BayAstro – Events of Week of 04/26/2021 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, 04/26/21 4:00 PM

What Physicists Do @ Sonoma State University

Using Quantum Sensors to Search for Dark Matter – Livestream

Speaker: Dr. Francisco Ponce, Pacific Northwest National Lab

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

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

Cost: Free

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Tuesday, 04/27/21
07:00 PM – 08:00 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center

Near-Earth Asteroids, The Impact Hazard, and Space Missions – Livestream

Near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) are small solar system bodies in orbits that come near or cross the orbit of Earth. I will review NEAs as unique physical worlds, as potential impact hazards to Earth, and as accessible destinations for spacecraft.

Michael W. Busch, PhD, is a planetary astronomer and research scientist at the SETI Institute. His research focuses primarily on studying individual asteroids with radar and radio technique; to understand their histories, rule out future Earth impacts, and support space missions.

See weblink for YouTube and Facebook Live links.

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/near-earth-asteroids-the-impact-hazard-and-space-missions/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6xbM_M7aXA

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 04/28/21
12:00 PM – 01:00 PM

Stanford University

The Search for Earth-like Planets – Livestream

For thousands of years, people have wondered, “Are there planets like Earth?” “Are such planets common?” “Do any have signs of life?”
Today astronomers are poised to answer these ancient questions, having recently found thousands of planets that orbit nearby Sun-like stars, called “exoplanets”.
Professor Sara Seager, one of the world’s leading experts on this search for Earth-like planets, will share the latest advances in this revolutionary field.

Speaker: Sara Seager, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Register at weblink to receive Zoom information.

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/liu-lecture

To read a bit more about Prof. Seager or RSVP for this lecture, please visit:

Professor Sara Seager

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/liu-lecture-with-professor-sara-seager-tickets-148963825813

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, 04/28/21
07:00 PM – 08:30 PM

Silicon Valley Astronomy Series

Black Hole Survival Guide – Livestream

In this talk, Dr. Levin will help us understand, and find delight in, black holes – perhaps the most opaque theoretical construct ever imagined by physicists. She will take us on an exploratory tour of the neighborhood of a black hole, and help us feel the visceral experience of encountering it (for example, warning us about the danger of being “spaghettified” by its enormous tidal forces.) She’ll also discuss the influence of black holes on the universe at large, including their mergers and the way their presence can sculpt entire galaxies.

Dr. Janna Levin is Claire Tow Professor of physics and astronomy at Columbia University’s Barnard College. Her scientific work deals with the nature and extent of space and time, black holes and neutron stars, the background radiation from the early universe, and gravitational waves. She is also Director of Sciences at Pioneer Works, an interdisciplinary cultural center in Brooklyn, that encourages cooperation between the arts and the sciences. She is the author of How the Universe got its Spots, and Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space. Her first book of fiction, A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, won the PEN Prize. Her latest popular book, Black Hole Survival Guide, is published by Knopf and available in many formats.

Speaker: Dr. Janna Levin, Barnard College

Watch the lecture on this YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-J3Rig6mrJhGECH-yVMwSg

Website: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-J3Rig6mrJhGECH-yVMwSg

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 04/29/21
01:00 PM – 02:00 PM

UC Botanical Garden

Astrobotany 101 – Livestream

Now, more than ever, humans are exploring the possibility of growing plants outside of Earth’s atmosphere. Come learn about the fascinating field of astrobotany from UC Botanical Garden’s own Director, Dr. Lew Feldman. Before taking on the directorship of the Garden, Professor Feldman spent 40 years on the Berkeley faculty, first as a member of the Botany Department and later in its successor, the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology. During the course of his career Lew has spent time working with NASA, contributing to an understanding of how to grow plants in space.

Register at weblink for connection information

Website: https://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/bot.html?event_ID=138949&date=2021-04-29&filter=Event%2520Type&filtersel=

Register: https://41780.blackbaudhosting.com/41780/Astrobotany-101

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 05/01/21
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, 05/01/21
• Saturday, 05/08/21
• Saturday, 05/15/21
• Saturday, 05/22/21

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

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/4443135732423850/?event_time_id=4443137535757003

Cost: Free

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Thursday, 05/06/21
06:00 PM – 09:00 PM

SETI Institute

Frank Drake Award Gala

The Frank Drake Award of the non-profit SETI Institute celebrates outstanding contributions to the scientific study of the origin, nature, and prevalence of life in the universe, and for work on techniques for the discovery of the existence of such life. (Past winners have included Nobel Laureate Charles Townes, and Bill Borucki, who created the Kepler mission to search for exoplanets.)

This year’s winners are SETI pioneers Paul Horowitz of Harvard and Dan Werthimer of Berkeley. The ceremony, hosted by Adam Savage (of television’s Mythbusters), features discussions with the winners, with Frank Drake himself, and with Jill Tarter.

The virtual ceremony begins at 6 pm on Thursday evening, May 6th, and you are cordially invited.

Website: https://drakeawards.seti.org

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Thursday, 05/06/21 7:00 PM

California Academy of Sciences

NightSchool: Extreme Life – Livestream

You know the saying: “Life finds a way.” Meet the world’s most poisonous bird, tiny thermophiles, and other living organisms that have adapted – and thrive – through extreme measures and in extreme environments.

Website: https://www.calacademy.org/nightlife/nightschool-extreme-life

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YT6N8DXLA0g

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/calacademy

Cost: Free

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Friday, 05/07/21 12:00 PM

UC Santa Cruz

The Effect of ‘Mascons’ Interior Mass Distribution onto the Dynamic Environment Around Asteroids – Livestream

A sphere cluster (SPH-Mas) based gravity model allows a semi-analytic expression of the linearised equations around irregular-shaped celestial bodies Equilibrium Points (EPs) and an easy method for searching families of periodic orbits around them. The SPH-Mas model can retrieve the same dynamical objects of the shape model when the spheres share a uniform density distribution. The dynamics are solved for a rotating asteroid-fixed frame of angular velocity equivalent to the asteroid spin axis. The SPH-Mas model has the advantage to define the same particles mesh distribution for both astrophysical and astrodynamics tools. To the core of this study, we aim to gain a general insight on the dynamics around Didymos and other minor celestial bodies in term of stable and unstable orbits for studying the dynamics of ejecta particles.

Speaker: Stefania Soldini, University of Liverpool

Zoom information can be found on the EPS advising Google calendar

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/0/embed?src=epsadvng@ucsc.edu&ctz=America/Los_Angeles

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

Zoom Meeting 93026775152
Passcode 826619

Cost: Free

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Saturday, 05/08/21
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, 05/08/21
• Saturday, 05/15/21
• Saturday, 05/22/21

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

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/4443135732423850/?event_time_id=4443137535757003

Cost: Free

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Monday, 05/10/21 6:30 PM

UC Santa Cruz

Slugs and Steins: A Century of Paradigm Shifts in our Understanding of the Universe – Livestream

The past century has witnessed the birth of our modern view of the large scale universe as well as an astonishing list of startling changes or paradigm shifts in our understanding. The rate of new discoveries seems to be accelerating with time. This talk will take us from the contributions of Einstein and Hubble to the most recent discoveries about the early history of the universe. We will even discuss the discoveries expected from the next generation of scientific instruments as well as the likelihood of the unexpected discovery.

Speaker: George Blumenthal, Professor Emeritus, UC Santa Cruz

Register at weblink to receive connection information

Website: https://calendar.ucsc.edu/event/slugs_and_steins_with_professor_emeritus_george_blumenthal#.YIXyCS2cbEY

Cost: Free

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