About SFAA Live-streamed Lectures

Once monthly, the SFAA hosts distinguished guest speakers who are leaders in the fields of astronomy, physics and related disciplines. The speakers present to the public and SFAA members the latest developments from cutting-edge scientific programs.   To view archived lectures, click here.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic,  the monthly lectures are being made available by live stream.  Use your computer or mobile device to connect to the links provided below.


19 October 2022, 7:00 PM, Wednesday, Live-streamed via Zoom, YouTube and Facebook

“We are Born Within a Bubble of Stars”


Dr. Dan Wilkins, Kavli Institute, Stanford University

The Universe is big – bigger than we can often comprehend - but it has fascinating details on every scale. From the extremely large, galaxies, stars and planets, to the incredibly small, with intricate structure inside every atom. But where did it all come from? Find out how astronomy can start to answer some of the biggest questions, how the Universe evolved from the Big Bang to the galaxies, stars and planets we see today, and how this picture fits with the recent discoveries about the history of our stellar neighborhood: a 1,000 light year wide “bubble of stars” in which we live.

Brief Bio

Dr. Dan Wilkins is a research scientist in the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at Stanford University. His research focuses on supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies, how matter plunging into them powers some of the most extreme objects we see in the Universe and the important role they played in the formation of the Universe as we know it today. Alongside his own research, he is working towards the development of some of the next generation of space telescopes that will observe X-rays from the most energetic processes in the Universe.

How to Attend

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

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

Clicking the link may prompt you to install the Zoom virtual meeting app. Once installed, you will be able to join the meeting. If the app is already installed on your device, simply enter the meeting number 958 3090 4603 and password 116064 to join the meeting.

Once joined, you can test your audio and video, and greet other members.

Board members will join the meeting early to help troubleshoot any problems with audio or video.

"Doors Open" at 6:30pm and the announcements and lecture will start promptly at 7:00pm.

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

SFAA YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChuBJGp_iJYZ11q_ayA-q3A

SFAA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/152754481404310