BayAstro – Events of Week of 09/21/2020 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 perhaps until the end of the year. 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, 09/21/20 4:00 PM

What Physicists Do @ Sonoma State University
See weblink for Zoom information.

Optics in the Aerospace and Defense Industry – Livestream

Speaker: Katherine Badham, L3Haris

Website: http://phys-astro.sonoma.edu/wpd/wpdcurrent.shtml

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 09/22/20 4:00 PM

UC Berkeley
Lick Observatory
Zoom link: https://ucsc.zoom.us/j/98932317498

The scientist, the teacher, the legend: Alex Filippenko.

Get a special look at the teacher behind the scientist during this speciainterview edition of UCO’s Living Room Lecture.

A note from the Science Schmooze:
Lick Observatory needs all of our help. It is a bridge from 19th century science to the 21st century and still doing cutting edge science. You can support it with direct contributions through the University of California Observatories Director’s Discretionary Fund. It’s going to take awhile so if you can’t go big go monthly! Support Lick Observatory

The scientist, the teacher, the legend: Alex Filippenko.
Ever wonder what makes someone that hunts elusive supernovae care just as much about the 800+ undergraduate students in his classroom? When he can collaborate with the most experienced science minds in the world, why does he encourage first-year undergraduate students to join his research team? Dr. Alex Filippenko has been a faculty member at UC Berkeley since 1986.

In 2006 Filippenko was awarded the US Professor of the Year Award, sponsored by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and administered by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The UC Berkeley student body has also voted him nine times as their “Best Professor” on campus. Get a special look at the teacher behind the scientist during this special interview edition of Living Room Lecture.
We appreciate your patience with us during what has been a very difficult time. We look forward to seeing you on September 22!
Zoom link: https://ucsc.zoom.us/j/98932317498

Website: https://www.facebook.com/ucobservatories/?hc_ref=ARS4xJ65wI-XFPv60iNT7NM1ooJ3D9OWZ-hhxcBhtpgiHD9rhvFTDEZs3VJaY66bSmM&fref=nf&__tn__=kC-R

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 09/22/20
06:00 PM – 07:00 PM

KIPAC Public Lectures
See weblink for connection information

Satellite Streaks in Surveys of the Sky
Speaker: Dr. Andrew Bardshaw, SLAC

See weblink for connection information

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/satellite-streaks-surveys-sky

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 09/23/20
04:00 PM – 05:30 PM

Berkeley Central Library

Wonderfest: Are We Alone? – Livestream

Does other intelligent life exist in the universe? Can SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) researchers detect radio, infrared, or optical signals from other civilizations? Current and future SETI projects, including the new $100-million Breakthrough Prize Foundation “Listen” project, may provide an answer. UC Berkeley astronomer Dan Werthimer will describe the rationale for past and future searches and will show how new technologies are revolutionizing SETI.

Listeners will tune into the lecture via youtube, and then join a live questions and answers session via Zoom, links will be posted closer to the day of the presentation at the weblink.

Website: https://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/events/wonderfest-are-we-alone

Cost: Free

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Friday, 09/25/20
08:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center

Planetary Defense: Avoiding a Cosmic Catastrophe – Livestream

Our planet has been continually bombarded by asteroids since its formation, 4.5 billion years ago. While the frequency of large impacts has decreased, many potential Near-Earth Object (NEO) threats remain undiscovered, so if or when they will impact Earth remains unknown.

Most of the time, an impacting asteroid will simply burn up in the atmosphere, giving those on the ground a pleasant meteor shower display. However, depending on the size, composition, and impact location of the asteroid, the results could be catastrophic.

Fortunately, if an Earth-threatening asteroid is discovered in time, there are ways to mitigate or even prevent a disaster. Astronomers now discover over 2000 new near-Earth asteroids a year. So far, none pose a significant risk.

