Upcoming Events

  • 17 Jun 2021 3:58 PM | Scott Miller (Administrator)

    21 July 2021, 7:00 PM, Wednesday, Live-streamed via Zoom, YouTube and Facebook

    “Fast Radio Bursts: ElectroMagnetic Pulses from Cosmologically Distant Neutron Stars with Hundred GigaTesla Magnetic Field?”

    by

    Roger Blandford, Stanford, KIPAC, Professor Particle Physics and Astrophysics

    For over a decade, radio astronomers have been observing millisecond pulses of intense radio emission. They now appear to be associated with strongly magnetized neutron stars called Magnetars, where extreme quantum electrodynamic (QED) and plasma processes take place. The rapidly developing observational picture will be summarized and a plethora of theoretical models will be reported.The possibility that Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) and pulsar radio emission are an expression of force-free electrodynamics, as originally developed by James Clerk Maxwell, will be discussed.

    Brief Bio

    Roger Blandford took his BA, MA and PhD degrees at Cambridge University. Following postdoctoral research at Cambridge, Princeton and Berkeley he took up a faculty position at Caltech in 1976 where he was appointed as the Richard Chace Tolman Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics in 1989.

    In 2003, he moved to Stanford University to become the first Director of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology and the Luke Blossom Chair in the School of Humanities and Science. His research interests include black hole astrophysics, cosmology, gravitational lensing, cosmic ray physics and compact stars.

    He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society and a Member of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2008-2010, he chaired a two year National Academy of Sciences Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

    Dr. Blandford was awarded the 1998 Dannie Heineman Prize of the American Astronomical Society, the 2013 Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, the 2016 Crafoord Prize for Astronomy and the 2020 Shaw Prize for Astronomy.

    How to Attend

    To attend the virtual meeting "live" with the opportunity to ask questions:

    Connect starting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, July 21st 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

  • 14 Jun 2021 5:49 PM | Scott Miller (Administrator)

    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

  • 07 Jun 2021 11:00 PM | Scott Miller (Administrator)

    16 June 2021, 7:00 PM, Wednesday, Live-streamed via Zoom, YouTube and Facebook

    “An Astronomical Perspective on Globular Clusters, Binary Stars, and Planet Earth”

    by

    Adrienne Cool, Professor of Astronomy, San Francisco State University

    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.

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Adrienne Cool is a native of New York City, and received her undergraduate degree in physics at Yale. After brief stints in medical imaging and Electrical Engineering, she happened on astronomy, and hasn’t looked back. She completed her PhD at Harvard in 1994 and came to California for a postdoc at UC Berkeley. She is now at San Francisco State University, where she and her students have been studying ordinary and extraordinary stars in Globular Clusters since 1996. Adrienne Cool is also the director of the SF State Planetarium and Observatory.

    In 2019 she co-founded "Astronomers for Planet Earth" (http://astronomersforplanet.earth), an organization of astronomers and astronomy educators aimed at harnessing the astronomical perspective to help combat the climate crisis.

    How to Attend

    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.

    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

  • 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

  • 31 May 2021 7:20 AM | Scott Miller (Administrator)

    Saturday, 06/05/21

    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, 06/05/21
    • Saturday, 06/12/21
    • Saturday, 06/19/21
    • Saturday, 06/26/21

    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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    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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    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

  • 25 May 2021 10:06 AM | Scott Miller (Administrator)

    Monday, 05/24/21

    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

    Countdown to Launch - James Webb Telescope - Livestream

    2021 is an exciting year for astronomy, with the launch of the highly anticipated James Webb Space Telescope (Webb). Webb, NASA’s and ESA’s flagship mission, will revolutionise astronomy. It will be the largest and most powerful telescope launched into space, and it has strong Scottish connections with one of the key instruments built here at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh.   Here I will talk about the engineering of Webb and its key science objectives as we look forward to significant astronomy discoveries when it is launched.

    Speaker: Olivia Jones

    Website: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-astronomy-talk-countdown-to-launch-tickets-139839221877

    Cost:  Free

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    Tuesday, 05/25/21

    11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    The Royal Institution

    It’s not easy growing a supermassive black hole - Livestream

    When we think of black holes, we often think of them as endless hoovers, sucking up anything around them. In reality, it’s very difficult to grow a black hole; to get matter close enough to that point of no return. Instead, most matter will happily orbit a black hole. Just like the Earth orbits the Sun, the Sun orbits a supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way over 4 million times more massive than the Sun itself.

