BayAstro – Events of Week of 10/26/2020 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, 10/26/20
03:30 PM – 04:30 PM

SLAC Colloquium

From Earth to ET: the use of synthetic biology for NASA’s missions – Livestream

Synthetic biology – the design and construction of new biological parts and systems and the redesign of existing ones for useful purposes – is transforming fields from fuels to pharmaceuticals and beyond. Our lab has pioneered the potential of synthetic biology to revolutionize two areas of interest to NASA: astrobiology and as an enabling tool for exploration. Synthetic biology is allowing us to answer whether the evolutionary narrative that has played out on planet Earth is likely to have been unique or universal. For example, in our lab we have re-evolved the biosynthetic pathways of amino acids in order to understand potential capabilities of an early organism with a limited repertoire of amino acids. And what about the limits for life? Can we create organisms that expand the envelope for life, for example, radiation resistance? For exploration, we will rely increasingly on biologically-provided life support, as we have throughout our evolutionary history. But once life itself is seen as an enabling technology, we can do so much more. What about the exploration platforms themselves? Metal recovery? Building materials? BioWires? Will this technology work in space? The PowerCell payload on the DLR EuCROPIS mission is designed to do just that. Activated in December 2018, early results will be presented.
Speaker: Lynn Rothschild, NASA Ames Research Center
See weblink for connection information

Website: https://sites.slac.stanford.edu/colloquium/events/earth-et-the-use-synthetic-biology-for-nasa’s-missions

Likely recorded and posted at: https://sites.slac.stanford.edu/colloquium/all-event-recordings

Cost: Free

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Monday, 10/26/20 4:00 PM

What Physicists Do @ Sonoma State University

Quantum Gravity – Livestream
Speaker: Dr. Sebastian Fischetti, McGill University

See weblink for Zoom information.

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

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Monday, 10/26/20 4:15 PM

UC Berkeley

Proton and nuclear structure from the Standard Model – Livestream

Our understanding of the structure of matter, encapsulated in the Standard Model of particle physics, is that protons, neutrons, and nuclei emerge dynamically from the interactions of underlying quark and gluon degrees of freedom. I will describe how first-principles theory calculations have given us new insights into this structure, including recent predictions of the contributions of gluons to the pressure and shear distributions in the proton, which will be measurable for the first time at the planned Electron-Ion Collider.

I will also discuss studies of light nuclei which provide insights relevant to long-baseline neutrino experiments seeking to constrain the neutrino masses and mixing parameters, searches for evidence of the Majorana nature of neutrinos through neutrinoless double beta decay, and dark matter direct detection experiments. Finally, I will explain how provably exact machine learning algorithms are providing new possibilities in this field.

Speaker: Phiala Shanahan, Mass. Institute of Technology

Website: https://physics.berkeley.edu/news-events/events/20201026/proton-and-nuclear-structure-from-the-standard-model

Cost: Free

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Monday, 10/26/20 7:30 PM

Astronomy on Tap

Astronomy on Tap: Los Angeles – Livestream

We’ll hear from Briley Lewis: “New Horizons and Pluto: An Adventure to the Outer Solar System” and from Chris Bochenek: “Fast Radio Bursts: A Mystery Solved?”. In addition, we will host interactive astronomically-themed pub trivia.

Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxAdlLbcUz0&feature=youtu.be

Website: http://astronomyontap.org/2020/10/astronomy-on-tap-los-angeles-october-26-2020/

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 10/27/20
12:30 PM – 02:15 PM

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.

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

* 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!

Sign up here.

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, 10/20/20
• Tuesday, 10/27/20
• Tuesday, 11/03/20

Contact: 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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Saturday, 10/31/20
09:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center

Once In A Blue Moon Halloween Virtual Telescope Viewing – Livestream
Join us for a special, spooky virtual telescope viewing on Halloween night!

This Halloween, we are lucky for a sight that only comes around once in a Blue Moon. The last time we had a Full Moon on Halloween was in 1944, and this year is extra special with a rare Blue Moon. Celebrate this special night with Chabot’s astronomers for a very rare virtual telescope viewing.

Together, we will observe and learn about the Blue Moon with a presentation and a virtual look through Chabot’s most powerful telescope, Nellie. Weather permitting, we will see the Moon, Mars and more deep sky objects..

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.

RSVP on Facebook.

Other Dates For This Event:
• Saturday, 10/31/20
• Saturday, 11/07/20
• Saturday, 11/14/20
• Saturday, 11/21/20

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/once-in-a-blue-moon-halloween-virtual-telescope-viewing

Cost: Free

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Monday, 11/02/20 4:15 PM

UC Berkeley

Cosmology in the era of multi-messenger astronomy with gravitational waves – Livestream

Motivated by the exciting prospect of a new wealth of information arising from the first observations of gravitational and electromagnetic radiation from the same astrophysical phenomena, the Dark Energy Survey (DES) has established a search and discovery program for the optical transients associated with LIGO/Virgo events (DESGW). Using the Dark Energy Camera (DECam), DESGW has contributed to the discovery of the optical transient associated with the neutron star merger GW170817, and produced the first cosmological measurements using gravitational wave events as standard sirens. After three successful observing campaigns, I present, in this talk, an overview of our results and their implications for the emerging field of multi-messenger cosmology with gravitational waves and optical data.

Speaker: Marcelle Soares – Santos, University of Michigan

Website: https://physics.berkeley.edu/news-events/events/20201102/cosmology-in-the-era-of-multi-messenger-astronomy-with-gravitational

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 11/03/20
12:30 PM – 02:15 PM

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.

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

* 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!

Sign up here.

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, 11/03/20

Contact: Kathy Bruin
Email: olli@sfsu.edu

Website: http://www.bayareascience.org/calendar/index.php?eID=29358

Cost: $70

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Saturday, 11/07/20
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.

RSVP on Facebook.

Other Dates For This Event:
• Saturday, 11/07/20
• Saturday, 11/14/20
• Saturday, 11/21/20
• Saturday, 11/28/20

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/free-telescope-viewings/2020-10-03

Cost: Free

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Monday, 11/09/20 4:00 PM

What Physicists Do @ Sonoma State University

Dark Matter – Livestream

Speaker: Dr. Emilija Pantic, UC Davis

See weblink for Zoom information.

Website: Click to Visit

Cost: Free

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