Bay Astro – Events of Week of 01/22/2018 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, 01/22/18
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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

Tests of Cosmological Gravity
Modern theories of dark energy can be epitomized by two words: modified gravity. In this talk I will discuss a popular and well-motivated model for dark energy, galileon gravity, and how it can be constrained using two novel astrophysical probes. The first, is the absence of offset black holes in nearby galaxies and the second is the recent simultaneous observation of both gravitational waves and a gamma-ray burst from two merging neutron stars. I will end by discussing the implications of the latter observation for more general cosmological gravity theories.

Speaker: Jeremy Sakstein, Univ. of Pennsylvania

Website: http://kipac.stanford.edu/events/tests-cosmological-gravity

Cost: Free

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Monday, 01/22/18
04:00 PM – 05:45 PM

SLAC Public Lecture Series
2575 Sand Hill Road, Building 51
Kavli Auditorium
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Einstein, Gravitational Waves and a New Science

Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves 100 years ago, but the effects are so tiny that even Einstein thought they could never be detected. After 40 years of controversy, theorists finally developed a consensus that they really do exist. Then the problem became whether experimental physicists could develop instruments sensitive enough to actually detect them? The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), using exquisitely sensitive techniques, has made the dramatic observations of gravitational waves coming from the collision of two Black Holes and more recently, Binary Neutron Stars. These observations have opened a totally new window on the universe. The history, techniques and scientific implications will be discussed.
Speaker: Barry Barish, Caltech

Website: http://kipac.stanford.edu/events/colloquium-series-slac-einstein-gravitational-waves-and-new-science

Cost: Free

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Monday, 01/22/18 7:00 PM

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

Science Vs Cinema: ‘GALAXY QUEST’
Science Vs Cinema is a new monthly series exploring the awesome science behind your favorite movies. We’ll explore what’s right, what’s wrong, and why the scientist always seems to be the first one to die in so many films. Get ready for a way-too-deep dive into the science – from the physics of spaceflight to the biology of vampires and everything in between. No movie is off limits – cult faves, Hollywood blockbusters, hidden gems. Look for surprise guest scientists and embarrassing science-themed costumes. Hosted by science communicator Kishore Hari and astrophysicist Jeff Silverman. Making movies better with science!

Following the film, Kishore Hari (@sciencequiche) and Jeffrey Silverman (@J_M_Silverman) will discuss some of the science behind the fiction, including:

– What Earth TV shows are aliens watching right now?
– How heavy is that Beryllium sphere?
– Can you really travel through black holes?
– Is that alien atmosphere breathable?
– IS THERE AIR? YOU DON’T KNOW!

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

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Tuesday, 01/23/18
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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

Two KIPAC Tea Talks

Galaxy colors and halos – signatures from velocity space

Speaker: Susmita Adhikari (KIPAC)

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Polarimetry of Exoplanetary Systems

Speaker: Max Millar-Blancher, JPL

Website: http://kipac.stanford.edu/events/adhikari-galaxy-colors-and-halos-signatures-velocity-space-millar-blancher-polarimetry

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 01/23/18
04:30 PM – 05:30 PM

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

Searches for new physics with nuclear spin precession
AstroPhysics/Physics Colloquium

Speaker: Mike Romalis (Princeton University)

Website: http://kipac.stanford.edu/events/searches-new-physics-nuclear-spin-precession

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 01/23/18 7:00 PM

SRI International
301 Ravenswood Ave
Conference Center
Menlo Park, CA 94025

1I/‘Oumuamua, The First known Interstellar Visitor

Join us for a special SETI Talk on 1I/`Oumuamua, the first known interstellar small body, possibly an asteroid which is probably coming from another planetary system. Its recent discovery by Pan-STARRS1 offers a rare opportunity to explore the planetary formation processes of other stars, and the effect of the interstellar environment on a planetesimal surface. Since its discovery, astronomers around the world have raced to use the most powerful ground-based and space-borne telescopes to collect information on its nature. Two astronomers, Meg Schwamb, astronomer at the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii and Matija Cuk, astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, will discuss the nature of ‘Oumuamua, its color and shape in comparison with known small solar system bodies, as well as its origin derived from its extremely elongated shape and its orbit. They will show how its peculiarities seem to imply that ‘Oumuamua is one of the most important discoveries of the decade in astronomy.

Register at weblink-SOLD OUT (Video for upcoming talks will be available on this page 3-4 weeks after the talk on YouTube)

Website: https://seti.org/weekly-lecture/1i‘oumuamua-first-known-interstellar-visitor

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 1/23/2018, 7:15 PM – 9:00 PM

Mt. Diablo Astronomical Soc.
Lindsay Wildlife Experience
1931 First Avenue
Walnut Creek, CA 94597

Speaker: Jeff Adkins, MDAS

Title: Ancient Astronomical Instruments

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Wednesday, 01/24/18 7:00 PM

Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series
Foothill College
Smithwick Theater
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

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

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!