    Join astrophysicist Rebecca Smethurst as she reveals how supermassive black holes like this got so big.

    Register at weblink to receive connection information

    Website: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/its-not-easy-growing-a-supermassive-black-hole-tickets-148945799897

    Cost:  Donations encouraged

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    Wednesday, 05/26/21

    01:30 AM - 05:00 AM

    Chabot Space and Science Center

    Lunar Eclipse Virtual Watch Party

    Stay up with Chabot astronomers to virtually watch a total eclipse of the Moon as it passes through the shadow of the Earth. It has been more than two years since we’ve enjoyed a total lunar eclipse, and this one will be extra special: it will happen during a perigean full Moon - a “supermoon.” 

    Starting at 1:47 a.m. PDT, the Moon will fade only slightly as it enters the penumbra, the outer part of the Earth’s shadow. Then at 2:45 a.m., the Moon begins to enter the umbra, the darker rusty red part of the Earth’s shadow. By 4:11 a.m., the Moon will be fully immersed in the umbral shadow, but not for long as it begins to emerge from the umbra at 4:28 a.m. 

    Chabot astronomers will be live streaming the eclipse, using a telescope mounted camera, starting at 1:30 a.m. PDT. 

    See weblink for Facebook and YouTube links.

    Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/lunar-eclipse-party/

    YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bhus6UBPcg

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/163545535595247/

    Cost:  Free

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    Wednesday, 05/26/21

    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

    Active Galactic Nuclei and Tidal Disruption Events - Livestream

    A tale of hungry black holes and unfortunate stars. At the centre of every galaxy lies a supermassive black hole. Some of these black holes are in an 'active' state, pulling in a steady stream of material from the surrounding area. While in this state these black holes have a significant effect on their host galaxy's evolution. Other supermassive black holes, like the one at the centre of the Milky Way, are dormant. But even dormant black holes will occasionally feast on an unsuspecting star that strays a little too close...

    Speaker: Philip Short

    Register at weblink to receive connection information

    Website: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-astronomy-talk-active-galactic-nuclei-and-tidal-disruption-events-tickets-139840862785#

    Cost:  Free

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    Wednesday, 05/26/21

    07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

    Silicon Valley Astronomy Series

    A Little Talk About Aliens: Techno-signatures and the New Science of Life in the Universe

    Today, the search for intelligent, civilization-building life in the Universe is undergoing a profound renewal. Thanks to the discovery of thousands of planets orbiting other stars, the introduction of new observing technologies, and increased support from both public and private sectors, a new science of searching for “techno-signatures” is emerging. In this talk Dr. Frank will unpack this frontier area, discussing what counts as a techno-signature; how to be systematic in thinking about exo-civilizations and their evolution; what techno-signatures can tell us about our own future.  He believes that within the next few decades we will likely have actual data relevant to the question life, perhaps even the intelligent kind, in the Universe.

    Speaker: Dr. Adam Frank of the University of Rochester

    Watch the lecture here.

    Email: astronomy@foothill.edu

    Website: https://www.seti.org/event/little-talk-about-aliens-techno-signatures-and-new-science-life-universe

    YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/SVAstronomyLectures

    Cost:  Free

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    Thursday, 05/27/21

    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Commonwealth Club - Online Event

    Black Holes, the Universe, and Us - Livestream

    Join us for a virtual discussion, live-streamed direct from Berlin, Germany, with Heino Falcke, the German astrophysicist, about his research into the nature of black holes. His new book A Light in the Darkness is the story of how the first photographic evidence of black holes was achieved by Falcke in April 2019, and what its significance for humanity might be. Falcke wrestles with the ways in which black holes force us to confront the boundary where human life ends and the celestial begins. He also ponders why black holes are so difficult for most of us to understand, comparing that to our inability to envisage our own inevitable death.

