practical experiments over philosophical arguments. As a result, questioning the status quo has almost always meant professional ruin. And yet, from the 1920s to today, physicists such as John Bell, David Bohm and Hugh Everett persisted in seeking the true meaning of quantum mechanics. Join us – first for the gripping story of this battle of ideas and the courageous scientists who dared to stand up for seeking truth, and then for reexamining the littered trail of half-understood research results in the never-discarded quest for answering the fundamental questions that can be summed up as: “What is real?”

Speaker: Adam Becker, Author

Website: https://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2019-05-13/what-real-unfinished-quest-meaning-quantum-physics

If you cannot make it to this event, a prior iteration of this talk delivered at Google is on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2K9Mobldtw

Cost: $20 General, $10 Members, $8 Students

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Tuesday, 05/14/19
04:30 PM – 05:30 PM

Hewlett Teaching Center
370 Serra Mall, Room 201
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305

Physicists and Evolution: Puzzles and Expectations
Speaker: Daniel Fisher, Stanford

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/physicists-and-evolution-puzzles-and-expectations

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 05/14/19 7:00 PM

Cemex Auditorium
641 Knight Way
Zambrano Hall/North Building
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305

The Signs of Time: Leonardo’s History of the Earth and the Faith of Man

Based on insightful observations and daring hypotheses, Leonardo da Vinci was among the first to hold that Earth has a long history marked by continuous transformations. In his view, these changes could create environmental conditions that would make life of humans and animals impossible. This talk will explore Leonardo’s understanding of the geocosm in his notebooks, including the Codex Leicester. Where did Leonardo get his ideas about nature and time, and how did they evolve?

Speaker: Paolo Galluzzi, Museo Galileo, Florence, Italy

Website: https://continuingstudies.stanford.edu/events/detail/20183_EVT-594

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 05/15/19 11:00 AM

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
7700 Sandholdt Rd.
Moss Landing, CA 95039

Air, land, sea, and space: Open source robot tools for all

Developing and deploying robots is hard, and harder still when the robots are sent to far-off places where they cannot be easily helped or serviced. Open Robotics aims to ease that difficulty through the use of high-quality open-source software for robot programming, simulation, and testing. In this seminar, Brian Gerkey will introduce two widely used open source tools, “ROS (Robot Operating System) and Gazebo”and show how they have been applied to a wide variety of challenging robot applications, both on Earth and elsewhere.

Brian Gerkey, Open Robotics

Website: https://www.mbari.org/gerkey-brian-seminar/

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 05/15/19 7:00 PM

Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series
Foothill College
Smithwick Theater
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Charon, Pluto’s Companion: What We’re Learning from New Horizons

Pluto’s large moon Charon turned out to be far more interesting than astronomers expected. Pluto was the star of the New Horizons show, but the features on Charon’s surface tell a fascinating tale of how icy worlds could form far from the gravitational influences of the giant planets. There is evidence of a world-wide sub-surface ocean early on, and of global expansion as that ocean froze solid. Charon’s surface also has a region of plains where icy materials may once have flowed and smoothed over the fractures present elsewhere on its surface. Dr. Beyer will be your guide through this story of formation and change in the frozen reaches of the outer Solar System./p>

Speaker: Dr. Ross Beyer, SETI Institute

Website: https://www.foothill.edu/astronomy/

Cost: Free ($3 parking)

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 7:30 PM

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

“Exploring the Final Frontier with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope”

by
Phil Marshall, PhD, SLAC, Deputy Director, LSST Operations

Currently under construction in Chile, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) will survey the entire visible southern sky every few days for a decade – the widest, fastest, and deepest view of the night sky ever observed. LSST’s vast archive of data will dramatically advance our knowledge of the dark energy and dark matter that make up 95 percent of the Universe, as well as galaxy formation and potentially hazardous asteroids.

