BayAstro - Events of Week 6/7/2021 and Beyond

07 Jun 2021 9:25 PM | Scott Miller (Administrator)

Monday, 06/07/21
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

The Extremely Large Telescope: what, why and how? - Livestream

The Extremely Large Telescope is currently under construction high in the Atacama Desert in Chile. This talk will explore the incredible engineering behind the largest optical and infrared telescope in the world, introducing the science instruments we are building for it here at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh.

Speaker: Sandi Wilson

Website: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-astronomy-talk-the-extremely-large-telescope-what-why-and-how-tickets-140256130863

Cost:  Free

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Monday, 06/07/21  7:30 PM

Astronomy on Tap: Los Angeles - Livestream

We’ll hear from Dr. Britt Lundgren: “Using Gorging Supermassive Black Holes to Illuminate Distant Galaxies” and from Dr. Junhan Kim: “Exploring the Universe from the South Pole”. In addition, we will host interactive, astronomically-themed pub trivia.

See weblink for YouTube connection.

Website: https://astronomyontap.org/2021/05/astronomy-on-tap-los-angeles-june-7-2021/

YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDi5r7-hPWM

Cost:  Free

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Tuesday, 06/08/21
12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

Castro Valley High School

Project IceCube: Live from the South Pole - Livestream

Winter is here!

Join us for an extraordinary virtual presentation by scientists at the South Pole who will describe what it is like to live and work where it is dark more than 23 hours every day and where the average temperature is -50⁰F.

Project IceCube uses a cubic kilometer of ice at the South Pole to measure neutrinos, mysterious subatomic particles that have an extremely small mass.

Don't miss this fascinating event, live from an alien world!

Register at weblink to receive connection information.

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/project-icecube-live-at-the-south-pole-science-castro-valley-registration-156221676239?aff=bayareascience

Cost:  Free

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Tuesday, 06/08/21  3:30 PM

UC Santa Cruz

Climate and Habitability of Tidally Locked Planets - Livestream

Speaker: Jun Yang, Peking University

Zoom information can be found on the EPS advising Google calendar

Website: https://eps.ucsc.edu/news-events/whole-earth-seminars/spring-2021.html

Zoom: https://ucsc.zoom.us/j/91237759104?pwd=NXM3NlRiUDlncU5UKzFHZ01saEZyUT09

Passcode = 708953

Cost:  Free

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Thursday, 06/10/21
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The Royal Institution

Is Dark Matter Real? - Livestream

For more than 80 years, astrophysicists have collected data that suggests 80% of matter in the universe is 'dark'. These observations have led them to believe that it is made up of an as yet unknown substance.

In this talk Sabine Hossenfelder will explore the evidence for and against the existence of 'dark' matter. She will argue that that the best explanation is a suitable combination of dark matter and a modification of general relativity, which can be realized by the idea that dark matter has a superfluid phase.

Website: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/is-dark-matter-real-tickets-152544004223

Cost:  Free

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Friday, 06/11/21
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Oxford University

90 Degrees South: Detecting Invisible Messengers of the Cosmos - Livestream

We are delighted to announce this fantastic public & alumni event hosted by our department together with the team at IceCube South Pole neutrino Observatory (US & South Pole).
Our Head of Particle Physics Professor Daniela Bortoletto will be hosting a live link-up with Josh Veitch-Michaelis and Martin Wolf, IceCube winterovers who will be talking to us live from Antarctica. Professor Jim Madsen, Executive Director Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center and Gwenhaël de Wasseige, MSCA Individual Fellow, Laboratoire Astroparticule et Cosmologie will also be joining us to share their work and talk all things neutrino.
You may have heard these news lately, about IceCube, and this is the perfect time to join us, learn what happens there and how the research is done, and ask all the questions you may have.

Register at weblink to receive connection information

Website: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/90-degrees-south-detecting-invisible-messengers-of-the-cosmos-tickets-154137789277

Cost:  Free

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Saturday, 06/12/21
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, 06/12/21
    • Saturday, 06/19/21
    • Saturday, 06/26/21
    • Saturday, 07/03/21

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/free-telescope-viewings/2021-05-08/

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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Wednesday, 06/16/21
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Dominican Univ.

Rovers, Helicopters, and Ancient Martians: Why We Explore Mars

With three countries sending missions to Mars in 2021, including the first Mars helicopter, there is new interest in the red planet. What do we know, and what do we hope to learn, about this alien world next-door?In this free, on-line program, Andrew Fraknoi will discuss the discoveries that revealed ancient Mars as a world much like the Earth, with lakes, rivers, and possibly the stirrings of life. Although Mars today is very different, since the small planet lost much of its atmosphere, we nevertheless hope to find evidence of past life - and a second genesis - on its sandy surface. Using beautiful color images from the latest space probes, Fraknoi will show us the beauty of Mars and how new probes are exploring it. No background in science is required.

