BayAstro – Events of Week of 05/18/2020 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, 05/19/20
11:00 PM – 12:00 PM

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

Planning for SnowMass: Superconducting and quantum sensors for astrophysical and cosmological applications – Livestream

Speaker: Kent Irwin, KIPAC

See weblink for Zoom information

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/planning-snowmass-superconducting-and-quantum-sensors-astrophysical-and-cosmological

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 05/20/20
07:00 PM – 08:00 PM

SETI Institute
Register on weblink below

Finding Life on Europa: Do we have the chemistry? – Livestream

Decades ago, science fiction offered a hypothetical scenario: What if alien life were thriving in an ocean beneath the icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa? Recent observations of Europa from Earth-based telescopes, and reanalysis of spacecraft data, have increased the confidence for Europa’s ocean.

NASA, together with other space agencies, is looking for a way to explore Europa and hopefully identify the presence of life after solving technological challenges like landing on a chaotic and cryogenic surface, drilling into its crust and analyzing samples directly. If there is an ocean of liquid water beneath the relatively thin ice shell of Europa, is life there as well?

The possible detection of a thin plume of water in 2019 being ejected from Europa’s surface has re-energized the community, which is now looking for a new way to answer these questions. Could a spacecraft travel through this plume, sample and analyze it, and confirm the existence of life in this ocean? What kind of biomarkers should we look for? What would they tell us about this extraterrestrial life?

To answer these questions, we asked two scientists to join us for this virtual SETI Talks.

• Dr. Jill Mikucki, professor at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, is a microbiologist and Antarctic researcher who studies ecosystems under the ice. With her research in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, she has demonstrated that microbes can grow below ice in the absence of sunlight, a process that could potentially take place on Europa.

• Dr. Cynthia Phillips is a planetary geologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Additionally, she serves as project staff scientist for the Europa Clipper Mission, a NASA mission to be launched in the 2020s that will conduct a detailed survey of Europa, look for ingredients for life on the crust and search for locations of warmer ice and perhaps recent eruptions of water. She is also working on mission concepts that would study Europa from the surface and eventually explore its subsurface ocean.
These two scientists will discuss how their research combined could result in one of the most exciting discoveries in planetary science: The discovery of life elsewhere in our solar system.

Once again, we are planning to hold this month’s SETI Talks online. Registration is required in order to receive the link and password; however, capacity is limited. Access will be on a first come first serve basis. Once the virtual room reaches capacity, we will not be able to accommodate more people. We apologize for this inconvenience, but have experienced large numbers of registrations for people who are unable to participate at the last minute, leaving others unable to register. As always, SETI Talks will be recorded and available to everyone after it takes place.

Website: https://www.seti.org/event/finding-life-europa-do-we-have-chemistry

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 05/20/20
07:45 PM – 09:00 PM

San Francisco Amateur Astronomers
Zoom meeting link: https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/91896840562

SF Amateur Astronomers Lecture – Livestream
“Satellite Galaxies in the Local Group”
Speaker: Ekta Patel

Our Local Group of galaxies is composed of our Milky Way, it’s twin galaxy, Andromeda (M31), and the dozens of small “satellite” galaxies orbiting around each of them. Satellite galaxies are thought to be the building blocks of more massive galaxies, therefore, tracking the orbital histories of satellite galaxies in the galactic neighborhood is crucial to our understanding of how the Milky Way and Andromeda arrived at the properties observed today. Since galaxies are embedded in halos of dark matter – the invisible matter that makes up 85% of the matter in the Universe – satellite galaxies also act as tracers of this massive, mysterious matter.

Dr. Patel will explain how the individual orbital histories of these galaxies help us learn about the evolution of satellites themselves. Additionally, it will be demonstrated how the collective motion of these systems of satellite galaxies can reveal important characteristics of their host galaxies, including their dark matter halos.

Dr Ekta Patel is a Miller Fellow in the Department of Astronomy at the University of California Berkeley. She received her B.A. in Physics from New York University in 2014, and her PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Arizona in 2019. At the U of A’s Steward Observatory she worked to analyze high resolution cosmological simulations, such as Illustris, to help us understand the dynamical history of the Local Group. At UCB, she is continuing her work on understanding the dynamics of satellite galaxies orbiting around the Milky Way and Andromeda. She has actively engaged with the public in a verity of ways in her career so far, including past involvement with Colors of Nature, Project Astro, and NOAO (National Optical Astronomy Observatory) Teen Astronomy Cafe.

See weblink for connection information

Website: https://www.sfaa-astronomy.org/event/astronomy-lectures-live-streamed/

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 05/21/20
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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

CHIME – the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment – Livestream

The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) is an ambitious project to study Dark Energy by tracing out 4 billion years of cosmic history, using a purpose-built radio telescope at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO) in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley. Subsequent extensions simultaneously probe the high-cadence time-domain radio sky, monitoring radio pulsars and detecting hundreds of Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs).

