Bay Astro – Events of Week of 02/05/2018 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, 02/05/18
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Kavli Institute Astrophysics Colloquium
Varian Physics Building, Room 355
382 Via Pueblo Mall
Stanford, CA 94305

Combined galaxy clustering and weak lensing analyses

I will discuss some of the challenges involved in producing robust cosmological constraints from photometric galaxy surveys such the Dark Energy Survey and LSST. In the context of the recent DES constraints from galaxy clustering and weak lensing, I will discuss in detail how we validate our cosmological inference using realistic simulations of the survey. I will also discuss some of the theoretical challenges in characterizing the observed signals, including a perturbative approach to modeling the contribution from galaxies’ intrinsic alignments.
Speaker: Niall MacCrann, Ohio State Univ.

Website: http://kipac..stanford.edu/events/combined-galaxy-clustering-and-weak-lensing-analyses-validation-parameter-inference-using

Cost: Free

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Monday, 02/05/18 7:30 PM

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

The Search for Life Beyond Earth

To search for life beyond Earth, we first have to decide on several key factors, such as where we should look. Several locations within our solar system have been identified that might be habitable. An ideal place to look might be the icy moons around Saturn and Jupiter with their liquid oceans. However, once we decide where to look for life we then need to determine what we will look for and how we will look for it. If there is life in this solar system, other than on Earth, it seems most likely that it will be in the form of microbes. But what if it doesn’t look like life on Earth – how will we know when we find it?

Speaker: Kathryn Bhywaters, SETI and NASA Ames

Website: https://www.calacademy.org/events/benjamin-dean-astronomy-lectures/the-search-for-life-beyond-earth

Cost: $15 General, $12 Members & Seniors

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Tuesday, 02/06/18
04:30 PM – 05:30 PM

Hewlett Teaching Center
370 Serra Mall, Room 201
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305

Extrasolar Planets

Prof. Bruce Macintosh of the Stanford University Physics Department will give the Applied Physics/Physics colloquium

Website: http://events.stanford.edu/events/737/73753/

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 02/07/18 4:00 PM

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

Quantum Measurements at LIGO

The precision of gravitational wave measurements by the Advanced LIGO interferometers is limited by the quantization of light. The current generation of detectors will use squeezed light to reduce this quantum noise. I will discuss a new method for generating squeezed states of light that uses optomechancal interaction between light and mirror oscillators. In addition to optomechanical squeezing broadly and describe experimental efforts to generate optomechanically squeezed states optimized for gravitational wave detection.

Website: http://events.stanford.edu/events/745/74597/

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 02/08/18
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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

From Hot Neptunes to Temperate Earths: Observing the Atmospheres of Small Planets

Substantial resources have been dedicated to characterizing the handful of planets with radii between Earth’s and Neptune’s that are accessible to current telescopes. Observations of their transmission spectra reveal a diversity of worlds, some shrouded in clouds and others with molecular features. I will discuss the types of clouds and hazes that can obscure transmission spectra, and show the effect that these thick clouds have on the thermal emission and reflected light spectra of small exoplanets. I present a path forward for understanding this class of planets: by understanding the thermal emission and reflectivity of small planets, we can potentially break the degeneracies and better constrain the atmospheric compositions. With future telescopes, we will also be able to access even smaller, more temperate worlds. I will discuss the recent discoveries of Earth-sized planets around small bright M dwarfs. These atmospheres may have atmospheres observable with JWST; I will explain how we might detect those terrestrial atmospheres in the coming years.

Speaker: Caroline Morley, CfA

Website: http://kipac.stanford.edu/events/hot-neptunes-temperate-earths-observing-atmospheres-small-planets

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 02/08/18
06:30 PM – 09:00 PM

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Michaels at Shoreline
2960 N Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA 94043

Dinner Talk with Jill Tarter (SETI): The 21st Century, The Century of Biology on Earth and Beyond
Come and hear about how this century will permit us the first opportunities to study biology beyond Earth, biology as we don’t yet know it, and biology that we have exported off the surface of our planet.