    Black holes develop when a massive star dies, and its matter is condensed. That extreme amount of mass contained in a small space generates a gigantic amount of gravitational force, allowing the black hole to suck up everything that comes near, including light. These astronomical wonders are the subject of intense scientific and philosophical theorizing - the journey to a black hole might even be a journey to the end of time itself. Which is why Falcke regards black holes as exquisite representations of fear, death - and, surprisingly, the divine.

    Empirical and profound, Falcke examines both the physical nature and the spiritual meaning of black holes, which he calls “the epitome of merciless destruction.”

    Moderator: George Hammond, Author

    Use discount code Wonderfest21 to attend for free.

    Website: https://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2021-05-27/heino-falcke-black-holes-universe-and-us

    Cost:  Free ($5 without discount code)

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    Thursday, 05/27/21

    05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    SETI Institute

    ANDY WEIR Discusses 'Project Hail Mary' with SETI Scientist Pascal Lee - Livestream

    Books Inc. proudly presents #1 New York Times-bestselling author Andy Weir in celebration of his critically-acclaimed new novel, Project Hail Mary. Andy will be in conversation Pascal Lee, planetary scientist with the SETI Institute.

    With Starred reviews from Booklist, Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and Library Journal, Project Hail Mary is an ever-entertaining space thriller.

    Register at weblink to receive Zoom information.

    Website: https://www.seti.org/event/andy-weir-discusses-project-hail-mary-seti-scientist-pascal-lee

    *Please Note: Pre-registration via Eventbrite is required. Zoom information will be sent leading up to the event date. Click here to RSVP: 

    https://www.booksinc.net/event/andy-weir-discusses-project-hail-mary?fbclid=IwAR1_4gOJg4XCEyRYWjcX9lQViLAorepwSbIOfCv5zbXu7Uu-cVYdQEzawD8

    Cost:  Free

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    Thursday, 05/27/21  5:00 PM

    SLAC Public Lecture

    Shocking Origin: Meteor Impacts and the Chemistry of Life - Livestream

    When and where life originated on Earth - and if, or where, life exists elsewhere in the cosmos - are some of the biggest scientific questions of our time. Even the origin of the basic materials needed for life is a mystery. Meteorites and comets are often cited as potential sources of simple organic molecules. When these impact Earth, they experience extreme conditions - pressures a million times higher than the atmospheric pressure at Earth’s surface and temperatures as hot as the surface of the sun. Under these conditions, the simple molecules can reform into more complex and novel structures, including nucleotide bases for RNA and DNA. We can study how these organic fragments form and how they can build up complex products using SLAC’s X-ray free-electron laser. With observations that take place in a tiny fraction of a second, we can shock-compress materials to create extreme conditions and visualize the breaking and forming of chemical bonds. In this presentation, I will show how this technique may hold the key to revealing the origin of life via complex chemical dynamics taking place on ultrafast time scales and at ultrahigh pressures and temperatures.

    Speaker: Arianna Gleason, SLAC

    See weblink for Zoom information

    Website: https://www6.slac.stanford.edu/public-lectures

    Zoom:  https://stanford.zoom.us/j/91575735299?pwd=cWVZTFNKQ3VxeHAwMUR5VE50TGxpUT09#success

    (passcode 650650)

    Cost:  Free

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    Saturday, 05/29/21  7:00 PM

    East Bay Astronomical Society

    Truth is Stranger Than Science Fiction - Livestream

    Humankind speculated about the existence of planets orbiting other Suns for hundreds, if not thousands of years before their existence was finally confirmed. During that time we invented and depicted many new and now iconic sci-fi worlds - mysterious planets with exotic landscapes, orbiting alien star systems. When our technology finally caught up with our imaginations, what we found was even more extraordinary than we had imagined. As science curator at the NASA Exoplanet Archive, I’ll take you on a tour of some of the more fantastic exoplanet discoveries we have made, including some famous, fan-favorite fictional planets brought to life

    Speaker: Jessie Christiansen, NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, Caltech

    See weblink for Facebook connection

    Website: http://eastbayastro.org/events/

    This talk will be available live and publicly at:

    https://www.facebook.com/EastbayAstroSociety/videos/

    Cost:  Free

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    Saturday, 05/29/21

    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, 05/29/21

    • Saturday, 06/05/21

    • Saturday, 06/12/21

    • Saturday, 06/19/21

    • Saturday, 06/26/21

    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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    Saturday, 06/05/21

