Bay Astro – Events of Week of 12/08/2019 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, 12/09/19
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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

The probability distribution function (PDF) of cosmic density fluctuations: How to measure it? How to model it? What information does it contain?

In this talk I will lead you through the highlights of a series of papers (Gruen++2018, Friedrich++2018, Friedrich&Uhlemann et al. in prep, Uhlemann&Friedrich et al. in prep) that promote an alternative framework of studying large scale structure data: analysis of the 1-point PDF of density fluctuations. The main difference between the PDF and 2-point correlation functions is readily explained: 2-point functions measure the variance of fluctuations as a function of scale, while the PDF measures all moments of the fluctuations at one scale. But how would you ever measure the PDF in real data? How would you model it theoretically? And to what physics is it sensitive to? The talk will give a number of answers to these questions.

Speaker: Oliver Friedrich, Univ. of Cambridge

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/probability-distribution-function-pdf-cosmic-density-fluctuations-how-measure-it-how-model

Cost:  Free

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Monday, 12/09/19  12:10 PM

Campbell Hall, Rm 131
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720

Origins of the Astrophysical r-process

Speaker: J. Barnes, Columbia Univ.

Website: Click to Visit

Cost:  Free

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Monday, 12/09/19
03:30 PM – 04:30 PM

SLAC Colloquium Series
2575 Sand Hill Rd, Building 51
Kavli Auditorium
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Seeing the invisible: music, art and an evolutionary step

In a 1954 paper “Galileo as a critic of the arts”,  Erwin Panofsky wrote that the Florentine’s culture in which Galileo lived, his participation  in the visual arts, literature and music communities that at the time made Florence a leading European intellectual center, nurtured his pioneering scientific work, an important step toward  modern science and the exploration of the universe. Working with his father Vincenzio, part of the movement that revolutionized music and created opera at the end of the XVI century, the young Galileo was introduced to experimental studies of how the sound from a vibrating string depends on length, tension and mass. Following Panofsky we look at the similarity between Galileo’s scientific approach and his analysis and appreciation of art and literature and discuss how his knowledge of visual arts had a large impact on his observations of the Moon and Venus and the beginning of modern astronomy.

Speaker: Claudio Pellegrini, SLAC

Website: https://sites.slac.stanford.edu/colloquium/events/seeing-the-invisible-music-art-and-evolutionary-step

Cost:  Free

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Tuesday, 12/10/19
07:30 PM – 10:30 PM

DNA Lounge
375 11th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Astronomy on Tap: San Francisco

Astronomy on Tap San Francisco is back! Come to DNA Lounge on Tuesday, Dec. 10th for another night of talks from local scientists, Astronomy in the News, trivia and prizes! Come out to hear about the latest updates on all things astrophysics, from exoplanets to jets! Doors open at 7:00 pm, and the event starts at 7:30pm. For updates, please follow our Twitter and our event on Facebook. Also check out our page on the Astronomy on Tap website for more! Remember, space is always better with beer!

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1784212298378171/

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Friday, 12/13/19
11:00 PM – 03:00 AM

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

Geminid Meteor Shower

Starting at dusk, spectators should be able to spot 50-100 meteors per hour, with the show peaking around 2 a.m. Astronomers will be on site to answer any questions. In addition, guests can enjoy hot chocolate and other goodies available for purchase. Limited capacity. Pre-registration is recommended.

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/geminid-meteor-shower-2

Cost:  $8

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Fri. 12/13/2019 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.

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

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Fri. 12/13/2019 and Sat. 12/14/2019

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 12/13/2019 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. 12/14/2019 10AM

Foothill College
12345 El Monte Rd
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Foothill College Observatory 10AM-12PM if it is clear Solar observing with a Hydrogen alpha solar telescope every clear Saturday morning. This allows spectacular views of solar prominences and unusual surface features on the Sun not otherwise visible with regular white light telescopes.

Admission is free. Parking is $3

Foothill Observatory is located on the campus of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. Take Highway 280 to the El Monte Rd exit. The observatory is next to parking lot 4. Parking at the college requires visitor parking permits that are available from the machines in the parking lots for $3.00. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change. Citations are issued.

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Sat, December 14, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

San Jose Astronomical Association
Houge Park (3972 Twilight Dr,
San Jose, CA 95124)

This is our annual Show-N-Tell night! All members/non-members are welcome to come and present their work.. It can be anything from your astrophotography work to a mount enhancement you have engineered! Floor is yours!!! Come out, show off and mingle!
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Website:  https://www.meetup.com/SJ-Astronomy/events/257516152/

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Tuesday, 12/17/19
07:00 PM – 08:00 PM

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

Are We About to Find Life on Mars?

Over the past six months, numerous articles have reported weird anomalies in the atmosphere of Mars, from an outburst of methane in June 2019 to patterns in oxygen concentrations that cannot be explained by any known atmospheric or surface processes on the Red Planet. Perhaps more intriguing is the Viking Lander (Viking LR) experiment. In 1976, each of the two Viking landers performed experiments on Martian soil samples. The samples tested positive for metabolism, and researchers recently claimed that like on Earth, this is a sign for the presence of a Martian life. Finally, an Ohio scientist claims to have found photographic proof of “insect and reptile-like” life on Mars. This controversial result has been discussed at length in the media, even though most scientists rejected it.
What does this mean? Are we on the verge of announcing the most profound story since humans first wondered about the existence of life elsewhere? Or are these coincidences that can be explained by geological processes, failed experiments or pareidolia?
We invited two SETI Institute scientists who are experts on Mars to discuss these exciting and out of this world results. Biologist Kathryn Bywaters who has studied life in some of the most extreme environments on Earth and planetary scientist Pascal Lee who focuses on water on Mars and human exploration of the Red Planet. Both scientists will tell us if indeed we are about to discover life on Mars and the consequences of this significant discovery.

Franck Marchis, senior astronomer and science outreach manager at the SETI Institute, will be the moderator.

Register at weblink

Website: https://www.seti.org/event/are-we-about-find-life-mars

Cost:  Free

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Wednesday December 18th, 7:30pm

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

“Sailing From The Devil’s Golf Course to Europa:

In this talk I will speak about some of the more recent science questions pertaining to the possible life-bearing ocean world and the latest exciting developments in the planned mission Europa Clipper set for launch in 2026.  Some work by our group focuses on seeking out terrestrial surface analogs of Europa’s icy surface to study how a potential surface lander might operate.  One such example is the so-called Devil’s Golf Course in Death Valley.  I will discuss the possibility of other landforms like penitentes and the possible detection of water plumes high over Europa.

Orkan Umurhan, Planetary Scientist, SETI at NASA

Orkan Umurhan currently works as an applied mathematician and Planetary scientist at NASA Ames Research Center. He works on geophysical and astrophysical flows. His current projects also include studying glacial ice flows on the surface of Pluto.

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

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Fri, December 20, 7pm – 9pm

San Jose Astronomical Association In-Town Star Party
Houge Park
3972 Twilight Dr,
San Jose, CA 95124

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!

Website: https://www.meetup.com/SJ-Astronomy/events/257516656/

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Fri. 12/20/2019 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.

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

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Fri. 12/20/2019 and Sat. 12/21/2019

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 12/20/2019 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. 12/21/2019 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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