Also: book sale and signing of “Making Contact – Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence”

Please RSVP by 2/1/17 because prices will go up by $5 after that day!

The dinner will be buffet style.

Website: https://aiaa-sf.org/event/dinner-meeting-with-jill-tarter/

Cost: $15 – $35

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Friday, 02/09/18
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Stanford Linear Accelerator (SLAC)
Building 51
3rd Floor Conference room
Menlo Park, CA 94025

TESS Mission
Speaker: Krista Lynne Smith

Website: http://kipac.stanford.edu/events/tess-mission

Cost: Free

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Friday, 02/09/18 7:30 PM

Peninsula Astronomical Society
Foothill College
Room 5015, near Parking Lot #5
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Solar Eclipse Extravaganza, Part II
Talk by several Peninsula Astronomical Society members who traveled to view the 2017 Great American Eclipse.

Website: https://www.foothill.edu/astronomy/

Cost: Free ($3 parking)

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Friday, February 9, 2018
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

San Jose Astronomical Association In Town Star Party
Houge Park
3972 Twilight Dr · San Jose, CA
Near the tennis courts

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. 02/09/2018 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 rozer@pacbell.net or phone (510) 406-1914.

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Fri. 02/09/2018 and Sat. 02/10/2018

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. 02/09/2018 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. 02/010/2018 10AM

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

Foothill Colllege 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, 02/10/18
10:00 AM – 05:00 PM

CuriOdyssey
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401

SWOOP – Drone Racing & Raptors in Flight (First Weekend of 2 Weekend Event)
CuriOdyssey’s extraordinary exhibition, SWOOP – A Celebration of Flight, opens on the evening of February 9 and runs for two weekends, February 10-11 and February 17-19, 2018. This unique avian and aeronautical festival will thrill curious kids and families with exciting indoor drone races and nature’s aerial experts, live raptors, up close and soaring overhead.

Watch drones dodge and dart as they race at dizzying speeds through a four-level obstacle course in CuriOdyssey’s enormous Redwood Hall. Talk with experienced drone pilots about aeronautical exploits and how to fly or build a drone yourself.

Watch raptors soar through the sky, glide overhead and perform daring feats on command with falconer, Kenny Elvin. Meet CuriOdyssey’s raptors up close and learn about the science of their flight from professional animal keepers during special Animals in Action presentations.

Be awed and amazed by the beauty and precision of natural and manmade flight at this remarkable CuriOdyssey exhibition.

Please note that drones are not permitted at any time outside in Coyote Point Recreation Area at any time and violators will be subject to citation and fines. All participating drones and pilots are pre-registered and managed through the event sponsor, Eaton & Associates.

This exhibition is included with admission and free for members.

Other Dates For This Event:
• Saturday, 02/10/18
• Sunday, 02/11/18

CuriOdyssey
Email: info@curiodyssey.org
Phone: 16503427755

Website: https://curiodyssey.org/activities/family-events/swoop-drone-racing-and-raptors/

Cost: $9.50-12.50

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Saturday, 02/10/18 6:00 PM

Jewish Community Center
3200 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

Science on the Screen: ‘Wall-E’

Curious about robotics? Science on the Screen creatively pairs cutting-edge science presented by leading science and technology experts with classic science fiction films. The series reveals the science of everyday living, explores where science and art connect, and inspires students to explore the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). Ken Goldberg – artist, writer, inventor and UC Berkeley Professor of Robotics, Automation and New Media – explains the science and robotics behind the beloved Pixar film WALL·E(G).

Aimed at middle school and high school students.

