Bay Astro – Events of Week of 07/15/2019 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, 07/15/19
12:00 PM – 02:00 PM

Berkeley Public Library Clarement Branch
2940 Benvenue
Berkeley, CA 94705

Moon Landing Celebration @Claremont

We will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11’s Moon Landing with crafting, playing board games (Spaceteam and Chronology), and then watching a live webcast from NASA on our Prowise big screen. Everyone welcome!

12:00 – 1:00 Crafts and board games (Spaceteam and Chronology)

1:00 – 2:00 Watch NASA live webcast

Website: https://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/events/moon-landing-50thcelebration-claremont

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 07/16/19
01:00 PM – 02:15 PM

Berkeley Public Library Clarement Branch
2940 Benvenue
Berkeley, CA 94705

Astronomy Talks @ Clarmont

Ever look up at the night sky and wonder what’s all that up there? Have you been following the news about the black hole and the event horizon and would like to understand more about these phenomena and other Astronomy concepts? Join us and get a download on what’s hot in Astronomy via bite-size presentations by local scientists, grad students, and science hobbyists (citizen scientists). Everyone welcome.
See weblink for speakers and topics.

“Sonic Blasts in Space” by Stephen Ro, UC Berkeley Astronomy

Website: https://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/events/whats-astronomy-talks-claremont

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 07/16/19
03:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Varian Physics Building
382 Via Pueblo Mall
Room 355
Stanford, CA 9430

Cosmology with Robust Galaxy Cluster Lensing Mass Measurements

Speaker: Adam Wright, thesis defense

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/cosmology-robust-galaxy-cluster-lensing-mass-measurements

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, July 17. 1:00 PM-2:30 PM

USS Hornet
707 W Hornet Ave,
Alameda, CA 94501

Behind-the-Scenes Apollo Exhibit Tour

A special look at the enhanced Apollo exhibition on board, with opportunities to speak to the Collections & Exhibitions Team. Come aboard throughout the day to hear stories about some of the unique artifacts in the exhibit and get some hands-on experience with artifact care in musuems with our interactive Education Collection! Items in our exhibition’s collection include items made by Hornet’s crew to celebrate their recovery of the astronauts such as pins, caps, menus for special dinners held aboard, and even a fragment of the gold covering the capsule that was removed and kept as a keepsake by a Hornet sailor.

We will also have on display a Moon rock from the Apollo 16 mission that is on a short loan from the vaults of NASA Ames. This is a rare opportunity to see such a large sample and it will only be on display for the two weeks surrounding the Museum’s Splashdown 50 celebration!

Our team will also have the Museum’s Mobile Quarantine Facility open throughout the day so visitors can step inside and feel what it would have been like to be an Apollo astronaut put into quarantine after their visit to the Moon! Our Mobile Quarantine Facility was a custom-made Airstream trailer designed for the Apollo program and used for the Apollo 14 mission. MQF trailers were built by NASA to be used for Apollo missions 11, 12, 13, and 14. The astronauts of Apollo 11 were the first people to set foot on the Moon and scientists worried they might return with an infection that could harm Earth’s inhabitants or ecosystem. NASA decided to quarantine the astronauts, equipment, and lunar samples returning from the Moon’s surface for a period of 21 days. NASA planned to quarantine the first four lunar missions–Apollo 11, 12,13, and 14–to determine if Moon germs existed. The astronauts had to leave the recovery helicopter after splashdown and immediately enter the MQF. They were then closed in the MQF along with a flight surgeon.

This MQF is serial number 004. It was the prototype model and eventually used to house the crew of Apollo 14. Astronauts Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell, and Stuart Roosa, along with a flight surgeon and a vehicle technician, lived inside this MQF from February 9-12, 1971. Apollo 14 was the last flight to be subjected to quarantine procedures.

Admission for this event is included in the Museum’s General Admission.

For more information on our Splashdown 50 celebration, please visit uss-hornet.org/splashdown50!

