BayAstro – Events of Week of 03/15/2021 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, 03/15/21 4:00 PM

What Physicists Do @ Sonoma State University

Instrumentation in Astronomy: Building Cameras to Take Pictures of Extra-Solar Planets – Livestream

Speaker: Dr. Isabel Lipartito, Lockheed Martin Focalplane

Website: http://www.phys-astro.sonoma.edu/wpd/wpdcurrent.shtml

Via Zoom: https://SonomaState.zoom.us/j/87073719017

Cost: Free

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Monday, 03/15/21 8:00 PM

Wonderfest

Wonderfest: Woman in Motion + Searching for Solar System Life – Livestream

Hailing frequencies open! Woman in Motion (2019) tells the inspiring story of Nichelle Nichols, recipient of NASA’s Public Service Award and portrayer of Lt. Uhura, Communications Officer for the glorious starship Enterprise (2019 + 2.5 centuries). Movie Nation’s Roger Moore says that this compelling documentary “underscores Nichols’ undeniable contribution to broadening NASA’s horizons and drumming up interest in STEM education among minority students all over America.” Moore also describes the film as “warm, sentimental, and delightful … transcending its natural ‘Star Trek’ fan appeal.” Alongside the movie, in a livestream video that starts at 8pm PST, we’ll enjoy the insights of another woman in motion: planetary scientist Erin Redwing will describe her own “search for new (solar system) life” through research at the University of California.

See weblink for instructions to access the documentary prior to the talk

Website: https://wonderfest.org/woman-in-motion/

TICKETS:
https://watch.eventive.org/cameocinema/play/6037e40ebfa5cb003eece478

Cost: $10

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Tuesday, 03/16/21 5:00 PM

UC Berkeley

Basic Science Lights the Way: Shedding Light on Black Holes – Livestream

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics rewarded decades of research – some done at Berkeley – into the theory and detection of black holes. Learn what we know and still don’t know about these mysterious supermassive objects, including the one in the middle of our galaxy.

This talk features Chung-Pie Ma, Raffaella Margutti, and Michael Medford, moderated by Jessica Lu.

Website: https://physics.berkeley.edu/news-events/events/20210316/basic-science-lights-the-way-shedding-light-on-black-holes

Registration: https://basicscience2021.berkeley.edu

https://ucbevents.wufoo.com/forms/wn3l2yk0wv4au6/

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 03/16/21
07:00 PM – 08:00 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center

Citizen Science Astronomy for Classrooms – Livestream

Learn about how students are using the Unistellar eVscope smart telescopes to engage in citizen science and exoplanet research! With the eVscope a novice astronomer can partake in exciting astronomy observation even from the heart of a city thanks to intelligent Light Pollution Reduction.
Our team (University of Southern Queensland, Unistellar, American Modeling Teachers Association, and Global Hands on Universe) is developing a novel citizen science astronomy observing research program at K-14 schools in collaboration with the SETI Institute using small Unistellar eVscope smart telescopes. The program will develop an inquiry-based astronomy and exoplanet curriculum influenced by the successful Modeling Instruction pedagogy. Efforts for this project will target K-14 schools and education centers in the United States, Australia, and other parts of the world when possible.
Combining astronomy citizen science with a dedicated inquiry-based astronomy curriculum may improve both astronomy research as well as STEM education. For exoplanet research, the team will utilize strategic follow-up campaigns for NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) to keep ephemerides “fresh” using the Unistellar citizen science network. For STEM education, we will explore the benefits and disadvantages of engaging teachers and students in exoplanet and astronomy research with these eVscopes. The American Modeling Teachers Association, Global Hands on Universe, and the SETI Institute will assist with curriculum outreach and development, as well as community raising for the project with education centers.
Desired outcomes from this project include: a combination of professional and citizen science observations to enhance exoplanet and other astronomy research; improve teacher recruitment, morale, and retainment; increase student STEM skills and motivation; and improve astronomy and science education and interest to the general public.

Speaker: Dan Peluso, Univ. of Southern Queensland

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/citizen-science-astronomy-for-classrooms

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

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 03/17/21
07:30 PM – 09:00 PM

San Francisco Amateur Astronomers

Celebrating Stephen Hawking: How Black Holes are Not Quite Black – Livestream

Scientists and science enthusiasts are still mourning the passing of Stephen Hawking, one of the great minds and spirits of our time. In this introductory talk, Andrew Fraknoi will briefly summarize Hawking’s life, and talk about the importance of his scientific work. He’ll focus particularly on Hawking’s work merging the world of the big and heavy (described by Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity) with the world of the small and light (described by quantum mechanics). Then he’ll describe how this merger led to the idea of mini black holes, “Hawking Radiation,” and the bizarre notion that black holes don’t have to be fully black. No background in science or math will be required, but be prepared to have your mind boggled.