    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, 06/05/21

    • Saturday, 06/12/21

    • Saturday, 06/19/21

    • Saturday, 06/26/21

    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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    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

  • 09 May 2021 3:51 PM | Scott Miller (Administrator)

    The BayAstro group publishes announcements of interesting events related to astronomy and aerospace in the San Francisco Bay Area. This can include events such as astronomy and interesting physical science lectures, club meetings, star parties, air shows and other events of interest mostly to amateur astronomers and science enthusiasts. Many thanks to Ken Lum, who created this event listing.
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    Due to concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus or COVID-19 virus, some events have been or may be cancelled. Many venues will be closed perhaps until the end of the year. Other events may offer online links and connections. To check on the status of a given event, check their website for updates.
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    Monday, 05/10/21
    11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

    Light and Dark. A Story of the Cosmos – Livestream

    Light is the main observable in cosmology, but most of what we “see” with this light is how the dark universe behaves. We will explore how the light from millions of distant galaxies are used to shed light on the nature of dark matter and dark energy.

    Speaker: Marika Asgari

    Register at weblink to receive connection information

    Website: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-astronomy-talk-light-and-dark-a-story-of-the-cosmos-tickets-140254941305

    Cost: Free

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    Monday, 05/10/21
    03:30 PM – 04:30 PM

    SLAC Colloquium

    Seeing to the Event Horizons of Supermassive Black Holes – Livestream

    Supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies power some of the brightest objects we see in the Universe; active galactic nuclei (AGN). Much remains unknown, however, about exactly how energy is released from the material falling in through the accretion disk, and from the black hole itself, to power these extreme systems, forming a powerful X-ray emitting corona and launching jets at almost the speed of light.

    The X-rays emitted from the corona illuminate the material falling into the black hole and by measuring its reflection, we obtain a unique insight into the processes occurring just outside the event horizon. Most recently, measuring echoes of X-ray flares emitted by the corona, and comparing these measurements to the predictions of general relativistic ray tracing simulations, we have been able to obtain the most detailed map of the structure of the inner accretion disk and corona.

    The reverberation of X-ray flares is letting us see the corona evolve in real time and witness the effects of strong gravity and general relativity as the X-rays are bent around the black hole. This gives us important insight into the small-scale processes close to the event horizon that allow black holes to power these extreme objects and play their important feedback role in the formation of structure in the Universe.

    Speaker: Dan Wilkins, Kavli Institute

    See weblink for Zoom connection information

    Website: https://sites.slac.stanford.edu/colloquium/events/seeing-the-event-horizons-supermassive-black-holes

    Zoom: https://stanford.zoom.us/j/99050595384?pwd=cGFuWHZwWUZmMkVoQ2pVU2lPeDVQZz09

    Telephone: 650 724 9799 Webinar ID: 990 5059 5384. Passcode: 430601

    Cost: Free

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    Monday, 05/10/21 6:30 PM

    UC Santa Cruz

    Slugs and Steins: A Century of Paradigm Shifts in our Understanding of the Universe – Livestream

    The past century has witnessed the birth of our modern view of the large scale universe as well as an astonishing list of startling changes or paradigm shifts in our understanding. The rate of new discoveries seems to be accelerating with time. This talk will take us from the contributions of Einstein and Hubble to the most recent discoveries about the early history of the universe. We will even discuss the discoveries expected from the next generation of scientific instruments as well as the likelihood of the unexpected discovery.

    Speaker: George Blumenthal, Professor Emeritus, UC Santa Cruz

    Register at weblink to receive connection information

    Website: https://calendar.ucsc.edu/event/slugs_and_steins_with_professor_emeritus_george_blumenthal#.YIXyCS2cbEY

    Cost: Free

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    Monday, 05/10/21 7:30 PM

    Astronomy on Tap: Los Angeles – Livestream

    We’ll hear from Sabrina Pakzad: “SOFIA: NASA’s Flying Infrared Observatory” and from Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay: “The Lunar Crater Radio Telescope on the Far Side of the Moon”. In addition, we will host interactive astronomically-themed pub trivia.

    See weblink for YouTube link.

