BayAstro – Events of Week of 03/22/2021 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, 03/22/21
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
03:30 PM – 04:30 PM

SLAC Colloquium

Dark Matter: A Cosmological Perspective – Livestream

While it is considered to be one of the most promising hints of new physics beyond the Standard Model, dark matter is as-yet known only through its gravitational influence on astronomical and cosmological observables. I will discuss our current best evidence for dark matter’s existence as well as the constraints that astrophysical probes can place on its properties, while highlighting some tantalizing anomalies that could indicate non-gravitational dark matter interactions. Future observations, along with synergies between astrophysical and experimental searches, have the potential to illuminate dark matter’s fundamental nature and its influence on the evolution of matter in the cosmos from the first stars and galaxies to today.

Speaker: Katie Mack, North Carolina State University

See weblink for Zoom information

Website: https://sites.slac.stanford.edu/colloquium/events/dark-matter-cosmological-perspective

Zoom: https://stanford.zoom.us/j/97677619970?pwd=ZVp3Tmg5YUgzblp0TXpmK3h4Z0tpQT09

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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Saturday, 04/03/21
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, 04/03/21
• Saturday, 04/10/21
• Saturday, 04/17/21
• Saturday, 04/24/21

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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