BayAstro - Events of Week of 01/17/2022 and Beyond

17 Jan 2022 9:00 AM | Scott Miller (Administrator)

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Wednesday, 01/19/22
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

SETI Institute

SETI Talks: AI - Augmenting humanity for good - Livestream


Artificial Intelligence (AI) is probably one of the most revolutionary developments in human history, and the world is already witnessing its transformative capabilities. Like most great inventions by humans (e.g., nuclear energy), it has two sides, a side that could be used maliciously and a positive one that powers cutting-edge solutions to our problems and will help our technological civilization.


There have been significant breakthroughs in AI, which have allowed machines to process and analyze information, and in some cases, to learn on their own in a very sophisticated manner. AI algorithms are everywhere today, and there is currently a significant debate regarding the risks posed by AI to humanity, taking, for instance, control of our lives and manipulation elections, but also used as a weapon.
However, AI could also hold potential for humanity in many domains, from automation of tedious tasks to weather forecasting, disaster mitigation and response and health care. To discuss the benefit of AI for humanity at large, we invited two specialists in this field of research with decades of expertise in using AI. Siddha Ganju and Alex Lavin, both engineers, inventors and entrepreneurs, have also contributed to the Frontier Development Lab (FDL). FDL is a public-private partnership between NASA, the SETI Institute, Trillium Technologies and leaders in commercial AI, space exploration and Earth Science dedicated to finding solutions to complex problems linked with space exploration using AI.


James Parr, Founder and CEO of Trillium Technologies, an FDL partner, will moderate this discussion. The conversation will describe how networked AI can amplify human effectiveness by performing complex tasks such as complex decision-making, reasoning and learning, sophisticated analytics and pattern recognition, visual acuity, speech recognition and language translation. Of course, these AI specialists share deep worries on the use of AI and will suggest pathways to mitigate negative impacts and threats of this innovative and already omnipresent technology.

Register at Weblink.

Website:  https://www.seti.org/event/seti-talks-ai-augmenting-humanity-good


Cost:  Free

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Wed. Jan. 19, 2022   7:00 PM

San Francisco Amateur Astronomers

“Celebrating San Francisco Amateur Astronomer’s 70th Anniversary”

Join us as long-time members of SFAA share their experiences with the founding of our  organization, focused on bringing astronomy to a wide amateur audience. Members and the public enjoyed star parties, lectures and telescope making, then at the Wallace Telescope Makers Workshop. The very first lecture was held at the Josephine D. Randall Museum in October 1952. It was an exciting time in the Bay Area for astronomical learning.
How to Attend
To attend the virtual meeting "live" with the opportunity to ask questions:
Connect starting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, January 19th 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.
Board members will join the meeting early to help troubleshoot any problems with audio or video.
"Doors Open" at 6:30pm and the announcements and lecture will start promptly at 7:00pm.
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

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Thursday, 01/20/22-this is correct date!
09:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center

Virtual Telescope Viewing

Join our resident astronomers on Facebook Live and YouTube 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.
See weblink for Facebook Live and YouTube links
 
Other Dates For This Event:
• Thursday, 01/20/22
• Thursday, 02/17/22

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/virtual-telescope-viewing/all/

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, 01/21/22  7:30 PM


Tri-Valley Stargazers

VIPER: The Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover - Resource mapping on the lunar south pole - Livestream


As recently as two decades ago, our understanding of the Moon was very different. We believed the Moon was fairly uniform and very, very dry. Recent missions have upended that vision, showing that water exists on the lunar poles, both on and below the surface. But many questions remain about the nature, abundance, origin, and distribution of water and other volatile materials. As well, NASA wants to know whether those materials can be practically harvested for use by future manned missions. The VIPER mission is one of the next steps to answering those questions. VIPER will land a mobile rover on the lunar south pole in order to prospect for and map the distribution of water and other volatiles. This talk will give an overview of the mission objectives, characteristics of the rover and instruments to meet those objectives, unique challenges for VIPER, and the overall mission planning.

Speaker: Mark Rose, NASA

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, 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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Friday, 01/21/22 and Saturday, 01/22/22
07:30 PM - 10:00 PM--Free telescope viewings are back!

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).


Other Dates For This Event:

• Friday, 01/21/22

• Saturday, 01/22/22

• Friday, 01/28/22

• Saturday, 01/29/22


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/

Cost:  Free

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Monday, 01/24/22
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

SLAC Special Seminar

Athermal Phonon Sensor R&D for Low-Mass Dark Matter Detectors - Livestream


In the direct detection of dark matter with masses down to O(keV), the energies im- parted in the detector become vanishingly small. Many novel ideas have been proposed for instrumenting athermal phonon sensors on Fermi-degenerate materials [1], polar crys- tals [2-4], and CVD diamond [5], requiring detector energy thresholds of O(1-100) meV.

