BayAstro – Events of Week of 05/04/2020 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, 05/05/20
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics
Zoom: https://stanford.zoom.us/j/550904854

The latest results from LIGO and Virgo – Livestream
Speaker: Jess McIver, Univ. of British Columbia

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/latest-results-ligo-and-virgo

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 05/07/20
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

KIPAC Astrophysics Colloquium
https://stanford.zoom.us/j/423773826

Mapping the hot Universe: the first six months of operations of eROSITA on SRG – Livestream
Speaker: Andrea Merloni, MPE, Germany

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/mapping-hot-universe-first-six-months-operations-erosita-srg

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 05/07/20
03:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics
Zoom: 108-215-387 (https://stanford.zoom.us/j/108215387)

Stellar tidal disruption events: new tools for black hole astrophysics – Livestream
Speaker: Sjoert Van Velzen, New York University

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/sitp-seminar-stellar-tidal-disruption-events-new-tools-black-hole-astrophysics

Cost: Free

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Friday, 05/08/20
08:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center, CA
See weblink for connection information

Defending Earth With Chabot’s Newest Telescope – Livestream

Join astronomer Gerald McKeegan for a tour of Chabot’s newest and most powerful telescope, the 36-inch reflector named Nellie. Learn how Chabot astronomers use Nellie to search for and track near-Earth asteroids that might someday threaten our planet.

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/defending-earth-with-chabots-newest-telescope

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 05/09/20
07:45 PM – 09:15 PM

San Jose Astronomical Society, CA
Zoom connection at bottom of website.

A low-cost radio telescope project – Livestream

When an electron transitions between energy levels in a neutral hydrogen atom, it emits radiation with a wavelength of 21 cm that can be detected with a radio telescope. A homemade radio telescope was built as part of the Saratoga High School Astronomy Club last fall with the goal of detecting the 21 cm hydrogen line at[masked] MHz. The horn was built using widely available materials such as insulation foam, wood, and a metal can for an overall low cost. A low noise amplifier and band pass filter were used to amplify the signal strength and were connected to a SDR dongle. SDR#, in conjunction with the CFRAD2, was the computer software used to conduct observations of the hydrogen line, and Fast Fourier Transform was performed to collect data.. Difficulties in construction and software were encountered during the project, and appropriate changes were made in the process. This project marks a low-cost exploration into amateur radio astronomy and is appropriate for those with limited astronomy experience desiring to learn more through hands-on exploration. All of the high school project members gained a better understanding of the underlying concepts and learned important skills, making this a valuable project for students and educators.

Speakers: Karen Lei, Saratoga High School; Anna Cyumchenko, Saratoga High School; Connor Galvin; Saratoga High School

Website: https://www.meetup.com/SJ-Astronomy/events/270322469/

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 05/12/20
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics, CA
Zoom: https://stanford.zoom.us/j/550904854

Liquid noble gas TPC detectors for astrophysics – Livestream
Speaker: Tom Shutt, KIPAC

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/liquid-noble-gas-tpc-detectors-astrophysics

Cost: Free

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Friday, 05/15/20
08:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center, CA
See weblink for connection information.

Astrophotography 101: Grab your phone and learn how to take stellar photos! – Livestream
If YOU have ever wanted to try your hand at astrophotography or hone your existing skills, now is your chance to do it from home! All you need is your cell phone! This beginners’ overview class will be led by the President of the East Bay Astronomical Society, Richard Ozer, and will guide you through basic steps of astrophotography.

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/astrophotography-101

Cost: Free

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Friday, 05/15/20
Start Time TBA

Tri-Valley Stargazers, CA
Send request to join to: president@trivalleystargazers.org

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

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, Western Digital

This meeting will be held using the video conference utility Zoom. The meeting link will be emailed to members. For non-members if you would like to join the meeting, please send an email to the club presidentasking for the meeting link and telling us a bit about your areas of interest in astronomy.

Website: http://www.trivalleystargazers.org

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 05/16/20 7:30 PM

Friends of Mt. Tam Astronomy Night, CA
See weblink for YouTube information.

Near-Earth Asteroids: Impact Hazard and Space Missions – Online

Near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) are small solar system bodies in orbits that come near – or cross – the orbit of Earth. This illustrated talk will explore NEAs as unique physical worlds, as impact hazards to Earth, and as accessible destinations for spacecraft.

Speaker: Michael Busch, SETI Institute

Website: https://wonderfest.org/near-earth-asteroids/

Cost: Free

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