BayAstro – Events of Week of 10/05/2020 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, 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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Tuesday, 10/06/20
06:00 PM – 07:00 PM

KIPAC Public Lectures
Zoom (meeting ID 992 1875 1554, password 094305)

https://www.youtube.com/kipac

Black Holes through the Kaleidoscope – How we study black holes & the galaxies they live in – Livestream

Supermassive black holes are the most powerful persistent sources of energy in the Universe. They power the emission of radiation in every waveband that humans have learned to study, from long, low-energy radio waves to blistering gamma rays. Humans have learned to study these immense, mysterious objects using instruments designed to detect light at all of these wavelengths, as well as how that light varies over time as black holes consume matter and expel energy. Find out how worldwide efforts using instruments on Earth and in space, along with the development of the field of time domain astrophysics, have allowed us to build a dynamic, multicolor, multifaceted image of black holes that helps explain their bizarre physics and the powerful effects they have on the galaxies that host them.

Speaker: Krista Lynne Smith, Southern Methodist University

Connection information at weblink

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/black-holes-through-kaleidoscope-how-we-study-black-holes-galaxies-they-live

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 10/08/20
05:00 PM – 06:00 PM

SLAC Public Lecture

Viewing the Beginning of Time from the Most Remote Places on Earth – Livestream

Shortly after the birth of the universe, space was filled by a plasma that was literally red-hot. The light radiated by that plasma has traveled the vast emptiness of space for billions of years, with the expansion of the universe slowly stretching its waves until today it appears as microwave radiation. This is the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), a glow still visible in the night sky. This glow is almost uniform, but small variations from point to point hold information about the conditions of the universe 13.8 billion years ago.

After viewing the previous public lecture by SLAC staff scientist Zeeshan Ahmed on the CMB and its measurement, get an update on our plans for studying it with a new observatory called CMB-S4 from remote outposts near the South Pole and in Chile’s Atacama Desert, during the live virtual Q&A.

Link to lecture, which must be viewed prior to this session, is at the weblink. Zoom link for live Q&A also at weblink.

Website: https://www6.slac.stanford.edu/public-lectures

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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Thursday, 10/08/20 7:00 PM

California Academy of Sciences

NightSchool: Astronomy in Chile – Livestream

Chile isn’t called “the astronomy capital of the world” for nothing: During a NightSchool event highlighting the Academy’s newest planetarium show, Big Astronomy, learn about Chile’s long history of astronomical discovery, its epic mountain observatories, and the diverse collaboration of scientists working there to help us understand the true expanse of the cosmos. Go behind-the-scenes with Ryan Wyatt, Molly Michelson, and Matt Blackwell, members of the Morrison Planetarium team who traveled to Chile to bring these stories to life for the dome by capturing spectacular time-lapses, and 3D environments. Hear from Luis Chavarría Garrido, Director of CONICYT’s Astronomy Program, about how Chile earned its stellar reputation for astronomy. Learn about new discoveries and astronomical outreach efforts in Chile with Javiera Rey, astronomer and co-founder of the blog and YouTube channel Star Tres.

See weblink for connection links.

Website: https://www.calacademy.org/nightlife/nightschool-astronomy-in-chile

Cost: Free

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Friday, 10/09/20 12:00 PM

institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics
UC Santa Cruz

Why Are There Numerous Mascons on the Moon, But Not Elsewhere – Livestream

Speaker: Saman Karimi, Johns Hopkins University

Website: https://eps.ucsc.edu/news-events/igpp-seminar/fall-2020.html

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 10/10/20 7:00 PM

East Bay Astronomical Society

What’s Wrong with the Right Stuff? – Livestream

George Leopold is a veteran science and technology journalist writing extensively about human spaceflight. His work has appeared in the New York Times, New Scientist and a variety of other science and technology journals. His biography of astronaut Gus Grissom was published by Purdue University Press in 2016.

The book “The Right Stuff,” and especially the film, maligned astronaut Gus Grissom and his reputation. George will set the record straight. Happily, his talk coincides with a reboot of The Right Stuff premiering on Oct. 9, streaming on Disney+.

Website: http://eastbayastro.org/events/

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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Monday, 10/12/20 6:30 PM

UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Extension
Sign up at weblink below.

