BayAstro – Events of Week of 12/21/2020 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, 12/21/20
05:00 PM – 06:00 PM

Evergreen College on-line
Observing the Great Conjunction (Jupiter abd Saturn)

Here are four possible sites for viewing the conjunction streamed live on Dec 21.
Weather on the west coast is looking promising for viewing just after sunset, but notice the early starts for SLOOH and
Lowell.

SLOOH starts at 11:00 am PST – (not sure but they might be using scopes in Europe or the Canary Islands)
Closest approach is around 9:40 am PST
https://mailchi.mp/slooh/the-great-christmas-conjunction-live-808420?e=1918e81296

Lowell Observatory starts at 5:00 pm MST (4:00 pm PST)
\https://lowell.edu/the-great-conjunction/

Mt Wilson starts ar 5:00 pm PST with virtual star party following

Chabot Space and Science Center starts at 5:00 pm PST

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

And of course, try binoculars or any size telescope. Last night we observed both
Jupiter and Saturn in the eyepiece of an 8inch scope. Magnificent to see both planets
with the Galilean moons and Titan all at the same time!

bob minor

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Monday, 12/21/20
05:00 PM – 06:00 PM

‘The Great Conjunction’ Viewing Party!

<4607_sky_chart_showing_jupiter_and_saturn_to_the_southwest_in_the_december_21_night_sky.jpeg> It may feel like we are far apart this 2020, but the universe wants to remind us of the things that bring us together.
Join us in celebrating a once in a lifetime viewing of the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn.
Astronomers will be live streaming via Zoom from the Montgomery Hill Observatory at Evergreen Valley College
Register today! Zoom link will be sent via email prior to the event.
Free for all ~ invite your friends!
While tickets are free, donations to the EVC CSI Program are greatly appreciated! If you would like to do so, there is an additional donation option below. Your generous donation may provide:

• $10 – One 64GB Jump Drive
• $25 – STEM Workshop Pizza Night
• $50 – Cap & Gown for Graduation
• $100 – Industry Field Trip for two students (Google, IBM, Apple)
• $250 – Textbook and Supplies
• $500 – One EVC CSI Scholarship

We look forward to virtually witnessing this once in a lifetime moment in astrological history with you!

Website: https://www.sjeccd.edu/foundation/events/great-conjunction

Free… though donations are welcome!

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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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Saturday, 01/02/21
09:00 PM – 10:30 PM

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.

Other Dates For This Event:
• Saturday, 01/02/21
• Saturday, 01/09/21
• Saturday, 01/16/21
• Saturday, 01/23/21
• Saturday, 01/30/21

Website: http://www.bayareascience.org/calendar/index.php?eID=29528

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 01/07/21
06:30 PM – 07:30 PM

UC Riverside

Robotic Space Exploration at NASA/JPL – Livestream

In this lecture, we’ll trace the history of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory from the time it was started by amateur and academic rocket enthusiasts to becoming a research center for the US Army’s missile development program, to helping launch the United States’ first satellite and becoming NASA’s key center for robotic exploration of the solar system and beyond.

Speaker: Varoujan Gorjian, NASA/Jet Propulsion Lab

Register at weblink to receive connection information.

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-public-astronomy-lecture-robotic-space-exploration-at-nasajpl-registration-132350113753

Cost: Free

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