• 15 Jul 2024 7:30 AM | Scott Miller (Administrator)
    Tuesday, 07/16/24
    07:00 PM - 08:00 AM
    Attend in person or online (see weblink to register)

    Hewlett Teaching Center
    370 Jane Stanford Way, Room 200
    Stanford University
    Stanford, CA 94305

    Traveling Light: The Universe’s Oldest Story Told by the Cosmic Microwave Background


    The afterglow of the Big Bang, known as the cosmic microwave background (CMB), is the oldest light in the Universe, emitted when the Universe was only 0.003% of its current age. This ancient light has traveled across space for nearly 14 billion years, carrying with it vital information about the early Universe. By studying this ‘baby picture’ of the Universe, scientists can uncover clues about how the Universe began, how it has evolved over time, and what its future might hold. In this lecture, I will discuss the journey of this ‘traveling light,’ including how it interacts with other cosmic structures -- such as galaxies and dark matter -- through phenomena like gravitational lensing.

    Speaker: Federico Bianchini, Stanford University/SLAC

    Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/traveling-light-universes-oldest-story-told-cosmic-microwave-background

    Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/astronomy-lecture-the-universes-oldest-story-registration-929875270967

    Cost:  Free

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    Tuesday, 07/16/24
    07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
    In-person

    Hopmonk Tavern
    Session Room
    224 Vintage Way
    Novato, CA 94945

    Wonderfest: Ask a Science Envoy: Scavengers + Dark Matter + Biomolecules

    Wonderfest Science Envoys are early-career researchers with special communication skills and aspirations. Following short talks on provocative modern science topics, these three Science Envoys will answer questions with insight and enthusiasm:

    • Stanford ecologist Chinmay Sonawane on How Scavenging Animals Protect Human Health - Wildlife is rapidly disappearing globally. But why should we care? The loss of scavengers (consumers of already-dead animals) provides an intriguing example of how biodiversity loss has had, and will continue to have, profound consequences for human health.
    • UC Berkeley physicist Bethany Suter on Direct Detection of Dark Matter - Ubiquitous, yet deeply mysterious, dark matter constitutes 85%(!) of the material universe. What do we know - and not know - of elusive dark matter particles? Novel laboratory materials may allow us to detect dark matter directly, shining light into the pervasive cosmic shadows.
    • Stanford biophysicist Sean Waterton on Making Biomolecules from Electricity - Solar panels produce ever-more clean electricity. At the same time, human activity produces copious amounts of CO2. Modern research in synthetic biology allows us to use electricty and CO2 to create valuable molecules like fats and proteins - and, hopefully, more specialized molecules like medications.

    Website: https://wonderfest.org/scavengers-dark-matter-biomolecules/

    Cost:  Free

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    Thursday, 07/18/24
    03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
    Attend in person or via Zoom

    Stanford Linear Accelerator (SLAC) Colloquium Series
    2575 Sand Hill Rd, Building 51
    Kavli Auditorium
    Menlo Park, CA 94025

    Can small be the next big thing? Plasma Accelerator R&D at DESY 

    In laser- or particle beam-powered plasma-based accelerators, electrons surf on waves and can reach multi-GeV energy levels in a few 10’s of cm. If one relies on conventional methods, this would require machines that are multiple football fields long. Although many challenges remain, this new technology is at the brink of offering a profoundly different way in which we may build particle accelerators. An overview of the latest progress and the next steps in the R&D needed to advance this technology will be presented. Experiments will be discussed that are conducted at the FLASHForward facility that uses an FEL quality electron beam for powering plasma accelerators. In those experiments, beam quality preserving, high-efficiency acceleration has been achieved with relevance to energy boosters for FELs, as well as future colliders. At the laser-driven LUX and KALDERA facilities, an advanced generation of laser-plasma accelerators (LPA) is being developed that can power compact X-ray sources and FELs, and can be used in medical applications. Last but not least, the know-how gained is being deployed towards our “Moonshot” LPA application: an innovative 6 GeV full-energy injector for the new PETRA IV synchrotron.

    Speaker: Prof. Wim Leemans, Director of the Accelerator Division at DESY, Hamburg, Germany

    Attend in person or via Zoom

    Website: https://colloquium.slac.stanford.edu/events/2024-07-05-can-small-be-next-big-thing-plasma-accelerator-rd-desy

    Zoom:  https://stanford.zoom.us/j/97342141648?pwd=HQByabMoxFFv9ZF1tgF9XQmS5hLQst.1#success

    Cost:  Free

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    Friday, July 19, 2024  5PM until whenever
    In-person

    San Mateo Co. Astronomical Society
    Red Morton Park
    1120 Roosevelt Ave
    Redwood City, CA 94061

    Waxing gibbous Moon, nearly Full

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    Family Campout Star Party

    The Redwood City Parks is hosting their Family Campout again this year, on Friday, July 19. They have asked usto participate by hosting a Star party again. I believe the campers really love the opportunity to gaze at the stars.  Lots of little kids and families ooing and ahing at what you show them.