Website: https://www.uss-hornet.org/calendar/behind-the-scenes-apollo-exhibit-tour

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Wednesday, 07/17/19
06:30 PM – 07:30 PM

Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105

50 Years Since Our First Step: What Do We Know about the Moon?

July 20, 2019 is the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first steps on the surface of the moon. In that time, the Apollo missions, a fleet of robotic probes and observations from Earth have taught us a lot about Earth’s surprising satellite. In this nontechnical talk, Andrew Fraknoi, who is sometimes called the Bay Area’s public astronomer, will look at the past, present and future of the moon, including its violent origins, the mystery of the frozen water we have found at its poles and its long-term future as it moves further and further away from us. Illustrated with beautiful images taken from orbit and on the surface, his talk will make the moon come alive as an eerie world next door, as a changing object in our skies, and as a possible future destination for humanity and its ambitions. Come find out how the achievements of the Apollo program fit into the bigger picture of our involvement with our only natural satellite.

Speaker: Andrew Fraknoi, Univ. of San Francisco, San Francisco State

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/astronomer-andrew-fraknoi-50-years-since-our-first-step-tickets-60582865983?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Cost: $10 – $40

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Wednesday, July 17th, 7:30pm

San Francisco Amateur Astronomers
Randall Museum Theater
199 Museum Way, SF

Origin and Orbital History of the Moon”
Matija Cuk, Research Scientist, SETI Institute

We think that the Moon formed in an ancient collision between the young Earth and another proto-planet. However, the standard giant impact theory predicted that the Moon should be made from the pieces of the other planet, while lunar samples suggest that lunar material is very Earth-like. I will talk about recent updates to the giant impact theory which try to explain this discrepancy. One of the major new ideas is that early Earth was spinning very fast, making it easier for debris to be ejected into orbit during the giant impact. I will present some of my own work on the orbital history of the Moon after its formation, and how Earth could have lost some of its original spin in the process.

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

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Thursday, July 18. 1:00 PM-2:30 PM

USS Hornet
707 W Hornet Ave,
Alameda, CA 94501

Model Rocket Day aboard USS Hornet!

Model Rocket Day aboard USS Hornet! Come aboard to build and test your own rocket as we explore the science, technology, and engineering of getting astronauts into outer space!

Website: https://www.uss-hornet.org/calendar/model-rocket-day

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Thursday, 07/18/19
04:00 PM – 05:00 PM

San Pablo Library
13751 San Pablo Ave
San Pablo, CA 94806

Are We Alone? Are There Other Earths Orbiting Other Suns?

Join us for a lecture with NASA Solar System Ambassador Loretta McKibben who will share her life-long passion and knowledge of planetary science and space exploration.

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/are-we-alone-nasa-lecture-tickets-64072747312?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 07/18/19
06:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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

After Dark: Lunar Lore

What stories do we see in the night sky? People have long told stories about the moon and spun explanations for they way it moves and how our view of it changes. At After Dark: Lunar Lore, learn more about the science behind our night sky and how the moon and the stars have served as creative inspirations.

Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/after-dark-july-18-2019

Cost: $17.95 advance, $19.95 at the door

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Thursday, 07/18/19
07:00 PM – 08:00 PM

Central Park Library
2635 Homestead Rd
Santa Clara, CA 95051

Astrophysics: The Violent Universe

With our eyes, in the visual band, the Universe appears to be very quiet and static. However, this does not happen when we look at the Universe in the gamma-ray band, a very energetic light. This talk offers a look into our violent Universe in gamma rays.

Speaker: Elena Orlando, Stanford

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/astrophysics-the-violent-universe-tickets-62021305394?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 07/18/19
07:00 PM – 08:00 PM

SETI Institute: SETI Talks
SRI International
333 Ravenswood Ave
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Back to the Moon: For Science and Exploration

NASA has an ambitious plan to return astronauts to the Moon – Project Artemis. The return includes commercial and international partners with the goal of promoting a faster and more extensive exploration of the Moon as well as destinations beyond.

In a fashion similar to what has been done in commercializing low-Earth orbit, NASA proposes to lead these partnerships. The plan is to establish a space outpost – the Gateway – to learn how to live in deep space and to explore the Moon from above. In addition, it will allow the landing of astronauts at the lunar south pole by 2024.

What are the goals of Project Artemis? Is the lunar south pole the best place to go? What science will we be able to conduct from the surface of the moon and from the Gateway?

The new plan has received both praise and criticism. Supporters praise it as valuable, as they view it as the first true step for humans to permanently settle another world, and prepare for the exploration of Mars and beyond. Opponents criticize it as too rushed, too costly, or too ill-defined.

