BayAstro – Events of Week of 03/09/2020 and Beyond

The BayAstro 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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Due to concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus or COVID-19 virus, some events have been or may be cancelled. To check on the status of a given event, check their website for status updates.

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Monday, 03/09/20 5:30 PM

Monday, 03/09/20 12:00 PM

Campbell Hall, Rm 131
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720

How do you form a binary black hole?

Speaker: Carl Rodriguez, Harvard

Website: https://tac.berkeley.edu/monday-tac-seminar/

Cost: Free

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Monday, March 9, 2020 5:30pm-This event is cancelled

Chevron Auditorium
International House
UC Berkeley
Chevron Auditorium
Berkeley, CA 94720

The Quantum Origins of Gravity

It was once thought that gravity and quantum mechanics were inconsistent with one another. Instead, we are discovering that they are so closely connected that one can almost say they are the same thing. In this lecture, Professor Susskind will explain how this view came into being over the last two decades, and illustrate how a number of gravitational phenomena have their roots in the ordinary principles of quantum mechanics.

Speaker: Leonard Susskind, Stanford

Website: https://physics.berkeley.edu/news-events/events/20200309/2020-oppenheimer-lecture-featuring-leonard-susskind

Cost: Free

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Mar 10, Tuesday 1:10 pm (BCCP/Cosmology seminar)

131 Campbell Hall
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720

Elena Massara, Waterloo

Higher signal from lower densities

The standard way to extract cosmological information from the large-scale structure is to measure two point functions. This statistic is mostly sensitive to the high density regions, which are highly nonlinear objects. Thus, their clustering properties are highly correlated on small scales and the cosmological information in them is limited. On the hand, cosmic voids — the less dense patches of the Universe — are mildly nonlinear regions that are expected to maintain most of their initial cosmological information. Moreover, being devoid of dark matter, voids are sensitive to diffuse components such as neutrinos — the last particles of the Standard Model whose masses are still unknown. The properties of voids are not well contained within, or easily extracted from, standard two point functions. In this talk I will discuss marked two point statistics, which are two point functions where each point is weighted by a mark. The mark can be a function of the local density around each point and can be used to up-weight points in low density regions compared to points in high density regions; this helps to extract cosmological information from voids. In particular, I will present the results of a Fisher analysis performed on the Quijote simulations; this analysis quantifies the cosmological information that can be extracted from the matter density field using marked power spectra.

Website: https://cosmology.lbl.gov/sem_bcg_future.html

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 03/10/20
04:30 PM – 05:30 PM-This event is cancelled

Hewlett Teaching Center
370 Serra Mall, Room 200
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305

Black Holes Critical Behavior in the Sky

Prof. Andrew Strominger of Harvard University will give the Applied Physics/Physics colloquium.

Website: https://physics.stanford.edu/events/black-holes-critical-behavior-sky

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 03/11/20
12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
CITRIS at UC Berkeley
Sutardja Dai Hall
Banatao Auditorium
Berkeley, CA 94720

CITRIS Research Exchange

Speaker: Stephen Robinson, UC Davis

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/citris-research-exchange-stephen-robinson-tickets-87924565743

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 03/12/20
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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

Hearing the Stars: New Insights into Stellar Interiors from Asteroseismology

Long-term and sensitive space-based photometry from the CoRoT, Kepler and now TESS satellites has allowed us to finally ‘hear’ the stars. These remarkable data have yielded accurate measurements of masses, radii and distances for more than 30,000 stars across the Milky Way that have been largely confirmed by the GAIA data release. More profoundly, these observations are revealing the interior stellar conditions, clearly differentiating those stars that are undergoing helium burning in their cores to those that are only burning hydrogenin a shell. Moreover, interior rotation rates for hundreds of stars now test the uncertain physics of how angular momentum is transported within a star and the absence of dipolar modes in many stars may be indicative of strong internal magnetic fields.

Speaker: Lars Bildsten, UC Santa Barbara
Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/hearing-stars-new-insights-stellar-interiors-asteroseismology

Cost: Free

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Friday, 03/13/20
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

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

Future Spectroscopic Experiments

Speaker: Kyle Dawson, Univ. of Utah

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/future-spectroscopic-experiments

Cost: Free

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Friday, 03/13/20 12:00 PM

Earth and Marine Sciences Building
UC Santa Cruz
Room A340
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics Seminar

Speaker: Danny Brothers, USGS

Website: https://eps.ucsc.edu/news-events/igpp-seminar/winter-2020.html

Cost: Free

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Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:15pm – 10:15pm

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!

SJ Astronomy

San Jose, CA
4,316 Astronomy Enthusiasts

*** San Jose Astronomical Association is monitoring closely the coronavirus, COVID-19, situation in Santa Clara county. In accordance with advisement from Santa Clara County H…

Check out this Meetup Group →

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Fri. 03/13/2020 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. 03/13/2020 and Sat. 03/14/2020

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 03/13/2020 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. 03/14/2020 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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Sunday, 03/15/20 6:00 PM

East Bay Astronomical Society
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd
2nd Floor, Spees Bldg, Galileo Room
Oakland, CA 94619

Observing the Sky: (Some) Astronomical Innovation From Then to Now, and Annual Dinner

For more than 2000 years, innovative people have applied their ideas and insights into observing the universe. Unknown thousands of years ago, visual observers named sets of stars from the patterns they saw, sometimes using myths or animals, real or imagined, in their environments for the names. This became a convenience for astrologers and others talking about the sky. Planets were discovered and calendars were invented, and precession was discovered. Even computers and observatories were invented. More than a millennium ago, the first instruments for measuring star positions were invented. Used for surveying and navigation, improvements on these instruments and the developments of new ones led to new discoveries, especially when combined with new mathematical methods for calculation.