However, if an asteroid is found to be on a collision course with Earth, it can be diverted by a few different methods. For long warning times (and asteroids that are not too big), a heavy “kinetic impactor” spacecraft can be used to impact the asteroid at high speeds, giving it a slight nudge so that it safely misses Earth. When warning times are short, or the asteroid is large, kinetic impactors cannot provide enough momentum for the asteroid to miss Earth. In these cases, a nuclear device can be sent to melt and vaporize enough surface material to deflect the asteroid, while keeping the bulk of it intact. Very short warning time scenarios, where deflection is impossible, can be handled by using a similar device to fragment the asteroid into many small, well-dispersed pieces.

If none of the prevention options are possible, then evacuation and other emergency response measures will be put to use. In these cases, it is essential to know what areas would be affected by the impact in order to minimize casualties and damage. Scientists at LLNL provide simulation support in preparation for all the above scenarios so if the time comes where an asteroid is headed our way, we will be prepared.

Speaker: Megan Bruck Syal, Lawrence Livermore National Labs

See weblink for Facebook Live link

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/planetary-defense-avoiding-a-cosmic-catastrophe

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 09/26/2020
12:00 PM- 9:45 PM

Family Science and Astronomy Festival
College of San Mateo

CSM’s Family Science Day strives to bring the enjoyment of the wonders of science to our community! This year, we feature live sessions held virtually through Zoom and a selection of on-demand recordings. There will be many fun and informative activities and talks to participate in. Check out our schedule of these items on the websites below.

Website: collegeofsanmateo.edu/familyscienceday

YouTube video introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHtIL7BwlgU&

Facebook event page: https://fb.me/e/73XwSyP5V

We are exciting to be hosting this event virtually. Please share with your students and community. We appreciate you adding the event to any science website/group/forum that you know of.

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Saturday, 09/26/20
07:00 PM – 08:00 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center
See weblink for connection to Chabot’s Facebook Live page.

Lunar Landing Sites, Past and Future – Livestream

Fifty years ago we were in the midst of human exploration of the Moon through the Apollo program. In this presentation, we will look back at each of the Apollo landing sites, why they were chosen, what made these locations so fascinating, and what we learned from them. He will then look ahead to potential future landing sites that were identified during NASA’s Lunar Science for Landed Missions Workshop, and why we are intrigued by these locations.

Speaker: Brian Day, NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute

See weblink for connection to Chabot’s Facebook Live page.

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/lunar-landing-sites-past-and-future

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 09/26/20
09:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center

International Observe the Moon Night Virtual Telescope Viewing – Livestream

Join us for a special Virtual Telescope Viewing with our resident astronomers. We will go on a guided tour of the Moon for International Observe the Moon Night!

International Observe the Moon Night is an annual worldwide public event that encourages observation, appreciation and understanding of our Moon and its connection to NASA planetary science and exploration.

The annual event connects scientists, educators and lunar enthusiasts from around the world.

See weblink for connection information.

Other Dates For This Event:
• Saturday, 09/26/20

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/international-observe-the-moon-night-virtual-telescope-viewing

Cost: Free

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Monday, 09/28/20 7:30 PM

Astronomy on Tap: Los Angeles – Livestream
YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyRsxwwSf6k&feature=youtu.be

Join us for a virtual Astronomy on Tap, streamed over YouTube Live. We’ll hear from Dr. Konstantin Batygin: “The Planet Nine Hypothesis: An Update” and from Dr. Jackie Faherty: “Mapping our Solar Neighborhood”. In addition, we will host interactive astronomically-themed pub trivia.

The event is free and open to all ages. Join us on YouTube at this link. To view our past events, see our location page. For more information about our future events and affiliated lecture+stargazing series at Caltech, see our website.

Website: http://astronomyontap.org/2020/09/astronomy-on-tap-los-angeles-september-28-2020/

Cost: Free

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Monday, 10/05/20 4:00 PM

What Physicists Do @ Sonoma State University
See weblink for Zoom information.

STARtorialist: the Cosmology of Astro-Fashion – Livestream
Speaker: Dr. Emily Rice, City University of New York

See weblink for Zoom information.

Website: http://phys-astro.sonoma.edu/wpd/wpdcurrent.shtml

Cost: Free

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