BayAstro – Events of Week of 08/10/2020 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, 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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Thursday, 08/13/20 7:00 PM

California Academy of Sciences

NightSchool: A Guide to Celestial Wayfinding – Livestream

He Lani Ko Luna, A Sky Above: In Losing the Sight of Land, You Discover the Stars. Kālepa Baybayan, Navigator in Residence, and Astronomy Educator Emily Peavy join NightSchool from the Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai’i. In this introduction to the indigenous system of navigation and orientation at sea, you’ll learn about the tropical night sky and hear stories of deep-sea canoe voyaging, oceanic history and exploration, and celestial wayfinding.
Chad Kālepa Baybayan holds a Masters degree in Education from Heritage College and under-graduate degree in Hawaiian studies from Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikölani, College of HawaiianLanguage at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Kālepa is a fluent speaker of the Hawaiian language and has served as captain and navigator aboard the Hawaiian deep-sea voyaging canoes Hōkūle’a, Hawai’iloa, and Hōkūalaka’i. He has been an active participant in the voyaging renaissance since 1975. He currently is the Navigator in Residence at the ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi in Hilo.
In 2007, Kālepa along with four other Hawaiian men were initiated into the Order of Pwo, the exclusive society of practicing deep-sea navigators in a ceremony performed by their teacher, Master Navigator Mau Piailug, from the Carolinian island of Satawal. The ceremony symbolized the passage of young navigators into the elite hierarchy and society of the Traditional Master Navigator and it is the highest honor that an oceanic society can bestow as recognition of navigational competence.

See weblink for connection links.

Website: https://www.calacademy.org/nightlife/nightschool-a-guide-to-celestial-wayfinding

Cost: Free

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Friday, 08/14/20
12:00 PM – 02:00 PM

SETI Institute
Register at weblink to obtain Zoom information

Frontier Development Lab Space Science and AI Showcase – Livestream

FDL is pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in applied AI for space science and exploration, for all Humankind.

About this Event
Join us LIVE for the FDL US Space Science & AI Showcase in partnership with NASA and the SETI Institute for a 2-hour celebration of the application of cutting edge AI in space science and exploration.

We are excited to be able to share work tackling the following questions:

Astronaut Health

• Can ML help us understand the causal processes underlying cancer progression on Earth and during interplanetary space missions?
Earth Science

• Can we use ML to identify all water streams at a continental scale, potentially unlocking leading indicators of impending droughts?
• How might we provide better tornado warnings to meteorologists using lightning data?
• Can we create physics-constrained, local visualizations of future flooding to assist in climate resilience and disaster preparedness?
• Can we develop new methods to make ‘AI priori’ discoveries in peta-scale data?
Heliophysics

• Can we use ML to predict the interactions of the solar environment on our technology infrastructure?
• What if we could use ML to capture the fleeting signals of ‘star spots’ on distant stars?
Planetary Science

• How might we use ML to improve lunar polar imagery to support NASA’s future missions?
FDL US Space Science & AI Showcase will be streamed live on YouTube and the SETI Institute’s Facebook channel, but we are also inviting space agency stakeholders, partners and the FDL community to participate and join for the first-ever virtual FDL US Space Science & AI Showcase.

Proceedings include

• Introductions from FDL partners and challenge stakeholders
• Short ‘TED Style’ presentations of the work of FDL 2020
• Audience participation in determining FDL’s annual innovation awards
Most Useful Contribution (Audience choice)
Most Dramatic Pivot (Audience choice)
Unexpected Discovery (Audience choice)
Heroic Comeback (Faculty award)
Collaborative Spirit (Faculty award)

Register at weblink to obtain Zoom information

Website: https://www.seti.org/event/fdl-space-science-and-ai-showcase

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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Friday, 08/14/20
08:00 PM – 09:00 PM

San Jose Astronomical Society

Astronomy 101: Sights of the Cosmos, Intro to Astronomy – Livestream

This event provides a different introduction to astronomy than our Intro to the Night Sky talks. During this hour, you’ll gain an appreciation for the size and scale of the cosmos and our place within it. You’ll see many examples of the beautiful objects visible in the night sky, learn something about how we see them through our telescopes and what we can deduce about them through the light they send us. And then you can make your own prediction of whether we’re alone in the universe.

Register to obtain link information

Website: https://www.meetup.com/SJ-Astronomy/events/272303015/

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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Wednesday, 08/19/20 7:00 PM

SETI Institute
Register at weblink to obtain connection information.

Perseverance: A Martian Rover to Find Life? – Livestream

The Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover successfully launched on July 30, 2020, is now en route toward Mars. The mission will pave the way for future human expeditions to Mars and demonstrates technologies that could be used by future Mars explorers.

Designed to search for signs of ancient microbial life, the robotic rover is equipped with an instrument that will drill to collect core samples of Martian rock and soil and then store them in sealed tubes for pick-up by a future mission. The Mars 2020 rover will include innovative technologies to explore the Jezero crater region, such as a Mars Helicopter that will become the first powered flight craft on the Red Planet and a sample caching system.

