BayAstro – Events of Week of 12/14/2020 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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Total Solar eclipse Monday, December 14, 2020
Partial phase starts at 8:33 a.m. EST (5: 33 AM PST)
Totality at 9:32 a.m. EST (6:32 AM PST)

Here’s a list of some sites where the Total Solar Eclipse in South America Monday morning may be viewable online.
The weather forecast is not very good, but hopefully one or more of the sites will be clear.

When Is The Eclipse? 7 Ways You Can Stream Monday’s Total Solar Eclipse Live From South America – Forbes article

Total Solar Eclipse 2020 | Carnegie Institution for Science – requires pre-registration https://carnegiescience.edu/events/lectures/total-solar-eclipse-2020
LIVE Stream: Total Solar Eclipse December 14, 2020 https://www.timeanddate.com/live/eclipse-solar-2020-december-14
Total Solar Eclipse – December 14, 2020 – YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmVLIDq9wok&feature=youtu.be
The Great South American Total Solar Eclipse – LIVE! – YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4JclgJLrJY&feature=youtu.be
RTN TV transmisión en VIVO http://www.rtnweb.gob.ar/tv/
Diario 10 Digital – YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj1M4gN7iXUv5D7D53ZgP1g
Canal 10 TV en VIVO – Diario 10 https://diario10.com.ar/en-vivo/
https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html#public

Exploratorium – YouTube – Live is cancelled but they might have links to other sites

Videos will no doubt be posted on YouTube after the event.

Listings courtesy of Bob Minor

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Monday, 12/14/20
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Institute of Physics: Oxford Centre

SABRE: Technology for Space, Technology for Earth – Livestream

SABRE is an innovative propulsion system that has the potential to revolutionise access- to-space through the introduction of space-plane launch systems. The technology that sits at the heart of SABRE is at the very cutting edge of thermal management capability. Find out how Reaction Engines, are developing this technology for the space domain and how it can also be turned to benefit life here on Earth.

Speakers: Oliver Nailard and Emma Ryan, Oxford University

Register at weblink to receive connection information

Website: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sabre-technology-for-space-technology-for-earth-tickets-131092488161

Cost: Free

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Monday, 12/14/20 7:30 PM

Astronomy on Tap

Astronomy on Tap Los Angeles – Livestream

We’ll hear from Dr. Auriane Egal: “Fantastic Meteors and Where to Find Them” and from Dr. Andrew Youdin: “What the Arrokoth (MU69) Flyby Teaches Us About Planet Formation”. In addition, we will host interactive astronomically-themed pub trivia.

See weblink for YouTube Live link.

Website: http://astronomyontap.org/2020/12/astronomy-on-tap-los-angeles-december-14-2020/

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 12/16/20
07:00 PM – 08:00 PM

SETI Institute

A Rainbow of Exoplanets – Livestream

We identified an exoplanet color for the first time in 2013: HD 189733b, a Jupiter-like exoplanet was determined to be dark-blue. Since then, astronomers have discovered more than 4,000 exoplanets and found out that a significant fraction of them are terrestrial. After detecting them, the next challenge is to image them, which will reveal their color. So what is the color of a lifeless terrestrial exoplanet? Will it be red because of rust like Mars, or blueish-white because of clouds in the atmosphere like Venus in visible light?

Among the 300 million potentially habitable planets in our galaxy, can we expect that more than one will indeed host a type of life? What will be the impact of this life on their colors? Can we expect this planet to have the same vegetation as our Earth? What colors are associated with the presence of microbiological activity on the surface of a planet? What do a planet’s colors tell us about habitability on its surface? Astronomers predict that one day we will see the color of an Earth-like exoplanet.

To answer these questions, we invited two scientists from different backgrounds to our SETI Talk. Angelle Tanner, associate professor at Mississippi State University who is interested in finding habitable planets outside our solar system and will tell us about the vegetation of exoplanets and the technology we could one day use to see an exoplanet. Ivan Paulino-Lima, biologist at Blue Marble Institute of Science, is interested in extremophiles and leads microbiological experiments in satellites around Earth and is involved in research on the colors of bacteria.

Speakers: Andelle Tanner, Mississippi State University; Ivan Paulino-Lima, Blue Marble Space Institute of Science

Register at weblink to receive Zoom information.

