BayAstro – Events of Week of 08/03/2020 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, 08/03/20 4:00 PM

Lick Observatory
Zoom link: https://ucsc.zoom.us/j/98932317498#success
Also on Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/ucobservatories/

Living Room Lecture: The Big Bang – Livestream

The Big Bang that started the Universe was the start of an expanding universe, where points within our universe moving further and further apart over time. Gravity pulling back on galaxies should slow that expansion. Twenty years ago, astronomers were astonished to discover from observations of exploding stars that the expansion is speeding up. We say that the acceleration is caused by “dark energy” or “cosmic anti-gravity,” which accounts for 70% of the Universe.
Professor Ryan Foley will discuss this Nobel Prize winning discovery and what we’ve learned about dark energy in the last two decades. He will also discuss the cosmological mystery du jour, “Hubble tension,” and how observations of exploding stars, especially those made at Lick and Keck Observatories, may answer these profound questions.

Speaker: Ryan Foley, UC Santa Cruz

Cost: Free

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

Chabot Space and Science Center
Facebook Live: RSVP on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/353872715596038/

MISSION: MARS – Things You Need to Know to Become a Future Mars Explorer – Livestream
Speaker: DR. PASCAL LEE

The first human mission to Mars will be humanity’s greatest adventure in space exploration in the 21st century. As with all expeditions, its success will depend on planning, which includes having well-trained explorers. Following his award-winning book Mission: Mars published by Scholastic, Dr Lee will take kids of all ages through six key phases of early training to become Future Mars Explorers:

1) Discover Mars, to learn more about the planet you’ll explore.

2) Prepare for Launch, to plan for the trip and the extra training you’ll undergo.

3) Navigate Space, to prep you for the long flight through deep space to Mars and back.

4) Gear Up for Survival, to train you to survive and explore once you arrive on Mars;

5) Explore the Red Planet, to show you the coolest places to check out on Mars;

6) Plan a New World, to glimpse what Mars might look like in the future.

See weblink for connection options

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/mission-mars-things-you-need-to-know-to-become-a-future-mars-explorer

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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Friday, 08/07/20
08:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center
RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/608720559772919/

Space Current Events and the Long Trip to Mars – Livestream

Join astronomer Gerald McKeegan for an update on space news, followed by a no-math lesson in orbital mechanics. He’ll explain how NASA plans the flight path for sending spacecraft to Mars, and why it takes so long to get there. Calculators not required!

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/space-current-events-and-the-long-trip-to-mars

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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Tuesday, 08/11/20
06:00 PM – 07:00 PM

Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics
Zoom (meeting ID 992 1875 1554, password 094305)
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/kipac

The Dark Universe – Livestream
Speaker: Dr. Alex Amon

See weblink for Zoom information.

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/dark-universe

Cost: Free

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Friday, 08/14/20 7:30 PM

Peninsula Astronomical Society
Zoom link will be emailed to members. Check weblink below about membership

Lick Observatory during Pandemic Times – Livestream

Lick Observatory has been doing ground-breaking research since its opening in 1888. 30 years after Lick Observatory established itself as a world leader in astronomical research, the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic hit the United States. Pandemics create challenging times for any organization, so how was Lick Observatory was affected by the Spanish Flu in 1918? Research, while hampered by the conditions at the time, continued with the dedicated efforts of William Wallace Campbell, Heber Curtis, and other notable astronomers of the day. I’ll highlight the hot topics of research being done in 1918 and how the observatory persevered through the difficult conditions of that era.

Today in 2020 we are experiencing another devastating pandemic with COVID-19. Shelter-in-place orders and shutdowns have limited Lick Observatory operations. I’ll describe how we have adapted to the current conditions to continue as much research and data acquisition as possible, particularly in the areas of supernovae, exoplanet, and SETI research.

Speaker: Elinor Gates, Lick Observatory

See weblink for connection information

Website: http://www.pastro.org/dnn/Home.aspx

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 08/15/20
09:45 PM – 11:00 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1742071899263614/

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, 08/15/20
• 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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Monday, 08/17/20 4:00 PM

Lick Observatory
Zoom link: https://ucsc.zoom.us/j/98932317498#success
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ucobservatories/

Living Room Lecture: Alex Filippenko – Livestream

The scientist, the teacher, the legend. A personal interview and question session with the multi-award winning astronomer Dr. Alex Filippenko, UC Berkeley.

Cost: Free

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