In anticipation of its landing, scheduled for Feb 18, 2021, we invited two SETI Institute researchers to discuss the potential of the mission to find evidence of microbial life and employ new techniques to explore Mars. Chemist and planetary scientist Janice Bishop studies spectral fingerprints of minerals and Mars analogs on Earth and is a member of the CRISM orbital spectroscopy team. Physicist and planetary scientist Pablo Sobron develops spectroscopic instruments for planetary exploration and is a member of the Mars 2020 Science Team. They will tell us how Perseverance will search for traces of past or present microbial life in chemical, mineralogical, or textural fingerprints. Perseverance is the first step towards investigating biology, not just chemistry on Mars through sample return. This talk will describe why Jezero Crater was selected for this mission, the types of investigations to be performed and what they expect the mission to discover.

Speakers: Dr. Janice Bishop, Dr. Pablo Sobron

Register at weblink to obtain connection information.

Website: https://www.seti.org/event/perseverance-martian-rover-find-life

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 08/19/20 7:30 PM

San Francisco Amateur Astronomers
See weblink for connection information.

Probing Fundamental Physics with Strong Gravitational Lensing – Livestream

In general relativity, the presence of matter can curve spacetime, and the path of a light ray will be deflected as a result. This process is called gravitational lensing, analogous to the deflection of light by (e.g. glass) lenses in optics.In rare and extreme cases, light can take different paths to the observer and more than one image of the source will appear.Strong gravitational lensing is lensing that is strong enough to produce these multiple images, arcs, or even Einstein rings. Many useful results for cosmology have come out of using this phenomena.Dr Birrer will shed more light on how astronomers are utilizing strong gravitational lensing to probe the nature of dark matter and dark energy, the dominant but yet unknown components of our Universe.

Speaker: Simon Birrir, Stanford KIPAC

See weblink for connection information.

Website: https://www.sfaa-astronomy.org/live-streamed-lectures/

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 08/19/20
08:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center
See weblink for connection information.

137 Years of Chabot Space & Science Center in 60 Minutes – Livestream

Chabot Space & Science Center has very old roots in Oakland and the East Bay, and no fewer than three incarnations as a student and public observatory and science education center. Now celebrating the 20th anniversary at its present location on the skyline of the Oakland Hills, the institution as a whole turns 137 this year. This presentation will trace and illustrate the rich and interesting history of an observatory that was, from its inception, dedicated to educating the public about science and the universe.

Speaker: Benjamin Burress, Chabot

See weblink for connection information.

Editor’s Note: This event is now listed for Friday, August 19, which is actually a Wednesday. The original listing was for Friday, August 21. The Facebook listing is for August 19.

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/the-history-of-chabot-space-science-center/

Cost: Free

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Friday, 08/21/20 7:00 PM

Tri-Valley Stargazers
See weblink for instructions on getting Zoom link

Mapping the cloudy skies of a galactic black hole with the help of laboratory measurements – Livestream

High-mass X-ray binaries are binary star systems consisting of a supermassive star in orbit around an evolved compact object like a black hole or neutron star. Supermassive stars exhibit strong stellar winds consisting of material from the stellar atmosphere being ejected into space. These winds are unstable with a tendency to fragment into pockets of denser and colder material, referred to as clumps, embedded in tenuous hot gas. In high mass X-ray binaries, these winds are partially focused towards the black hole. As the material falls onto the black hole, energy is released in the form of radiation that allows us to ‘X-ray’ the stellar wind and its structure. Understanding the wind morphology and how it is impacted by the presence of the compact object is crucial for the evolution both of isolated supermassive stars and of these binary systems. In this talk, I will focus on the black-hole binary Cygnus X-1 and how we used laboratory measurements with an electron-beam ion trap to further our understanding of the clumpy wind in this system.

Speaker: Natalie Hell, Lawrence Livermore National Labs

See weblink for instructions on getting Zoom link

Website: http://www.trivalleystargazers.org

Cost: Free

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Friday, 08/21/20
08:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center

Chabot’s Star Party Spectacular – Livestream

Join us as we celebrate our 20th anniversary at our Skyline campus!

We will have fun and engaging STEM activities led by our education team, a virtual dance party and an appearance by our resident robot Fritz. Hear from leading scientists, Chabot astronomers and Executive Director Adam Tobin and join in on some trivia about the history of Chabot!

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/chabots-star-party-spectacular/

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 08/22/20
07:30 PM – 09:30 PM

Friends of Mt. Tam Astronomy Night

Galactic Weather – Livestream

Just as Earth has an atmosphere, and stars (like the Sun) have coronas, galaxies are embedded in invisible halos of atomic gases. As galaxies evolve, these gaseous halos exhibit many interesting phenomena similar to rains and droughts on Earth. What do these enormous galactic climate systems look like, how are they studied, and how do they behave?

Speaker: Yong Zheng, UC Berkeley

This event was originally scheduled for July 25.

See weblink for Youtube link.

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

and https://www.youtube.com/MtTamAstronomy

Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: Free

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