We are inviting three space scientists (an engineer, an explorer, and an astronomer) from different backgrounds to share their thoughts on this new program. Bruce Pittman, who has been the Chief System Engineer in the NASA Space Portal Office at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley since 2005 and has supported the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, will describe the goals and objectives of the gateway and the return to the Moon in the framework of NASA. Dr. Pascal Lee, a planetary scientist with the SETI Institute and the Mars Institute, will discuss the new prospects of exploring the Moon and their potential to advance the human exploration of outer space, in particular of Mars. Finally, Dr. Doug Caldwell, Kepler Instrument Scientist and Chair of the exoplanet group of the Sagan Center, will emphasize the use of the Gateway for scientific studies in fields as diverse as astronomy and medicine.

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/back-to-the-moon-for-science-and-exploration-tickets-64562194261?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Cost: Free

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Friday, July 19, 6:00 PM-11:30 PM

USS Hornet
707 W Hornet Ave,
Alameda, CA 94501

Splashdown 50 Anniversary Astronomical Viewing Overnight

We welcome you aboard the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum to learn about her service during the Apollo 11 mission and observe the night sky from the Flight Deck!

USS Hornet served as the recovery vessel for the Apollo 11 & 12 lunar landing missions—the spaceflights that landed the first humans on the Moon nearly 50 years ago—and is the ultimate viewing platform from which to enjoy this celestial event with family, friends, and fellow moongazers.

Come aboard and spend the night living with history with the ultimate overnight adventure! This night is themed specific to our Splashdown 50 celebration! Explore the decks of this famous aircraft carrier from the Captain’s Bridge to our Sickbay as you walk in the footsteps of astronauts and heroes aboard the ship that proudly recovered the first men to walk on the Moon, the Apollo 11 and 12 lunar mission astronauts.

The Live-Aboard program includes an evening tour focusing on the ship during the Apollo 11 recovery, dinner and breakfast in the original Enlisted Mess, a special late-night stargazing and Moon viewing opportunity, and more! The program is suitable for all age ranges and its standard single-night stays are divided into:

• Family/Small Group Live-Aboard: For individual families who wish to stay aboard.
• Youth Group Live-Aboard: For organized youth groups such as scouts and schools.
• Adult Group Live-Aboard: For organized adult clubs, work groups, or groups of friends.

Website: https://www.uss-hornet.org/calendar/splashdown-lunar-overnight

Ticket Registration: https://form.jotform.com/90917122078962

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Friday, 07/19/19 7:30 PM

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

Stellar Evolution

By the middle of the 19th century, astronomers and physicists had decided that gravitational energy powered the Sun. In the early 20th century a theory of evolution had been devised with young giants and old main sequence stars, resulting in an age for the earth less than 100 million years. The cries of biologists and geologists were ignored. However physical and astronomical evidence soon built up proving that there was some other Unknown Energy Source! Among all proposals, nuclear fusion eventually won, turning the earlier evolution theory on its head. Today we understand that nuclear fusion has produced the elemental abundances seen today (Carbon and above). With the addition of fusion, we connect stars in different stages of evolution, and understand the various possible ends.

Speaker: Dr. David Dearborn, Lawrence Livermore Labs

Website: http://www.trivalleystargazers.org

Cost: Free

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Fri. 07/19/2019 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. 07/19/2019 and Sat. 07/20/2019

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. 07/19/2019 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. 07/20/2019 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, 07/20/19
10:00 AM – 11:59 PM

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

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary

Come early, stay late, and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with us. For one day only, the Exploratorium will be open from 10 a.m. to midnight – it’s a soiree for Earth’s own natural satellite. Experience the thrill of NASA’s newly restored footage of the 1969 landing, bask in the glow of a detailed 16-foot spherical sculpture of the moon, and make a place for yourself in the lunar legacy of that giant leap for humankind.

Many programs listed. Check them out on their website.

Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/apollo-11-50th-anniversary

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Saturday, 7/20, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

USS Hornet
707 W Hornet Ave,
Alameda, CA 94501

Splashdown 50 Celebration!
(USS Hornet was the recovery ship for Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 in 1969)

Join us in commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the epic Apollo 11 lunar landing mission, the first time humans walked on the Moon in the entire history of mankind! The USS Hornet flawlessly recovered these first moon walkers and their precious load of moon rocks from the Pacific Ocean with President Richard Nixon on board and 500 million TV viewers watching around the world.