Speaker: Andrew Fraknoi retired in 2017 as the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College, and now teaches non-credit astronomy courses for older adults at the OLLI program at SF State and The Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco.

Website: https://www.campusce.net/sfsu/course/course.aspx?C=755&pc=120&mc=&sc=%20

Cost:  Free

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Wednesday, 06/16/21  7:00 PM

San Francisco Amateur Astronomers

An Astronomical Perspective on Globular Clusters, Binary Stars, and Planet Earth - Livestream

I will begin by sharing some results from my research on Globular Clusters, following a brief introduction to these fascinating and ancient structures.  In particular I will focus on the role that Binary Stars play in cluster dynamics and show some examples of how my students and I have been searching for these binaries using space-based observatories. I will also touch on some interesting connections between this work and the LIGO discoveries of binary black holes via gravitational waves.  Finally, I will describe ways in which the astronomical perspective can be harnessed in the struggle to preserve our planet's habitability, invite you to share your thoughts about this, and introduce Astronomers for Planet Earth, an organization that I helped to found in 2019.

Speaker: Adrienne Cool, San Francisco State University

See weblink for Zoom link

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

To attend the virtual meeting "live" with the opportunity to ask questions:
Connect starting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, June 16th by clicking this Zoom meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/95830904603?pwd=UDNKdm16US9wK1EremdJeGptdjNNdz09

Clicking the link may prompt you to install the Zoom virtual meeting app. Once installed, you will be able to join the meeting. If the app is already installed on your device, simply enter the meeting number 958 3090 4603 and password 116064 to join the meeting.

Once joined, you can test your audio and video, and greet other members.

Alternatively, please visit the following channels to attend the live stream:

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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Saturday, 06/19/21  7:30 PM

Mount Tamalpias Astronomy Lectures

Deep Prediction: Forecasting on Time Scales from Microseconds to Eons - Livestream

Scientific forecasts span a staggering breadth of time scales, and they range in precision from vague & qualitative to exact & quantitative. This presentation will provide an overview of predictability. We’ll look at examples drawn from trading, meteorology, celestial mechanics, and cosmology. Finally, we'll end with the latest research-based forecasts for what will happen to the Universe in the extremely distant future.

Speaker: Greg Laughlin, Yale University

See weblink for Zoom information

Website: https://www.mttamastronomy.org/calendar#h.x0snkek9r9ue

Zoom:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89697734661#success

Cost:  Free

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Saturday, 06/19/21
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, 06/19/21
    • Saturday, 06/26/21
    • Saturday, 07/03/21
    • Saturday, 07/10/21

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/free-telescope-viewings/2021-05-08/