    Website: https://astronomyontap.org/2021/04/astronomy-on-tap-los-angeles-may-10-2021/

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dviJK1EnhYA

    Cost: Free

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    Wednesday, 05/12/21 1:00 PM

    ExplOratorium

    Checking in with Perseverance – Livestream

    After the successful February 18th landing of the Perseverance rover on Mars, Exploratorium scientist Isabel Hawkins and host Ron Hipschman catch up with our plucky Martian companion and tell you all about what’s happening on the red planet. Where has Perseverance been? What has it found? Where is it going? Tune in and space out.

    Speaker: Isabel hawkins, Exploratorium

    See weblink for YouTube and Facebook links

    Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/checking-perseverance

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR4I4iSvzltLN_WumwIBC3Q

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/exploratorium

    Cost: Free

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    Thursday, 05/13/21
    02:00 PM – 02:30 PM

    SETI Institute

    SETI LIVE: The End of Everything – Livestream

    Take a look around. Everything you see, from this blue and green planet we live on to the stars and distant fuzzy galaxies in the sky, began with the Big Bang and, over billions of years, found its way to the shapes and forms they have now. But what is the fate of this vast universe filled with galaxies, stars, and planets? Beth Johnson is joined by astrophysicist and science communicator Dr. Katie Mack to discuss her new book, The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking). The possibilities include the Big Crunch, Heat Death, Big Rip, Vacuum Decay, and the Bounce.

    Speaker: Dr. Katie Mack, North Carolina State University

    Website: https://www.seti.org/event/seti-live-end-everything-dr-katie-mack

    WATCH LIVE ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/227yqqyiO9M

    WATCH LIVE ON FACEBOOK: https://fb.me/e/OSzzaHRs

    Cost: Free

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    Friday, 05/14/21 12:00 PM

    UC Santa Cruz

    From Atomic Scales to Asteroid Surfaces: Understanding Space Weathering of Airless Bodies through Coordinated Analyses – Livestream

    Soil grains on the surfaces of airless planetary bodies such as the Moon and asteroids are continuously being modified by their exposure to interplanetary space. These surface materials experience micrometeorite bombardment and irradiation by energetic particles from the solar wind, a phenomenon collectively known as space weathering. Such interactions change the chemical and microstructural characteristics of soil grains and, as a result, their optical properties which we can measure with remote sensing spacecraft. In order to understand the nature of space weathering processes on airless planetary surfaces, I combine nanoscale analyses of returned samples with experimental simulations of space weathering in the laboratory. I will present my work using various techniques to simulate micrometeorite impacts and solar wind irradiation of both returned samples and analog materials. I will present results from a novel technique to simulate micrometeoroid impacts using in situ heating inside the transmission electron microscope (TEM). I will also describe the results of new laser and ion irradiation experiments of carbonaceous meteorites which simulate space weathering on the surfaces of organic-rich asteroids. I will explore the microstructural and chemical signatures of space weathering in these samples and their relationship to changes in optical properties of the material. Finally, I will put these experimental results in the context of ongoing planetary science sample return missions, including NASA OSIRIS-REx and JAXA Hayabusa2.

    Speaker: Michelle Thompson, Purdue University

    Zoom information can be found on the EPS advising Google calendar

    Website: https://eps.ucsc.edu/news-events/igpp-seminar/spring-2021.html

    Zoom Meeting 93026775152
    Passcode 826619

    Cost: Free

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    Saturday, 05/15/21 7:30 PM

    Mount Tamalpias Astronomy Lectures

    Gravitational Lensing: Bends in Spacetime – Livestream

    One hundred years ago, Einstein predicted that light rays would bend in the space near a massive object – much as light rays refract in an optical lens. Today, we use this fact to weigh galaxies, to discover planets of other stars, and to “see” invisible black holes. How did this idea of gravitational lensing come about, and how do we use it today to probe all fields of astrophysics?

    Speaker: Fatima Abdurrahamn, UC Berkeley

    See weblink for Zoom information

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

    Cost: Free

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    Saturday, 05/15/21 8:00 PM

    San Mateo County Astronomical Society

    Resolving the Local Universe with the JWST & Hubble – Livestream

    In his talk, Dr. Weisz highlights the amazing science and images produced by Hubble observations of local galaxies from the past three decades. The pinnacle of these studies is the Panchromatic Hubble Andromeda Treasury (PHAT) program, an 800-hour Hubble survey of our sibling galaxy Andromeda, and one of the largest Hubble programs ever conducted. Dr. Weisz will describe the PHAT survey and its scientific impact and discuss plans for the James Webb Space Telescope, which will succeed Hubble as the most sensitive telescope in existence following its launch in 2021.