Splashdown 50 commemorates the five Apollo missions from 1968-1969, leading up to and including Apollo 11. The celebration will also frame the Apollo mission within its time as we explore the past, present, and future of space exploration programs planned by NASA and private commercial space companies. Splashdown 50 offers visitors an exciting opportunity to learn about the past and how it leads us into the next generation of space exploration!

Tickets are Available for Purchase in Advance or at the Door the Day of Event:

TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uss-hornet-museum-splashdown-50-celebration-tickets-64504651148

* Receive a discount of $5.00 off one adult general admission ticket per family for the day, if you bring a donation of cat supplies for the Oakland rescue group Feral Change.

Special Presentations throughout the Day!

Website: https://www.uss-hornet.org/calendar/splashdown-50-open-house

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Splashdown 50 Events

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Evening Saturday, July 20, 6 PM-10 PM

USS Hornet
707 W Hornet Ave,
Alameda, CA 94501

Splashdown Anniversary Dinner & Reception!

Please join us for a dinner honoring the USS Hornet Association. Celebrate the legacy of Splashdown with the ex –crew of this historic ship! Meet and dine with ex -crew men who were on board during the Apollo 11 Recovery Mission! Special Guests and Presentations! Hosted Buffet Dinner, Music from the 1960’s, and full cash bar.

TICKETS: https://www.uss-hornet.org/calendar/splashdown-50-anniversary-dinner

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Saturday, 07/20/19
10:00 AM – 11:59 PM

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

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary

Come early, stay late, and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with us. For one day only, the Exploratorium will be open from 10 a.m. to midnight – it’s a soiree for Earth’s own natural satellite. Experience the thrill of NASA’s newly restored footage of the 1969 landing, bask in the glow of a detailed 16-foot spherical sculpture of the moon, and make a place for yourself in the lunar legacy of that giant leap for humankind.

Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/apollo-11-50th-anniversary

Cost: Free with admission, Members and AD members free

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Saturday, 07/20/19
10:00 AM – 05:00 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebration

During the Apollo program of the 1960s and ’70s, NASA sent nine missions to the moon. Six of them landed astronauts safely on the surface, the only times humans have visited another world. July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the Moon on July 20, 1969 as part of NASA’s Apollo 11 lunar mission.

Join us for hands on moon demos, our new planetarium show, Lunaverse and more to be announced as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing!

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/apollo-50th-anniversary-celebration/

Cost: Free with admission

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Saturday, 07/20/19
11:00 AM – 02:00 PM

Hiller Aviation Museum
601 Skyway Rd.
San Carlos, CA 94070

50th Anniversary Apollo Moon Landing: Saturn-V The First 700 Seconds

Faride Khalaf will take you down memory lane and visit the Apollo program in a unique way. He will focus on some of the details starting from early launch preparation to the last rocket blast that sent the gallant crew and their spacecraft to the moon. In this presentation, you’ll find answers to questions that Walter Cronkite never thought to ask!

To commemorate this historical achievement, the Museum will launch a Saturn-V Model Rocket at approx 1:17 PM. The exact time the Lunar Module landed on the moon!

Website: https://www.hiller.org/event/saturn_v/

Cost: Free with admission

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Saturday, 07/20/19
06:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619

Apollo Party 21+

This event is after hours and for adults only! Grab a drink and join us for space karaoke, and show off your moves on the dance floor! Enjoy live performances in our Planetarium from Blue Eternity and join the crew of a special simulated mission to the moon!

website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/apollo-party-21/

Cost: $20

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Saturday, July 20, 2019 7:30 P.M.

Galileo Room
Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619

Our Speaker is Fatima Abdurrahman, U.C. Berkeley Astronomy Department
Demystifying Black Holes

Despite their constant presence in sci-fi, black holes remain enigmatic to most people. What are they? What do they do? Do they even really exist? In this talk, our speaker will debunk the movie tropes and discuss what exactly a black hole is, why they are so hard to find, and how we can circumvent that difficulty and find them anyways. From detecting gravitational waves created by two black holes smashing into each other, to watching stars orbit the supermassive blackhole at the center of our own galaxy, we will go through the insight and innovation that has led to our modern understanding of blackholes.