The invention of the telescope changed everything. Mountains and craters were visible on the Moon. Those moving points in the sky turned out not to be… worlds(?)! With moons! Telescopes and their mounts were improved, new inventions were adapted, and new methods of observation were applied to old and new problems by astronomers. The spectroscope, chemical photography, and the use of electricity and electronics literally opened up the universe to astronomers.

Speaker: Steve Edberg, NASA JPL, retired

See weblink for tickets.

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

Cost: $10 Lecture only, $45 includes dinner

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Monday, 03/16/20 12:00 PM

Campbell Hall, Rm 131
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720

The Runaway Plunge of Binaries into Common Envelope Episodes

Speaker: Morgan MacLeod, Harvard

Website: https://tac.berkeley.edu/monday-tac-seminar/

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 03/17/20
07:00 PM – 08:30 PM

Castro Valley Library
3600 Norbridge Ave
Castro Valley, CA 94546

Wonderfest: Seeking Alien Civilizations

A search is underway to find intelligent life in the universe. Can SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) researchers detect radio, infrared, or optical signals from other civilizations? Current and future SETI projects, including the new $100-million Breakthrough Prize Foundation “Listen” project, may provide an answer.

Speaker: Dan Werthimer, UC Berkeley and SETI

Register at weblink.

Website: https://wonderfest.org/seek-aliens/

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 03/18/20 7:45 PM

San Francisco Amateur Astronomers
Randall Museum
199 Museum Way
San Francisco, CA 94114

Probing Fundamental Physics with Strong Gravitational Lensing

In general relativity, the presence of matter can curve spacetime, and the path of a light ray will be deflected as a result. This process is called gravitational lensing, analogous to the deflection of light by (e.g. glass) lenses in optics.In rare and extreme cases, light can take different paths to the observer and more than one image of the source will appear.Strong gravitational lensing is lensing that is strong enough to produce these multiple images, arcs, or even Einstein rings. Many useful results for cosmology have come out of using this phenomena.

Dr. Simon Birrer, Stanford, will shed more light on how astronomers are utilizing strong gravitational lensing to probe the nature of dark matter and dark energy, the dominant but yet unknown components of our Universe.

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

Cost: Free

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Friday, 03/20/20
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

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

Sterile neutrino mass and mixing from cosmology and laboratory searches

Speaker: Steffen Hagstotz, Stockholm University

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/sterile-neutrino-mass-and-mixing-cosmology-and-laboratory-searches

Cost: Free

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Friday, 03/20/20 7:30 PM

Tri-Valley Stargazers
1893 N. Vasco Rd
Unitarian Universalist Church
Livermore, CA 94551

Is there a Star Party in Your Future? There Should Be!

The severe light pollution levels in the urban and suburban areas in which we live make it nearly impossible to see the Milky Way and greatly limits everything else that we are able to see from our backyards or even nearby parks. Light pollution filters and narrow band imaging helps to cut through much of this background noise, but can not truly produce the experience of viewing the night sky from a Bortle 1 or 2 location. This is why like-minded amateur astronomers gather together at almost monthly star parties held all across the country at remote locations in the four corners of the country (Maine, the Florida Keys, Washington State, Southern California) and all points in between. If you haven’t availed yourself of one of these multi-night events you are missing out on a great opportunity to be blown away at how the night sky was meant to look. Even if you have attended a major star party or two, the talk will still be of interest and should help you in planning next next star party outing.

In this talk I will provide several reasons for you to get out of your comfort zone and attend your first remote site star party. The most obvious is dark skies, but how dark? In addition to dark skies, there are the many other great reasons to attend your first multi-day star party. We’ll talk about those as well. And no star party would be complete without some great daytime adventures. We’ll look at some examples from several different star parties.

If you have never attended one of these multi-day star parties you will have lots of questions. In fact, you may have avoided attending because you are unsure of what to expect. How do I plan my adventure? What should I bring? Where will I sleep? What about food and water? Will there be bathrooms and showers? What else do I need to bring to make sure that I have a good time? While every star party is unique, this talk will go over the common features of any start party to give you a leg up on preparing to have a great time. We will discuss star party etiquette and typical rules you need to follow. We will even dig into specifics for some of the major star parties you might wish to attend in the future.

My objective is to get those of you who have never attended one of these star parties to give it a try. And for those of you who already have, to give you some ideas of different star parties you might want to consider in the future.

Speaker: Curtis Macchioni

Website: http://www.trivalleystargazers.org

Cost: Free

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Fri. 03/20/2020 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. 03/20/2020 and Sat. 03/21/2020

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 03/20/2020 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. 03/21/2020 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. 03/21/2020

Sunset: 7:23 PM

San Mateo Co. Astronomical Soc.
Public Star Parties
at Crestview Park in San Carlos
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.

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

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