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

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

Cost:  Free

Monday, 06/14/21
07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
California Academy of Sciences
Venus: A Lost Habitable World? - Livestream
Venus today is supremely uninhabitable. Yet it may have been the first planet in our solar system with conditions suitable for life! Just as we can learn about the evolution of civilization from archeological sites, Venus - our twin planet - has deep lessons for what makes our home planet unique. Its geology today may resemble Earth’s billions of years ago, when processes evolved that shaped Earth into a living world.
Tickets cost $15 for access to this virtual lecture, which will take place on Zoom.
Members & Donors get free access! Please see your recent Academy Membership email for a special promotional code for this event.
Website: https://www.calacademy.org/events/benjamin-dean-astronomy-lectures/venus-a-lost-habitable-world
Cost: $15
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Wednesday, 06/16/21
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Dominican Univ.
Rovers, Helicopters, and Ancient Martians: Why We Explore Mars
With three countries sending missions to Mars in 2021, including the first Mars helicopter, there is new interest in the red planet. What do we know, and what do we hope to learn, about this alien world next-door?In this free, on-line program, Andrew Fraknoi will discuss the discoveries that revealed ancient Mars as a world much like the Earth, with lakes, rivers, and possibly the stirrings of life. Although Mars today is very different, since the small planet lost much of its atmosphere, we nevertheless hope to find evidence of past life - and a second genesis - on its sandy surface. Using beautiful color images from the latest space probes, Fraknoi will show us the beauty of Mars and how new probes are exploring it. No background in science is required.
Speaker: Andrew Fraknoi retired in 2017 as the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College, and now teaches non-credit astronomy courses for older adults at the OLLI program at SF State and The Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco.
Website: https://www.campusce.net/sfsu/course/course.aspx?C=755&pc=120&mc=&sc=%20
Cost: Free
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Wednesday, 06/16/21 7:00 PM
San Francisco Amateur Astronomers
An Astronomical Perspective on Globular Clusters, Binary Stars, and Planet Earth - Livestream
I will begin by sharing some results from my research on Globular Clusters, following a brief introduction to these fascinating and ancient structures. In particular I will focus on the role that Binary Stars play in cluster dynamics and show some examples of how my students and I have been searching for these binaries using space-based observatories. I will also touch on some interesting connections between this work and the LIGO discoveries of binary black holes via gravitational waves. Finally, I will describe ways in which the astronomical perspective can be harnessed in the struggle to preserve our planet's habitability, invite you to share your thoughts about this, and introduce Astronomers for Planet Earth, an organization that I helped to found in 2019.
Speaker: Adrienne Cool, San Francisco State University
See weblink for Zoom link
Website: https://www.sfaa-astronomy.org/live-streamed-lectures/
To attend the virtual meeting "live" with the opportunity to ask questions:
Connect starting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, June 16th by clicking this Zoom meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/95830904603?pwd=UDNKdm16US9wK1EremdJeGptdjNNdz09
Clicking the link may prompt you to install the Zoom virtual meeting app. Once installed, you will be able to join the meeting. If the app is already installed on your device, simply enter the meeting number 958 3090 4603 and password 116064 to join the meeting.
Once joined, you can test your audio and video, and greet other members.
Alternatively, please visit the following channels to attend the live stream:
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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Friday, 06/18/21 7:30 PM
Tri-Valley Stargazers, Livermore, CA
Power for Astronomy Away from Home - Livestream
Traveling to a secluded dark site gives us access to skies that we can only dream about at home. In addition to having to pack up and transport all of our equipment, we have to have a plan to provide the power needed to operate our mounts, cameras, computers, etc. in places where the convenience of a nearby AC outlet is nonexistent. The humble lead acid battery has served to supply power away from home for decades. In this presentation, we will answer the three most important questions required when planning for power away from home: 1) How Much Power Do I Need?; 2) What are My Power Supply Options?; 3) How Do I Connect Everything? We will discuss the latest trends in battery technology using lithium chemistries. And we will examine another trend using a centralized power distribution hub to manage and simplify power distribution to all of our equipment.
Speaker: Curtis Macchioni
This meeting will be held using the video conference utility Zoom. The meeting link will be emailed to members. For non-members if you would like to join the meeting, please send an email to the club president at president@trivalleystargazers.org asking for the meeting link and telling us a bit about your areas of interest in astronomy.
Website: https://www.trivalleystargazers.org
Cost: Free
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Saturday, 06/19/21 7:30 PM
Mount Tamalpias Astronomy Lectures
Deep Prediction: Forecasting on Time Scales from Microseconds to Eons - Livestream
Scientific forecasts span a staggering breadth of time scales, and they range in precision from vague & qualitative to exact & quantitative. This presentation will provide an overview of predictability. We’ll look at examples drawn from trading, meteorology, celestial mechanics, and cosmology. Finally, we'll end with the latest research-based forecasts for what will happen to the Universe in the extremely distant future.
Speaker: Greg Laughlin, Yale University
See weblink for Zoom information
Website: https://www.mttamastronomy.org/calendar#h.x0snkek9r9ue
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89697734661#success
Cost: Free
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Saturday, 06/19/21
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, 06/19/21
• Saturday, 06/26/21
• Saturday, 07/03/21
• Saturday, 07/10/21
Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/free-telescope-viewings/2021-05-08/
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, 06/24/21
06:30 PM - 07:30 PM
UC Riverside
Exploring Galaxies in Our Cosmic Backyard - Livestream
Galaxies are gravitationally-bound conglomerates of gas and stars with a very wide range of masses. They contain from a few thousand stars in the case of dwarf galaxies, to tens of billions like the Milky Way (our own galaxy), to up to thousand billions of stars in the most massive galaxies known to date. In this lecture, Prof. Sales will take you on a tour to explore the diverse population of nearby galaxies, including the Milky Way, the Andromeda Galaxy, as well as many dwarf galaxies discovered in our local neighborhood. She will also discuss how these observations have helped us develop current theories on galaxy formation and how we can use nearby galaxies to study the nature of dark matter.
Speaker: Laura Sales, UC Riverside
Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/astronomy-lecture-exploring-galaxies-in-our-cosmic-backyard-registration-155882291129
Cost: Free
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Saturday, 06/26/21
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, 06/26/21
• Saturday, 07/03/21
• Saturday, 07/10/21
• Saturday, 07/17/21
Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/free-telescope-viewings/2021-05-08/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCarFXs-04xmdHW_PVc7LWRg
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/4443135732423850/?event_time_id=4443137535757003
Cost: Free