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

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Saturday, July 20, 2019
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

San Jose Astronomical Association
Houge Park
3972 Twilight Dr
San Jose, CA

Cosmic Alchemy: Neutron Stars, Gravitational Waves, and How to Make Gold
Speaker: Dr. Ryan Foley

Description:
In 1916, Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, a radiant form of energy similar to light, but caused by gravity. A century later, scientists detected the first gravitational waves from two merging black holes. This landmark discovery and new way of viewing the Universe resulted in the 2017 Nobel prize.
On August 17, 2017, a new kind of gravitational wave source was detected – two colliding neutron stars. Professor Ryan Foley and his team found its aftermath, a kilonova, in optical light – the first detection of light from a gravitational wave source. He will tell the harrowing story of how his small team of young, diverse scientists using a tiny telescope made this incredible discovery.
Examining the data in detail, they found that the neutron star merger produced large amounts of heavy elements – like platinum and gold – that were shining brightly. Professor Foley’s work heralds the start of a new scientific field, where we can combine gravity and light to understand the Universe.

Bio:
Prof. Foley studies exploding stars, often with a telescope from the top of a mountain. He is interested in characterizing the many ways a star can die. He received his PhD from UC Berkeley in 2008, was a Clay Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and is now a member of the UC Santa Cruz faculty. He is a Sloan fellow, Packard fellow, and Kavli fellow. He was awarded a 2018 NEXTies award in the “Wildcard” category. He lives close to the beach and tries to see the ocean every day.

Website: https://www.meetup.com/SJ-Astronomy/events/262962151/

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Sunday, July 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

USS Hornet
707 W Hornet Ave,
Alameda, CA 94501

Meet & Greet Hornet Crew from the Apollo 11 and 12 Missions

A special welcome to the various Hornet crew members who served on board during her years of service, including those who served aboard during the Apollo 11 and 12 recovery missions!

Website: https://www.uss-hornet.org/calendar/meet-greet-hornet-crew-from-the-apollo-11-and-12-missions

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Monday, July 22 @ 10:00 am – 5:00

USS Hornet
707 W Hornet Ave,
Alameda, CA 94501

Space Movies Aboard the Hornet

The films we will be showing primarily come from the Smithsonian Channel. Because of the Museum’s Smithsonian Affiliate status, we can show these documentaries at the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum. Come aboard to explore the future of space exploration through these documentaries while surrounded by the past innovations that launched men to the Moon!

11AM – 12:30PM: Screening “Finding Life in Outer Space” (Hangar Bay 3)

1PM – 2:30PM: Screening “Billionaire Space Club” (Hangar Bay 3)

3PM – 4:30PM: Screening “Leaving Earth: Or How to Colonize a Planet” (Hangar Bay 3)

Website: https://www.uss-hornet.org/calendar/smithsonian-space-movies

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Monday, 07/22/19
01:00 PM – 03:00 PM

Berkeley Public Library Clarement Branch
2940 Benvenue
Berkeley, CA 94705

Space Phantasy Cartooning @Claremont

Graphic novelist and art mentor, Aaron Southerland, will hold a series of cartooning vibe sessions focused on outer space. The sessions are dedicated to the artsy students who desire to create and continue working on their own cartoon and comic characters. Aaron will provide guidance on drawing techniques using a variety of drawing materials.

Ideal for Grades 5-8.

Website: https://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/events/summer-cartooning-space-phantasy-claremont

Cost: Free

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Tues. July 23 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

USS Hornet
707 W Hornet Ave,
Alameda, CA 94501

Apollo STEM Day for Educators

Calling all Bay Area Teachers – Come be our guests and learn all about our exciting Education Programs! To celebrate our Splashdown 50 Anniversary we are inviting all educators to come aboard and visit our amazing museum and participate in STEM Demonstrations

• FREE to All Bay Area Teachers- Bring a school ID and receive complimentary admission for 2
• Must Pre Register
• STEM Demonstrations

Website: https://www.uss-hornet.org/calendar/apollo-stem-day

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Date: Tuesday, 7/23/2019 7:15 PM

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

General Meeting

Speaker: Dr. Peticolas, Sonoma State U.
Title: Northern Light Excite
Topic: Aurora on Earth and Mars

Website: https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/event-view.cfm?Event_ID=95249

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Wed. July 24 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

USS Hornet
707 W Hornet Ave,
Alameda, CA 94501

Apollo Retrospective: The Past, Present, and Future of Space Travel

Come aboard as we explore the past, present, and future of space exploration and space travel with experts from the private aerospace industry! We will then follow with another presentation as we look back at the history and legacy of Apollo 11 and relive the recovery of the astronauts and capsule with some of the men who participated in the event! Finally, hear from NASA scientists and astronauts as they discuss what we’ve learned about the geology of the Moon and what plans they have for the future!

