Bay Astro – Events of Week of 07/22/2019 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, 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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Monday, 07/29/19 7:00 PM

Club 21
2111 Franklin St
Oakland, CA 94612

Nerd Nite East Bay: Rock Posters, Mushroom Materials, Antikythera

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Beyond Psychedelic: Reassessing the Golden Age of Bay Area Rock Posters

Speaker: Ben Marks, The Rock Poster Society (TRPS)

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Mushrooms Making Marvelous Materials: Advances in Mycelium Technologies

Speaker: Sonia Travaglini, Stanford

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The Antikythera Mechanism: The Ancient Computer that the Greeks Learned and Lost

Recovered by sponge divers from an ancient shipwreck in 1901, the Antikythera Mechanism demonstrated math and calculating gears which would not be seen again in the historical record for several hundred years. See how the bronze epicyclic gears elegantly computed future planetary positions, lunar phases, and eclipses by tracking subtle changes in the moon’s velocity. Then learn how scientists finally unraveled the functions of the Antikythera after a century of trying, and how the astronomical principles contained in the device dates back to the ancient Babylonians and forward to the later work of Ptolemy, allowing humanity to predict the behavior of the universe for the first time.

Speaker: Jeff Herzbach

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/329864614558501/

Cost: $8 Web, $10 at door

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Tuesday, 07/30/19
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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

Exoplanetary Astronomy
Speaker: Daniel Angerhausen, Bern University

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/exoplanetary-astronomy

Cost: Free

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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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Tuesday, 07/30/19
07:30 PM – 08:30 PM

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

Brown Dwarfs: Failed Stars or Overachieving Planets?

Giant planets can be up to 13 times the mass of Jupiter, while the least massive stars are about 80 times the mass of Jupiter. In between are objects called “brown dwarfs” – too massive to be called planets, but not massive enough to burn hydrogen and shine like stars. Since 1994, a few thousand brown dwarfs have been observed close to us in the galaxy. But, what are they? Are they more like half-pint cousins of stars, or more like overgrown planets? In this lecture, Eric Nielsen, a research scientist in the Kavli Institute of Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at Stanford University, will explain how we observe and study brown dwarfs and what we have learned about them. It will describe clues to their nature from their composition and their evolution over time, and the insights they give us into how stars and planets are born.

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

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 08/01/19
08:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Astronomy Night
Campbell Hall
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720

Astro Night: Making the Largest-Ever 3D Maps of our Universe
Speaker: Josh Dillon

Talk followed by stargazing 9:00 – 10:30

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

Cost: Free

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Friday, 08/02/19
06:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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

First Friday: Light

Light, from many different sources, is all around us and has existed since the beginning of the universe. Join us for an enlightening First Friday and learn about the form of energy that sustains life, reveals colors, and can travel at nearly 300 million meters per second! Through talks, hand-on activities, and exhibitry, we’ll highlight the importance of light in science, art, and culture.

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/first-friday-light-2/

Cost: $5

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Fri. 08/02/2019 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. 08/02/2019 and Sat. 08/03/2019

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. 08/02/2019 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. 08/03/2019 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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Monday, 08/05/19
07:30 PM – 09:00 PM

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

The Universe in the Infrared: Spitzer’s Final Voyage

The infrared lies beyond the red end of the visible spectrum of light. Cool and dusty things throughout the Universe appear bright in infrared. The Spitzer Space Telescope is one of NASA’s Great Observatories, designed to observe the universe in infrared light. It was launched in 2003 with an expected lifetime of 5 years. Spitzer has succeeded beyond our wildest expectations, observing things from dust in our Solar System out to dusty galaxies at the edge of the Universe. On January 30, 2020, Spitzer will complete its mission. Dr. Rebull will summarize some of the interesting engineering that made this mission so successful, and cover several scientific highlights from the past 16 years of Spitzer operations.

Speaker: Luisa Rebull, Research Scientist, Caltech/IPAC

Website: https://www.calacademy.org/events/benjamin-dean-astronomy-lectures/the-universe-in-the-infrared-spitzer’s-final-voyage

Cost: $15 General, $12 Members and Seniors

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