BayAstro – Events of Week of 02/08/2021 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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Monday, 02/08/21 7:30 PM

Astronomy on Tap: Los Angeles – Livestream

We’ll hear from Dr. Jessica Werk: “Intergalactic Immigrants” and from Dr. Zach Hafen: “Exploring the Virtual Universe”. In addition, we will host interactive astronomically-themed pub trivia. The event is free and open to all ages.

Join us on YouTube at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lclVdNIo5kE&feature=youtu.be

Website: https://astronomyontap.org/2021/02/astronomy-on-tap-los-angeles-february-8-2021/

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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Thursday, 02/11/21 7:00 PM

Astronomy on Tap Seattle

Catching Rainbows: How Astronomers can use the Atmosphere to Turn Black and White Images into Color – Livestream

Groundbreaking new telescopes such as the Vera Rubin Observatory will push our understanding of our solar system and the universe. As we build bigger telescopes with larger mirrors we are able to see fainter objects and create higher resolution images of the night sky, but to extract science from the data we must first solve new challenges. Among those challenges is refraction from our own atmosphere: much as a straw appears to bend when you put it in a water glass, the light from distant stars appears to bend as it passes through the atmosphere to our telescopes. We have long known how to fix this “bending”, but we now must deal with slight differences in that refraction for redder and bluer light, an effect called Differential Chromatic Refraction, or DCR. I will describe the new technique we have developed to correct for DCR, and how we are able to use it to turn black and white images into color.

The event will begin at 7pm and there will be lots of time to ask questions afterwards. We’ll be going live on Zoom and Youtube at 7pm PST! Then join us at 8pm on our Instagram for an Instagram Live Q&A with Dr. Sullivan!

Speaker: Ian Sullivan

See weblink for YouTube and Zoom links.

Website: http://astronomyontap.org/2021/02/astronomy-at-home-seattle-february-11th-online/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DiRACInstitute

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 02/11/21 7:00 PM

California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr.San Francisco, CA 94118

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QL9FX-Eck-w

NightSchool: Ode to the Moon – Livestream

Celebrate the beginning of a new lunar year with an ode to the Moon and its significance to our planet, our oceans, and our local culture and communities.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS:

• Moons affect more than just tides: Most corals reproduce during annual mass spawning events triggered by the full Moon. Join
Dr. Rebecca Albright
, Assistant Curator of Invertebrate Zoology, as she shares the fascinating reproductive biology of corals, their connection to lunar cycles, and how lunar cycles can be mimicked in a lab to induce spawning.

• It’s not a Lunar New Year celebration without dumplings.
Kristina Cho
, Bay Area Food Blogger, demonstrates how she makes her artful dumplings – including a homemade dough, a juicy filling, and a variety of beautiful pleats and folds. (Psst: Find dumpling recipes on her website

• Faces in space: Ever look up at the Moon and see someone looking back at you? Explore the face-finding phenomenon of pareidolia and see some compelling examples of it in the universe around us with M. Josh Roberts of the
Morrison Planetarium
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• Settle in for a trip back in time to Lunar New Years past with artist, poet, and educator Flo Oy Wong

. She’ll present “Slin Nin Loy Luh, New Year Comes,” a memory-based talk about growing up in Oakland’s Chinatown during the 1940s and ‘50s, filled with poems in her parents’ native Hoisan-wa dialect and graphite drawings of her neighborhood.
See weblink for YouTube and Facebook Live links.

Website: https://www.calacademy.org/nightlife/nightschool-ode-to-the-moon

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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Wednesday, 02/17/21 4:00 PM

ExplOratorium

Full-Spectrum Science Online: Countdown to Mars

Mars is an unforgiving target for spacecraft. Less than half of all missions to the Red Planet have been successful – though all of NASA’s rover missions there, including Pathfinder/Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity, have overwhelmingly succeeded. Next up, NASA deploys Perseverance, a rover specifically tasked with looking for past life on Mars in an ancient crater lake called Jazero. We’ll examine past missions and look ahead to the landing and roving of Perseverance.

Speaker: Ron Hipschman, ExplOratorium

See weblink for YouTube and Facebook Live links

Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/full-spectrum-science-countdown-mars

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

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 02/17/21
07:00 PM – 08:00 PM

SETI Institute

SETI Talks: Strange and Intriguing Exoplanets – Livestream

Astronomers estimate 400 billion planets orbiting stars in our galaxy, so the Milky Way is full of exoplanets. In the past two decades, researchers have discovered thousands, most of them with NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope and now its successor, the NASA Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).

Some of them are rocky, some are gaseous, and some are very, very odd. But there’s one thing each of these strange new worlds has in common: All have advanced scientific understanding of our place in the cosmos.

We invited two renowned astronomers who have dedicated their careers to studying exoplanets to share their lists of the top weird exoplanets. Andrew Vanderburg is an assistant professor of astronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research has led to the recent discovery of a Jupiter-sized exoplanet around a White Dwarf star. Andrew will describe this incredible discovery and its consequences for the search for life beyond Earth. Jessie Christiansen, an astrophysicist with the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute at Caltech, works on NASA’s TESS to find the nearest planetary systems to Earth.

