Bay Astro - Week of 06/27/2022 and Beyond

27 Jun 2022 9:00 AM | Scott Miller (Administrator)
Monday, 06/27/22
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Hopmonk Tavern
224 Vintage Way
Novato, CA 94945

Wonderfest: The Trouble with Quantum Physics, and Why It Matters

Quantum physics is arguably the most successful scientific theory ever devised. (And recall: "In science, theory is as good as it gets!") Yet, there is a problem: What does this immensely fruitful theory say about deep reality? Why does "measurement" play a special role in the theory? Can we say anything about atoms and subatomic particles when we’re not actually measuring them? For years, the standard answer to questions like this was to "shut up and calculate" ' to ignore these issues, and simply use quantum physics to predict the outcomes of experiments. But our curiosity persists. What are the puzzles at the heart of quantum physics, and why do they matter?

Speaker: Dr. Adam Becker, author and astrophysicist

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

Looks to be in-person meeting only.

Cost:  Free

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Tuesday, 06/28/22
01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Gladstone Institutes

Out in Science 2022 - Livestream

We’ve come a long way in ensuring rights for the queer community, but so much can still be done to build a better future for LGBTQ+ professionals in the fields of science, math, engineering, and medicine (STEM). How can we empower individuals and organizations to reach beyond what has been accomplished and seek true equity for queer and trans people in the sciences?

Join this webinar to hear from LGBTQ+ STEM professionals as they discuss issues affecting the queer community in the sciences, ways we can transform how science is practiced, and their hopes for the future.

    • Devin L. Horton, PhD, Graduate Diversity Officer for STEM Disciplines, UC Davis
    • Elle Lett, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Computational Health Informatics Program, Boston Children’s Hospital
    • Sam Long, High School Science Teacher, Denver South High School (Colorado)
    • Gabriela M. Zabala Alemán, Science Educator
    • Moderated by Stephanie Miller, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Gladstone Institutes
The event includes a panel discussion followed by a question-and-answer period.

Register at weblink

Website: https://gladstone.org/index.php/events/out-science-2022

Cost:  Free

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Wednesday, 06/29/22
12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

SETI Institute

Ask Us Anything: A Special Q&A SETI Talk - Livestream

    • How might we find life beneath the surface of Mars?
    • Is there life in Europa’s ocean?
    • Which exoplanet is the most habitable?
    • How do we search for technosignatures with the Allen Telescope Array?
    • Will we find life in our solar system or our galaxy?
    • What is the daily routine of a SETI Institute researcher?
These are questions that you might want to ask our scientists but never had the chance. Until now. On June 29 at noon PT, we have gathered a special panel of SETI Institute scientists to answer all your questions: Paul Dalba,  Lori Fenton, Agata Zupanska, andChenoa Tremblay.

We’ll provide several ways to ask questions, but if you want to know the answers, you’ll have to come to this month’s SETI Talks!

    • Several days before the live event, we’ll post a place on social media where you can ask questions in advance
    • When you register, we’ll give you an email where you can send questions in advance
    • We’ll take questions during the live event
This talk will be moderated by SETI Intitute planetary astronomer, Franck Marchis.

Register at weblink to receive connection information and to submit questions.

Website: https://www.seti.org/event/ask-us-anything-special-qa-seti-talk

Cost:  Free

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Wednesday, 06/29/22
06:00 PM - 06:30 PM

UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Professional Ed.

AI Sustainability: Using Free Satellite Data for Good - Livestream

Engineers, biologists, researchers, oceanographers - anyone with some knowledge of Python programming - can pose a climate change question, access free satellite imagery, and learn how to analyze data that can help change the world.

Join Dr. Shalini Ananda, a machine learning specialist, entrepreneur, and product developer, in a 30-minute introduction to using satellite data for good.

Please bring questions and learn how you can gather and analyze data and use it to increase understanding more about the physical changes on the planet.

This is a quick overview of a new course she’s teaching at UCSC Silicon Valley Extension - AI for Sustainability - Using Satellite Data.

Website: https://calendar.ucsc.edu/event/ai_sustainability_using_free_satellite_data_for_good#.Yri-ES-B1PM

Cost:  Free

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Thursday, 06/30/22
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center

Virtual Asteroid Day Celebration - Livestream

Join us for a celebration all about asteroids. Learn about global efforts to highlight asteroid detection, cutting-edge asteroid research, as well as the current and future missions to explore them. Expert scientists will explore the latest asteroid science and answer your biggest questions and dig in and try asteroid experiments and become an asteroid detective.

This year we will focus on NASA’s up and coming Psyche mission, scheduled to launch this summer. The Psyche mission is a journey to a unique metal-rich asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter. Find out what we can expect to learn about this unique asteroid.

Attend on Facebook or YouTube.  See weblink for connections.

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/virtual-asteroid-day-celebration/

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ChabotSpace/events/

Cost:  Free

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Friday, 07/01/22
06:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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

First Friday: It’s Rocket Science

From fireworks to space exploration, rockets have propelled our imagination for centuries. We’re reaching new heights with an evening of uplifting conversations and activities for all ages. Get ready for launch!  