Slugs and Steins: From the Emergence of Planets to the Destiny of Black Holes – Livestream

Three most frequently asked big-picture questions by the general public are: 1) are we alone?, 2) what is going on inside black holes?, and 3) what happened before the big bang? While there is no shortage of philosophical speculation, scientifically-proven insights of these age-old profound and fundamental conundrums remain elusive. Nevertheless, they have stimulated rapid advancements in some subsidiary areas of astronomy over the past few decades. In this talk Professor Lin will highlight two frontiers of discovery in planetary and gravitational-wave astrophysics. After a brief overview on milestone observational findings in the search for extra-solar planets, remote sensing of their cradles, and solar system exploration, he will accentuate some paradigm changes in our theoretical understanding of how planets formed. He will also discuss how these new concepts may be applied to decipher clues and to extrapolate implications on the evolution of black holes from the recent detection of gravitational waves.

Speaker: Douglas Lin, UC Santa Cruz

Register at weblink to obtain connection information.

Website: https://calendar.ucsc.edu/event/slugs_and_steins_from_the_emergence_of_planets_to_the_destiny_of_black_holes_with_professor_douglas_lin#.X3qZBC9h2YU

Cost: Free

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Tuesdays, 12:30 PM – 2:15 PM, Oct. 13 through Nov. 3 (Four Meeting Days)

Osher Life-long Learning Institute, SF State

Introductory Class: Being a Tourist in the Solar System and the Galaxy – Livestream

You are invited on a spectacularly illustrated Tourist Tour of the Solar System and the Galaxy with astronomer Andrew Fraknoi.

* Offered through the SF State Osher Life-long Learning Institute (OLLI), but open to anyone over age 50.

Have you recently had an irresistible desire to get off planet Earth and be somewhere else? Then join the scientist who is often called the Bay Area’s public astronomer on a fun tour of the not-to-be-missed “tourist sights” among the planets and moons with which we share the Sun, and among the nearby stars, glowing clouds, and star clusters in our Milky Way Galaxy!

When you register for the class, if you are not a current member of OLLI, you will be asked to sign up, but it’s a free process.

The class discussion will be accompanied with really dramatic color images from the latest space probes, many of them new. We’ll learn about some of the most interesting vistas in deep space, including:

* the steam geysers on one of Saturn’s moons,

* a cliff on a moon of Uranus’ which is the tallest lovers leap in the solar system

* nearby stars that have intriguing planets that may be habitable

* several glowing columns of cosmic material that are being converted into new stars and new planets right now

* the colorful death-shrouds that surround aging stars in our neighborhood.

Designed like the Rick Steves travel shows on public TV, these tours are for the beginner, and will assume no background in science. Discover how we humans fit into the bigger picture.

Instructor: Andrew Fraknoi retired Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College

Other Dates For This Event:
• Tuesday, 10/13/20
• Tuesday, 10/20/20
• Tuesday, 10/27/20
• Tuesday, 11/03/20

Kathy Bruin
Email: olli@sfsu.edu

Website: https://www.campusce.net/sfsu/course/course.aspx?C=662&pc=94&mc=&sc=

Cost: $70

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Tuesday, 10/13/20 3:30 PM

Whole Earth Seminars
UC Santa Cruz

The Perseverance rover on the Mars 2020 mission launched on July 30 and is set for a rendezvous with Mars in February 2021. The rover will land in Jezero crater to search for signs of ancient microbial life and select samples for eventual return to Earth. In this talk I’ll give an overview of what we know about the geomorphology and mineralogy of Jezero from orbital data, a preview of how we might test current hypotheses for the geological and astrobiological history of the region with the rover, and an example of the sample suite that we might expect to return.

Speaker: Briony Horgan, Purdue University

See weblink for connection/location information

Website: https://eps.ucsc.edu/news-events/whole-earth-seminars/fall-2020.html

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 10/14/20 7:00 PM

Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series

The Hunt for Dark Matter in the Universe: New Experiments – Livestream

Astronomers today understand that the universe is full of a mysterious substance they call “dark matter” (because it doesn’t give off any light or other radiation we can detect.) Dr. Shutt will discuss the motivation behind the multi-decade, world-wide effort to test the idea that dark matter is in the form of particles as small as a neutrino but as heavy as an atom. He will describe the experiment he is involved with, that uses 7 tons of liquefied Xenon to measure how these particles interact with normal matter. This LUX-ZEPLIN Experiment will begin taking data shortly and should provide the most sensitive test yet for this elusive ingredient of the universe.

