Bay Astro – Events of Week of 06/03/2019 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, 06/03/19
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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

A first look at a super massive black hole

On April 10, 2019, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), a very long baseline interferometry experiment, released the first image of a black hole resolved to event horizon scales. I will discuss the image of M87 and aim to convince the audience that a flux depression in the image is necessary to fit the data. I will also discuss the parameters we derived based on the image and model fitting results. I will specifically highlight how EHT observations provide unique tests of the Kerr nature of black holes. Finally I will highlight some of my own contributions to this project and discuss how we plan to image the black hole in our own galaxy, Sagittarius A*.
Speaker: Lia Medeiros (Institute for Advanced Study)

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/first-look-super-massive-black-hole

Cost: Free

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Monday, 06/03/19
07:30 PM – 09:00 PM

Benjamin Dean Astronomy Lectures
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94118

Mining the Sky: Discovering the Unexpected

Fueled by advances in software, computation, microelectronics, and large optics fabrication, a novel type of sky survey will begin in 2022. In a rapid campaign of 30 second exposures, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will cover the southern sky deeply for ten years, opening a movie-like window on objects that change or move on rapid timescales. The deep images from the LSST will chart billions of remote galaxies in 4-D, providing multiple interlocking probes of the mysterious Dark Matter and Dark Energy. In a high dimensional database, hundreds of petabytes will be mined for the unexpected.

Speaker: Tony Tyson, UC Davis

Website: https://www.calacademy.org/events/benjamin-dean-astronomy-lectures/mining-the-sky-discovering-the-unexpected

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Tuesday, 06/04/19
04:30 PM – 05:30 PM

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

Testing DAMA’s long-standing claim for dark matter detection
Speaker: Reina Maruyama, Yale Univ.

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/testing-damas-long-standing-claim-dark-matter-detection

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 06/06/19
07:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Astronomy Night
Room 131
Campbell Hall
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720

Astro Night: How To Draw A Fuzzy Doughnut: A Portrait of The Largest Black Hole In The Milky Way

Good people of the Bay, I don’t mean to alarm you, but there is currently a gigantic black hole more than a million times more massive than the sun sitting our own galactic backyard. Even worse, it is growing by the minute. Rest assured, however, that we astronomers are not sitting idly by but have been painstakingly monitoring for years now, gathering clues as to its history, how it feeds, and the radiation that it emits. What’s more, a new tool was recently added to our arsenal in the form of the now famed Event Horizon Telescope. This landmark scientific achievement will finally make it possible to take a direct snapshot of the shadow cast by this gravitational beast. In this talk, I will first summarize what black holes are and what we have learned about the particularly massive one at the heart of The Milky Way. Then I will discuss how we use this information to construct our own theoretical images, how they might compare to the real thing, and what we can learn from them about the black hole and its environment. So should we be panicking? Are your kids safe? Attend this talk and find out.

Speaker: Sean Ressler, UC Berkeley

Stargazing after the lecture 9:00 – 10:30.

Website: http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar.html?event_ID=125771&date=2019-06-06&tab=lectures

Cost: Free

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Friday, 06/07/19 12:00 PM

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

Interpretation of Juno measurements of Jupiter’s composition

Speaker: Mike Wong, UC Berkeley

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

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Friday, 06/07/19
08:30 PM – 01:00 AM

Lick Observatory
7299 Mt. Hamilton Rd
Mt. Hamilton, CA 95140

Exploring the Extreme Universe – SOLD OUT

Dr. Amy Furniss received her PhD in Physics from UC Santa Cruz in 2013 where she studied extreme galaxies, some of which she observed with the Shane 3-meter telescope at Lick Observatory. Currently, Dr. Furniss’ research aims to understand the physics happening within some of the most extreme galaxies within the Universe through observation of gamma-ray emission with the Very Energetic Imaging Telescope Array System (VERITAS). She enjoys teaching astrophysics via unique hands-on research projects with her undergraduate physics students at California State University East Bay.

Speaker: Amy Furniss, UC East Bay

Tickets on sale April 17.

Website: http://www.ucolick.org/summer/stars/2019june7.shtml

Cost: $25

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Friday, June 7, 2019
9:30 PM to 11:30 PM

San Jose Astronomical Association In-Town Star Party
Houge Park
3972 Twilight Dr · San Jose, CA

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. 06/07/2019 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. 06/07/2019 and Sat. 06/08/2019

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. 06/07/2019 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. 06/08/2019 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, 06/08/19 8:00 PM

Cushing Memorial (‘Mountain’) Amphitheater
Mt Tamalpais State Park
Pan Toll Road and Ridgecrest Blvd
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Gravitational Lensing: Bends in Spacetime

100 years ago, Einstein predicted that light rays would deviate from straight-line paths in the space near massive objects. Today, we use this fact to weigh galaxies, discover planets of other stars, and “see” invisible black holes. How did this idea of gravitational lensing come about, and how do we use it today to probe all fields of astrophysics?

