BayAstro – Events of Week of 07/20/2020 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, 07/20/20
04:00 PM – 04:45 PM

Lick Observatory
Zoom link: https://ucsc.zoom.us/j/98932317498#success

Living Room Lecture: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
UC Observatories Virtual Event Series.

Speaker: Shelly Wright, UC San Diego

Maryanne Campbell
Email: mapacamp@ucsc.edu
Phone: 831-227-8821

Website: http://ucolick.org/home/index.html

Cost: Free

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Monday, 07/20/20 7:30 PM

Astronomy on Tap
https://www.youtube.com/c/caltechastro/live

Astronomy on Tap: Los Angeles – Livestream
The Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover: We’re Going to Mars (again)!

Speaker: Dr. Nina Lanza

Exploring Mars (and Earth) from your Couch

Speaker: Dr. Alistair Hayden

YouTube link

Website: https://astronomyontap.org/2020/07/astronomy-on-tap-los-angeles-july-20-2020/

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 07/21/20 12:00 PM

Commonwealth Club – Online Event
Register at weblink below

The Future Earth – Livestream

Science has given us a realistic picture of what Earth will look like with uninhibited levels of climate change: increased extreme weather events, crippled economies and a world where those with the least are the hardest hit. What would a radically re-envisioned future look like? What solutions do we need to replace tomorrow’s doom-and-gloom projections with thriving cities, renewed political consciousness, equitable societies and carbon-free economies?

Join us with climate journalist and The Future Earth author Eric Holthaus and Project Drawdown Vice President Katharine Wikinson for a conversation on reimagining our role in creating climate solutions.

See weblink to register and receive stream information

Website: https://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2020-07-21/future-earth-eric-holthaus-and-katharine-wilkinson

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 07/22/20
07:00 PM – 08:00 PM

SETI Institute
Register at weblink below to obtain connection information.

SETI Talks: Astronomy in Space: From Hubble to Roman – Livestream
Telescopes are placed into orbit around Earth or are sent farther out into space to get a clearer view of the universe.

Thirty years ago, the U.S. launched the famous Hubble Space Telescope, whose unique design allowed astronauts to repair and upgrade it in space using advanced technology. It is one of the NASA’s longest-living and most valuable space-based observatories, beaming transformational astronomical images to Earth for decades. Hubble has fundamentally changed our understanding of the cosmos, and its story – filled with challenges overcome by innovation, determination, and the human spirit – inspires us.

The newly named Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope – or Roman Space Telescope, (formerly known as WFIRST) – is set to launch in the mid-2020s. It will investigate long-standing astronomical mysteries, such as the force behind the universe’s expansion and search for distant planets beyond our solar system. The Roman Space Telescope project passed a critical programmatic and technical milestone in February, earning the official green light to begin hardware development and testing.

We invited two scientists whose careers have been strongly connected with space telescopes to discuss the Hubble Space Telescope’s success and the potential of the upcoming Roman Space Telescope:

• Professor Meg Urry, Director of the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, studies the growth of supermassive black holes over cosmic time to understand their co-evolution with galaxies by using multiple space telescopes.
• Dr. John Grunsfeld, an astrophysicist and astronaut went on three Space Shuttle flights to repair and upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope, including eight spacewalks.
These scientists will discuss their contribution to the Hubble Space Telescope’s scientific and technological endeavor and what they expect from the future Roman telescope and the future of NASA space telescopes at large.

Molly Bentley, executive producer and co-host of the radio program and podcast, Big Picture Science, will moderate the talk.

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/astronomy-in-space-from-hubble-to-roman-tickets-112881690174?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiT0dZMk9UTXdZekJoWVRCaiIsInQiOiJwRFlHVW9pVm5WM2o1ditoXC9WN3NYeWNjRGd6cFhVSXhMcDlweFhGK3JGeUJhb1lpMUVDM2FEZlJveGx6K0VcL1BhcWNxeDdDczBZRkxCQ0xudSt4MzhYY

Cost: Free

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Friday, 07/24/20
08:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center

Mars Madness – Livestream

Join us on Facebook Live for a night of Mars-themed activities and talks. Learn about the destination of the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover, which is soon heading to Mars to seek signs of ancient life and collect rock and soil samples.
RSVP on Facebook
Tune in to:
-See one-of-a-kind Mars images from Chabot’s own telescopes
-Make your own Mars Rover with materials from home
-Toast with “Mars Rock” Drink Bombs
-Meet Chabot’s very own mini Mars rover- Curiosity Jr!
-We will even throw in little bit of Mars trivia and Q&A with our very own Chabot Astronomers!

