• 20 May 2024 7:30 AM | Scott Miller (Administrator)
    Tuesday, 05/21/24  3:30 PM
    In-person and recorded

    Hewlett Teaching Center
    370 Jane Stanford Way, Room 201
    Stanford University
    Stanford, CA 94305

    Delving into the Unknown: The Higgs Boson at Future Colliders

    The Higgs boson was discovered in 2012 by the ATLAS and CMS experiments 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. While we now have a strong evidence that the Higgs field is indeed the unique source of mass for the known elementary particles, the next step is to search for new interactions that could also explain why the Higgs field has the properties required by the Standard Model of particle physics. We have no clear roadmap to this new theory but the Higgs boson plays a crucial role in this quest. The goal of a next-generation e+e- collider is to carry out precision measurements to per-cent level of the Higgs boson properties that are not accessible at the LHC.  In this talk we present the challenges and possibilities for the next e+e- collider and recent progress. The exploitation of the complementarity between LHC and future colliders will be the key to understanding fundamentally the Higgs boson.

    Speaker: Caterina Vernieri

    Website: https://physics.stanford.edu/events/applied-physicsphysics-colloquium-caterina-vernieri-delving-unknown-higgs-boson-future

    Videos at:  https://physics.stanford.edu/news-events/applied-physics/physics-colloquium

    Cost:  Free

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    Tuesday, 05/21/24
    07:30 PM - 09:30 PM

    In-person and online

    Astronomy on Tap

    Astronomy on Tap Tucson #98: Dark Energy + Colliding Worlds - Livestream


    This month, we’ll be joined by NSF NOIRLab astronomer Dr. Yuanyuan Zhang talking about dark energy and the expanding universe and Lunar and Planetary Laboratory grad student Arin Avsar telling us about colliding worlds. And Steward postdocs Jackie Champagne and Danny Krolikowski will be telling us all about the latest and greatest astronomical news!


    Click here to attend virtually:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWmFn0VHYwQ


    Website: https://astronomyontap.org/event/astronomy-on-tap-tucson-98-dark-energy-colliding-worlds/


    Cost:  Free

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    Wednesday, 05/22/24
    07:00 PM - 08:30 AM
    Livestream

    Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series

    Europa Clipper: Exploring Jupiter’s Ocean World - Livestream

    Jupiter's moon Europa may be a habitable world, containing the “ingredients” necessary for life within its ocean. Data from NASA’s earlier Galileo mission suggest that a global salty ocean exists beneath the icy surface. Tides have broken that floating ice shell to create ridges, bands, and chaotic terrains that may be related to local melting. The Europa Clipper mission will explore Europa with a remarkably capable suite of instruments, through multiple close flybys from Jupiter orbit. The spacecraft will examine the moon’s ice shell, ocean, and geology, and search for current activity - including plumes that emerge from surface cracks. This talk will summarize our understanding of Europa and the and status and promise of the Europa Clipper mission.

    Dr. Robert Pappalardo is the Project Scientist for NASA’s Europa Clipper Mission at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the Caltech.

    Watch the lecture by clicking here:  https://www.youtube.com/SVAstronomyLectures

    Website: https://www.youtube.com/SVAstronomyLectures

    Cost:  Free

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    Thursday, 05/23/24
    06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
    In-person

    Campbell Hall, Rm 131 A
    UC Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720

    An Evening with the Stars 2024: Exploring the Fourth Dimension: Time

    Time-domain astrophysics pertains to the most violent phenomena in our Universe, including stellar eruprions, disruptions, explosions, and mergers.  Combining multiple messengers of information (including light, particles, and gravitational waves, it constitutes a new frontier of discovery in Astrophysics.  In this event we will explore some of the most recent advances in the field, and we will discuss some of the most exciting directlys of research that will open up in the near future.