Speaker: Fatima Abdurrahman, UC Berkeley

Website: http://www.friendsofmttam.org/astronomy/schedule

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 06/08/19
08:30 PM – 01:00 AM

Lick Observatory
7299 Mt. Hamilton Rd
Mt. Hamilton, CA 95140

Imaging Planets around Other Stars – SOLD OUT

In the last 20 years, we have learned that planets orbit most of the stars in our galaxy. Now that we have a better understanding of planet populations, the field is moving from detecting exoplanets to characterizing them. The direct imaging technique is uniquely capable of characterizing cold planets, long-period planets, and ultimately, habitable planets around Sun-like stars. I will describe how we image exoplanets, why we image exoplanets, and where the field is heading as we develop technologies that will soon be capable of detecting bio-signatures in the atmospheres of habitable planets.

Speaker: Andrew Skemer, UC Santa Cruz

Musical performer: Oscar Reynolds and Karumanta

Website: http://www.ucolick.org/summer/music/2019june8.shtml

Cost: $50

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Saturday, 06/08/19
09:00 PM – 11:00 PM

College of San Mateo Bldg 36
1700 W Hillsdale Rd
San Mateo, CA 94402

Jazz Under the Stars

Come peer through our telescopes and see craters on the Moon, the visible planets, star clusters, and more while we listen to CSM’s very own KCSM Jazz 91 FM. Dress warmly. Free parking in Marie Curie Lot 5. Directions are available on the Maps, Directions & Parking page.

Website: https://collegeofsanmateo.edu/astronomy/jazz.asp

Cost: Free

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Sunday, 06/09/19
09:00 AM – 06:00 PM

Hyatt-Regency San Francisco Airport
1333 Old Bayshore Highway
Burlingame, CA 94010

Science Illuminates: SkeptiCal 2019 | the Northern California conference on science and skepticism

SkeptiCal is the Northern California conference on science and skepticism, a day-long event with speakers and discussions on critical thinking.

This year our diverse topics span science frontiers, policy, and misuse to paranormal investigation and conspiracy theories…

Jim Underdown (CFI) – Feet to the Fire: Investigating Paranormal Claims
Lynn Rothschild (NASA) – Is There a Universal Biology?
Peter Gleick (Pacific Institute) – The Beacon of Science in a Fact-Free Fog
Mick West (Author) – Science Communication & Conspiracy Theorists
Elisabeth Bik (Microbiome Digest) – Misconduct in Scientific Papers
Glenn Branch (Natl Ctr Science Education) – Flat Earth Rising?

Registration is NOW OPEN!

This annual conference is organized by members from the Bay Area Skeptics, the Sacramento Area Skeptics, and the North Bay Skeptics

Website: http://www.skepticalcon.com

Cost: $65 public $50 members

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Sunday, 06/09/19
08:00 PM – 11:00 PM

City Star Parties – Point Lobos Parking Lot
El Camino Del Mar
San Francisco, CA 94121

City Star Party @ Point Lobos

Come join us for our monthly San Francisco City Star Party. SFAA members provide telescopes for your viewing pleasure.
Be sure to check the SFAA website for the latest updates…bad weather or overcast skies will cancel!

Website: https://www.sfaa-astronomy.org/events/cat_ids~55/%22%3e%20City%20Star%20Parties/

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 06/11/19
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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

Revealing the Small Scale Structure of Dark Matter with Gravitational Lensing
Speaker: Warren Morningstar, Stanford

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/revealing-small-scale-structure-dark-matter-gravitational-lensing

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 06/12/19
06:30 PM – 08:30 PM

Computer History Museum
1401 N Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA 94043

If Software, Then Space

Humanity’s activities in space have changed how we understand our place in the Universe, and have become essential to life as we know it. Space science – from astronomy to planetary science – have provided new understandings of how we and our planet fit into the cosmic puzzle. Space services – from GPS to communications, and from imaging to scientific measurements – have become invaluable to our everyday lives, from daily navigation to weather prediction, and much, much, more. From the very beginning of humanity’s space history, digital computing has played a vital, enabling role. The importance of computing to space history even compares to that of rocketry. Once the exclusive domain of nation-states, space activities are increasingly pursued by private firms. From launch services to satellite fleets and commercial tourism, computing remains absolutely vital to these pursuits.

As the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing approaches, the Museum is delighted to present a distinguished panel to provide insights and perspectives on the place of computing in space history: Dan Lickly, who played key roles in the development of the software for the Apollo Guidance Computer;; Matthew Shindell, historian of science and a Space History curator at the National Air and Space Museum; and Charles Simonyi, legendary programmer, Microsoft executive, and two-time space tourist.

Website: https://www.computerhistory.org/events/upcoming/#if-software-then-space

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 06/12/19
07:00 PM – 08:30 PM

PianoFight
144 Taylor Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

You Should Know This: The Physics of Time Travel

You Should Know This! is like a TedTalk meets comedy game show. Listen to experts discuss fascinating topics while comedians riff on stage and you win fun, silly prizes for being a nerd.

This month’s show is The Physics of Time Travel.

Does time flow? Is “now” objectively meaningful? Is there a fundamental direction/arrow to time? Ken Wharton, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at San Jose State University, will answers these questions as he explores the physics of time and relativity in time-travel.

Joining him on stage will be host Kevin Whittinghill and the hilarious comedians Natasha Muse and Maria Diploudis.

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/you-should-know-this-tickets-62072656988?aff=bas

Cost: $20

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Fri. 06/14/2019 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. 06/14/2019 and Sat. 06/15/2019

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. 06/14/2019 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. 06/15/2019 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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