BayAstro – Events of Week of 07/27/2020 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, 07/27/20
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 1:00 PM

ExplOratorium
Online Event: Join via Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/exploratorium

and YouTube.

Storytime Science for Kids: The Sun – Livestream

Join us for Storytime Science – a storybook read aloud followed by a simple related activity geared toward very young children. This month, Exploratorium staffer and children’s literature aficionado Vivian Altmann will read Sun! One In A Billion, by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by Stevie Lewis. The sun is our own very famous superstar! It lights up our solar system and makes our Earthling lives possible.
Then we’ll do a simple activity – all you’ll need is a sheet of paper, a pair of scissors, and the sun. Together we’ll make a paper snowflake that you can use to see images of the sun. Take it out for a light walk and see what you see!

Online Event: Join via Facebook and YouTube.

Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/storytime-science-kids-the-sun

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
04:00 AM – 05:30 AM (For the super-earlybird!)

Chabot Space and Science Center

Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Launch Watch Party – Livestream

This summer, the Mars 2020 spacecraft with its Perseverance Rover will launch as part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort to explore the Red Planet. Wake up early and watch along with Chabot’s astronomers virtually as we witness this historic launch! RSVP on Facebook

Astronomers from Chabot Space and Science Center will be watching along and responding to questions in the comments. We invite our community to join us for questions, conversations and celebrations of this landmark launch.

The Mars 2020 mission addresses high-priority science goals for Mars exploration, including key Astrobiology questions about the potential for life on Mars. The mission takes the next step by not only seeking signs of habitable conditions on Mars in the ancient past, but also searching for signs of past microbial life itself.

The launch is scheduled for 4:50 a.m. There is a possibility that the launch is postponed, so be sure to check back for updates. The launch period is approximately three weeks, from July 30 to August 15. The duration of the daily launch window varies from day to day. The launch windows will last approximately two hours, with a unique launch opportunity every five minutes.

When you respond that you’re going to this event, you’ll receive a notification when the watch party begins in the “Discussion” section.

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/mars-2020-perseverance-rover-launch-watch-party

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

https://www.youtube.com/calacademy

& facebook.com/calacademy

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

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

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 08/01/20 7:00 PM

East Bay Astronomical Society

A Personal Retrospective on the Aesthetics and Challenges of Astrophotography – Livestream
In his talk, Rogelio Bernal Andreo will navigate through his own past experiences as a deep-sky and nightscape astrophotographer, providing sound advice on a myriad of topics that build up to what astrophotography can ultimately mean for you.

From crafting your own personal style, finding inspiration, solving acquisition and image processing hardships, choosing astrophotography as a business, or finding new ways for storytelling, Rogelio will paint his impression of this rapidly evolving hobby, artform and technical pursuit.

View on Facebook Live

https://www.facebook.com/EastbayAstroSociety/live

Website: http://eastbayastro.org/events/

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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Sunday, 08/02/20
01:30 PM – 03:00 PM

San Jose Astronomical Society

ONLINE: Solar Sunday Basics: Spots, Prominences, Filaments and More – Livestream

Join us for this on-line event where we’ll look in real time for prominences (often thought of as solar flares) and intricate texture within the Sun’s chromosphere (its atmosphere). We’ll also provide an overview of how we observe the Sun in different types of light (such as red, H-alpha light), share details about the structure of the Sun, and show spectacular images taken during prior years. Ordinarily, we’d also share live views of sunspots, but our Sun is currently in its solar-minimum phase, and as a result, sunspots and other dramatic features are rare. Nevertheless, we’ll still cover a lot of cool and interesting facts about our hot Sun!

For those of you who have watched one of the recent Streaming Solar Sunday events, this part will be similar to what you’ve already seen. To instead focus only on what’s new for this month, check out the separate, immediately following event, Solar Sunday: Topics and Views of the Month (https://www.meetup.com/SJ-Astronomy/events/272091474/), which starts at 3:00 PDT. (The Topics of and Views of the Month session will continue seamlessly from the same YouTube stream as this event.)

Website: https://www.meetup.com/SJ-Astronomy/events/267472947/

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 08/06/20 5:00 PM

LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous

LASER – How did life begin? The search for answers in the lab, in the field and in silico – Livestream

For the past five years, Bruce Damer and David Deamer have collaboratively searched for evidence of the origin of life. In this talk, they will discuss their shared research journey, taking them from the study of organic compounds over 5 billion years old, to Bumpass Hell, the largest hydrothermal area in Lassen National Park, the Pilbara of Western Australia, and, most recently, to Hell’s Gate hot springs of New Zealand. They’ll talk about what they discovered about protocells, fresh water hot springs, and early signs of life along the way.

Register at weblink for connection information

Website: https://www.scaruffi.com/leonardo/aug2020.html

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 08/08/20
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, 08/08/20
• Saturday, 08/15/20
• Saturday, 08/22/20
• Saturday, 08/29/20

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

Cost: Free

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