    Speakers (all from UC Berkeley):

    • Raffaella Margutti, Associate Professor of Astronomy and Physics
    • Wenbin Lu, Assistant Professor of Astronomy
    • Kishore Patra, Grad student, Astronomy Department
    • Alex Filippenko, Distinguished Professor of Astronomy

    Register here by May 16:  https://ucbevents.wufoo.com/forms/x1ul058a11qnb6h/

    Website: https://ucbevents.wufoo.com/forms/x1ul058a11qnb6h/

    Cost:  Free

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    Thursday, 05/23/24
    06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
    In-person

    This talk has been rescheduled from May 2, 2024.

    Hacker Dojo
    855 Maude Avenue 
    Mountain View, CA 94043

    Tech Talk: Psyche

    Psyche: Adapting a Comm Spacecraft to Explore a Metal-Rich Asteroid

    The Psyche spacecraft, built by Maxar in partnership with NASA JPL, is flying to 16-Psyche, an all-metal asteroid orbiting between Mars and Jupiter. Humanity has never before explored a world like it. But terrestrial planets like Earth are presumed to have metallic cores beneath their crusts. Psyche will hopefully help us learn more about planet cores: how planets are formed or how they get ripped apart. If it could be mined, 16-Psyche could be worth $10,000 quadrillion (that’s 19 zeros).

    The program was first proposed in 2011, NASA put out the initial proposal in 2014, and JPL and Maxar were awarded the contract in 2017.  It was launched on October (Friday the) 13th, 2023, and left the Earth on a Falcon Heavy faster than any other human-made object. At 5 months into the mission, the spacecraft is healthy. It is expected to reach 16-Psyche in August 2029.

    Psyche is adapted from the Maxar 1300 series bus, which was designed as a geostationary (GEO) communications and remote sensing platform. It has 4 highly efficient electric propulsion thrusters and 12 “simple” cold gas thrusters. The electric propulsion produces about as much force as getting hit in the head with a piece of paper. With no atmospheric drag can accelerate objects to incredibly high speeds, but also be used to get into orbit around the asteroid and spiral down to low altitudes.  Between the thrusters and a Mars flyby, it will reach 124,000mph relative to Earth before orbiting the asteroid. For comparison, the Lucy mission (launched in 2021) with a chemical propulsion system will visit multiple asteroids via short duration flybys.

    In addition to the primary asteroid mission, Psyche also hosts the laser-based DSOC (Deep Space Optical Communications) technology demonstration, which is breaking records on how much data can be transferred from deep space.

    Speaker: Ian Johnson, Maxar Space Systems

    Website: https://aiaa-sf.org/event/tech-talk-psyche/

    Advance registration required! Tickets will not be sold at the event. Refreshments (pizza, sandwiches, drinks) will be served at the presentation for paid attendees only.

    https://aiaa-sf.org/registration/

    Cost:  Free

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    Friday, 05/24/24  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, 05/24/2024 9PM-11PM for night observing and Saturday 05/25/2024
    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,  05/24/2024 and Saturday 5/25/2024
    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.

    https://chabotspace.org/weather-station/

    Website: https://chabotspace.org/events/events-listing/

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    Saturday, 05/25/24  7:30 PM
    In-person and Livestream

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

    Livestream: https://www.facebook.com/EastbayAstroSociety/videos/
     
    EAS Members will get a private Zoom invitation by Email

    Postcards from the Moon

    Robert Reeves’ presentation, “Postcards from the Moon”, summarizes his 60-year passion for observing the Moon by helping the others appreciate the beauty as well as the science of the Moon. Illustrated with images taken by Robert, a noted lunar astrophotographer, his presentation shows that a look at the Moon through a telescope is as much an exercise in cosmic art as it is science. The lunar enthusiast will see that the Moon is both the mysterious world puzzled over in the past as well as a world full of promise for future exploration. By explaining the nuances of the Moon and its varied geology, Robert provides the Moon with a personality and makes the Moon a valued nighttime friend.