    Speaker: Dr. Dan Weisz, UC Berkeley

    See weblink for Zoom information

    Website: http://www.smcasastro.com/meetings.html

    Zoom: ID: 253 926 2920. Passcode: SMCAS

    Cost: Free

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    Saturday, 05/15/21
    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, 05/15/21
    • Saturday, 05/22/21

    Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/free-telescope-viewings/2021-01-02/

    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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    Sunday, 05/16/21
    01:30 PM – 02:45 PM

    San Jose Astronomical Society

    Solar Sunday Basics: Spots, Prominences, Filaments and More – Livestream

    Join us for this on-line event where we’ll look in real time for prominences (often thought of as solar flares) and intricate texture within the Sun’s chromosphere (its atmosphere). We’ll also provide an overview of how we observe the Sun in different types of light (such as red, H-alpha light), share details about the structure of the Sun, and show spectacular images taken during prior years. Ordinarily, we’d also share live views of sunspots, but our Sun is currently in its solar-minimum phase, and as a result, sunspots and other dramatic features are rare. Nevertheless, we’ll still cover a lot of cool and interesting facts about our hot Sun!

    See note at weblink, and to register

    Website: https://www.meetup.com/SJ-Astronomy/events/278051317/

    Cost: Free

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    Wednesday, 05/19/21
    10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

    SETI Institute

    SETI Talks: Why is Earth Still Habitable? – Livestream

    Earth, a Pale Blue Dot in our solar system, is also the result of 4 billion years of evolution leading to a technologically advanced and intelligent civilization, humanity. When you look around almost anywhere on Earth, you see life. In the air, in the water, in the land and even underground. But was this inevitable? We know that there have been mass extinction events in the past, some taking out most of life on Earth, but not all of it, since we are here to ponder it.

    Current global warming shows us that the climate can change considerably over even a few centuries. Over geological timescales, it is even easier to see climate change. Calculations show that there is the potential for Earth’s climate to deteriorate to temperatures below freezing or above boiling in just a few million years. Abrupt changes can come from natural disasters like super-volcanoes, asteroid impacts, solar flares, supernovae, and many other threatening events. Even the amount of heat from the Sun has increased as it ages, so why is Earth still habitable?

    That’s a mystery that we’ll discuss with Sarah Rugheimer and Toby Tyrrell. Sarah is an astrophysicist at Oxford University who studies exoplanet atmospheres, searching for biosignatures and possible life. Toby is a professor in Earth System Science within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton. He recently published a new perspective on why our planet has managed to stay habitable for billions of years.

    This work consists of running simulations looking at how 100,000 randomly different planets responded to random climate-altering events spread out across three billion years.

    Most of those planets which remained life-sustaining throughout the three-billion-year period only had a probability, not a certainty, of staying habitable.

    Is Earth’s success in remaining habitable just a fluke? What can we learn from studying the climate of planets in our solar system and those orbiting other stars?

    We hope to answer these questions with our speakers in this conversation moderated by SETI Institute Senior Astronomer Franck Marchis.

    Website: https://www.seti.org/event/seti-talks-why-earth-still-habitable

    Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seti-talks-why-is-earth-still-habitable-tickets-153701020891

    Cost: Free

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    Wednesday, 05/19/21 7:00 PM

    San Francisco Amateur Astronomers

    Variable Stars and Their Stories – Livestream

    Variable stars have always been the most intriguing (and fun) targets for observers, professional and amateur alike. Stellar variability provides unique insights in critical stages of stellar evolution, helps determine distances to nearby galaxies, and adds to our understanding of explosion physics and the Milky Way’s chemical enrichment. I will introduce some of the most common aspects of stellar variability and their significance in astrophysics. I will discuss their common light curves identifiers and present work by AAVSO observers, leading to cutting-edge scientific discoveries throughout the years. Finally, I will discuss how you can participate in variable star observations from your back yard, contributing to the AAVSO International Database and cutting-edge science.