Website: https://www.jccsf.org/arts-ideas/sos-wall-e/

Cost: $18 General, $10 Students & Teachers

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Sunday, 02/11/18
10:00 AM – 05:00 PM

CuriOdyssey
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401

SWOOP – Drone Racing & Raptors in Flight (First Weekend of 2 Weekend Event)

CuriOdyssey’s extraordinary exhibition, SWOOP – A Celebration of Flight, opens on the evening of February 9 and runs for two weekends, February 10-11 and February 17-19, 2018. This unique avian and aeronautical festival will thrill curious kids and families with exciting indoor drone races and nature’s aerial experts, live raptors, up close and soaring overhead.

Watch drones dodge and dart as they race at dizzying speeds through a four-level obstacle course in CuriOdyssey’s enormous Redwood Hall. Talk with experienced drone pilots about aeronautical exploits and how to fly or build a drone yourself.

Watch raptors soar through the sky, glide overhead and perform daring feats on command with falconer, Kenny Elvin. Meet CuriOdyssey’s raptors up close and learn about the science of their flight from professional animal keepers during special Animals in Action presentations.

Be awed and amazed by the beauty and precision of natural and manmade flight at this remarkable CuriOdyssey exhibition.

Please note that drones are not permitted at any time outside in Coyote Point Recreation Area at any time and violators will be subject to citation and fines. All participating drones and pilots are pre-registered and managed through the event sponsor, Eaton & Associates.

This exhibition is included with admission and free for members.

Other Dates For This Event:
• Saturday, 02/10/18
• Sunday, 02/11/18

CuriOdyssey
Email: info@curiodyssey.org
Phone: 16503427755

Website: https://curiodyssey.org/activities/family-events/swoop-drone-racing-and-raptors/

Cost: $9.50-12.50

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Sunday, 02/11/18
11:00 AM – 01:00 PM

Albany Community Center
1249 Marin Ave
Albany, CA 94706

Darwin Day Bagel Brunch

Join us for a delicious all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a talk by guest speaker Dr. Jeffrey Silverman on “Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Runaway Universe.” Some of the most energetic and fascinating objects in the Universe are exploding stars known as supernova. Observations of distant supernova provided the first evidence that the expansion of the Universe is speeding up with time, rather than slowingdown. This wholly unexpected phenomenon is likely due to a repulsive “dark energy” and has become one of the biggest unsolved mysteries in modern science. Before moving into the tech industry, Jeffrey earned his PhD at UC Berkeley working on exploding stars and dark energy with Prof. Alex Fillipenko, and was an NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow at UT Austin.

Event hosted by Kol Hadash: Northern California Community for Humanistic Judaism.

Website: http://www.kolhadash.org/calendar.html

Cost: $10

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Monday, 02/12/18 7:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse New Mission Theater
2250 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

Science vs Cinema: ALIEN

The crew of the merchant vessel Nostromo answers a distress call on an abandoned moon. There are no life forms on the surface to speak of, except for a field of eggs and a giant structure…An “old dark house” mystery updated for the jittery nerves and wounded psyche of the late 1970s, Ridley Scott’s ALIEN is a masterpiece that must be experienced on the big screen.

Parasites everywhere, androids with bad intentions, and so much acid! Alien is bursting with science from beginning to terrifying end. Following the film, join scientists Kishore Hari and Jeffrey Silverman as they dissect the science of this sci-fi classic.

Website: https://drafthouse.com/sf/show/science-vs-cinema-alien

Cost: $15.25

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Tuesday, 02/13/18
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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

Gravitational wave tests of Dark Energy and gravity
Speaker: Miguel Zumalacarregui, UC Berkeley

Website: http://kipac.stanford.edu/events/gravitational-wave-tests-dark-energy-and-gravity

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 02/13/18
07:30 PM – 09:00 PM

Hewlett Teaching Center
370 Serra Mall, Room 201
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305

The Universe Continues to Reveal Surprises

Over the past few decades, astronomers have for the first time identified the major constituents of the universe. Unexpectedly, the universe hardly resembles what we thought only a couple of decades ago. The universe is filled with dark matter more abundant than ordinary matter and dark energy that is causing a runaway acceleration. We do not yet have a complete picture of this unexpected universe. Some discrepancies may be hinting at new discoveries to come. New giant telescopes planned for the next decade are likely to reveal more surprises. In her lecture, Professor Freedman will describe these recent advances.