Website: https://www.seti.org/event/seti-talks-rainbow-exoplanets

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 12/16/20 7:30 PM

San Francisco Amateur Astronomers

Why Do Galaxies Die? How Silicon Valley’s “Spectral Revolution” will Solve a 100 Year Old Mystery – Livestream

Over one hundred years ago, Edwin Hubble noticed two distinct classes of galaxies; youthful Spirals with ongoing star formation, and “red and dead” smooth, faded and barren Ellipticals.

The MaNGA Survey, which is mapping 10,000 nearby galaxies, will help us understand how all types of galaxies formed in the early universe. We are on the verge of a “spectral revolution”, enabled by nanotechnology and photonics that will transform astronomical instruments.

Speaker: Kevin Bundy, Lick Observatory and UC Santa Cruz

Zoom link. See weblink for additional connection information.

Website: https://www.sfaa-astronomy.org/live-streamed-lectures/

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 12/17/20 7:00 PM

ExplOratorium

After Dark Online: Celestial – Winter Solstice – Livestream

Lighten up your outlook as we observe the end of the sun’s journey across the horizon. The winter solstice marks the longest night of the year and return of daylight as our star reverses its apparent course in the sky. Learn about the significance of the solstice and the mechanics that make it possible, and celebrate the light during this final After Dark Online of the year.

The movements and mechanics of the planets, moons, and stars create awesome effects for us observers on earth. Predictable yet coincidental, these cycles among the stars lead to gravitational bulges, lunar alignments, and a turnaround of apparent motion. Join us this month as we explore these effects as opportunities for wonder and harbingers of future change.

See weblink for YouTube and Facebook Live links.

Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/after-dark-online-celestial-winter-solstice

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

Cost: Free

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Friday, 12/18/20 7:00 PM

Tri-Valley Stargazers

How to build the world’s biggest telescopes- Livestream

Increasing our knowledge of how the universe works has always been enabled by technological development. From the invention of the telescope by Galileo, over 400 years ago, to the development of 8 to 10 meter class telescopes and the launch of the Hubble telescope at the end of the last century, fantastic new discoveries have been made by users of the latest and greatest telescopes. Progress continues to this day, with three major new telescopes under development world-wide. After a brief overview Brian will concentrate on the current development of the Giant Magellan Telescope, a 25m diameter telescope expected to see light later this decade on Las Campanas Peak in Chile. Here are some of the questions he will address: Who’s designing and building it? What is the process for carrying out such a big project? Who will get to use it and what questions will they answer with the telescope?

Speaker: Dr. Brian McLeod, Harvard

See weblink for online instructions. Non-members will need to email the club president for a link.

Website: https://www.trivalleystargazers.org

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 12/19/20
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, 12/19/20
• Saturday, 12/26/20

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6RQ0NW3MXs

Cost: Free

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Monday, 12/21/20
05:00 PM – 06:00 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center

The Great Conjunction Virtual Telescope Viewing

Join Chabot astronomers virtually on Facebook and YouTube for a rare celestial event! Every 20 years, Jupiter gets very close to Saturn as seen from Earth, an event astronomers call “conjunction.” This year, the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction will be especially close, the closest in 800 years. The planets will be so close that both will appear in the same telescope field of view. Since the planets will be low in the Western sky, we’ll have only a short viewing time beginning at 5 p.m. PST.

See weblink for YouTube and Facebook links.

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/the-great-conjunction-virtual-telescope-viewing

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sd1Gmidzph0

Cost: Free

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Monday, 12/21/20
07:30 PM – 09:30 PM

Wonderfest

Wonderfest: Madame Curie – Livestream

Wonderfest is delighted to present Madame Curie, a new musical-theater tribute to Earth’s most accomplished female scientist. As Maria Sklodowska was becoming Marie Curie, she emigrated 1000 miles from Poland to France, overcame xenophobia and sexism, and pioneered our understanding of radioactivity. In the process, she earned Nobel prizes (plural!) in physics and chemistry, and treated – directly and indirectly – over a million WWI soldiers with her mobile X-ray units.

“I have frequently been questioned, especially by women, regarding how I could reconcile family life with a scientific career. Well, it has not been easy.” – M. Curie

Madame Curie brings to life the story and spirit of a revolutionary. It features a compelling narrative, beautiful music, and eleven experienced actors who sheltered in their respective homes during recording! Fully orchestrated in the Rodgers and Hammerstein tradition, Madame Curie will revive your love of science, and it will especially inspire young women to heed their call to the passionate exploration of Nature.

“All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child.” – M. Curie

See weblink for connection information.

Website: https://wonderfest.org/madame-curie/

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Saturday, 12/26/20
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, 12/26/20

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRLLLRZf34o

Cost: Free

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