BayAstro – Events of Week of 06/22/2020 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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Monday, 06/22/20 7:30 PM

Astronomy on Tap
YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSatYgft9Q8&feature=youtu.be

Astronomy on Tap: Los Angeles – Livestream

We’ll hear from Dr. Ayra Udry, California Institute of Technology, on “Space Rocks!” and Dr. Paz Beniamini, University of Nevada – Las Vegas, on “Extremely Bright and Incredibly Distant: Gamma Ray Bursts”. In addition, we will host interactive astronomically-themed pub trivia. In addition, we will host interactive astronomically-themed pub trivia. The event is free and open to all ages. Join us on YouTube at this link.

Website: http://astronomyontap.org/2020/06/astronomy-on-tap-los-angeles-june-22-2020/

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 06/24/20
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Computer History Museum

Maintenance and Invention: Lessons from Hubble – Livestream

In her new book, Handprints on Hubble: An Astronaut’s Story of Invention, the first American woman to walk in space recounts her experience as part of the team that launched, rescued, repaired, and maintained the Hubble Space Telescope.

The Hubble Space Telescope has revolutionized our understanding of the universe. It has, among many other achievements, revealed thousands of galaxies in what seemed to be empty patches of sky; transformed our knowledge of black holes; found dwarf planets with moons orbiting other stars, and measured precisely how fast the universe is expanding.

In this conversation with CHM’s David C. Brock, Kathryn Sullivan will explore the lessons that her experiences with the Hubble Space Telescope taught her about the importance of maintenance, invention, and leadership. Sullivan and other astronauts, engineers, and scientists launched, rescued, repaired, and maintained Hubble, the most productive observatory ever built.

What are the lessons about maintenance and repair from this previously untold story of Hubble? How do they apply more broadly? How did these lessons shape Sullivan’s career after NASA, as chief scientist, and then Deputy Administrator and Administrator of NOAA, the National Oceanic, and Atmospheric Administration? Join us as we explore these fascinating questions, and ask questions of your own.

Register at weblink to obtain connection information.

Website: https://computerhistory.org/events/handprints-on-hubble/

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 06/27/20 7:30 PM

Astronomy Nights on Mt. Tamalpais
Check weblink below

Astrobiology Under Our Feet & Out to the Stars – Livestream

The Age of Astrobiology has begun. We have a whole Solar System – and a galaxy of star-warmed worlds beyond – to explore for life. How do we look for life here and way out there? How will we know it when we find it? Our exploration begins at Earth. We must apply what we are learning about our own amazing home planet to our search for life beyond.

Speaker: Penny Boston, NASA

Website: http://www.friendsofmttam.org/astronomy/schedule

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 06/27/20
09:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center

Virtual 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.
Streaming at Chabot’s Facebook Live page. See weblink for info.

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/free-telescope-viewings/all/

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 06/30/20
06:00 PM – 07:00 PM

Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics
See weblink for details

Supermassive Black Holes: Monsters Lurking in the Hearts of Galaxies
Speaker: Dan Wilkins, Stanford

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/supermassive-black-holes-monsters-lurking-hearts-galaxies

Cost: Free

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Friday, 07/03/20
08:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center

Moon Mash Up – Livestream

Join us on Facebook Live for a a mash-up of Moon-themed activities! We’re bringing together our Moon rocks, one-of-a-kind lunar telescope images, astronomers and more. With a full, bright moon on Friday night, this is the perfect time for a lunar celebration.
Look forward to:

• A closer look at Chabot’s TWO real Moon rocks
• Making your own moon rock at home
• Moon Trivia
• Q&A with Chabot’s astronomers
• Stories about the lore of the Moon
• Seeing stunning lunar images from Chabot’s own telescopes
• And More!

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/full-moon-mash-up

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 07/04/20
09:45 PM – 11:00 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center

Virtual 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.

See weblink for connection information.

Other Dates For This Event:
• Saturday, 07/04/20
• Saturday, 07/11/20
• Saturday, 07/18/20
• Saturday, 07/25/20
• Saturday, 08/01/20

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/free-telescope-viewings/2020-07-04

Cost: Free

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