Bay Astro – Events of Week of 08/19/2019 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, 08/19/19
07:15 PM – 09:00 PM

Lindsay Wildlife Experience
1931 First Ave
Walnut Creek, CA 94597

Northern Lights Excite

Please join the Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society for our general meeting featuring Dr. Laura Peticolas, Sonoma State University. Dr. Peticolas will discuss auroras, and the mysteries scientists are still uncovering about these displays here and on other planets in our solar system. The meeting starts at 7:15 p.m. with a short “What’s Up” presented by MDAS President Steve Jacobs, who will give a nova primer and explain where to find the novae in our galaxy.

Editor’s Note: This lecture will also be presented on August 17 in San Jose. See our listing.

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/astronomy-lecture-northern-lights-excite-tickets-65156684397?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 08/21/19
07:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Burlingame Public Library
480 Primrose Road
Burlingame, CA 94010

Astronomy for Everyone: Size and Scale of the Universe
A Journey through the Cosmos!

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, join us for this exciting program about the universe from the very small to the very large!

Astronomer Kevin Manning will take us on a virtual journey through the cosmos, followed by a trip outside to view celestial objects through a powerful hand-crafted telescope. This presentation is geared toward adults, but younger astronomy lovers are welcome.

There will be a raffle for a copy of the National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky, plus the ticket enters you into a raffle for the Summer Reading grand prize of an Orion telescope!

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/astronomy-for-everyone-size-scale-of-the-universe-tickets-64689006560?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, August 21, 7:30pm

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

“Cosmic Gold: Neutron Star Mergers, Gravitational Waves, and the Origin of the Heavy Elements”

Eliot Quataert, UC Berkeley

Scientists have recently developed a new way to “see” the universe, using the gravitational waves predicted by Einstein nearly a century ago. These waves can teach us about some of the most exotic objects known, including star “corpses” known as black holes and neutron stars. Remarkably, they have also helped solve a longstanding puzzle about where in the Universe some of the elements we know and love here on Earth are produced, including gold, platinum, uranium, and even Californium!

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

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Wed, Aug 21 8:00pm

Blue River Technology
605 W California Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Super-Massive Black Hole Pairs – Aug 21

The detection of gravitational waves from merging stellar-mass black holes has generated much excitement. We expect that similar events — but with black holes that are millions to billions of times heavier — can occasionally occur. Dr. Romani will describe observations of super-massive black hole “binaries.” He will also discuss the search for such binaries that can eventually merge to produce the “loudest” signals in the universe — as the two super-massive black holes conclude their cosmic dance.

Our speaker, Roger Romani, is Professor of Physics at Stanford University.

Website: http://wonderfest.org/black-hole-pairs/

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Friday, 08/23/19
07:30 PM – 08:30 PM

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. (See *In Town Star Party – 3Q* event on Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/SJ-Astronomy/events/257516641/)

The talk will be presented by Wolf Witt. Wolf is not an actual astronomer, nor has he ever played one on TV. However, he’s been interested in outer space since he was a kid and still thinks that the universe is an amazing place. He’s been with SJAA for six years, and now he’ll share with you his enthusiasm and some of what he’s learned about the cosmos. Maybe you’ll think it’s amazing, too.

Website: https://www.meetup.com/SJ-Astronomy/events/262541810/

Cost: Free

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Friday, 08/23/19
08:00 PM – 12:30 AM

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

Lick Observatory Evening with the Stars – SOLD OUT
Speaker: Dr. Vivian U, UC Irvine

Website: http://www.ucolick.org/summer/stars/2019august23.shtml

Cost: $25

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Friday, August 23, 2019
8:45 PM to 10:45 PM

San Jose Astronomical Society 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. 08/23/2019 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. 08/23/2019 and Sat. 08/24/2019

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. 08/23/2019 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. 08/24/2019 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 24
Sunset: 7:50 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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Saturday, 08/24/19
08:00 PM – 12:30 AM

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

Cosmic Alchemy in the Era of Gravitational Wave Astronomy – SOLD OUT

Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). He is also the Niels Bohr Professor at the Niels Bohr Institute. After studying at the University of Cambridge, he was the John Bahcall Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Since joining the UCSC faculty in 2007, Ramirez-Ruiz has won a number of national awards for his research, including a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Kavli and Racliffe Fellowships. He is also a highly regarded teacher and public lecturer. In 2010, he was elected a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. Then 34, he was the youngest scientist ever elected to the academy.

Musical performers: Dave Rocha Quartet

Website: http://www.ucolick.org/summer/music/2019august24.shtml

Cost: $50 – $199

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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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