    I’m looking for volunteers who would like to participate with their telescopes.

    We can also host a table from 5 to 7:30 and we could use some volunteers to man the table and to talk about the club. 


    Please send me or the board a note if you would like to volunteer for this event. 


    Wishing you clear skies,

    Michael Cooke
    SMCAS President
    tfbsaxman@...

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    Friday, 07/19/24  7PM

    In-person

    Telescope Makers Workshop
    Chabot Space and Science Center
    10000 Skyline Boulevard
    Oakland, CA 94619-245


    The Chabot Telescope Maker's workshop reopens! Chabot's TMW is one of only a handful of regularly scheduled telescope making workshops in the U.S., and probably the world; it meets every Friday evening throughout the year, except Memorial Day weekend. It has been in operation since December of 1930, founded by Franklin B. Wright, and is currently run by Eastbay Astronomical Society member Rich Ozer, with help from other EAS members, Dave Barosso, Barry Leska, and others. The price of admission is FREE. All you have to do is show up, buy a mirror blank and a "tool" (typically around $100 - $200 depending on the size of the mirror) and start "pushin' glass!" We supply you with instruction, the various grits you'll need to first grind, and then polish and figure your mirror, and all the testing equipment needed. With a small bit of luck, you could wind up with a telescope that costs 1/3 or 1/4 the cost of a store-bought telescope, that is yet optically superior! It does take time - depending on how much time you put in on it, and other factors, it could take a few months.. But, it's a fun project, great for kids, and at the end you get a great telescope!
    Enter from the main loading dock behind the main building.

    If you have a project, bring it with you so we can assess next steps.
    You can also bring any other equipment or literature you may have
    questions about.

    For more information call or email Richard Ozer at richozer1@... or phone (510) 406-1914.

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    Friday, 07/19/2024 9PM-11PM for night observing and Saturday 07/20/2024 10AM-12 Noon for solar observing
    In-person

    Foothill Observatory
    12345 El Monte Road
    Los Altos Hills, CA 94022



    Foothill Observatory now Open EVERY clear Friday night and Saturday morning

    The Foothill College Astronomy Department and Peninsula Astronomical Society (PAS) have reopened public viewing programs at Foothill College Observatory on:

    ·       Every clear Friday night from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. for star gazing

    ·       Every clear Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon for solar viewing

    ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES
    COVID vaccination and masks no longer required on the Foothill College campus.

    Websites:  https://foothill.edu/astronomy/observatory.html

    and  https://pastro.org

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    Friday,  07/19/2024 and Saturday 07/20/2024
    07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    In-person

    Chabot Space and Science Center
    10000 Skyline Blvd
    Oakland, CA 94619


    Free Telescope Viewings

    Join Chabot astronomers on the Observatory Deck for a free telescope viewing! Weather permitting, this is a chance to explore stars, planets and more through Chabot’s historic telescopes. Chabot’s three large historic telescopes offer a unique way to experience the awe and wonder of the Universe. Our observatory deck offers breathtaking views 1,500 feet above the Bay. Three observatory domes house the Center’s 8-inch (Leah, 1883) and 20-inch (Rachel, 1916) refracting telescopes, along with a 36-inch reflecting telescope (Nellie, 2003).

    Are the skies clear for viewing tonight? Viewing can be impacted by rain, clouds, humidity and other weather conditions. Conditions can be unique to Chabot because of its unique location in Joaquin Miller Park. Before your visit, check out the Weather Station to see the current conditions at Chabot.

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    Saturday, 07/20/24  7:30 PM

    In-person and Livestream via Facebook


    East Bay Astronomical Society
    Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd
    Classroom 4 formerly knows as Copernicus
    Oakland, CA 94619


    Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/EastbayAstroSociety/videos/


    The Conjunctive Theory of Mental Imagery


    We live in two worlds: the outer world, where we exist, interact with others, and deal with
    everyday life, and the inner world, where we dream, think, and imagine. Our mental imagery
    connects these worlds, and how we connect them shapes our reality. The way we see the world
    governs this connection. Viewing the world through artistic and scientific perspectives is vital
    for experiencing our reality fully.
    The Conjunctive Theory of Mental Imagery examines how the interplay between our internal
    and external worlds influences and shapes our perception of the world. Since mental images
    serve as the foundation for artistic and scientific progress in society, it is important to approach
    artworks and scientific theories with both artistic and scientific perspectives in order to fully
    comprehend and appreciate them. This lecture supports these assertions.