Much of the data archive will be available not only to professional scientists, but also to educators, students, amateur astronomers and members of the public interested in participating in “citizen science” projects. This remarkable new machine will give us a new way of doing astronomy – and invites us to think about what we mean by exploring the heavens, why we do it, and what we can all learn.

Brief Bio
Phil Marshall is a staff scientist at SLAC, and Deputy Director of Operations for the LSST. His science interests lie in using strong gravitational lenses to make accurate measurements of cosmological distance, in order to pin down the accelerating expansion of the Universe. This is his third stint at Stanford, having been there twice as a postcdoctoral research fellow. Phil got his PhD from Cambridge in the UK, and has been enjoying life in California since moving out here in 2003.

Tickets are free; non-SFAA members should bring their Eventbrite ticket for admission to the Randall Theater. Click here to obtain an Eventbrite ticket.

Website: https://www.sfaa-astronomy.org/monthly_lectures/randall/

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Thursday, 05/16/19
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Kavli Institute Astrophysics Colloquium
SLAC Fred Kavli Building (51) 3rd Fl Conference Room
2575 Sand Hill Rd
Menlo Park, CA 94305

Focusing on What is In Front of Your Nose: Astrophysics with CMB Experiments

Current and forthcoming CMB experiments such as the South Pole Telescope, Simons Observatory, and CMB-S4 image, or will image, a large area of the sky on daily scales in the 60-250 GHz band to probe a wide variety of exciting physics in the early universe. Contaminating this view of the early universe are a wide variety of nuisances: many thousands of active galaxies, clusters, high-redshift dusty galaxies, and, even worse for the CMB, time-varying sources of all stripes. The usual approach is to cut them out of the maps and move on, but, following the particle physicist’s dictum that “Everyone’s Background is Someone Else’s Signal”, the view of these objects provided by CMB surveys turns out to be both novel and quite detailed. This talk will discuss a variety of the things we are beginning to do with these data, focusing on the implications for high-energy and multimessenger astrophysics, in particular for time-variable sources such as GRB afterglows and AGN.

Speaker: Nathan Whitehorn, UCLA

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/focusing-what-front-your-nose-astrophysics-cmb-experiments

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 05/16/19, 05/17/19, 05/18/19 (note multiple dates)
All Day

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

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

MAX 2019: A Space Festival

Live and immersive arts at The Exploratorium, California Academy oSciences, and Z Space. A range of performances and installations exploring our new space age, the extraordinary scientific advances in this field, and how they change the way we see ourselves and Earth.

Presented by MAX, dedicated to Illuminating scientific exploration through artistic expression and shared experiences.

Website: https://mediaartexploration.org

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Thursday, 05/16/19
06:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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

After Dark: The MAX Festival

Kick off the inaugural MAX (Media, Arts, Exploration) Festival at the Exploratorium as we celebrate humanity’s modern frontier: space. Illuminating scientific exploration through artistic expression and shared experiences, the MAX Festival has gathered local and international artists who explore the new space age.

Space Travel Sci-Fi Style
With Sarah Hotchkiss
7:00 p.m. | Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

Come fly with us where ‘man’ has never gone before: in this playful talk, we’ll watch clips from sci-fi films both thought-provoking and ridiculous, test our knowledge of space travel, and determine which fictions of the future we might like to bring into being.

Heisenberg
With Janani Balasubramanian
7:15 p.m. | Gallery 5

Heisenberg is a large-group augmented-reality game exploring uncertainty, precision, and chaos. Participants start at the beginning of the universe and move through a series of matter/energy transformations, each emphasizing limits on personal understanding – a cue from particle physics and the game’s namesake, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle.

Everything Matters: Strontium
With Ron Hipschman
8:00 p.m. | Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6

The soft, reactive metal strontium makes toys glow in the dark, helped made the TV revolution possible, and sometimes sneaks into our bones – harmlessly, unless it’s the radioactive isotope strontium-90. Absorb the past, present, and possible future of strontium with Exploratorium scientist and raconteur Ron Hipschman.