    Speaker: Robert Reeves, Author

    Speaker will join via Zoom.  Attend in person or online.

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

    Cost:  Free

  • 20 May 2024 7:00 AM | Scott Miller (Administrator)

    Tuesday, 05/28/24  3:30 PM

    In-person


    Earth and Marine Sciences Building
    UC Santa Cruz
    Room A340
    Santa Cruz, CA 95064



    Short-lived Radionuclides in Meteorites and the Sun's Birth Environment


    Speaker: Steven Desch, UC Santa Cruz

    Website: https://eps.ucsc.edu/news-events/whole-earth-seminars/spring-2024.html


    Cost:  Free


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    Tuesday, 05/28/24
    06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Livestream


    Night Sky Network



    Brief History of Everything - Livestream


    Fourteen billion years ago, the universe was little more than a cloud of hot hydrogen gas. Dr. Patrick Breysse will tell the story of how that cloud of gas evolved into all of the galaxies, stars, and planets we see around us today. In the process, Dr. Breysse will explain how astronomers study the history of the universe, and how telescopes are secretly time machines that let us look directly into the distant past. Dr. Breysse will also talk about some of the great mysteries that remain in this story, and how astronomers are working in Toronto and elsewhere to solve them.

    Speaker: Patrick Breysse, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics

    Watch here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLbtrRCq43s


    and


    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIvuYlhXEKxDrqIL5LSj3fw

    Website: https://astrosociety.org/get-involved/events/event/2024/05/28/free-live-nsn-webinar-series-brief-history-of-everything-with-patrick-c-breysse/482990


    Cost:  Free


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    Tuesday, 5/28/2024  7:15 PM - 9:00 PM Pacific
    In-person and recorded

    Mount Diablo Astronomical Society
    Lindsay Wildlife Experience
    1931 First Avenue
    Walnut Creek, CA 94597


    Speaker: Various MDAS Members
    Topic: Member Reports for the April Eclipse Chasing
    Wildlife Experience , 1931 First Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA 94597

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    Thursday, 05/30/24
    07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

    In-person and Livestream


    Los Altos Public Library
    13 S San Antonio Rd
    Peninsula Astronomical Society
    Los Altos, CA 94022


    Zoom:  Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84672067395?pwd=cG8kA4ZBb1DD1G8RlcMadS7D1IF3xn.1


    2024 Eclipse Image Extravaganza


    Partial Solar Eclipse

    Round robin of noted scientists and amateur astronomers showing photos/videos of the April 8, 2024 Solar Eclipse.

    Join us to see stunning images and videos of the most recent Total Solar Eclipse last April 8. The eclipse started in the Pacific, touched land in Mazatlán, Mexico, entered through Texas, crossed several states until it exited through Maine, then the province of New Brunswick in Canada, and also covering over part of Montreal. Although weather patterns did not follow long range predictions, many people managed to overcome clouds and take amazing photos.

    Our Presenters
    Various amateur astronomers and professionals will show photos of the event. The presenters covered a span of diverse geographical regions from Mazatlán to Montreal, and even our local Foothill College Observatory where viewers could see part of the Moon covering the Sun.

    Attend in person or online.  See weblink

    Website: https://www.meetup.com/peninsula-astronomical-society/events/301011623/


    Cost:  Free

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

    Friday, 05/31/24  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, 05/31/24
    09:30 PM - 11:30 PM

    In-person


    San Jose Astronomical Association (SJAA)

    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.

    This event was scheduled for June 1.

