BayAstro – Events of Week of 02/01/2021 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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Wednesday, 02/03/21 4:00 PM

ExplOratorium

Living With a Star: In Conversation with NASA – Livestream

The Sun makes life possible on our planet, but we still have a lot to learn from our nearest star and how it affects us here on Earth. How do we even get close enough to study the Sun? What is space weather, and is it similar to the weather we experience on Earth? Join Exploratorium astronomers and physicists for a conversation in Spanish and English with experts from NASA about what we know about the Sun, what we hope to learn about it through the new Parker Solar Probe mission visiting the Sun’s atmosphere, and what we’re learning about space weather caused by the Sun and how it affects us on Earth.

See weblink for YouTube and Facebook Live links.

Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/living-with-a-star

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

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 02/03/21
07:00 PM – 08:30 PM

Silicon Valley Astronomy Series

Cosmic Instability: How a Smooth Early Universe Grew into Everyone You Know – Livestream

Gravity made stars, stars made heavy elements, gravity and chemistry made planets, geology and biology made people, and people made telescopes. What we would like to know is hard it all was, and could it happen elsewhere. The James Webb Space Telescope, planned for launch in October 2021, will extend the discoveries of the Hubble with a much bigger mirror, cooled to low temperatures so it can observe infrared radiation. It will have detectors capable of observing a bumblebee at the distance of the Moon! Dr. Mather will show the telescope, describe its capabilities, and discuss what it might find. We expect to see the history of the universe laid out before us, from the first luminous objects to our local neighborhood, and to answer questions like: How did the galaxies and black holes first form and grow? Are there Earth-like planets out there? How can we tell if they harbor life?

Speaker: Dr. John C. Mather is a Senior Astrophysicist and the Senior Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

Andrew Fraknoi
Email: FRAKNOIANDREW@FHDA.EDU

Online at YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/SVAstronomyLectures

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 02/04/21 6:30 PM

Astronomy on Tap

Astronomy on Tap Santa Cruz: – Livestream

Learn astronomy from astrophysicists! UC Santa Cruz astronomers will host a virtual “astronomy on tap” on February 4th at 6:30 pm, where UCSC Professors Rebecca Jensen-Clem and Philip Hinz will discuss the remarkable technologies allowing astronomers to see other worlds and study the supermassive black hole at our galaxy’s center. We encourage you to grab a drink of your choice and join us via YouTube live for this accessible, free event.

Website: https://calendar.ucsc.edu/event/astronomy_on_tap_santa_cruz#.YA3EvC2cbEY

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 02/06/21
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, 02/06/21
• Saturday, 02/13/21
• Saturday, 02/20/21
• Saturday, 02/27/21

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCarFXs-04xmdHW_PVc7LWRg

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 02/10/21
08:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Wonderfest
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83913288771#success

Wonderest: Neurobiology; Astrobiology – Livestream

Wonderfest Science Envoys are early-career researchers with special communication skills and aspirations. Following short talks on provocative modern science topics, these two Science Envoys will answer questions with insight and enthusiasm:
• Stanford neuroscientist Neil Khosla on “The Neurobiology of Consolation” – Cooperation facilitates social bonding and supports group cohesion. What aspects of the brain might be involved in the evolution and expression of cooperpative behaviors, and how can we study this in the lab?
• UC Berkeley astronomer Erin Redwing on “The Astrobiology of Our Solar System” – What kinds of environments in our solar system could support life? What would that alien life look like, and what innovative approaches may help us discover it?

See weblink for Zoom information

Website: https://wonderfest.org/neurobiology-astrobiology/

Cost: Free

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Friday, 02/12/21 12:00 PM

UC Santa Cruz
Zoom Meeting 93026775152
Passcode 826619

Near-nucleus activities of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko observed by Rosetta/OSIRIS – Livestream

Between August 2014 and September 2016, ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft rendezvoused with its target comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and accompanied it through its perihelion passage. During the over-two-year operation, the scientific camera system on board Rosetta, OSIRIS, acquired more than 70,000 images of the comet with unprecedented resolution and coverage. In this talk, I will introduce our work on investigating gas and dust activities in the ambient coma of 67P’s nucleus. Our analyses of the imaging data, combined with thermophysical and gas/dust dynamic models, show how water-ice sublimation could drive both nominal and uncommon cometary activities.

Speaker: Xian Shi, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research

See weblink for connection information

Website: https://eps.ucsc.edu/news-events/igpp-seminar/winter-2021.html

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 02/13/21
09:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCarFXs-04xmdHW_PVc7LWRg

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, 02/13/21
• Saturday, 02/20/21
• Saturday, 02/27/21
• Saturday, 03/06/21

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

Cost: Free

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Monday, 02/15/21 4:00 PM

Exploratorium
Free event but an RSVP is required to receive a link to this program.

Not Necessarily Rocket Science Online – Livestream

Have you dreamed of stars and galaxies far, far away? Join Kellie Gerardi, author of Not Necessarily Rocket Science: A Beginner’s Guide to Life in the Space Age, in a conversation with Exploratorium astronomer Dr. Isabel Hawkins about her experiences in the commercial space industry. In her book, Kellie takes us on a tour of her nontraditional path in the space industry – from her adventures working at a spaceport to training for Mars to testing spacesuits in microgravity, to building a massive SciComm platform. In this live conversation she’ll share more stories about her experiences in this emerging frontier and offer insights and encouragement to anyone who dreams of donning a spacesuit.

Speaker: Kellie Gerardi, Project PoSSUM, with Isabel Hawkins, ExplOratorium

You can purchase a signed copy of Not Necessarily Rocket Science: A Beginner’s Guide to Life in the Space Age at our Store. All of your purchases help support the Exploratorium’s educational mission.

Register at weblink to receive connection information

Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/not-necessarily-rocket-science-with-aerospace-professional-Kellie-Gerardi

Cost: Free

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