Speaker: Dr. Eliot Quataert, UC Berkeley

Cost: Free ($3 parking)

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Wednesday, 01/24/18
07:30 PM – 08:30 PM

Terra Linda High School, Room 207
320 Albion Way
San Rafael, CA 94903

Exoplanets
Marin Science Seminar

Speaker: Warren Wiscombe, NASA Goddard

Website: http://www.marinscienceseminar.com/calendar.html

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 01/24/18
07:30 PM – 09:00 PM

Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Kepler’s Literary Foundation Presents Michael Shermer (one of my heroes)

Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Skeptic magazine. He is the author of Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time, How We Believe: The Search for God in an Age of Science, and Denying History: Who Says the Holocaust Never Happened and Why Do They Say It? (with Alex Grobman).

The high-priest of skepticism, Shermer is the author of a half-dozen books investigating the neuroscience and anthropology of belief through history. From God to ghosts to alien abductions, Shermer’s enlightened, well-reasoned prose lays bare the fault-lines of human kind’s tendency toward belief in the inexplicable and supernatural.

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/michael-shermer-tickets-39855066577?aff=oncal

Cost: $15, $25, $50

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Thursday, 01/25/18
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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

Illuminating Gravitational Waves
Speaker: Mansi Kasliwal, Caltech

Website: http://kipac.stanford.edu/events/illuminating-gravitational-waves

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 01/25/18 7:00 PM-Earthquakes are Planetary Science!

USGS Evening Public Lecture Series
345 Middlefield Road
Bldg 3, 2nd Floor Rambo Auditorium
Menlo Park, CA 94025

ShakeAlert: The Path to West Coast Earthquake Early Warning … how a few seconds can save lives and property

• The ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system will begin limited operations this year.
• Alerts could save lives and properties but several challenges remain.
• With millions at risk, why isn’t full public alerting happening yet?
Speaker: Douglas Given, USGS

Website: https://online.wr..usgs.gov/calendar/
Lecture is video recorded and posted to this website afterwards.

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 01/25/18 8:00 PM

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

After Dark: Full-Spectrum Science: Radioactivity

What’s going on inside the nucleus of an atom? Why does it spit out radiation? Did you know that you are exposed to radioactivity every day? Learn the facts about this somewhat controversial topic.

Part of After Dark (6:00 – 10:00)

Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/after-dark/january-25-2018

Cost: Free with After Dark Admission

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Friday, 01/26/18
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

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

21cm monopole detection
Speaker: Saurabh Singh, Raman Institute, India

Website: http://kipac.stanford.edu/events/21cm-monopole-detection

Cost: Free

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Friday, January 26, 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!

http://www.sjaa.net/monthly-star-parties/

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In Town Star Party – 1Q

Friday, Jan 26, 2018, 7:00 PM

Houge Park
3972 Twilight Dr San Jose, CA

10 astronomers Attending

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!http://www.sjaa.net/monthly-star-parties/http://www.sjaa.net/learnresources/viewing-locations/#H…

Check out this Meetup →

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Fri. 01/26/2018 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. 01/26/2018 and Sat. 01/27/2018

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. 01/26/2018 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. 01/27/2018 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, 01/27/18
07:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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

San Francisco City Star Party
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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Tuesday, 01/30/18
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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

Mapping the CMB: from the 3rd Generation South Pole Telescope to the Stage-4 surveys and beyond
Speaker: Ritoban Basu Thakur (Univ. of Chicago)

Website: http://kipac.stanford.edu/events/mapping-cmb-3rd-generation-south-pole-telescope-stage-4-surveys-and-beyond

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 01/30/18
04:30 PM – 05:30 PM

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

Critical Metals: Lessons from quantum Monte Carlo studies
AstroPhysics/Physics Colloquium

Speaker: Erez Berg (University of Chicago)

Website: http://kipac.stanford.edu/events/critical-metals-lessons-quantum-monte-carlo-studies

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 01/31/18
03:00 AM – 06:30 AM

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

Total Lunar Eclipse
The observatory deck opens at 3 am in the early morning hours of the 31st for viewing as the “Blue Moon” turns red in this total Lunar eclipse. A Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the shadow of the Earth. Bring binoculars, blankets and warm clothes. The total lunar eclipse starts to occur at 3:48 AM PST. Totality begins at 4:51 AM, and ends 6:07 AM.

Website: http://www.chabotspace.org/events.htm

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 02/01/18
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

Initial operations and First Results from the NICER mission

peaker: Keith Gendreau

Installed aboard the International Space Station in June 2017, NASA’s Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer provides high-precision measurements of neutron stars, objects containing ultra-dense matter at the threshold of collapse into black holes. NICER will also test, for the first time in space, technology that uses pulsars as navigation beacons.

Website: http://kipac.stanford.edu/events/initial-operations-and-first-results-nicer-mission

and https://www.nasa.gov/nicer

Cost: Free

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Friday, 02/02/18 8:00 PM

San Mateo County Astronomical Society
College of San Mateo
Building 36
1700 W Hillsdale Rd
San Mateo, CA 94402

Direct Detection of Dark Matter

The LZ experiment is a next-generation dark matter direct detection experiment, to be located at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in South Dakota. When completed, the experiment will be the world’s most sensitive experiment for WIMPs (Weakly Interacting Massive Particles) over a large range of WIMP masses. LZ is a collaboration of 30 institutes in the US, UK, Portugal and Russia.

Speaker: Kelly Stifter, SLAC

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

Cost: Free

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Fri. 02/02/2018 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. 02/02/2018 and Sat. 02/03/2018

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. 02/02/2018 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. 02/03/2018 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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Monday, 02/05/18 7:30 PM

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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