Speaker: Wendy Freedman, Carnegie Observatories

Website: http://kipac.stanford.edu/events/universe-continues-reveal-surprises

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 02/13/18 7:30 PM

DNA Lounge
375 11th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Astronomy on Tap San Francisco

Love is in the air this time of year, but the folks at Astronomy on Tap SF are more concerned with the the neutrinos and gamma rays passing through the atmosphere! Come to DNA Lounge on Tuesday, February 13th for another night of talks from local scientists, Astronomy in the News, trivia and prizes! We’ll be featuring speakers from the Fermi Mission, as well as giveaways from our friends at Universe Sandbox! Doors open at 6:30 and the event starts at 7:30. For updates, follow our twitter and our event on facebook! Remember, space is always better with beer!

Website: https://astronomyontap.org/2018/01/astronomy-on-tap-san-francisco-feb-13th/

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Thursday, 02/15/18
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Kavli Institute Astrophysics Colloquium
SLAC Fred Kavli Building (51) 3rd Fl Conference Room
2575 Sand Hill Rd
Menlo Park, CA 94305

Black holes, neutron stars and the birth of gravitational wave astronomy

Gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of space-time produced by catastrophic astrophysical events, are arguably the most elusive prediction of Einstein’s theory of General Relativity, so feeble that Einstein himself thought their detection would be impossible. One hundred years later, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) and its sister project Virgo have observed multiple gravitational wave signals from the collision of pairs of black holes, a groundbreaking discovery that opened a new observational window on the Universe. An equally momentous discovery took place on August 17, 2017, with the first detection of gravitational waves from the collision of two neutron stars in coincidence with a gamma ray burst and followed by the identification of an optical transient and the multi-wavelenght observation of a kilonova by the worldwide astronomy community. We are now in a new era of multi-messenger astrophysics, where gravitational waves are a new important probe in the universe. This talk will present the current status of the LIGO and Virgo detectors, our most recent results, the implications for gravitational wave astronomy and the outlook for future generations of gravitational wave detectors.

Speaker: Laura Cadonati, Georgia Tech

Website: http://kipac.stanford.edu/events/black-holes-neutron-stars-and-birth-gravitational-wave-astronomy

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 02/15/18
05:00 PM – 06:45 PM

Cafe Scientifique Silicon Valley
HanaHaus
456 University Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Quantum Computing for the Curious

A modern-day ‘space-race’ is unfolding to build the world’s first quantum computer – a device that leverages delicate quantum phenomena to offer computing power far beyond what could ever be achieved with a conventional computer. As exciting as it is to be in the midst of a second computing revolution, quantum computing can be hard to get to grips with.. In this talk I’ll explain how quantum computers can be so powerful, what they’ll be able to do, what they might look like, and why you should care. No PhD required!

Speaker: Nicholas Harrigan

Website: http://www.cafescipa..org

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 02/15/18 8:00 PM

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

After Dark: Everything Matters: Cobalt

From ceramic bowls to cell phones, cobalt plays an important commercial role across the globe. Follow cobalt’s history with ceramic artist Forrest Lesch-Middelton, and learn how its uses impact us both individually and as a whole. He’ll share his unique making process with cobalt blue, as well as his efforts to address the element with social awareness and responsibility.