    Website: https://www.meetup.com/sj-astronomy/events/297880462/


    Cost:  Free


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    Friday, 05/31/2024 9PM-11PM for night observing and Saturday 06/01/2024
    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,  05/31/2024 and Saturday 06/01/2024
    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.

    https://chabotspace.org/weather-station/

    Website: https://chabotspace.org/events/events-listing/

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


    Saturday, 06/01/24
    10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    In-person


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


    Chabot Pride: #SpaceForAll


    Bring the whole family to kickstart your Pride Month with this out-of-this-world Pride party at Chabot! Discover the science of rainbows, dance with family & friends at the DJ dance party, and get fired up to experience how Rocket Fuel is made with local drag superstar VERA! in our very special Pride Live Science show, Science is a Drag! Join us in creating an interactive exhibit on Queering the Future, and gather with community in this starry #SpaceForAll to celebrate.

    Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/chabot-pride-spaceforall/


    Cost:  $24 General, $19 Kids, Srs. Students, Free Members


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    Saturday, 06/01/24
    12:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    In-person


    Nike Missle Site
    Field Rd
    Mill Valley, CA 94941



    Nike Missile Site Veteran Open House


    Veterans of the Nike program come to the site to share their stories with visitors and give guided tours of SF88 between the hours of 12pm - 3pm 

    The SF-88 Nike Missile Site is the most fully restored Nike missile site in the country. During the tense years of the Cold War, from 1953 to 1979, the United States Army built and operated close to 300 Nike missile sites in the United States. These sites were designed to be the last line of defense against H-Bomb carrying Soviet bombers that had eluded the Air Force’s interceptor jet aircrafts. SF-88 in the Marin Headlands was one such site. Today, Golden Gate National Recreation Area works together with a dedicated group of volunteers to preserve the site as it was during operations to remind visitors of the physical and psychological effects of the Cold War on the American landscape.

    Website: https://www.parksconservancy.org/events/marin-headlands-point-bonita/nike-missile-site-veteran-open-house


    Cost:  Free


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    Saturday, 06/01/24
    09:15 PM - 10:45 PM

    In-person


    Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve
    550 Palm Ave
    Morgan Hill, CA 95037


    Binocular Stargazing at Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve


    Want to learn the night sky? Want to see the Milky Way and the stars contained in it? Did you know that you don’t need to spend a ton of money on a telescope to do so? All you need is a decent pair of binoculars.

    Come out and attend the “Binocular Stargazing” event on Saturday June 1st at 9:15pm at Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve. (Binoculars are required for this event) You will learn all about how the night sky changes by the hour, month, and year.

    Our astronomy docents will lead you through the night sky so you can learn how to use your binoculars to find and view asterisms, open and globular clusters, nebulae, and planets. (You will need to have binoculars to attend this event. This is an interactive program in which you will need binoculars to follow along with the program)

    Please bring the following items:

    • 10x42mm binoculars or larger. (Tripod recommended on binoculars larger then 10x50)

    • A chair to view in comfort (very important) (lawn chairs are great for this)

    • A red lens flashlight, and warm clothes (extra layers).


    Website: https://www.meetup.com/sj-astronomy/events/300888389/


    Cost:  Free


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    Monday, 06/03/24
    07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

    In-person


    Benjamin Dean Astronomy Lecture Series

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


    Clouds and Chemistry of Small Nearby Worlds


    Jupiter-like planet

    Astronomers are looking for exoplanets - planets beyond our Solar System - with a goal to one day find Earth 2.0. JWST has provided us with unprecedented amounts of information on the atmospheres of exoplanets and their analogs - brown dwarfs. Brown Dwarfs are unique objects, too massive to be a planet but just too small to be a star, and astronomers can characterize their atmospheres in incredible detail. They range widely in temperature, from as cold as a warm day at the south pole to twice as hot as molten lava! With such a diversity in temperature, these objects have atmospheres very different from our own. In this talk, Dr. Gonzales will discuss how we can learn about the atmospheres for a variety of brown dwarfs and what exciting things we have discovered about them.

    Speaker: Eileen Gonzales, San Francisco State University

    Website: https://www.calacademy.org/events/benjamin-dean-astronomy-lectures/clouds-and-chemistry-of-small-nearby-worlds


    Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members & Seniors



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