Bay Astro – Events of Week of 05/20/2019 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, 05/20/19
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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Tuesday, 05/21/19
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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

Using Gaia, Pan-STARRS 1 and 2MASS to map the Milky Way

Gaia is revolutionizing our view of the Milky Way. Taken together with ongoing and upcoming surveys, such as LSST, we are at an exciting moment in the study of our Galaxy. In this talk, I will discuss a new 3D dust map based on Gaia parallaxes, as well as optical and near-infrared photometry from Pan-STARRS 1 and 2MASS. The new map has 4x finer distance resolution than our previous map (Green et al. 2018), and thanks to Gaia parallaxes, a more certain distance calibration. As part of the process of generating this map, we inferred distances, reddenings and types of nearly 800 million stars, providing a large catalog with which to further study the structure of the Milky Way. I will also discuss the Dark Energy Camera Galactic Plane survey, which is close to completion, and which will give us deep photometry of the Southern Galactic Plane, filling in the hole in the Galaxy that Pan-STARRS 1 did not cover.
Speaker: Greg Green

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/using-gaia-pan-starrs-1-and-2mass-map-milky-way

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 05/21/19 7:30 PM

SLAC Public Lecture Series
2575 Sand Hill Road
Bldg 53, Panofsky Auditorium
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Seeing is Exploding: Snapping Biological Images with X-ray Laser Blasts

SLAC’s X-ray laser, the Linac Coherent Light Source, launched a new generation of light sources when it opened 10 years ago last month, with beams 10 billion times brighter than any before. The energy from those powerful beams is enough to destroy any molecule put in its path, yet LCLS can snap a crisp image of the molecule just before it’s blasted apart. That’s a tremendous advantage when it comes to studying chemical reactions and biological processes as they evolve in literally a billionth of a blink of an eye. Some of the most fascinating results come from observing biological molecules at work. This lecture will explore how LCLS captures molecules in action, including important biomolecules involved in sleep. It will also present movies of LCLS beams destroying samples, discuss the limitations that scientists still face in studying biological function, and describe SLAC’s future plans in this area.

Speaker: Sebastien Boutet, SLAC

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

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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Friday, 05/24/19
08:00 PM – 09:00 PM
(Note this is a Friday evening event rather than their usual Saturday scheduling)

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

Astronomy 101: Sights of the Cosmos, Intro to Astronomy

This event provides a different introduction to astronomy than our Intro to the Night Sky talks. During this hour, you’ll gain an appreciation for the size and scale of the cosmos and our place within it. You’ll see many examples of the beautiful objects visible in the night sky, learn something about how we see them through our telescopes and what we can deduce about them through the light they send us. And then you can make your own prediction of whether we’re alone in the universe.

This talk is free of charge. Just come by and enjoy the show. After the talk, you can check out telescopes that will be set up as part of our In-Town Star Party.

Speaker: Wolf Witt

Website: https://www.meetup.com/SJ-Astronomy/events/261370782/

Cost: Free

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Friday, May 24, 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. 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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Sat. 05/25/2019
Sunset:8:19 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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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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Wednesday, 05/29/19
07:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Uproar Brewing Company
439 S. First St
San Jose, CA 95113

Astronomy on Tap Sout Bay: Understanding Strange New Worlds

Find out how scientists perform meteorite experiments and atmospheric simulations to study exoplanets in the lab!

Speaker: Margaret Thompson, UC Santa Cruz

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Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1490768194392909/

Cost: Free

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Friday, 05/31/19 12:00 PM

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

Attempts to learn about the dynamics of Jupiter’s deep interior by comparing computer simulations with what the Juno mission is measuring

Speaker: Gary Glatzmaier, UC Santa Cruz

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

Cost: Free

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Fri. 05/31/2019 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. 05/31/2019 and Sat. 06/01/2019

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. 05/31/2019 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. 06/01/2019 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. 06/01/2019
Sunset: 8:24 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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