Robots as Our Partners/Pas De Deux
Talk and Performance
8:30 p.m. | Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

Engage with a pas de deux like you’ve never seen before, one created by the interaction between dancer-choreographer Alice Sheppard and a robot ‘inspired’ by Alex Reben. As an introduction to robots as our avatars, Sasha Samochine of Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Visual Operations Lab will introduce the robots JPL has trekking through the solar system, from Mars to Jupiter. Take it all in and imagine the ways technology reflects and interrogates our humanity.

Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/after-dark-may-16-2019-0

Cost: $17.95 advance, $19.95 at the door

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Thursday, 05/16/19
06:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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

NightLife in Space: Cosmos

Get trippy as NightLife travels far out to the ends of the observable universe with a dive into some of the greatest cosmic mysteries of our time, from the Fermi paradox to the multiverse and dark matter to dark energy.

Website: https://www.calacademy.org/nightlife/nightlife-in-space-cosmos

Cost: $15 General, $12 Members

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Thursday, 05/16/19, 05/17/19, 05/18/19 (note multiple dates)
All Day

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

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

MAX 2019: A Space Festival

Live and immersive arts at The Exploratorium, California Academy oSciences, and Z Space. A range of performances and installations exploring our new space age, the extraordinary scientific advances in this field, and how they change the way we see ourselves and Earth.

Presented by MAX, dedicated to Illuminating scientific exploration through artistic expression and shared experiences.

Website: https://mediaartexploration.org

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Friday, 05/17/19 12:00 PM

Earth and Marine Sciences Building
UC Santa Cruz
Room A340
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Aluminum-26 chronology of dust coagulation and early Solar System evolution

Speaker: Ming-Chang Liu, UCLA

Website: https://eps.ucsc.edu/news-events/igpp-seminar/spring-2019.html

Cost: Free

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Friday, 05/17/19 7:00 PM

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

NGC/IC Project — Cleaning up errors in a 130 year-old catalogue

Spealker: Steve Gottlieb

Website: http://www.trivalleystargazers.org

Cost: Free

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Fri. 05/17/2019 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. 05/17/2019 and Sat. 05/18/2019

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. 05/17/2019 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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Thursday, 05/16/19, 05/17/19, 05/18/19 (note multiple dates)
All Day

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

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

MAX 2019: A Space Festival

Live and immersive arts at The Exploratorium, California Academy oSciences, and Z Space. A range of performances and installations exploring our new space age, the extraordinary scientific advances in this field, and how they change the way we see ourselves and Earth.

Presented by MAX, dedicated to Illuminating scientific exploration through artistic expression and shared experiences.

Website: https://mediaartexploration.org

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Sat. 05/18/2019 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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Saturday, 05/18/19
07:00 PM – 09:00 PM

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

Your Place in the Universe: Understanding Our Big, Messy Existence

Our universe changes every day. It was different in the past, and it will be different in the future. This is something we just learned about a hundred years ago, and we’re still wrestling with the implications. Including, but not limited to, the fact that someday no more stars will shine.

Speaker: Paul Sutter, Author

Website: https://www.meetup.com/SJ-Astronomy/events/261129419/
Cost: Free

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Monday, 05/20/19
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Varian Physics Building
382 Via Pueblo Mall
Room 355
Stanford, CA 94305

How to not run cosmological n-body simulations

Extracting cosmological information from current survey data is increasingly reliant on computationally-intensive n-body simulations of large-scale structure. For weak-lensing surveys, the matter distribution is directly measured from simulations on scales where linear perturbation theory fails. For galaxy-clustering surveys, haloes are identified in simulations and then populated with galaxies to provide mock catalogues. Future surveys have grandiose plans to measure properties of dark energy, modified gravity, neutrinos etc. and, at first glance, the computational resources required to provide constraints on these ‘extended’ cosmological models will be enormous. In this talk, I will discuss various methods that may overcome some of this computational burden. These methods mainly use the ‘halo model’ of large-scale structure. I will discuss how the cosmology of an existing simulation can be changed by manipulating the data in post processing, how the power spectrum of matter fluctuations can be modelled semi-analytically, and how to include the non-linear bias of haloes in semi-analytical calculations.

