BayAstro – Events of Week of 09/28/2020 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, 09/28/20 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 https://www.youtube.com/user/Exploratorium: “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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Saturday, 10/03/20
08:00 PM – 09:30 PM

San Jose Astronomical Association

A Cosmic Perspective: Searching for Aliens, Finding Ourselves – Livestream

Are we alone? Humans have been asking this question throughout history. We want to know where we came from, how we fit into the cosmos, and where we are going. We want to know whether there is life beyond the Earth and whether any of it is intelligent.

Since the middle of the twentieth century we have had tools that permit us to embark on a scientific exploration to try to answer this old question. We no longer have to ask the priests and philosophers what we should believe about extraterrestrial life; we can explore and discover what’s actually out there. Our tools are getting ever better. We have discovered extremophiles in the most unexpected places on this planet and we have discovered that there really are far more planets than stars out there. We haven’t yet found life beyond Earth, but there is a vast amount of potentially-habitable real estate to explore. The 21 st century will be the century in which we will find some answers to this old question; there are many paths we will investigate.

As we look up and look out, we are forced to see ourselves from a cosmic perspective; a perspective that shows us as all the same, all Earthlings. This perspective is fundamental to finding a way to sustain life on Earth for the long future.
Speaker: Jill Tarter, Emeritus Chair, SETI
Register at weblink to obtain connection information

Website: https://www.meetup.com/SJ-Astronomy/events/273402283/

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 10/03/20 9:00 PM – 10:30 PM PDT

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.

We will go live the Chabot Space & Science Center Facebook page 10-15 minutes before the event. You can find the live video stream on our Facebook page and in the Facebook event discussion. To receive a notification when we go live, “like” Chabot Space & Science Center on Facebook and RSVP that you’re going to this event.

Saturday, 10/03/20
09:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Other Dates For This Event:
• Saturday, 10/03/20
• Saturday, 10/10/20
• Saturday, 10/17/20
• Saturday, 10/24/20
• Saturday, 10/31/20

RSVP on Facebook.
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/314470296245037/?event_time_id=347804269578306

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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Tuesday, 10/06/20 3:00 PM

SETI Institute

SETI Talks: Who is the SETI Institute? – Livestream

You’ve heard about us. Maybe you’ve noticed we were mentioned in a blockbuster Hollywood movie or in a sitcom on TV. Perhaps you used to run SETI @ home on your computer back in the day (for the record, we’d love to take credit, but that wasn’t us). If someone asked, what would you say about us?

Did you know for instance, that one of our scientists has discovered more moons than Galileo and that another is studying communication in humpback whales to see what we can learn about communicating with extraterrestrial civilizations? Or that we developed space science badges for Girl Scouts?

The research and exploration we do at the SETI Institute taps into humanity’s curiosity, which leads to discovery, innovation, insight and invention. Our work informs research that impacts us right here on Earth: climate change, planetary defense, cancer research and communications. Our education and outreach programs stimulate the curiosity of young people who will lead us through this millennium and into space.

We invite you to join SETI Institute President and CEO Bill Diamond in a wide-ranging conversation with four leaders here at the SETI Institute about the ways we are exploring the universe, learning about life and intelligence, sharing what we discover and inspiring future generations.

Panel: Nathalie Cabrol, Car Sagan Center for Research; Simon Steel, Education and STEM Programs Director; Pamela Harmon, Director of Education; Andrew Siemion, Astrophysicist

Website: https://www.seti.org/event/seti-talks-who-seti-institute

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 10/08/20
06:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Lockheed’s Spy Satellite Programs
Online-Tickets on Weblink

CORONA was America’s first eye-in-the-sky space mission replacing the U-2 flights ended by the shooting down of a flight in 1960. Lockheed Missiles and Space Systems (Lockheed) here in Silicon Valley was the system integrator of the Corona payload which included new camera, film and recovery capsule as well as the developer of never flown Agena which served as the upper stage to the Thor booster and spacecraft. It was breakthrough technology in all aspects.

The CORONA program depended on the development of a new spacecraft, Agena, designed and built by Lockheed. Agena subsequently went on to support multiple other missions for many other customers, and essentially became America’s first space utility vehicle, with 362 launches over three decades. Lockheed veterans will discuss the original CORONA mission and the key challenges Agena had to meet for long-term success. They will illustrate how Agena subsystems and technologies coevolved and advanced together with system integration and test techniques, and how the program experiences taught the aerospace industry many fundamental lessons, including how to successfully specify and accommodate products from multiple suppliers.

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lockheeds-spy-satellite-programs-tickets-94680119787?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Cost: $7 – $12

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Thursday, 10/08/20 7:00 PM

ExplOratorium

After Dark Online: OK With Decay – Dust to Dust

Dig into deep time and glimpse geologic processes that form our planet and its habitable conditions. From the Big Bang onward, elements and atoms have been colliding, combining, transforming, and deteriorating, resulting in our current snapshot of the universe. In this program, explore evidence that reveals the story of this formation and clues to its inevitable disintegration.

This month’s After Dark Online is a get-together to fall apart. As autumn sets in, trees become bare, and the northern hemisphere begins to chill, we’re exploring processes of decay, entropy, and how things come apart, making way for revisions and new arrangements.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Exploratorium

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/exploratorium

Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/after-dark-online-dust

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 10/10/20
09:00 PM – 10:30 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.

We will go live the Chabot Space & Science Center Facebook page 10-15 minutes before the event. You can find the live video stream on our Facebook page and in the Facebook event discussion. To receive a notification when we go live, “like” Chabot Space & Science Center on Facebook and RSVP that you’re going to this event.

Saturday, 10/10/20
09:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Other Dates For This Event:
• Saturday, 10/10/20
• Saturday, 10/17/20
• Saturday, 10/24/20
• Saturday, 10/31/20

RSVP on Facebook via weblink
Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/free-telescope-viewings/2020-10-03

Cost: Free

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