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/its-rocket-science/

Cost:  $15 Adults, $10 Kids/Seniors, $5 Members

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Friday, 07/01/22  7PM

Telescope Makers Workshop
Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619-2450

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.

Please be prepared with proof of vaccination and a mask. These are
Chabot Rules, which we always must adhere to.

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@gmail.com or phone (510) 406-1914.

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Friday, 07/01/22 and Saturday, 07/02/22
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).

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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Saturday, July 2
Sunset: 8: 35 PM

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

Public Star Partiesat 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

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Tuesday, 07/05/22
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Hewlett Teaching Center
370 Serra Mall, Room 201
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305

Simulating the Universe on a Supercomputer - Livestream

Astronomers run some of the largest simulations on the world's most powerful supercomputers. These simulations trace the formation of galaxies and cosmic structures on scales of billions of light years from shortly after the Big Bang to the present day. In this talk, Dr. Lange will discuss why astronomers are running these large-scale simulations that consume petabytes of data and require millions of CPU hours. He will also speak about what these simulations have revealed about our Universe and how they have become an invaluable tool for helping us understand dark matter and dark energy.

Speaker: Dr. Johannes Lange, KIPAC/Stanford University

Attend in person or online.  Register at weblink.

Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/simulating-universe-supercomputer

Cost:  Free

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Thursday, 07/07/22
08:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Wonderfest

Wonderfest: SETI Innovation - Livestream

Humans have sought "signs from above” for millennia. The scientific search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) began circa 1960, and, today, grows ever deeper and more technologically diverse. The scope of modern research is breathtaking. Methods include continuous scans over the entire sky for electromagnetic (EM) signals, targeted EM searches near known Earth-like exoplanets, the hunt for exotic forms of communication, and the careful search for ET artifacts on/near Earth.

Our Zoom speaker, Dan Werthimer, is Chief Technologist at the Berkeley SETI Research Center. Since 1979, Dan has helped to design and build numerous sensitive tools for the detection of ET. In 2019, Dan earned Wonderfest's Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization.

See weblink for Zoom information

Website: https://wonderfest.org/seti-innovation/

Zoom:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83909492403

Cost:  Free

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Friday, 07/08/22  7PM

Telescope Makers Workshop
Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619-2450

See 07/01/2022 description above.
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Friday, 07/08/22 and Saturday, 07/09/22
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

See 07/01/2022 description above.

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Saturday, 07/09/22
07:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Mt. Tam Astronomy

Exploring Caves on the Moon - Livestream

Caves have been discovered on the Moon and Mars. Caves on the Moon might contain ice, while caves on Mars might also harbor life. This talk will discuss how robots and humans could soon explore these mysterious underground alien worlds.

Our speaker, Pascal Lee is a planetary scientist with the SETI Institute, the Mars Institute, and NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. He recently led the Northwest Passage Drive Expedition, the subject of the award-winning documentary film Passage To Mars (2016). Dr Lee’s first book, Mission: Mars, won the 2015 Prize for Excellence in children’s science books from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Speaker: Pascal Lee, Mars Institute

See weblink for Zoom information

Website: https://www.mttamastronomy.org/calendar

Zoom:  https://cuboulder.zoom.us/j/9556618485#success

Cost:  Free

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Saturday, 07/09/22
07:30 PM - 01:00 AM

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

Music of the Spheres at Lick Observatory

Imaging Planet Formation with Adaptive Optics

Astronomy Speaker: Dr. Steph Sallum is an Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UC Irvine.  She studies planet formation directly with high resolution imaging and interferometry. She develops and applies interferometric techniques on adaptive-optics corrected telescopes, and uses them to image young stars and protoplanetary disks. This approach allows her to probe smaller angular separations than “traditional” imaging techniques, expanding the parameter space for exoplanet and disk detections. She is also involved in exoplanet imaging instrument development as the Project Scientist for the Keck/SCALES integral field spectrograph, and as a member of the TMT/Planetary Systems Imager team.

Tickets go on sale April 13 at noon. See weblink.

Website: https://www.lickobservatory.org/events/music-of-the-spheres/mos-2022-07-09/

Tickets sold at:  https://ucsctickets.universitytickets.com

Cost:  $55 General, $95 Preferred

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Monday, 07/11/22
07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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

Science, Exploration and the Human Experience

NASA's VIPER lunar mission (Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover) is a mobile robot that will go to the South Pole of the Moon to get a close-up view of the location and concentration of water ice that could eventually be harvested to sustain human exploration on the Moon, Mars - and beyond. Managed out of NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, VIPER represents the first resource mapping mission on another celestial body and presents a unique operational paradigm within the history of robotic spaceflight.

Speaker: Darlene Lim, NASA Ames

Website: Email: info@calacademy.org
Phone: (415) 379-8000

Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members & Seniors


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