Speaker: Andrew Fraknoi retired as the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College in 2017. He currently teaches non-credit astronomy classes through the University of San Francisco Fromm Institute and San Francisco State’s OLLI program.

YouTube link or Facebook. Zoom link available at weblink below.

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

SFAA YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChuBJGp_iJYZ11q_ayA-q3A

SFAA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/152754481404310

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 03/18/21
12:00 PM – 01:30 PM

Science @ Cal

Midday Science Cafe – Leveraging the Quantum Realm: How Small Physics Solves Big Problems – Livestream

What does the world look like on the smallest scales? In this Midday Science Cafe, you’ll hear from two scientists conducting experiments in the quantum world to quickly tackle problems on a real-world scale — problems that would otherwise take centuries to solve! We’ll hear from Dr. Sara Mouradian who will introduce what makes the quantum world different from the world we live in and how researchers build quantum technologies by trapping atoms and controlling them with lasers. Dr. Kasra Nowrouzi will discuss the approach at the Advanced Quantum Testbed at Berkeley Lab, where researchers design and build quantum computer systems to function in environments colder than outer space.

Register at weblink to receive connection information

Website: https://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/SciatCal.html?event_ID=138307&date=2021-03-18

Register: https://lbnl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1u8TrbFkQ-2_GY-CPrLaIw

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 03/18/21
07:00 PM – 07:30 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center

Breaking Space News – Livestream

What’s going on in space? Chabot’s Breaking Space News live stream shines a light on recent and upcoming events in space exploration, astronomy, and any other startling or amazing things going on in the solar system and universe beyond.

Watch on Facebook and YouTube

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/breaking-space-news/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oGznMnKzGE

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 03/18/21
07:30 PM – 09:00 PM

Saratoga Foothill Club

Where Jeff Bezos’ Great Grand-daughter Will Go for Her Honeymoon: The Top Tourist Sights of the Solar System – Livestream

Astronomer and educator Andrew Fraknoi will take you to the most intriguing future “tourist destinations” among the planets and moons in our cosmic neighborhood.

Stops will include the 4,000-mile lava channel on Venus, the towering Mount Olympus volcano on Mars (three times the height of Mount Everest), the awesome Verona Cliffs on the moon Miranda (which are the tallest “lover’s leap” in the solar system), and the recently discovered salt-water steam geysers on Saturn’s intriguing moon Enceladus (nicknamed “Cold Faithful.”). The tour will finish with the latest images of the eerie vistas on Pluto.

Speaker: Andrew Fraknoi retired in 2017 as the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College.

Purchase a ticket on weblink

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-top-tourist-sites-of-the-solar-system-tickets-135033052495

Cost: $12

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Friday, 03/19/21 7:30 PM

Tri-Valley Stargazers Astronomy Club

The Detection and Confirmation of Gravitational Waves – Livestream

Predicted in 1915 by Albert Einstein, gravitational waves are tiny oscillations in the actual fabric of space and time. It took a collaboration of scientists and universities more than fifty years to develop the technology to reliably isolate these faintest of signals from the cosmic background. Known as the LIGO project, in 2015 both existing LIGO observatories nearly simultaneously detected the gravitational waves emitted from the merging of two black holes more than a billion years ago. Join us to learn the inside scoop on just how this amazing feat was accomplished and how it led to its three main collaborators being awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Speaker: Ted Blank, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador

See weblink for instructions to access Zoom

Website: https://www.trivalleystargazers.org

Email for Zoom link: president@trivalleystargazers.org

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 03/20/21
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, 03/20/21
• Saturday, 03/27/21
• Saturday, 04/03/21
• Saturday, 04/10/21

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYhT4FkaSeA

Cost: Free

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Monday, 03/22/21
12:00 PM – 01:00 PM

The Life Cycle of Galaxies – Livestream

Our most powerful telescopes reveal a universe filled with galaxies that come in a dizzying range of shapes, sizes, colours, and environments. How this diverse population arose over 14 billion years from the primordial Universe is a fascinating and complex story that astronomers are only now beginning to piece together. It’s a story worthy of a Hollywood movie, including lurking villains, dangerous neighborhoods, and powerful explosions that put a Michael Bay movie to shame. In this talk, I’ll tell the life story of galaxies as we now understand it, by combining multi-wavelength galaxy surveys and state of the art supercomputer simulations.