Website: https://www.uss-hornet.org/calendar/retrospective

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Friday, 07/26/19
08:30 PM – 01:00 AM

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

Science from the Stratosphere: Astronomy with the SOFIA Observatory – SOLD OUT

Dr. Joan Schmelz is a professional astronomer and the director of the NASA Postdoctoral Program. She works for Universities Space Research Association (USRA) at NASA Ames Research Center. She was the Associate Director for Science and Public Outreach at SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (2018-19) and the deputy director of the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico (2015-18). She was a program officer for the National Science Foundation’s Division of Astronomical Sciences (2013-15) and a professor at University of Memphis for over 20 years. Her research involves observations of solar coronal loops and developing constraints for coronal heating models. Schmelz has published papers on a variety of astronomical topics including stars, galaxies, interstellar matter, and the Sun using data from ground- and space-based telescopes at (almost) every band of the spectrum. She is a current Vice President of the American Astronomical Society and a former chair of the Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy. She won a teaching award from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a service award from Gallaudet University, and a research award from the University of Memphis. She gives talks and writes articles on topics such as unconscious bias, stereotype threat, and the gender gap. She was honored in 2015 as one of Nature’s top ten people who made a difference in science for her work fighting sexual harassment.

Tickets on sale April 17.

Website: http://www.ucolick.org/summer/stars/2019july26.shtml

Cost: $25

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Friday, July 26, 2019
9:30 PM to 11:30 PM

San Jose Astronomical Associaiton In-Town Star Park
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. 07/26/2019 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. 07/26/2019 and Sat. 07/27/2019

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. 07/27/2019 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. 07/27/2019 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, July 27, Sunset: 8:23 PM

San Mateo Co. Astronomical Society
Public Star Parties
at Crestview Park
1000 Crestview Drive in San Carlos.

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, 07/27/19
08:30 PM – 01:00 AM

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

Hunting for Black Holes with Laser-Guided Adaptive Optics – SOLD OUT

Dr. Lu is an Assistant Professor of Astronomy at UC, Berkeley. Her research group is conducting a search for free-floating stellar-mass black holes in the Milky Way using gravitational lensing. Her group also studies how stars are born in extreme environments such as in massive star clusters and around the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. These black hole studies require very high resolution images of the Universe at infrared wavelengths. Prof. Lu helps develop astronomical instruments that deliver sharp views of the sky using adaptive optics systems on large ground-based telescopes. She is the Project Scientist for the ‘imaka and KAPA projects, which aim to expand the reach of adaptive optics to wider fields of view and more places in the sky. Prof. Lu is also a member of international science teams for the future Thirty Meter Telescope and the WFIRST space observatory.

Musical performer: White Album Ensemble

Website: http://www.ucolick.org/summer/music/2019july27.shtml

Cost: $50

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Tuesday, 07/30/19
06:30 PM – 10:00 PM

swissnex San Francisco
The Embarcadero
Pier 17, Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94111

To the Moon and Beyond…

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 touched down on the lunar surface, safely delivering Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin – the first humans to land on the moon. The Swiss Solar Wind Composition Experiment, manufactured by the University of Bern and the Swiss National Science Foundation, was the only non-American experiment to be part of the Apollo landings. Where do we stand after 50 years, and where are we headed? Gather with astronauts, scientists, and artists to discuss the past, the future, and our inspiration for the unknown space.

Website: https://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/event/to-the-moon-and-beyond/

Cost: $10

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Tuesday, 07/30/19
07:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Foothill College
Appreciation Hall
Room 1500
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Panel Discussion

Fifty years ago, humans first set foot on the moon. Those first steps are still felt today. Join a panel of NASA scientists for a discussion of the legacy of the Apollo program at Foothill College.

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/apollo-11-50th-anniversary-panel-discussion-tickets-64680493096?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Cost: Free

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