Speaker: Tom Shutt, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center

YouTube link

Website: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=silicon+valley+astronomy+lecture+series

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 10/15/20
05:00 PM – 06:30 PM

Cafe Scientifique Silicon Valley

The National Laboratory in Space to Benefit Life on Earth – Livestream

This year we are celebrating 20 years of continuous human presence in space, onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Did you know that the ISS is a U.S. National Laboratory? The ISS National Lab is accessible to commercial companies, entrepreneurs and startups, and academic and government institutions for groundbreaking science, technology, and innovation across a diverse range of fields, including fundamental and translational research in the life sciences, physical sciences, remote sensing, technology development, and education. This talk will focus on how researchers and companies are taking advantage of the unique environment onboard the ISS to benefit life on Earth and return value to the nation.

Speaker: Miki Sode, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space

Register at weblink to obtain connection information

Website: http://cafescipa.org/upcoming-event/

Cost: Free

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Friday, 10/16/20 7:00 PM

Tri-Valley Stargazers

Solar System Dynamics and the Triggering of the Martian Planet-Encircling Dust Storm of 2018 – Livestream

The Martian planet-encircling dust storm of 2018 began as a vigorous regional storm, localized within the Acidalia storm track, in early June of 2018 (Ls~185°). In typical Martian regional dust storms, dust may be lifted to altitudes of up to about 45 km; however, in the triggering regional storm of 2018, dust was lofted quite rapidly to altitudes above 70 km. Mars Climate Sounder observations of the Martian atmosphere obtained during the earliest days of the storm document the presence of an intensified, regional-scale, meridional overturning circulation at that time. We will review and highlight the MCS observations that support this conclusion.

The strengthened Hadley circulation revealed by the MCS observations is consistent with predictions made in earlier theoretical and modeling studies of orbit-spin coupling. The orbit-spin coupling hypothesis describes and quantifies an exchange of angular momentum between the “reservoirs” of the orbital motion and the rotational motion of a planet. In this process, the angular momentum of a planetary atmosphere may be intermittently augmented, or diminished, by torques arising due to the coupling. We will briefly describe both quantitative and qualitative aspects of the hypothesis. The deterministic nature of solar system dynamics enables the development of forecasts for future Martian dust storm seasons.

Recent work has shown that Martian global-scale dust storms preferentially occur at times when: 1) Mars is gaining orbital angular momentum, during the southern summer dust storm season, and 2) at times when the orbit-spin coupling torques are changing most rapidly. These two triggering modes account for the seasonal timing of all of the known Martian global-scale dust storms of the historic record since 1877. We will briefly review pertinent results of two century-long Martian global circulation model simulations that identify the expected consequences of the torques acting on the large-scale circulation of the Martian atmosphere. A strengthening of atmospheric meridional overturning circulations was noted, prior to simulated GDS events, in both of the prior modeling studies. The inclusion of orbit-spin coupling torques within Martian global circulation models thus clearly brings about an improved correspondence between numerical modeling results and atmospheric observations.

Speaker: Jim Shirley, Jet Propulsion Labs

This meeting will be held using the video conference utility Zoom. The meeting link will be emailed to members. For non-members if you would like to join the meeting, please send an email to the club president asking for the meeting link and telling us a bit about your areas of interest in astronomy.

Website: https://www.trivalleystargazers.org
Register by sending email to: president@trivalleystargazers.org

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 10/17/20
04:00 PM – 05:30 PM

Wonderfest
ONLINE, Zoom [https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83436294025]

Wonderfest: Are We Alone? – Seeking Alien Civilizations – Livestream

A search is underway to find intelligent life 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.

Speaker: Dan Werthimer, UC Berkeley

Register at weblink for connection information

Website: https://wonderfest.org/seeking-alien-civilizations/

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 10/17/20
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.

Other Dates For This Event:
• Saturday, 10/17/20
• Saturday, 10/24/20
• Saturday, 10/31/20
• Saturday, 11/07/20

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

Cost: Free

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