BayAstro – Events of Week of 09/07/2020 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, into September. 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, 09/08/20
06:00 PM – 07:00 PM

KIPAC Public Lectures

Exploring the Universe with the Vera C. Rubin Observatory – Livestream

Speaker: Phil Marshall, SLAC

See weblink for Zoom and YouTube links

Website: https://www.youtube.com/kipac

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 09/10/20 6:30 PM-8PM

Virtual Meeting of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) San Francisco Section

Join us for a remarkable discussion about the intersection of the science fiction and science facts behind spacecraft, past, present and future. Two noted space artists and a space historian join forces to explore how the idea of plying the interplanetary and interstellar spaceways came to be, who designed the spacecraft we all know and love many of which have become major cultural icons and what the future holds for the exploration of deep space.
This incredible adventure of fact-meets-fiction is hosted by the AIAA SF Section, and is illustrated with lavish visual media to bring you some of your favorites from science fiction past and a peek at some likely future designs. It’s sure to be the best hour of entertainment you’ll find on this side of the Mos Eisley Cantina!

Website: https://aiaa-sf.org/event/aiaa-spacecateers/

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 09/12/20
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.

See weblink for connection information.

Other Dates For This Event:
• Saturday, 09/19/20
• Saturday, 09/26/20

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/free-telescope-viewings/all/

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 09/16/20 11:00 AM

SETI Institute

Searching and Characterizing Exoplanets with CHEOPS, AREAL, and PLATO – Livestream

NASA’s Kepler mission and its successor TESS are not the only space telescopes dedicated to finding exoplanets. The European Space Agency (ESA) has embarked on the challenge of finding and characterizing those planets in orbit around stars other than our Sun. We’ll discuss several of these missions in this special SETI Talks with leading European-based astronomers.

The CHEOPS mission (CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite) is the first of the newly created “S-class missions” (small class missions with an ESA budget of less than 50 million), and its goal is to characterize exoplanet transits. The mission recently reached a new milestone and has been declared ready for science. The space telescope targets stars known to have a transiting exoplanet and focuses on better characterizing Earth-like and super-Earth exoplanets. Willy Benz, Professor at the Physics Institute at the University of Bern and Principal Investigator of CHEOPS, will tell us about the mission and its goals.

PLATO (PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars) is the third medium-class mission in ESA’s Cosmic Vision program. Its objective is to find and study a large number of extrasolar planetary systems, with an emphasis on the properties of terrestrial planets in the habitable zone around solar-like stars. PLATO will carry out high precision, long (months to years), uninterrupted photometric monitoring of terrestrial exoplanets to characterize their bulk properties, including planets in Sun-like habitable zone stars. Heike Rauer, principal investigator of PLATO, will tell us how the mission could discover terrestrial exoplanets, some in the habitable zone of solar-type stars, and characterize them. Such analysis will pave the way for future missions that could one day image another Pale Blue Dot.

ARIEL (Atmospheric Remote-sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey) aims to answer fundamental questions about how planetary systems form and evolve. ESA has selected it as its next medium-class science mission, due for launch in 2028. During its 4-year mission, ARIEL will observe more than 500 exoplanets ranging from Jupiter- and Neptune-size down to super-Earths in various environments. We invited Giovanna Tinetti, Head of the Astrophysics Group, UCL Department of Physics & Astronomy and Principal Investigator of ARIEL, to discuss this mission’s future goals and the technological challenges of building a mission capable of analyzing the light of exoplanets with transits.

These researchers will tell us about their missions and what to expect in the coming years from the highly accurate, and multi-color, transiting light curves provided by those space telescopes. They’ll also discuss ESA’s future contributions in discovering and characterizing exoplanets to better understand the formation of planetary systems and enable planetary science far beyond the Solar System’s boundaries.

