Bay Astro – Events of Week of 08/26/2019 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, 08/26/19
07:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Club 21
2111 Franklin St
Oakland, CA 94612

Nerd Nite East Bay #78: Art and Math, Punishment and Gravitational Waves

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Art Experiments With Math in 20 Minutes

In a rapid fire art extravaganza, Nerd Nite will zip through the world of strange, quirky, and beautiful mathematics that you never learned about in school, and explore how math can be used to define new artistic forms. See paradoxes, puzzles, infinities, chaos, fractals, surreals and automata, and learn how our conception of art often relies on numbers and relationships just below the surface.

Speaker: Roger Antonsen, University of Oslo

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You’ve Been Bad: What Science Says About Punishment and Human Behavior

The last decade has brought a long overdue reexamination of retribution as a criminal deterrent, with a growing acceptance that modern criminal justice policy rooted in ancient morality and religious traditions may not be as relevant in the modern world. Learn about the direct connections between the Bible and policies still in force today. Then see the real statistics that support (or refute) shaming, caning, community service, the death penalty, and incarceration, and learn the lessons this new data holds for crime prevention, parenting and even pet-rearing.

Speaker: Sara Yousuf, The Justice Colaborative

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How Einstein’s Gravitational Waves Discovered Gold and Explored the Universe

Scientists have recently developed a new way to explore the universe, using gravitational waves predicted by Albert Einstein nearly a century ago. See how these waves illuminate some of the most exotic objects in the cosmos, including star corpses and neutron stars. Then learn how these new techniques recently solved one of the enduring mysteries of the universe, identifying the interstellar source of the gold, platinum, uranium, and even Californium that we now have on earth.

Eliot Quataert, UC Berkeley

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1473628446110553/

Cost: $8 Advance, $10 at door

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Tuesday, 08/27/19
07:15 PM – 09:00 PM

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

Charon, Pluto’s Companion

Dr. Ross Beyer, NASA Ames and SETI, will discuss what the New Horizons space probe revealed about the surface of Pluto’s moon Charon. The probe showed evidence of a sub-surface ocean early on and Charon’s surface suggests how icy worlds can form far from the gravitational influences of giant planets.

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/astronomy-lecture-charon-plutos-companion-tickets-68752190653?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 08/28/19 7:30 PM

Crepe Place
1134 Soquel Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

The Social and Ecolological Impacts of Light Pollution in Santa Cruz

Join Santa Cruz IDA chapter members Lisa Heschong and Andy Kreyche for a discussion of how light pollution in Santa Cruz impacts our local environment. We will review recent research on circadian disruption of plants, animals and humans by exposure to artificial light at night. Plants and animals depend on Earth’s natural cycle of daylight and night-time darkness to govern the rhythms of life sustaining behaviors, including metabolic activity, immune response, feeding behaviors, migration, reproduction, growth, development, and essential sleep. Lab and field studies are starting to fill in the detail of how light pollution can cause profound ecological disruption and potentially collapse. The local IDA chapter has surveyed conditions around Santa Cruz with a nighttime aerial photography, and has started to identify strategies to reduce the most egregious sources of light pollution in our area, while respecting our social and cultural desire for nighttime light.

Website: https://wiseucsc.wixsite.com/wise/science-on-tap

Cost: Free

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Fri. 08/30/2019 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. 08/30/2019 and Sat. 08/31/2019

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. 08/30/2019 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. 08/31/2019 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, August 31
Sunset: 7:41 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.

Website: http://www.smcasastro.com/crestview-park.html

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Wednesday, 09/04/19
06:00 PM – 07:30 PM

Mountain View Public Library
585 Franklin St
Mountain View, CA 94041

Physics vs. Time Travel

Everyone loves a good time travel story, but given what we know — and don’t know — about physics, is time travel in any way plausible? Using popular movies as a framework, Professor Ken Wharton will outline several distinct categories of consistent time travel stories, and discuss possible connections with actual physics. Ken Wharton is physics professor at San Jose State University. No registration required.

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/science-talk-physics-vs-time-travel-tickets-68895515341?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 09/05/19
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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

Testing GR and the Massive Black Hole Paradigm with Infrared Interferometry

Adaptive optics (AO) imaging and spectroscopy of the central star cluster in the Galactic Center over the past three decades have established that there is a concentration of 4 million solar masses associated with the compact radio source SgrA*, presumably a massive black hole. In 2017 we put into operation GRAVITY, for combining the near-IR light of all four 8m UT telescopes of the ESO-VLT for milli-arcsec imaging, and for improving the astrometric measurement precision tenfold compared to our previous AO data. DUring the peri-passage of the star S2 in May 2018 we were able to robustly detect the gravitational redshift and test Einstein’s equivalence principle in the orbital elements of the star, thus for the first time testing GR in the high mass regime. The detection of the Schwarzschild pression of the orbit is expected in the next year. During bright near-IR ‘flares’ SgrA* exhibts 100 micro-arcsec loops/wobbles, which may be interpreted as orbital motion of ‘hot spots’ in the accretion flow on scales of 4-5 R_S. If so, the mass within the hot spot orbits is consistent with the 4 million solar masses. The flares also exhibit polarization loops and we find that their orbital angular momentum is close to that of the OB-star disk at 10^5 R_S. I will end with an outlook how measurements with GRAVITY and the EHT can together test the Kerr metric on scales of a few R_S.