Speaker: Alexander Mead, Univ. of British Columbia

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/how-not-run-cosmological-n-body-simulations

Cost: Free

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Monday, 05/20/19
03:30 PM – 04:30 PM

SLAC Public Lecture Series
2575 Sand Hill Road, Building 51
Kavli Auditorium
Menlo Park, CA 94025

The National MagLab – Overview and HEP Partnerships

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL or MagLab) is a facility at Florida State University, the University of Florida, and Los Alamos National Laboratory that performs research at high magnetic fields in materials physics, chemistry, geochemistry, and biology. It is the only magnet Lab in the US and is the largest with the highest fields, and is the most diverse of the nine magnet labs in the world. Our MagLab has seven user facilities and two laboratories – with the Applied Superconductivity Laboratory having been intimately involved with the high-energy physics community for decades in the research and development of superconducting materials: HEP has been the MAJOR driver for large-sale superconducting applications since the 1960s (Nb:Ti bubble chambers). After presenting an overview of the broad science at the MagLab, and our successes in education and outreach, I will present some of our triumphs in SC materials, including our most recent contribution to the Hi-Luminosity Upgrade of the LHC with superconducting Nb3Sn magnets. If time, I will present our research on the possible use of high-Tcmaterials in synchrotrons; and why it is important.

Speaker: Laura Greene, National MagLab

Website: https://sites.slac.stanford.edu/colloquium/events/the-national-maglab-–-overview-and-hep-partnerships

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 05/23/19
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Kavli Institute Astrophysics Colloquium
Physics and Astrophysics Building Room 102/103
452 Lomita Mall
Stanford, CA 94305

Understanding the Interiors of Neutron Stars

Neutron stars have long beckoned to physicists from many fields as realms of extreme physics beyond what we can test in terrestrial laboratories. In the realm of nuclear physics, the lure is that the cores of neutron stars are several times denser than atomic nuclei and yet are technically cold; this state is unique in the universe and holds clues to the nature of very dense matter. After many years of sparse hints, astronomical observations are opening this realm to our gaze. These observations include recent observations of an especially massive neutron star, the first information about neutron stars from gravitational waves, and mass-radius information anticipated from the NICER mission. I will describe how our picture of neutron star cores is beginning to come into focus.

Speaker: Cole Miller (University of Maryland)

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/understanding-interiors-neutron-stars

Cost: Free

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Fri. 05/24/2019 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. 05/24/2019 and Sat. 05/25/2019

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. 05/24/2019 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. 05/25/2019 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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Saturday, May 25, 2019 7:30 P.M.

East Bay Astronomical Society
Galileo Room
Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619-2450

Javier Caravaca, U.C. Berkeley Physics, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, SNO Lab

The REAL God Particle

Everything is made of elementary particles, the stars, our planet, our bodies… One of the most ghosty and sneaky of these particles is the so-called neutrino, a neutral tiny particle that can go through entire planets like light through glass. Even if they are the most abundant massive particle in the Universe, their detection is a scientific and engineering challenge.
We will learn how the neutrino was hypothesized, discovered and studied during the past 100 years, and why this particle is so important for the understanding of the Cosmos. Currently, at 2km depth, the SNO+ experiment looks for neutrinos coming from the Sun, the atmosphere, the Earth and Supernovas. But, more importantly, it studies a very particular property of neutrinos by searching for a very rare and unseen radioactive decay. If discovered, we might be able to answer one of the most ancient questions of all times: how is it possible that we exist? And neutrinos could be the key!

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

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Tuesday, 5/28/2019 7:15 PM

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

General Meeting

Speaker: Dr. Paolo Turri, UCB
Topic Adaptive Optics, history and operation

Website: https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/event-view.cfm?Event_ID=95247

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