BayAstro - Week of 04/08/2024

08 Apr 2024 7:30 AM | Scott Miller (Administrator)
Monday, 04/08/24
10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Livestream

Eclipse Livestreams; Watch Solar Eclipse of April 8, 2024. Totality at aroiund 1:30 PM CDT or 11:30 AM PDT with local variances. Consider starting to watch around 11:00 AM-11:15 AM PDT. Peak partial eclipse around 11:15AM-11:30 AM PDT in Bay Area.

SF Exploratorium
https://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/livestream

NASA
https://science.nasa.gov/eclipses/future-eclipses/eclipse-2024/live/

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Monday, 04/08/24
10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Livestream

SETI Institute

Solar Eclipse Live

The SETI Institute and Unistellar are proud to present a special three-hour SETI Live event. Hosts Beth Johnson, Planetary Scientist & SETI Institute's Communications Specialist and Tom Esposito, Astronomer at the SETI Institute and Space Principal at Unistellar who will be joined by an exciting slate of scientists and observers along the path of totality, discussing their research, the local conditions and crowds, and the state of the eclipse.
Unistellar eVscopes have been deployed to bring these stunning views directly to you, so please join us for an amazing experience!

View schedule and learn more HERE:  https://www.seti.org/totality-2024-witness-solar-eclipse-live

Link to stream is available at the weblink

Website: https://www.seti.org/totality-2024-witness-solar-eclipse-live

Cost:  Free

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Monday, 04/08/24
10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
In-person

Lawrence Hall of Science
1 Centennial Drive
Berkeley, CA 94720

Spring Break at the Lawrence Hall of Science - Eclipse Viewing Party

Soak up the sun and celebrate Spring Break with special events, extended hours, and more at The Lawrence! Bring your suntan lotion and dig in the sand in our Forces That Shape the Bay outdoor exhibit, featuring Sunprint® Kits, beach chairs and umbrellas for relaxing, and fun games and beach-themed activities to keep the family entertained and engaged!

Explore solar science and witness a solar eclipse! For the second time in six months, a partial solar eclipse will be visible from Berkeley. Join us for safe solar viewing, solar activities, and expert explanations of how solar eclipses happen. From here, the Moon will cover approximately 35% of the Sun.

The full event runs March 30 through April 8.

Website: https://lawrencehallofscience.org/events/solar-eclipse-viewing-party/

Cost:  Free with admission

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Monday, 04/08/24
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
In-person

San Mateo Co. Public Libraries

View Solar Eclipse at San Mateo Co. Libraries with Available Eye-protective Solar Glasses

Website:  https://smcl.org/blogs/post/experience-the-solar-eclipse-with-san-mateo-county-libraries/

Enjoy the Eclipse With Our Free Glasses
To safely enjoy an eclipse, it’s essential to use specialized eye protection. It’s not safe to look directly at the sun, and regular sunglasses or camera lenses are not designed to ward off the sun's powerful rays. We are excited to offer free eclipse glasses, distributed from our 13 locations on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.

Still have glasses from a previous eclipse? You can test if they are still safe to wear by holding them up to the light. If you see even the slightest hint of light shining through, those glasses are not safe! When in doubt, throw them out.

Remember, never look directly at the sun or an eclipse without protection specifically designed to protect your eyes. We want you to be able to enjoy solar and lunar eclipses for decades to come!

Libraries available:

Atherton                                                     
2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane                            
Atherton, CA 94027                                      

Belmont
1110 Alameda de las Pulgas
Belmont, CA 94002

Brisbane
163 Visitacion Avenue
Brisbane, CA 94005

East Palo Alto
2415 University Avenue
East Palo Alto, CA 94303

Foster City
1000 East Hillsdale Boulevard
Foster City, CA 94404

Half Moon Bay
620 Correas Street
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Millbrae
1 Library Avenue
Millbrae, CA 94030

North Fair Oaks
2510 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063

Pacifica Sanchez
1111 Terra Nova Boulevard
Pacifica, CA 94044

Pacifica Sharp Park
104 Hilton Way
Pacifica, CA 94044

Portola Valley
765 Portola Road
Portola Valley, CA 94028

San Carlos
610 Elm Street
San Carlos, CA 94070

Woodside
3140 Woodside Road
Woodside, CA 94062

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Monday, 04/08/24
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
In-person

ExplOratorium
Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street) 
San Francisco, CA 94111

Eclipse Viewing Party

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will be visible from a narrow “path of totality” arcing from Mexico to Texas to Maine. During this stunning phenomenon, the moon will completely cover the disc of the Sun, revealing the full glory of the Sun’s outer atmosphere - its corona.

Not on the path of totality? The Exploratorium’s got you covered.

We're hosting an eclipse watch party at Pier 15. View live telescope images of the total solar eclipse from Texas and Mexico. Learn safe viewing techniques from our educators, and engage in fun activities while learning about the science of the eclipse. Visitors will get a free pair of solar viewing glasses while supplies last.

Can't come to the party in person? No worries! You can still be part of the action by viewing the broadcast on our eclipse app or by visiting our website.