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/mars-madness/

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 07/25/20 7:30 PM

Friends of Mt. Tam Astronomy Night
https://www.youtube.com/MtTamAstronomy

The Very First Stars – Livestream

The Big Bang theory, describing the origin of our universe, is very well established today. We have ample evidence that the universe originated from a hot “singularity,” then expanded and cooled over time. Nevertheless, there is still a big missing piece of the cosmic puzzle: How did the first stars from?

Deepthi Gorthi, UC Berkeley

This event was originally scheduled for Aug 22.

See weblink for Youtube link.

Website: http://www.mttamastronomy.org/calendar

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 07/25/20
09:45 PM – 11:00 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center
RSVP on weblink below

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, 07/18/20
• Saturday, 07/25/20
• Saturday, 08/01/20
• Saturday, 08/08/20
• Saturday, 08/15/20

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

Cost: Free

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Monday, 07/27/20
04:00 PM – 04:45 PM

Lick Observatory
Zoom link: https://ucsc.zoom.us/j/98932317498#success

Ask-an-Astronomer: Brian DiGiorgio – Livestream

UC Observatories Virtual Event Series with UC Santa Cruz Resident Ask-an-Astronomer Graduate student in Astronomy & Astrophysics Brian DiGiorgio

To submit a question ahead of the event for Ask-an-Astronomer please email social@ucolick.org

Maryanne Campbell
Email: mapacamp@ucsc.edu
Phone: 831-227-8821

Website: http://ucolick.org/home/index.html

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 07/28/20
06:00 PM – 07:00 PM

Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics
Online — Zoom (meeting ID 992 1875 1554, password 094305) and YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/user/kipacweb

Bending Space and Time: How we can shed light on the biggest mysteries of our Universe with gravitational lensing – Livestream
Speaker: Dimon Birrer, Stanford

See weblink for Zoom and YouTube information

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/bending-space-and-time-how-we-can-shed-light-biggest-mysteries-our-universe-gravitational

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 07/29/20 7:30 PM

Science on Tap

Science on Tap: Mapping the Missing Matter in Our Universe – Livestream

Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are mysterious events that were discovered only in the last decade by astronomers. They last a few milliseconds at most but are extremely bright sources of radio waves. They are so bright that we can spot them from distant galaxies. Although we are not fully certain how they are produced, we already have some ideas about how we can use them to study the universe. According to simulations, matter in the universe is distributed along filamentous structures which make up the “cosmic web”. Unfortunately, most of this matter is fully ionized and therefore invisible to optical telescopes. This is where FRBs come in. Just like a prism dispersing the individual colors of sunlight, the ionized matter disperses FRBs and the amount of dispersion depends on how much matter is between the source and the Earth. In our most recent work, we have tried to leverage the observed dispersion of FRB 19068, an event detected by the Australian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder, to study the matter between us the source. Augmenting it with data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and our own optical observations, we showed that it is possible to map out the ionized matter to a considerable extent. Our study represents a proof of concept and we expect astronomers to routinely use similar but more refined techniques to make inferences of the cosmic web.

Speaker: Sunil Simha, C Santa Cruz

RSVP at weblink for connection information

Editor’s Note: While the registration page for this event says it is on July 29, another page says it is on Wednesday, July 20, which is actually a Monday. We’ve reached out to the organizers for a clarification.

Website: https://wiseucsc.wixsite.com/wise/science-on-tap

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 07/30/20 7:00 PM

California Academy of Sciences

Virtual NightLife, Vol. 7: Space
Virtual NightLife is going to space! Join us for Virtual NightLife, Vol. 7, hosted by the Morrison Planetarium team, and get ready to mix your cosmos with the cosmos. The countdown begins now.

Streaming live at youtube.com/calacademy & facebook.com/calacademy

Website: https://www.calacademy.org/nightlife/virtual-nightlife-vol-7-space

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 08/01/20
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 and RSVP

Other Dates For This Event:
• Saturday, 07/25/20
• Saturday, 08/01/20
• Saturday, 08/08/20
• Saturday, 08/15/20
• Saturday, 08/22/20

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

Cost: Free

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