Part of After Dark, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/after-dark/february-15-2018

Cost: $17.95 advance, $19.95 at the door

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Friday, 02/16/18 7:00 PM

Tri-Valley Stargazers
1893 N. Vasco Rd
Unitarian Universalist Church

Exploring the Solar System with Gamma Rays

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory built the gamma-ray spectrometer that flew on NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft to the planet Mercury. We are presently building two new gamma-ray instruments to visit an exotic metal asteroid called 16-Psyche, and to visit the moons of Mars (Phobos and Deimos). Gamma-rays represent the highest-energy region of the electromagnetic spectrum. They are scientifically useful because they help reveal the elemental composition of these planetary bodies, which in turn helps us understand their formation and evolution. This talk will focus on the technical challenges of building an instrument for deep space exploration, as well as the interesting science revealed by gamma-ray spectroscopy at Mercury, 16-Psyche, and Phobos/Deimos.

Speaker: Dr. Morgan Burks, LLNL

Editor’s Note: This talk was originally listed for 2/23. Tri-Valley Stargazers website now lists it as 2/16.

Website: http://www.trivalleystargazers..org

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 02/17/18
10:00 AM – 05:00 PM

CuriOdyssey
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401

SWOOP – Drone Racing & Raptors in Flight (Second Weekend of 2 Weekend Event)

CuriOdyssey’s extraordinary exhibition, SWOOP – A Celebration of Flight, opens on the evening of February 9 and runs for two weekends, February 10-11 and February 17-19, 2018. This unique avian and aeronautical festival will thrill curious kids and families with exciting indoor drone races and nature’s aerial experts, live raptors, up close and soaring overhead.

Watch drones dodge and dart as they race at dizzying speeds through a four-level obstacle course in CuriOdyssey’s enormous Redwood Hall. Talk with experienced drone pilots about aeronautical exploits and how to fly or build a drone yourself.

Watch raptors soar through the sky, glide overhead and perform daring feats on command with falconer, Kenny Elvin.. Meet CuriOdyssey’s raptors up close and learn about the science of their flight from professional animal keepers during special Animals in Action presentations.

Be awed and amazed by the beauty and precision of natural and manmade flight at this remarkable CuriOdyssey exhibition.

Please note that drones are not permitted at any time outside in Coyote Point Recreation Area at any time and violators will be subject to citation and fines. All participating drones and pilots are pre-registered and managed through the event sponsor, Eaton & Associates.

This exhibition is included with admission and free for members.

Other Dates For This Event:
• Saturday, 02/17/18
• Sunday, 02/18/18
• Monday, 02/19/18

Contact:
CuriOdyssey
Email: info@curiodyssey.org
Phone: 16503427755

Website: https://curiodyssey.org/activities/family-events/swoop-drone-racing-and-raptors/

Cost: $9.50-12.50

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Fri. 02/16/2018 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 rozer@pacbell.net or phone (510) 406-1914.

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Fri. 02/16/2018 and Sat. 02/17/2018

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. 02/16/2018 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. 02/017/2018 10AM

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

Foothill Colllege 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, February 17th, 7:00pm

East Bay Astronomical Society
Chabot Space and Science Center, Galileo Room (Enter from the rear side gate between the two buildings. Door will be open).
10000 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619-2450

Our speaker will be Ron Hipschman from the San Francisco Exploratorium.

Science fiction has predicted many things. Some have come true (think touch screens, submarines, bionic limbs), others, not so much—or at least, not yet.

If you’ve ever wondered where your flying car or rocket belt is, or why you don’t yet have a robot servant, find out at the next EAS meeting on Saturday, February 17 at 7:30 PM.

If you’d like to provide your own favorite science fiction prediction, that came true, didn’t come true, or you think will come true, perhaps with an image or brief video clip, please email your program director, Dave Rodrigues at programs@eastbayastro.org

Our speaker will be Ron Hipschman from the San Francisco Exploratorium.

Ron Hipschman has worn many hats since he joined the Exploratorium in 1971: exhibit developer, author of two of our three Cookbooks (manuals for building Exploratorium exhibits), and frequent writer for the Exploratorium magazine.

In 1993, Ron established the museum’s presence on the World Wide Web, making it among the first 600 websites in the world.

