BayAstro - Events of Week 7/5/2021 and Beyond

05 Jul 2021 6:13 PM | Scott Miller (Administrator)

Tuesday, 07/06/21
12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

Redwood Canyon Golf Course
17007 Redwood Road
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Click on the Weblink below and REGISTER NOW! You will be notified later with the zoom link.

Engineering Mars Missions - LiveStream

The Red Planet is ablaze with interest upon the recent arrival of Perseverance rover and the first off-world helicopter, Ingenuity. Mars exploration represents some of the most advanced engineering mankind has to offer. Engineer, Robin A. S. Beck, will describe the technology and process of delivering vehicles, such as landers and rovers, 225 million miles to the planet Mars.
Robin A. S. Beck has been a member of the limited group of U.S. experts on developing, designing, testing, modeling ablative materials for use in earth and outer planetary entry, rocket nozzle exhausts, and laser environments for over 25 years.

This event will be presented in person AND ZOOM.  (Age 12+)

Contact:
Castro Valley Science
Email: info@cvscience.us

Website:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/engineering-mars-missions-science-talk-registration-161454692331?aff=bayareascience

Cost:  Free

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Wednesday, 07/07/21
07:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Wonderfest

Wonderfest: Playing with a Quantum Toy - Livestream

Rather than just blow stuff up, lasers can be used to cool gases down to temperatures near absolute zero. Stanford physicist Benjamin Lev uses lasers and these ultracold gases to create a quantum version of the classic Newton's Cradle toy. Playing with this quantum toy has led to insights into the emergence of what is called "quantum chaos." Controlling such chaos may lead to new quantum devices for solving challenging practical problems.

Speaker: Benjamin Lev, Stanford

Website: https://wonderfest.org/quantum-toy/

Zoom:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85285447277

Cost:  Free

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Thursday, 07/08/21
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Skeptical Inquirer

Why Look for E.T. Light-Years Away If He’s Already in Our Airspace? - Livestream

UFOs are suddenly serious business. The Pentagon’s confirmation of “unidentified aerial phenomena” has led to a heightened level of excitement and speculation about the possibility of contact with extraterrestrial life. So what’s really going on here? There is perhaps no one better qualified to answer the big questions about the search for intelligent life in the universe than astronomer Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute.

Shostak will discuss how the UFO phenomenon differs in fundamental respects from science’s search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Two-thirds of the American populace believes that our galaxy is home to other intelligent beings. And one-third believe that clever creatures are piloting their spacecraft through our atmosphere, occasionally making themselves visible to Navy pilots. Meanwhile, a tiny group of scientists is trying to find proof of intelligence that could be situated dozens or thousands of light-years away. But why try to contact beings billions of miles away if they’re already at our front door?

Register at weblink to receive Zoom information

Website: https://www.seti.org/event/why-look-et-light-years-away-if-hes-already-our-airspace

Free Registration:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ggzfz5VjT3K0rgPisFicAQ

Cost:  Free

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Saturday, 07/10/21
06:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center
Chabot Observation Deck in-person

Sunset Science

Enjoy a warm summer evening of activities and stargazing on Chabot’s stunning Observation Deck! Learn about stellar concepts and preview our new offerings with special demonstrations, hands-on challenges and more. When the Sun goes down, the stars come out for exploring the cosmos through historic telescopes.

During this event, celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 14 launch with a night of all things lunar. From cratering to simulated moon rocks and soil, you’ll learn about past missions and future expeditions.

Graze while you gaze! Food, wine and beer will be available for purchase on-site.

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/sunset-science/

Cost:  $15 Adults, $5 Children, Free for members

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Saturday, 07/10/21
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, 07/10/21
    • Saturday, 07/17/21
    • Saturday, 07/24/21
    • Saturday, 07/31/21

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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Friday, 07/16/21  7:30 PM

Tri-Valley Stargazers

The Drake Equation: Livestream

At the heart of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) lies the Drake Equation, a mathematically simple yet fascinatingly enigmatic formula proposed by American astronomer and SETI founder Frank Drake. The Drake Equation provides a way to estimate the number, N, of advanced civilizations present in our Milky Way galaxy. Although N is often assumed to be large - there would be many civilizations in the Galaxy -, large numbers for N are in apparent conflict with observation, a contradiction known as the Fermi Paradox, named after Italian-American physicist and 1938 Nobel Prize winner Enrico Fermi.

Pascal Lee, planetary scientist at the SETI Institute, examines the state-of-the-art of our knowledge about each term of the Drake Equation, and reaches the perhaps surprising conclusion that N might actually be a very small number, close to 1. We could be it. The implications of N~1 are profound and will be discussed.

See weblink for connection information.

Website: https://www.trivalleystargazers.org

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.

Cost:  Free

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Saturday, 07/17/21  7:30 PM

Mount Tamalpias Astronomy Lectures

Oumuamua: Interstellar Visitor - Livestream

In 2017, astronomers detected an elongated object swinging past Earth on its way out of the solar system. The size, shape, and motion of Oumuamua (roughly “scout” in Hawaiian) inspired a few excited researchers to suggest the visitation of an interstellar “spaceship." This presentation will explore the physical nature of Oumuamua and a vast fleet of its extrasolar cohorts.

Speaker: Douglas Lin, UC Santa Cruz

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, 07/17/21
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, 07/17/21
    • Saturday, 07/24/21
    • Saturday, 07/31/21
    • Saturday, 08/07/21

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