Speaker: Reinhard Genzel, Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/special-astrophysics-colloquium-testing-gr-and-massive-black-hole-paradigm-infrared

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 09/05/19 4:00 PM

LeConte Hall, Rm 1
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720

The Next Frontier of Low-Mass Galaxy Formation

Satellites of the Milky Way (MW) have long provided stringent tests of cosmic reionization, cold dark matter, and the physics of galaxy formation on the smallest scales. However, there is growing evidence that the MW satellites may not be broadly representative. Compared to the MW, satellite systems throughout the local Universe show varying luminosity functions, stellar populations, quenching properties, and spatial configurations, often in excess of cosmic variance. In this talk, I discuss ongoing efforts to expand our knowledge of low-mass galaxy formation beyond the confines of the MW halo. Specifically, I describe how new understanding of our nearest neighbor M31 and its satellites raise questions about whether insights established in MW satellites are generally applicable to low-mass systems or stem from the specific accretion history of the MW. I highlight a new Hubble Space Telescope Treasury program aimed at establishing the M31 ecosystem at the next frontier for low-mass galaxy studies. I also preview the potential of the James Webb Space Telescope and next-generation space-based telescopes (e. g. Luvoir) for facilitating detailed studies of low-mass galaxies throughout the Local Volume.

Speaker: Dan Weisz, UC Berkeley

Website: https://astro.berkeley.edu/event/2019-09-05/Colloquium

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 09/05/19
07:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Astronomy Night
Campbell Hall
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720

Astro Night: Galaxies Across Cosmic Time

For a century, astronomers have studied galaxies— immense systems made up of gas, dust, dark matter, and stars— to help us understand our place in the vast night sky. In this talk, I’ll start by taking you on a journey through human time, from how early astronomers learned that the mysterious “island Universes” they observed at night are distant galaxies like our own Milky Way, to how modern astronomers use space telescopes to travel through time and peer into the distant past. Then, I’ll take you on a journey through cosmic time and describe how galaxies grow and change over billion-year long timescales. Finally, we’ll venture even further into the unknown and learn about one of the greatest unsolved mysteries about how galaxies evolve.

Speaker: Wren Suess, UC Berkeley

Stargazing follows the lecture from 8:30 – 10:00.

Website: https://astro.berkeley.edu/event/2019-08-22/astro-night-1-1

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 09/05/19
07:30 PM – 10:30 PM

City Star Parties – Parade Grounds at the Presidio
103 Montgomery St.
Main Post Lawn
San Francisco, CA 94129

San Francisco City Star Party @ Parade Grounds in the Presidio of San Francisco
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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Friday, 09/06/19 7:30 PM

San Mateo Co. Astronomical Society
College of San Mateo Bldg 36
1700 W Hillsdale Rd
San Mateo, CA 94402

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

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

Speaker: Dr. Ross Beyer, SETI Institute

Website: http://www.smcasastro.com/meetings.html

Cost: Free

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Friday, September 6, 2019
8:30 PM to 10:30 PM

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

Details
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. 09/06/2019 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. 09/06/2019 and Sat. 09/07/2019

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. 09/06/2019 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. 09/07/2019 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, 09/07/19 7:30 PM

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

MISSION: MARS

We are making progress globally – from the Arctic to Antarctica, from underground labs to the International Space Station – to achieve the first human voyage to Mars. Come explore the what, why, how, when, and who of our first journey to the Red Planet.

Speaker: Pascal Lee, SETI and Mars Institute

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

Cost: Free

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Monday, 09/09/19
07:30 PM – 09:00 PM

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

Mapping the Universe: The Sloan Digital Sky Survey

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey is an unprecedented all-sky spectroscopic survey of over six million objects. It is designed to decode the history of the Milky Way galaxy, trace the emergence of the chemical elements, reveal the inner workings of stars, and investigate the origin of planets. SDSS will also create a contiguous spectroscopic map of the interstellar gas in the Milky Way and nearby galaxies that is 1,000 times larger than the state of the art.

Speaker: Juna Kollmeier, Carnegie Institution for Science

Website: https://www.calacademy.org/events/benjamin-dean-astronomy-lectures/mapping-the-universe-the-sloan-digital-sky-survey

Cost: $15 General, $12 Members and Seniors

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