Speaker: Romeel Davé

Register at weblink to receive connection information

Website: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-astronomy-talk-the-life-cycle-of-galaxies-tickets-127713888679

Cost: Free

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Monday, 03/22/21 6:30 PM

Astronomy on Tap

Astronomy on Tap Los Angeles – Livestream

Join us at 6:30PM PDT, Monday, March 22nd for a virtual Astronomy on Tap, streamed over YouTube Live. We’ll hear from Dr. Max Gronke: “Ice & Fire: How Hot and Cold Plasma Coexist around Galaxies” and from Laura-May Abron: “2021: A Climate Change Odyssey”. In addition, we will host interactive astronomically-themed pub trivia.

See weblink for YouTube link.

Website: https://astronomyontap.org/2021/03/astronomy-on-tap-los-angeles-march-22-2021/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhsSehkz5xo

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 03/24/21
07:00 PM – 08:30 PM

SETI Institute

SETI Talks: The search for Life on Mars with Perseverance – Livestream

NASA, together with its partners, has landed a new robotic rover on Mars. Perseverance’s safe landing is just the beginning of an ambitious effort to find past or even existing life on the Red Planet.

Perseverance carries scientific instruments such as cameras and lasers. Some instruments can analyze the chemical makeup of Martian rocks and identify potential signatures of fossilized microbial life that may have existed in the Jezero crater, an area once flooded with water and home to an ancient river delta.

Several rovers have landed on Mars since the 1990s. What do we expect for this new $2.7 billion robotic explorer? How will Perseverance search for complex carbon-based molecules, remnants of past microbes? What can we expect from the experimental helicopter called Ingenuity? Will Perseverance find irrefutable proof of the existence of past or present life on Mars?

To answer these questions, we invited two scientists whose research and work are directly related to the study of Mars using robotic missions and who are involved with the rover or one of its instruments. Elena Amador-French is a science systems engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and a Science Operation Coordinator for the Curiosity rover. Pablo Sobron is a planetary astronomer at SETI Institute and an expert on Raman spectroscopy, a technique used to detect organics on Mars.

Janice Bishop, a chemist and planetary scientist at the SETI Institute who has explored the planet Mars for more than 20 years, will moderate this SETI Talk.

Register at weblink to receive connection information

Website: https://www.seti.org/event/seti-talks-search-life-mars-perseverance

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 03/25/21 5:00 PM

SLAC Public Lecture

A Camera for the Invisible: Bringing the Higgs Boson into Focus – Livestream

The Higgs boson was discovered in 2012 at the world’s most powerful particle collider, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland. This particle plays a unique role in fundamental physics. It gives all of the known elementary particles, including itself, their masses. To do this, it must transmit a new force to other particles, and it must also interact with itself. This last aspect is particularly strange, and has not been explored in experiments yet. Higgs bosons are extremely rare even at the LHC �” only one of them is produced per billion particle collisions �” and their extremely short lifetime means they are not directly visible. They can only be studied indirectly by analyzing the particle collisions in which they participate. At SLAC we are constructing the core of the biggest and fastest camera ever built to capture the Higgs boson in action. With more than 100 times more pixels than a typical digital camera, each one of which is much faster and more sensitive than typical camera pixels, it will be 10 times more powerful than the current cameras used to capture the results of particle collisions at the LHC. In this lecture, I will explain how we will use this camera to probe the mysteries of the Higgs boson.

Speaker: Caterina Vernieri, SLCA

See weblink for Zoom information

Website: https://www6.slac.stanford.edu/public-lectures

Zoom: ( https://stanford.zoom.us/j/91045223609?pwd=R2Y1QXNqRVBlR25iMzQ2R1ZoZkVoQT09#success (passcode: 650650)

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 03/27/21
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, 03/27/21
• Saturday, 04/03/21
• Saturday, 04/10/21
• Saturday, 04/17/21

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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Monday, 03/29/21 4:00 PM

What Physicists Do @ Sonoma State University

What black holes can teach us about superconductors – Livestream

Speaker: Dr. David Ramirez, Brown University

Website: http://www.phys-astro.sonoma.edu/wpd/wpdcurrent.shtml

Zoom: https://sonomastate.zoom.us/j/87073719017#success

Cost: Free

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