In 1996, he spearheaded the museum’s experiments with webcasting; he’s contributed technical expertise and has hosted many shows, both locally and as far away as the South Pole.

He’s currently responsible for the Exploratorium’s web, streaming media, and digital asset management servers.

Ron also taught undergraduate physics and astronomy for 16 years, and he was a laser artist for Laserium concerts at the Morrison Planetarium for 20 years.

He has a BA in physics and an MA in physical science from San Francisco State University.

Website: http://eastbayastro.org

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Sunday, 02/18/18
10:00 AM – 05:00 PM

CuriOdyssey
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401

SWOOP – Drone Racing & Raptors in Flight (Second Weekend of 2 Weekend Event)

CuriOdyssey’s extraordinary exhibition, SWOOP – A Celebration of Flight, opens on the evening of February 9 and runs for two weekends, February 10-11 and February 17-19, 2018. This unique avian and aeronautical festival will thrill curious kids and families with exciting indoor drone races and nature’s aerial experts, live raptors, up close and soaring overhead.

Watch drones dodge and dart as they race at dizzying speeds through a four-level obstacle course in CuriOdyssey’s enormous Redwood Hall. Talk with experienced drone pilots about aeronautical exploits and how to fly or build a drone yourself.

Watch raptors soar through the sky, glide overhead and perform daring feats on command with falconer, Kenny Elvin. Meet CuriOdyssey’s raptors up close and learn about the science of their flight from professional animal keepers during special Animals in Action presentations.

Be awed and amazed by the beauty and precision of natural and manmade flight at this remarkable CuriOdyssey exhibition.

Please note that drones are not permitted at any time outside in Coyote Point Recreation Area at any time and violators will be subject to citation and fines. All participating drones and pilots are pre-registered and managed through the event sponsor, Eaton & Associates.

This exhibition is included with admission and free for members.

Other Dates For This Event:
• Saturday, 02/17/18
• Sunday, 02/18/18
• Monday, 02/19/18

Contact:
CuriOdyssey
Email: info@curiodyssey.org
Phone: 16503427755

Website: https://curiodyssey.org/activities/family-events/swoop-drone-racing-and-raptors/

Cost: $9.50-12.50

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Monday, 02/19/18
10:00 AM – 05:00 PM

CuriOdyssey
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401

SWOOP – Drone Racing & Raptors in Flight (Second Weekend of 2 Weekend Event)

CuriOdyssey’s extraordinary exhibition, SWOOP – A Celebration of Flight, opens on the evening of February 9 and runs for two weekends, February 10-11 and February 17-19, 2018. This unique avian and aeronautical festival will thrill curious kids and families with exciting indoor drone races and nature’s aerial experts, live raptors, up close and soaring overhead.

Watch drones dodge and dart as they race at dizzying speeds through a four-level obstacle course in CuriOdyssey’s enormous Redwood Hall.. Talk with experienced drone pilots about aeronautical exploits and how to fly or build a drone yourself.

Watch raptors soar through the sky, glide overhead and perform daring feats on command with falconer, Kenny Elvin. Meet CuriOdyssey’s raptors up close and learn about the science of their flight from professional animal keepers during special Animals in Action presentations.

Be awed and amazed by the beauty and precision of natural and manmade flight at this remarkable CuriOdyssey exhibition.

Please note that drones are not permitted at any time outside in Coyote Point Recreation Area at any time and violators will be subject to citation and fines.. All participating drones and pilots are pre-registered and managed through the event sponsor, Eaton & Associates.

This exhibition is included with admission and free for members.

Other Dates For This Event:
• Saturday, 02/17/18
• Sunday, 02/18/18
• Monday, 02/19/18

Contact:
CuriOdyssey
Email: info@curiodyssey.org
Phone: 16503427755

Website: https://curiodyssey.org/activities/family-events/swoop-drone-racing-and-raptors/

Cost: $9.50-12.50

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