Whether you choose to visit us in person or online, prepare to be awestruck by this rare celestial event.

Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse

Eclipse app:  https://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/total-solar-eclipse-app

Cost:  Free with admission

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Monday, 04/08/24
10:00 AM - 01:00 PM-SOLD OUT
In-person

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

Solar Eclipse Viewing

This spring, here in the Bay Area, catch our last chance to experience a solar eclipse in our own back yard until 2045! Experience this amazing celestial event from Chabot’s Observation Deck, where we’ll have a stellar view of the sun as it passes through 34% totality over Oakland. Enjoy coffee, hot chocolate and eclipse crafts in our Astronomy Hall, catch the NASA livestream in our 20-inch Telescope, Rachel, and make your mark on the Center with interactive exhibitry.

Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/solar-eclipse/

Cost:  $25 Adults, $20 Kids, Students, Seniors

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Monday, 04/08/24
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
In-person

Foothill College Observatory
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing

While we won't see the 2024 total eclipse here in the Bay Area, we do have something that's still very special: A partial eclipse of the sun!

Many Peninsula Astronomical Society members have traveled east to see the total eclipse, but a dedicated crew of PAS Foothill telescope operators will be on hand to run our specialized solar and solar-filtered telescopes.

This event is free of charge and open to the public. If many people show up, wait times may be long, and volunteer staff will do their best to ensure everyone gets a look.

If you have approved and safe solar viewing glasses and other gear, feel free to bring it with you, and to enjoy with others.

NOTE: In case of cloudy skies the observatory may not open or may close early.

Eye Safety Warning!
Please be careful! Viewing the sun directly with your eyes, or through a camera lens, binoculars, or a telescope without a special-purpose solar filter secured over the front of the optics will instantly cause severe and likely permanent eye injury. Review NASA's Solar Eclipse Safety information page for specifics -- as well as approved ways to view the sun, including with everyday objects and easy-to-build projects.

Website:  https://www.meetup.com/peninsula-astronomical-society/events/300236446?response=3&action=rsvp&utm_medium=email&utm_source=braze_canvas&utm_campaign=mmrk_alleng_event_announcement_prod_v7_en&utm_term=promo&utm_content=lp_meetup

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Monday, 04/08/24
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
In-person

Sage and Drifter
1368 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122

View the Great 2024 North American Total Solar Eclipse at the Sage and Drifter bar, 1368 Irving. St @15th Av

On Monday, April 8 there will be a rare Total Solar Eclipse of the Sun! The 115 mile wide path of Totality (the Moon's shadow) crosses North America, in a Northeasterly direction from Mexico to Montreal. The 115 miles wide path of the Moon's shadow (traveling at 1,500 MPH+) passes through Texas, the Midwest, and Maine.

https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/april-8-2024

San Francisco 34% of the Sun will be covered at 11:13 AM.

Safely View this spectacular event with host astronomer Steve White. Witness this rare event through a large 8” telescope equipped with a professional solar filter.

The Sage & Drifter is a neighbor hood bar with an upscale drink menu & friendly knowledgeable staff.

Enjoy a delightful specialty cocktail while viewing the eclipse and rubbing shoulder with like minded enthusiasts.

Host Steve White has taught astronomy at Sierra and Hartnell colleges. He will bring his 45 years of experience to answer all your questions and enlighten you on current Solar Physics. Steve will have his 8” SCT telescope equipped with a Solar Filter. He will have Eclipse viewing glasses and camera filters will be available to use.

Cost:  Free

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Monday, 04/08/24
04:15 PM - 05:15 PM
In-person

Physics North
UC Berkeley
Room 1
Berkeley, CA 94720

UC Berkeley Physics Colloquium

Title: US Particle Physics for the Next Ten Years

Abstract: Exciting science program requires careful planning. The US particle physics community has gone through a long-range planning exercise for the next ten years. I describe what the process works. After more than 3-year process, the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel (P5) issued a report with recommendations to Department of Energy and National Science Foundation. I discuss three identified science themes that define the field and six science drivers for the next ten to twenty years.

Speaker: Hitoshi Murayama, Professor, University of California, Berkeley

Speaker: Hitoshi Murayama, UC Berkeley

Website: https://events.berkeley.edu/physics/event/229840-physics-colloquium-with-professor-hitoshi-murayama

Cost:  Free

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Thursday, 04/11/24  7:30 PM
Livestream

Bay Area Skeptics

YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVf7OYX2nJQ

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The Birth of the Science Communicator - Livestream


WHAT: The Birth of the Science Communicator
What is a science communicator? The era of once-a-decade outliers like Carl Sagan is long gone. In this current era of internet-borne disinformation and science denial pandemonium, science communication has emerged as a vibrant and painfully necessary field, with an army of science scholars focusing their expertise exclusively on informing the public. Charlatans and anti-science propaganda have never been more prevalent, and the stakes have never been higher, as the existential challenge of the 21st century begins to materialize: How do we help people know what is true? This talk will clarify the issue and players involved, as well as highlight important strategies that can be identified toward winning this war with ourselves.