Senior Planetary Astronomer Franck Marchis will moderate the conversation. It will be an opportunity to discuss the potential these space oddities have to teach us about the diversity of life we might find in our galaxy one day.

Register at weblink to receive connection information.

Website: https://www.seti.org/event/seti-talks-strange-and-intriguing-exoplanets

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 02/17/21 7:30 PM

San Francisco Amateur Astronomers

How Galaxies are Influenced by the Largest Structures in the Universe – Livestream

When viewed at the largest scales, the distribution of galaxies in the Universe resembles a complex, tangled web: an interconnected network of filaments of galaxies that surround vast, empty voids. Simulations and theory have established that filaments – the largest, most densely populated structures in the Universe – have formed in the billions of years after the Big Bang, and serve as conduits for transporting gas into galaxies, which they then turn into stars.

Thanks to advances in telescope instrumentation the current generation of galaxy surveys is finally able to observe the night sky in sufficient detail to accurately map the Cosmic Web for the first time, and begin to understand the role it plays in influencing the evolutionary fate of galaxies. In this talk, Dr. Alpaslan will review advances in mapping out the filamentary network of the Universe using data from the Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) survey, as well as discuss some recent advances in understanding how the galaxies that live in dense filament differ from those that exist alone in isolated voids.

Speaker: Mehmet Alpaslan, NASA Ames

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

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 02/18/21 11:15 AM

NASA Science

Perseverance Rover Lands on Mars – Livestream

Live streaming of the landing of the Persevarance Rover on Mars.

Watch on YouTube.

Website: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/timeline/landing/watch-online/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nasa

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 02/18/21 12:00 PM

ExplOratorium

Landing Day! Countdown to Mars LIVE Online

On February 18, 2021, the newest Mars rover, Perseverance, will attempt to land on the Red Planet. This is NASA’s latest mission to Mars, and we’ll bring you live coverage of Landing Day from the Exploratorium. Join us as we investigate the journey to Mars, the nail-biting excitement of landing, and learn about what the scientists will be looking for. #CountdownToMars

See weblink for Facebook and YouTube information

Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/landing-day-countdown-mars-live

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

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 02/18/21
12:00 PM – 02:00 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center

NASA Mars Perseverance Rover Landing Watch Party – Livestream

Join our community for a special Mars rover landing watch party and Q&A. The Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover will make history when it lands on the red planet at 12:30 p.m. PST! We are coming together virtually to make observations, ask questions and celebrate this moment in history. Chabot astronomers and experts will be responding to comments during the launch. Look forward to learning all about the Perseverance Rover during this exciting event!

Tune in at 1 p.m. PST for a live Q&A with NASA’s Ames Research Center’s Shanna Withrow-Maser, Aerospace Engineer and Winnie Kuang, Mechanical Engineering Research Associate. NASA experts who worked on the mission will be discussing their roles in Mars exploration and answering your questions.

See weblink for Facebook Live and YouTube links.

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/nasa-mars-perseverance-rover-landing-watch-party

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sopjjXKDm4

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 02/18/21 7:00 PM

ExplOratorium

After Dark Online: The Universe – Livestream

How does our understanding of the origins of the universe continue to expand and evolve? What tools and theories continue to push our understanding into further realms? Hear from Black scientists and leaders whose work is at the forefront of cosmology and essential to forming and informing humans’ deepening grasp of the science of the universe.

See weblink for YouTube and Facebook Live links.

Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/after-dark-online-the-universe

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

Cost: Free

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Friday, 02/19/21
11:30 AM – 01:00 PM

Astronomical Society of Edinburgh

The Solar Cycle – Livestream

“The Solar Cycle” covers a brief history of the solar cycle; a look back at the high points of the cycle just ending (Cycle 24); an update on current solar activity and a look forward to what Cycle 25 might be like.

Members will join via Zoom and visitors are welcome on our YouTube channel.

Website: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-solar-cycle-tickets-131591199821

Cost: Free

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Friday, 02/19/21 7:30 PM

Tri-Valley Stargazers

Building an 18′ f/4.5 Newtonian on a GEM – Livestream

Dave made an 18″ f/4.5 telescope using an “old school” design. It’s big, very big. It weighs about 520 pounds on an equatorial mount. It is capable of being a great visual scope as well as an amazing photographic instrument. Despite its size, it is portable and Dave can set it up in about 1 hour. His scope has some unique features that cannot be found on commercially made telescopes.

In this presentation, maybe you’ll be inspired to make your own telescope. You’ll learn a little about why you might want to make a telescope and some things to consider when making it.

Speaker: David Childree

See weblink for contact info to receive Zoom information

Website: https://www.trivalleystargazers.org

For Zoom link, email to: president@trivalleystargazers.org

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 02/20/21 7:00 PM

San Mateo County Astronomical Society

SOFIA: Past, Present, and Future – Livestream
Speaker: Dr. Dana Backman, NASA Ames

See weblink for Zoom information

Website: http://www.smcasastro.com/meetings.html

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2539262920?pwd=U1puVE1nQVZHUW1vaGUrbGczMGxwQT09#success

Zoom Meeting ID: 253 926 2920, Passcode: SMCAS

Cost: Free

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

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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