    Speaker: Mohsen Janatpour, College of San Mateo

    Website: https://eastbayastro.org/events/


    Cost:  Free

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    Saturday, 07/20/24 and Sunday, 07/21/24
    All Day  Sat.  9A-5:30P , Sun. 9A-3:00P
    Livestream

    Northern California Skeptics

    SkeptiCal: the Scientific Skepticism Conference - Online


    The SkeptiCal Conference brings stimulating and entertaining speakers to a world-wide audience of science fans, critical thinkers, and, in the words of Carl Sagan, questioners of “extraordinary claims”. Join us for two engaging days of speakers, interviews, and discussions. And test your wits on a round of SkeptiCal trivia, and try your hand at SkeptiCal’s popular Skepardy!game.

    SkeptiCal is sponsored by the Northern California Skeptics groups. The conference begins on July 19 and ends on July 21.

    Website: https://www.skepticalcon.com

    Cost:  $20 to $30

  • 15 Jul 2024 7:00 AM | Scott Miller (Administrator)
    Tuesday, 7/23/2024  7PM

    In-person and recorded


     Mount Diablo Astronomical Society

    Lindsay Wildlife Experience

    1931 First Avenue

    Walnut Creek, CA 94597

    Speaker: Dr. Franck Marchis, SETI
    Title:  Stargazing and Beyond: A Global Network of Citizen Astronomers


    Website:  https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/event-view.cfm?Event_ID=133835


    YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Mt+diablo+astronomicalsociety


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    Friday, 07/26/24  7PM

    In-person

    Telescope Makers Workshop
    Chabot Space and Science Center
    10000 Skyline Boulevard
    Oakland, CA 94619-245


    The Chabot Telescope Maker's workshop reopens! Chabot's TMW is one of only a handful of regularly scheduled telescope making workshops in the U.S., and probably the world; it meets every Friday evening throughout the year, except Memorial Day weekend. It has been in operation since December of 1930, founded by Franklin B. Wright, and is currently run by Eastbay Astronomical Society member Rich Ozer, with help from other EAS members, Dave Barosso, Barry Leska, and others. The price of admission is FREE. All you have to do is show up, buy a mirror blank and a "tool" (typically around $100 - $200 depending on the size of the mirror) and start "pushin' glass!" We supply you with instruction, the various grits you'll need to first grind, and then polish and figure your mirror, and all the testing equipment needed. With a small bit of luck, you could wind up with a telescope that costs 1/3 or 1/4 the cost of a store-bought telescope, that is yet optically superior! It does take time - depending on how much time you put in on it, and other factors, it could take a few months.. But, it's a fun project, great for kids, and at the end you get a great telescope!
    Enter from the main loading dock behind the main building.

    If you have a project, bring it with you so we can assess next steps.
    You can also bring any other equipment or literature you may have
    questions about.

    For more information call or email Richard Ozer at richozer1@... or phone (510) 406-1914.

    =============================

    Friday, 07/26/2024 9PM-11PM for night observing and Saturday 07/27/2024 10AM-12 Noon for solar observing
    In-person

    Foothill Observatory
    12345 El Monte Road
    Los Altos Hills, CA 94022


    Foothill Observatory now Open EVERY clear Friday night and Saturday morning

    The Foothill College Astronomy Department and Peninsula Astronomical Society (PAS) have reopened public viewing programs at Foothill College Observatory on:

    ·       Every clear Friday night from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. for star gazing

    ·       Every clear Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon for solar viewing

    ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES
    COVID vaccination and masks no longer required on the Foothill College campus.

    Websites:  https://foothill.edu/astronomy/observatory.html

    and  https://pastro.org

    =============================

    Friday,  07/26/2024 and Saturday 07/27/2024
    07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    In-person

    Chabot Space and Science Center
    10000 Skyline Blvd
    Oakland, CA 94619


    Free Telescope Viewings

    Join Chabot astronomers on the Observatory Deck for a free telescope viewing! Weather permitting, this is a chance to explore stars, planets and more through Chabot’s historic telescopes. Chabot’s three large historic telescopes offer a unique way to experience the awe and wonder of the Universe. Our observatory deck offers breathtaking views 1,500 feet above the Bay. Three observatory domes house the Center’s 8-inch (Leah, 1883) and 20-inch (Rachel, 1916) refracting telescopes, along with a 36-inch reflecting telescope (Nellie, 2003).