    Speaker: Stella Kafka, American Association of Variable Star Observers

    See weblink for connection options.

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

    onnect by 6:30pm on Wednesday, May 19th by clicking this Zoom meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/95830904603?pwd=UDNKdm16US9wK1EremdJeGptdjNNdz09

    meeting number 958 3090 4603 and password 116064 to join the meeting.

    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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    Thursday, 05/20/21
    11:30 AM – 01:00 PM

    Astronomical Society of Edinburgh

    The Dark Side of the Universe – Livestream

    Just over 95% of our Universe comes in the shrouded form of dark energy and matter that we can neither explain nor directly detect. Together, these two dark entities play out an epic cosmic battle with the gravity of dark matter slowly pulling structures in the Universe together, and dark energy fuelling the Universe’s accelerated expansion, making it ever harder for those structures to grow.

    Speaker: Catherine Heymans, Univ. of Edinburgh

    Register at weblink to receive connection information

    Website: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-dark-side-of-the-universe-tickets-132914586105

    Cost: Free

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    Thursday, 05/20/21
    05:00 PM – 06:30 PM

    Cafe Scientifique Silicon Valley

    Where Did it All Come From? Where is it All Going? – Livestream

    The physical universe, I will argue, is made of matter (or energy) and of order (or information). I’ll trace out the 13.8 billion year history of this matter/energy told by modern cosmology, as it has developed into ever-more sophisticated order and structure: galaxies and their arrangement, stars, planets, life, and very recently and locally, civilization. The survival of civilization – and life itself – through the coming century is not assured, but if it continues, what could its future look like over thousands or millions of years? No one knows, but touring topics from fundamental physics to the nature of intelligence, I will lay out some of the possibilities.

    Speaker: Anthony Aguirre, UC Santa Cruz

    See weblink for registration information.

    Website: https://cafescipa.org

    http://cafescipa.org/upcoming-event/

    Cost: Free

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    Friday, 05/21/21 7:30 PM

    Tri-Valley Stargazers

    A Walking Tour of Optical History — Artifacts and Anecdotes from the Astronomical Lyceum – Livestream

    Pioneering telescope makers allowed a revolutionary ascendancy of American astronomy in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Astronomical Lyceum in New Mexico, originally built in 1936 as a theater and gymnasium, now houses a collection of telescopes, optics, archives, and literature from this ascendancy. Its volunteer staff find the artifacts and associated history surprisingly engaging for visitors of all interest levels. The presentation will include unusual items, large and small, created by some of the America’s greatest early optical artists, including Henry and Harry Fitz, Alvan Clark and Sons, Carl and Robert Lundin, John A. Brashear, George Willis Ritchey, and the pioneer of astronomical spectroscopy and photography, Lewis Morris Rutherfurd. The collection includes artifacts originating right up through the Space Age, including from the amateur telescope making movement and its surprising influence. While time allows only an overview, the presentation hopes to remind participants how history of science and technology can be powerfully engaging and interesting for essentially anyone when offered in the right spirit.

    Speaker: John Briggs, Astronomer

    See weblink for connection options

    Website: https://www.trivalleystargazers.org

    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.

    Cost: Free

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    Saturday, 05/22/21
    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.

    • Saturday, 05/22/21

    Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/free-telescope-viewings/2021-01-02/

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

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

    Cost: Free

  • 23 Apr 2021 3:48 PM | Scott Miller (Administrator)

    PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE TO THE 7:00 PM LECTURE START TIME!!

    19 May 2021, 7:00 PM, Wednesday, Live-streamed via Zoom, YouTube and Facebook

    “Variable Stars and Their Stories”

    by

    Dr. Stella Kafka, Executive Director, American Association
    of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO)

    Variable stars have always been the most intriguing (and fun) targets for observers, professional and amateur alike. Stellar variability provides unique insights in critical stages of stellar evolution, helps determine distances to nearby galaxies, and adds to our understanding of explosion physics and the Milky Way’s chemical enrichment. I will introduce some of the most common aspects of stellar variability and their significance in astrophysics. I will discuss their common light curves identifiers and present work by AAVSO observers, leading to cutting-edge scientific discoveries throughout the years. Finally, I will discuss how you can participate in variable star observations from your back yard, contributing to the AAVSO International Database and cutting-edge science.