CHIME is a transit interferometer with no moving parts, which uses a massive computing backend to image the radio sky from 400-800MHz, corresponding to 21cm radiation emanating from a redshift range of 0.8 < z < 2.5. Earth rotation sweeps its field of view across the sky, resulting in complete daily coverage of the northern celestial hemisphere and an unprecedented survey sensitivity. I will discuss the motivation, construction, status of CHIME, along with some recent results. Looking forward, I will present the technology path towards adding FRB localization capabilities to CHIME, and the new wide-band CHORD telescope, presently under development in Canada.

Speaker: Keith Vanderlinde, Univ. of Toronto

See weblink for Zoom information

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/chime-canadian-hydrogen-intensity-mapping-experiment

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 05/21/20 7:00 PM

California Academy of Sciences

NightSchool: A Virtual Tour of the Universe

Enjoy an update on the universe as we bring the planetarium dome into your home with Ryan Wyatt, Senior Director of the Morrison Planetarium.

Website: https://www.calacademy.org/nightlife/nightschool-a-virtual-tour-of-the-universe

Cost: Free

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Friday, 05/22/20
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

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

The oscillating sky: detecting local axion dark matter with the CMB – livestream
Speaker: Ari Ckierman, KIPAC

See weblink for Zoom information

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/oscillating-sky-detecting-local-axion-dark-matter-cmb

Cost: Free

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Friday, 05/22/20
08:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center

The Sky this Month – Livestream

Join Chabot’s astronomers, with Gerald McKeegan & Don Saito on Facebook Live for a short tour of May’s nighttime sky. Learn to recognize many of this month’s constellations and bright stars, and even learn a little about celestial navigation!

See weblink for connection information.

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/the-sky-this-month-2

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 05/23/20
09:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center

Free Telescope Viewing – Livestream

Join our resident astronomers on Facebook Live every Saturday evening live from Chabot’s Observation deck! Each week, our astronomers will guide us through spectacular night sky viewing through Nellie, Chabot‘s most powerful telescope. Weather permitting we will be able to view objects live through the telescopes and our astronomers will be available for an open forum for all of your most pressing astronomy questions.

Listening to feedback from our community, the full recordings of all live events will also be released on YouTube. Watch them on the Chabot Space & Science Center YouTube channel within one week of when the event happens on Facebook Live.

See weblink for Facebook link.

Other Dates For This Event:
• Saturday, 05/16/20
• Saturday, 05/23/20
• Saturday, 05/30/20

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/free-telescope-viewings/2020-05-16/

Cost: Free

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Sunday, 05/24/20
02:00 PM – 03:30 PM

San Jose Astronomical Society

Solar Observing – Online

It’s there for us year round, lighting our days and providing energy for our lives, so maybe it’s time to give it a closer look. Join SJAA for amazing and detailed views of the Sun, and be assured that we’ll be using special telescopes that will keep your eyeballs perfectly safe.

We’ll have white-light telescopes with dense solar filters that reveal sunspots. Further, we’ll show you hydrogen-alpha telescopes that isolate a very specific color of red that reveals prominences (often thought of as solar flares) and intricate texture within the Sun’s chromosphere (its atmosphere).

We can also share with you a little about how the Sun works and how complex magnetic fields drive the number of sunspots and prominences that we’ll see on a given day.

Register at weblink to obtain streaming information

Website: https://www.meetup.com/SJ-Astronomy/events/270490780/

Cost: Free

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Friday, 05/29/20
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

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

Velocity Dispersions of Massive Quiescent Galaxies from Weak Lensing and Spectroscopy – Livestream

Speaker; Yousuke Utsumi, KIPAK

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/velocity-dispersions-massive-quiescent-galaxies-weak-lensing-and-spectroscopy

Cost: Free

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Friday, 05/29/20
08:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center

Star Stories: Learn the mythology behind the constellations! – Livestream

Join us on Facebook Live and listen to Doug Olsen, expert stargazer and storyteller, explain the mythology behind the constellations. He will tell ancient stories from the night sky as seen throughout history and look for planets and other clues to help orient you to the night’s sky.

See weblink for connection information

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/star-stories-2/

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 05/30/20
09:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center

Free Telescope Viewing – Livestream

Join our resident astronomers on Facebook Live every Saturday evening live from Chabot’s Observation deck! Each week, our astronomers will guide us through spectacular night sky viewing through Nellie, Chabot‘s most powerful telescope. Weather permitting we will be able to view objects live through the telescopes and our astronomers will be available for an open forum for all of your most pressing astronomy questions.

Listening to feedback from our community, the full recordings of all live events will also be released on YouTube. Watch them on the Chabot Space & Science Center YouTube channel within one week of when the event happens on Facebook Live.

See weblink for Facebook link.

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/free-telescope-viewings/2020-05-16/

Cost: Free

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