Speaker: Dave Farina, science communicator

See weblink for YouTube link to watch

Website: http://baskeptics.org/upcomingskeptalk/

Cost:  Free

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Friday, 04/12/24
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
In-person

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

Forming Planetesimals in Solar and Extrasolar Nebulae

Speaker: Rixin Li, UC Santa Cruz

Website: https://eps.ucsc.edu/news-events/igpp-seminar/spring-2024.html

Cost:  Free

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Friday, 04/12/24  7:30PM-10:00PM
In-person

CSM Theater, Bldg. 3
College of San Mateo
1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd.
San Mateo, CA 94402

Mental Imagery in Art and Science
a Lecture and Art Exhibit

Dr. Mohsen Janatpour
Professor Physical Sciences
College of San Mateo

What do DaVinci, Michelangelo, Poincaré, and Einstein have in common? They all possessed incredibly powerful imaginations! Mental imagery plays a vital role in creating art, is indispensible to mathematical discovery, and is crucial in developing scientific theory. It is a tool that connects our inner universe to the outer world. How do we perceive, imagine, create, and form mental representations? Art and science depend on these functions of the mind for their existence. In my 35th presentaton I will explore this topic and draw on material from my recently published textbook on the subject. After the presentation please join us for refreshments in the Theatre lobby. We will complete the evening by setting up telescopes for stargazing outside in front of the Theatre, courtesy of the San Mateo Co. Astronomical.Society and CSM's Astronomy department.

Website:  https://www.mohsensart.com

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Friday, 04/12/24  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, 04/12/24
08:30 PM - 10:00 PM
In-person

Sonoma State University Public Astronomy
Observatory
1801 East Cotati Ave
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Public Astronomy Viewing Nights

Sonoma State University hosts astronomical viewing nights open to the public.  Events are weather dependent.  Check the weblink for cancelations prior to attending.

Website: https://phys-astro.sonoma.edu/public-events/public-viewing-nights

Cost:  Free

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Saturday, 04/13/24
06:08 PM - 10:30 PM
In-person

College of San Mateo Bldg 36
1700 W Hillsdale Rd
San Mateo, CA 94402

Jazz Under the Stars

Jazz Under the Stars is a FREE monthly public stargazing event! Occurring on the Saturday nearest the 1st quarter moon (check our Events Page), join us in building 36 on the 4th floor observatory for a night of smooth jazz, bright stars, and a lot of fun! We play our jazz from CSM's own KCSM 91.1. Founded in 1964, KCSM has grown to become one of the top 35 most listened to non-commercial stations in the US. With their help, the Astronomy department at CSM opens its observatory doors and balcony, for a night of science and fun! We operate for public viewing 8” dobsonian telescopes, prefect for viewing the planets Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. We also have a 140mm refractor, with which we view the craters on the moon. Finally, our 11’ schmidt-cassegrain is for our deep sky needs. It can peer deep into globular clusters, and nebulae. Occasionally we even have the chance to image galaxies on our 20" telescope. Our astronomers will also be available for questions and conversation, which you wouldn’t get anywhere else! Feel free to ask us your questions about the cosmos. Don't miss out, join us at our next Jazz Under the Stars!!

Weather in the bay area is notoriously hard to predict, and often the sources we use don't get it correct. Before leaving you home, be sure to check this webpage. If we are to cancel it will be posted here at least a few hours before the start of the event.

Website: https://collegeofsanmateo.edu/astronomy/observatory.asp

Cost:  Free

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Friday, 04/12/2024 9PM-11PM for night observing and Saturday 04/13/2024
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,  04/12/2024 and Saturday 4/13/2024
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, April 13, 2024
Sunset: 7:43 PM
In-person

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

Public Star Parties at 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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Saturday, 04/13/24
07:30 PM - 10:30 PM
In-person

City Star Parties - Tunnel Tops Park
210 Lincoln Blvd
East Meadow
San Francisco, CA 94129

City Public Star Party

Come join the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers for free public stargazing of the Moon, planets, globular clusters and more!

The event will take place in Tunnel Tops National Park, parking is located adjacent to Picnic Place (210 Lincoln Blvd for GPS) with the telescopes setup in the East Meadow.

Dress warmly as conditions can be windy or cold in the Presidio. Rain, heavy fog or overcast skies cancel the event. Check the SFAA website for a cancellation notice before leaving for the star party.

SFAA members with telescopes are encouraged to attend and share their views of the stars with the general public.

Website: https://www.sfaa-astronomy.org/event-5619390

Cost:  Free

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Saturday, 04/13/24
09:00 PM - 11:00 PM
In-person

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.

In addition to traditional telescopes, the SJAA has incorporated Electronically Assisted Astronomy (EAA) into the Starry Nights Program. We will be using an automated telescope with a camera-like sensor to show live images on an iPad.

See weblink for additional information and to register

This event was originally scheduled for April 6, 2024

Website: https://www.meetup.com/sj-astronomy/events/298952652/

Cost: Free

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