Register at weblink to obtain connection information

Website: https://www.seti.org/event/searching-and-characterizing-exoplanets-cheops-ariel-and-plato

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 09/16/20 7:30 PM

San Francisco Amateur Astronomers

The Formation and Evolution of Binary Stars – Livestream

With nearly 50% of the stars we see in the sky being part of binary systems, binarity and multiplicity of stars is a common phenomenon in the Milky Way Galaxy. With this percentage measured even higher in star-forming regions, the formation of binaries appears to be part of the star-formation process. This talk will discuss the formation of stars and how this process helps us to better understand the prevalence of binary star systems in the Milky Way Galaxy and how modern-day observations of stars and galaxies rely on our understanding of stellar binarity.

Speaker: Aaron T. Lee, St. Mary’s College

See weblink for YouTube, Facebook and Zoom options.

Website: Click to Visit

Cost: Free

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Friday, 09/18/20
06:00 PM – 07:30 PM

Speakeasy
Buy ticket at weblink below

Where Jeff Bezos’ Great Grand-Daughter Will Go for Her Honeymoon: The Top Tourist Sights of the Solar System – Livestream

“Where Jeff Bezos’ Great Grand-Daughter Will Go for Her Honeymoon: The Top Tourist Sights of the Solar System”

A Talk and Discussion with Astronomer/Educator Andrew Fraknoi

We will explore the most intriguing future “tourist destinations” among the planets and moons in our cosmic neighborhood. Our stops will include the 4,000-mile lava channel on Venus, the towering Mount Olympus volcano on Mars (three times the height of Mount Everest), the awesome Verona Cliffs on the moon Miranda (which are the tallest “lover’s leap” in the solar system), and the recently discovered salt-water steam geysers on Saturn’s intriguing moon Enceladus (nicknamed “Cold Faithful.”). We’ll finish with the latest images of the eerie vistas on Pluto.

Andrew Fraknoi retired in 2017 as the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College, and now teaches non-credit astronomy courses for older adults at The Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco and the OLLI program at SF State. Fraknoi has appeared regularly on local and national radio, explaining astronomical developments in everyday language, and was the California Professor of the Year in 2007. He is the lead author of a college astronomy textbook (Astronomy from OpenStax) and a children’s book, When the Sun Goes Dark. He also writes science fiction and has had three stories published in the last few years. The International Astronomical Union has named Asteroid 4859 Asteroid Fraknoi to honor his contributions to the public understanding of science. See: http://fraknoi.com for more information.

Website: https://www.speakeasy.com/event/tourist-sights-solar-system

Cost: $15

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Saturday, 09/19/20 7:45 PM

San Mateo County Astronomical Society

Fantasy Flights to the Moon – Livestream

Over the centuries, storytellers have written tales of flights to the Moon. In this graphic presentation, Mr. Garfinkle will discuss these fantasy flights. The presentation will include illustrations from the old books the stories were, in most cases, first published in. The images show the various methods the space travelers employed to make their journeys to our nearest celestial neighbor. These include crafts that were powered by such things as animals, bottles of dew, giant magnets, ships, whirlwinds, clouds, volcanic eruptions, hot air balloons, cannons, and undisclosed powers. This talk is in part based on the same section in his new major lunar observers’ handbook, Luna Cognita.

Speaker: Bob Garfinkle, FRAS

Website: http://www.smcasastro.com/meetings.html

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 09/19/20
09:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Virtual Telescope Viewing – Livestream
See weblink for connection information.

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.

Other Dates For This Event:
• Saturday, 09/19/20
• Saturday, 09/26/20

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/free-telescope-viewings/all/

Cost: Free

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Sunday, 09/20/20
01:30 PM – 02:45 PM

San Jose Astronomical Society

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/272924164/), which starts at 2:45 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/272924146/

Cost: Free

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Sunday, 09/20/20
02:45 PM – 03:15 PM

San Jose Astronomical Society

Solar Sunday: Solar Sunday: Topics and Views of the Month – Livestream

Join this half-hour to see the latest, real-time H-alpha views of our Sun and to join a discussion about news items or more in-depth science discussions related to solar astronomy. These discussion topics will vary month to month.

Website: https://www.meetup.com/SJ-Astronomy/events/272924164/

Cost: Free

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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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