    Are the skies clear for viewing tonight? Viewing can be impacted by rain, clouds, humidity and other weather conditions. Conditions can be unique to Chabot because of its unique location in Joaquin Miller Park. Before your visit, check out the Weather Station to see the current conditions at Chabot.

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    Saturday, 07/27/24  8:30 PM

    In-person


    Lick Observatory
    7299 Mt. Hamilton Rd
    Mt. Hamilton, CA 95140


    “We are stardust: the story of cosmic alchemy”


    Each year Lick Observatory brings world-renown musicians and astronomers to the summit of Mount Hamilton for a musical night to remember.

    The event activities include:

    • Concert
    • Astronomy talk by world-renowned scientists
    • Viewing through the historic 36-inch Great Lick Refractor telescope
    • Viewing through the 40-inch Nickel Reflector telescope
    • Astronomy discussions with amateur astronomers and viewing through small telescopes
    Dr. Sanjana Curtis is currently working on many interesting problems in astrophysics - supernovae, merging compact objects (e.g. neutron stars), and the origin of the chemical elements. Her primary motivation is to understand how fundamental forces and particles interact under extreme conditions. She utilizes both theoretical and computational methods for her research.
     
    Dr. Curtis is an NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Astronomy at UC Berkeley. Before joining Berkeley, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago. She has lived and worked in India, the Netherlands, and all four US time zones. She also is a science communicator, publishing articles in popular science magazines such as Scientific American.
    Speaker: Sanjana Curtis, UC Berkeley

    Artist: Jimbo Scott

    Tickets go on sale April 17 at Noon.

    Website: https://www.lickobservatory.org/events/music-of-the-spheres/mos-2024-07-27/


    Cost:  $60 General, $99 Preferred, $129 Preferred+

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    Saturday, 07/27/24
    09:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    In-person


    Rancho Cañada Del Oro Open Space Preserve
    4289 Casa Loma Rd
    Morgan hill, CA 95037


    Starry Nights Star Party


    The San Jose Astronomical Association (SJAA), working with the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority (OSA), is glad to co-host a public star party at Rancho Canada del Oro (RCDO) Open Space Preserve. This site, just 30 minutes south of downtown San Jose, features dark skies. It's dark enough to see the band of our Milky Way galaxy in the summer.

    Do not bring your own telescope (binoculars are welcome, but please no tripods). SJAA club members will set up their telescopes to help star party guests get the most knowledge and enjoyment out of the dark night sky.

    Website: https://www.meetup.com/sj-astronomy/events/300804185/


    Cost: Free

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    Saturday, July 27, 2024
    Sunset: 8:21 PM
    In-person

    San Mateo Co. Astronomical Society
    Crestview Park
    1000 Crestview Drive 
    San Carlos, CA


    Public Star Parties at Crestview Park in San Carlos

    SMCAS and the City of San Carlos Parks Department host a public star party at Crestview Park in San Carlos twice a month when there is a new moon.  Members set up telescopes and let the public view and share their knowledge of the night sky all for Free.  All ages are welcome.  If you have kids interested in space or science, bring them here for a real time view of planets, nebula, star clusters, and galaxies.

    If you are a Non-member and own a telescope, bring it to share!  Experts are available if you need assistance or have questions about buying a telescope.

    Telescope setup begins at sunset and observing starts one hour after sunset.  In the event of inclement weather (rain, clouds, fog, or high winds) the star party will be cancelled.  Because each astronomer makes his or her own decision about bringing their telescope, there is no official cancellation notice. 

    Crestview Park is located at 1000 Crestview Drive in San Carlos

    Website: https://smcas.net/events/star-parties/crestview-park/

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    Tuesday, 07/30/24
    07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

    In-person

    Hopmonk Tavern
    Session Room
    224 Vintage Way
    Novato, CA 94945


    Wonderfest: Black Holes, and the Tech to Find Them


    The nearest black hole lurks 1,500 light-years from Earth (~ 10 quadrillion miles!), and it neither emits nor reflects light. How can we possibly detect - far less investigate - such wondrous holes in the fabric of spacetime? High-precision astrometry is the key: adaptive optics allow ground-based telescopes to see through our turbulent atmosphere using ordinary light, and space telescopes provide high-resolution images in other parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. Today, high technology affords astronomers many ways to discover and explore the intriguing space around black hole singularities.

    Speaker: Jessica Lu, UC Berkeley

    Website: https://wonderfest.org/black-hole-tech/


    Cost:  Free


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