BayAstro – Events of Week of 03/16/2020 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. Many venues will be closed to the end of March and some, perhaps, into April. Other events may offer online links and connections. To check on the status of a given event, check their website for updates.

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Tuesday, 03/17/20
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://stanford.zoom.us/j/423773826

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll): +18333021536,,423773826# or +16507249799,,423773826#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 650 724 9799 (US, Canada, Caribbean Toll) or +1 833 302 1536 (US, Canada, Caribbean Toll Free)

Meeting ID: 423 773 826
International numbers available: https://stanford.zoom.us/u/abdiZPiQDr

Meeting ID: 423 773 826

Singularities in classical general relativity

Speaker: Jonathan Luk, Stanford

Via Zoom. See event weblink for information to watch online.

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/singularities-classical-general-relativity

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 03/17/20-POSTPONED
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-POSTPONED

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-CANCELED
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-CANCELED

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-CANCELED

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@… or phone (510) 406-1914.

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

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Fri. 03/20/2020 and Sat. 03/21/2020-CANCELED THROUGH MARCH 31

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-CLOSED THROUGH APRIL 5

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-CLOSED THROUGH APRIL 5

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-CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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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Sunday, 03/22/20 2:00 PM-CANCELLED AND CLOSED TO END OF MARCH

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

Full-Spectrum Science: The Universe – CANCELED-MUSEUM CLOSED
The explOratorium will be closed to the public, effective at 5 p.m. on March 12 until the end of March.

We tend to think of “home” as the building in which we live, or the town or city where we reside. Voyage to the edge of the known universe, and gain some perspective on the tiny planet we call home. See some of the amazing ways the universe is structured, and learn how it’s evolved. Speaker: Ron Hipschman

Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/covid19

Cost: Free with Admission

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Thurs. 03/26/20 2:00 PM-CANCELLED AND CLOSED TO END OF MARCH

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

Full-Spectrum Science: The Universe – CANCELED-MUSEUM CLOSED
The explOratorium will be closed to the public, effective at 5 p.m. on March 12 until the end of March.

We tend to think of “home” as the building in which we live, or the town or city where we reside. Voyage to the edge of the known universe, and gain some perspective on the tiny planet we call home. See some of the amazing ways the universe is structured, and learn how it’s evolved. Speaker: Ron Hipschman

Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/covid19

Cost: Free with Admission

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Friday, 03/27/20- RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 24
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

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

Rubin Observatory LSST camera systematics: imperfect pixels, satellite streaks, and metal shavings – RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 24

Speaker: Andrew Bradshaw, KIPAC

Editor’s Note: This talk has been rescheduled for April 24

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/rubin-observatory-lsst-camera-systematics-imperfect-pixels-satellite-streaks-and-metal

Cost: Free

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Fri. 03/27/2020 7PM-CANCELED

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@… or phone (510) 406-1914.

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

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Fri. 03/27/2020 and Sat. 03/28/2020-CLOSED THROUGH MARCH 31

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 03/27/2020 9PM-CLOSED THROUGH APRIL 5

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. 03/28/2020 10AM-CLOSED THROUGH APRIL 5

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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