Transition-Edge Sensors (TESs) are commonly used in similar applications for their energy variance scaling relation σE2 ∝ V Tc3. However, a baseline energy variance that scales as σE2 ∝ V Tc6 can be achieved by using QETs (Quasiparticle-trap-assisted Elec- trothermal feedback Transition-edge sensors) and decreasing the amount of phonon ab- sorbing surfaces (“low-coverage”) to match the athermal phonon collection bandwidth to the QET sensor bandwidth. This dependence on Tc suggests that huge gains in energy sensitivity can be made with low-Tc devices.

In this talk, I will discuss the R&D progress that I have made towards the develop- ment of these sensors as part of the SPICE/HeRALD and SuperCDMS collaborations. Specifically, I will present the design and testing of a low-Tc, low-surface coverage pro- totype set of detectors that takes advantage of the above QET scaling laws and are expected to have sub-100 meV energy resolutions. Additionally, I will propose an R&D plan to improve the energy collection efficiency of athermal phonon sensors, which would not only benefit the direct dark matter detection community, but the larger quantum sensing community.

Speaker: Caleb Fink, UC Berkeley

See weblink for Zoom information


Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/athermal-phonon-sensor-rd-low-mass-dark-matter-detectors

Zoom:  https://stanford.zoom.us/j/94163224948?pwd=cks1VVg3Q3FlSU44UVYrOXFMRU5EUT09#success


Cost:  Free

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Monday, 01/24/22
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Royal Observatory, Edinburgh


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How do we know anything at all about space? - Livestream


No one has ever travelled beyond our cosmic back yard, so all we really have to go off is the tiny drizzles of light that hit our telescope.

The Andromeda Galaxy weighs 800 billion times the mass of the sun. The Galaxy M51 is 26 million light years from earth. The Pleiades are between 75 and 150 million years old. These are all "facts" about space, but how do we know any of them? No one has ever travelled beyond our cosmic back yard, so all we really have to go off is the tiny drizzles of light that hit our telescopes. In this talk Dr. Ciaran Fairhurst will devote some time looking at how the sausage is made, and just how hard it is to assemble anything that looks like knowledge about space.

Register at Weblink.

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/online-astronomy-talk-how-do-we-know-anything-at-all-about-space-tickets-220577070957?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch&keep_tld=1

Cost:  Free

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Tuesday, 01/25/22
03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

SLAC Special Seminar

Death to DAMA? Designing and assessing model independent tests of DAMA's modulation signal - Livestream


Particulate dark matter is a long hypothesized solution to various astrophysical observations seemingly at odds with a completely luminous universe. Despite the success of dark matter in explaining these observations, to date physicists have been unable to conclusively observe its interactions with Standard Model matter directly.

This talk will focus on results from the DAMA/LIBRA experiment, which for the past 2 decades has reported a modulation signal consistent with dark matter, but in tension with other null experimental results under the usual dark matter assumptions. We will examine how moving away from the typical dark matter models can help to relax the tension between DAMA/LIBRA and other experimental searches, and discuss the need for a model independent test of this signal. In particular we will explore some of the difficulties of designing such a test, the present and projected exclusion power of operating and planned experiments (COSINE, ANAIS, and with a special focus on SABRE), and whether a truly model independent test of this mysterious modulation is even possible.

Speaker: Madeleine Zurowski, University of Melbourne

See weblink for Zoom information

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/death-dama-designing-and-assessing-model-independent-tests-damas-modulation-signal


Zoom info: https://stanford.zoom.us/j/91603226165?pwd=eDMyQTlFZ04yQzJUR0tFbGxJZXEzQT09

Cost:  Free

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Friday, 01/28/22  12:00 PM

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


Simulations of Dust Thermal Processing in Space inside of an Electron Microscope


Speaker: Pierre Haenecour, University of Arizona

Website: https://eps.ucsc.edu/news-events/igpp-seminar/winter-2022.html

Cost:  Free

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Friday, 01/28/22 and Saturday, 01/29/22
07:30 PM - 10:00 PM--Free telescope viewings are back!

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).

Other Dates For This Event:
• Friday, 01/28/22
• Saturday, 01/29/22

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/

Cost:  Free

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