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Stella Kafka is the Executive Director and CEO of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO), an international organization focusing on engaging professional and amateur astronomers in science. Within the auspices of the AAVSO, Dr Kafka is working towards enabling individuals from all backgrounds to actively participate in research projects, building a community of science-savvy citizens who work collectively to understand some of the most dynamic phenomena in the universe.

    How to Attend

    To attend the virtual meeting “live” with the opportunity to ask questions:

    Connect by 6:30pm on Wednesday, May 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. 

    Club and welcome announcements will begin at 6:45pm and the 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

  • 22 Apr 2021 3:38 PM | Scott Miller (Administrator)

    SFAA Observing Basics Series

    Session 2,  7:00pm, 6 May 2021, Thursday

    “Choosing the Right Telescope or Binoculars to Suit Your Interests, Circumstances, and Budget”

     Live-streamed via Zoom, YouTube and Facebook

    Presented by

    Bill Kircher, Amateur Astronomer, SFAA

    The San Francisco Amateur Astronomers (SFAA) is excited to offer a Zoom-based Observing Basics Virtual Bootcamp series, open to newcomers and observers at all levels. This 4-part series features a robust agenda to help you make the most out of your stargazing time and equipment choices. (Members and non-Members are welcome to attend.)

    The series is prepared and presented by SFAA’s Vice President, Bill Kircher.  As a long-time amateur astronomer, Bill has created a virtual Observing Basics course to provide a solid foundation for optimizing your night sky viewing time and equipment choices. He has learned from experience that the best telescope is the one you’ll actually use and he recommends keeping it simple, especially at the beginning.

    Attendees will be able to continue to expand on what they learn in each session as we move into the summer months.  We look forward to being able to meet up at SFAA star parties on Mt. Tamalpais and share the night sky with you when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Experienced telescope operators will be on hand to help with set up and questions.

    The Session 2 will be held on Thursday, May 6 at 7:00pm (PT). The dates of the remaining sessions will be announced soon.  To join, please see the details below with options to join the conversation over Zoom or to watch the livestream via YouTube or Facebook!

    What’s Up There (Stars, Moon and Planets, Deep Sky, and everything else–comets, asteroids, meteorites, satellites), plus navigation aids, layout and motion of the night sky, a virtual tour of the night sky, what can be seen with the naked eye and more.

    • Session 2: “Choosing the Right Telescope or Binoculars to Suit Your Interests, Circumstances, and Budget”

    The best telescope is the one you’ll actually use.  Includes assessment of your needs, level of experience and astronomy goals. Discussion of the different types of telescopes and mounts and pluses and minuses of each. If you currently own a telescope, binoculars, etc., you will be able to better appreciate the capabilities and potential of your equipment and may also consider acquiring additional equipment or accessories to complement or enhance your experience. 

    • Session 3: “Set up and Operation of Astronomical Telescopes and Binoculars”

    The session centers on the set up and use of various types of telescopes and mounts and binoculars. Main focus will be on helping participants to become familiar enough with the set up and use of their scopes (including loaner scopes) that they can participate more fully in our SFAA star parties.

    • Session 4: “Introduction to Astro Imaging”

    This technical area will be presented as an overview of the different types of imaging opportunities plus the type of equipment and processing software that is needed.  The steps involved in each type of imaging are all quite different and will be introduced.

    Webinar & Streaming Details

    SFAA is excited to provide multiple viewing options. You may attend the virtual meeting “live,” which includes the opportunity to participate in any chat discussions and ask questions of the speaker -or- you may attend the live-streaming event on our YouTube channel or Facebook page.

    To attend the virtual meeting “live” with the opportunity to ask questions:

    • Connect by 6:45pm on Thursday, May 6th by clicking this Zoom meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/96915345115?pwd=OWZXWHFiaUlwZEtYdWZTWGZkNTBPQT09
    • 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 969 1534 5115 and password 891781 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.
    • The series will start promptly at 7:00pm

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

     

    Eventbrite registration page:

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/observing-basics-virtual-bootcamp-night-sky-navigation-equipment-more-tickets-147017327785