BayAstro – Events of Week of 12/28/2020 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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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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Friday, 01/08/21
11:30 AM – 01:00 PM

Astronomical Society of Edinburgh

The Fastest Eye on the Sky: The Vera Rubin Observatory // Sky in January – Livestream

What is the Universe made of? In modern cosmology only 4% of the universe is deeply understood, while the other 96%, Dark Energy and Dark Matter, remains a mystery. The Vera Rubin Observatory, currently under construction, will observe billions of galaxies, billions of stars in our own galaxy the Milky Way, as well as millions of objects closer to home in the solar system. Every night over a ten year survey, the Rubin Observatory will observe much of the night sky, so that every portion of the sky will be imaged nearly a thousand times. In this talk I will describe the Rubin observatory and especially its camera, the world’s largest digital imager now under construction at SLAC, and this remarkable set of observations, and how we will be able to “see” the dark portion of our universe in unprecedented detail.
Speaker: Aaron Roodman, Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, Stanford Univ.

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/c/AstronomicalSocietyOfEdinburgh

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-fastest-eye-on-the-sky-the-vera-rubin-observatory-sky-in-january-tickets-128332753721?aff=erelpanelorg&keep_tld=1

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 01/09/21
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.

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

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/free-telescope-viewings/2021-01-02/

Cost: Free

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