BayAstro – Events of Week of 06/29/2020 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, 06/30/20
02:30 PM – 03:30 PM

SETI Institute
Register at weblink to obtain connection information.

Animal Intelligence and the Search for Life Beyond Earth – Livestream

What can animal intelligence tell us about the possibility of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe? And how can the ways we recognize intelligence on our own planet inform how we might interact with extraterrestrial intelligence?
Historically, humanity has believed we were the most advanced form of intelligence. Yet research is showing us there are other types of intelligence, communication systems and even culture. If even bees can count, what can animals with larger and more complex brains, such as whales, teach us? And if intelligence is not unique to humanity, what are the implications for SETI and astrobiology?
Join Nathalie Cabrol, astrobiologist and Director of the Carl Sagan Center and Lori Marino, a neuroscientist and expert in animal behavior and intelligence for a discussion about how animal intelligence is integral to astrobiology.
The presentation will include a screening of a short video produced by the Whale Sanctuary Project, Whales Without Walls. This special presentation will be moderated by Simon Steel, Senior Director of Education and STEM Programs at the SETI Institute.

Website: https://www.seti.org/event/animal-intelligence-and-search-life-beyond-earth

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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Thursday, 07/09/20
07:00 PM – 09:30 PM

SETI Institute

Virtual Movie Night: ‘Mercury 13’

The SETI Institute will show Mercury 13 for our July 9 movie night. There will also be live interviews with Gena Nora Jessen – one of the original 13 – and David Sington, director of the 2018 film.

Mercury 13 tells the remarkable story of astronauts who had the right stuff, but the wrong gender. In 1958, NASA – America’s newly constituted space agency – started the Mercury Program to put humans into orbit, the first step down the yellow brick road to landing astronauts on the Moon.

Seven male test pilots were eventually stuffed into the tiny confines of the Mercury capsules. But 13 women were also invited to try out. Their test performance was equal – and sometimes better than – that of the men, but the space agency wasn’t about to send women into space.

In this highly rated film, the excitement and disappointments of the Mercury 13 is told using both historical and contemporary footage.

Register at weblink to obtain connection information

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-movie-night-with-the-seti-institute-mercury-13-tickets-108256991576?

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 07/09/20 7:00 PM

California Academy of Sciences
see YouTube and Facebook links below

Virtual NightLife, Vol. 6 – Livestream

Virtual NightLife is going to space! Join us for Vol. 6, when we’ll be mixing cosmos with the cosmos. The countdown begins now. Streaming live on YouTube and Facebook.

Website: https://www.youtube.com/calacademy

https://www.facebook.com/calacademy/

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 07/11/20
08:00 PM – 09:30 PM

San Jose Astronomical Society

Launching to Mars in 2020, a Primer on the NASA Perseverance Rover’s Mission to Return Samples and Search for Life on Mars – Livestream

NASA is launching the Perseverance Rover to Mars in July 2020. This Rover will be the first in a three-step, $10 billion process to return samples from one of the most interesting places on Mars and provide our best chance of finding evidence of past life on the red planet. SETI Institute scientist, J.R. Skok, has been working on the Perseverance Rover Landing Site selection process since 2012 and will share the story about how NASA committed to a Sample Return Mission to Mars and how the scientific community decided where on the planet we should search for life. This talk will give you the deep background for the mission and help set the stage for understanding NASA’s efforts on Mars for the next few decades.

Speaker: John Skok, SETI

Register at weblink for connection information.

Website: https://www.meetup.com/SJ-Astronomy/events/271261267/

Cost: Free

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

Chabot Space and Science Center
See weblink for connection information.

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.

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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