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Events of Week of 11/28/2016 and Beyond

Monday, 11/28/16
07:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Club 21
2111 Franklin St
Oakland, CA 94612

Nerd Night East Bay 48: Stoicism, Dark Energy, Health

Ease out of post-Thanksgiving torpor with Nerd Nite East Bay. An evening of drinks and education begins with Seamus O'Donnell's exploration of stoicism. Virtue is based on knowledge, so we continue with Astronomy on Tap's Jeffrey Silverman's discussion of dark energy, We conclude the evening with alumnerd Sharon Osterweil's dive into the social determinants of health.
Starting at 7PM, we'll have food from Miss Arepita, tunes from DJ Citizen Zain, and a dark energy-themed Detention by Ann-Marie.Rick, Rebecca, and the Oakland Public Librarypardon no turkeys.
    • Stoicism: How an Ancient Philosophy Can Turn Us All into Laughing Vulcans by Seamus O'Donnell
    • Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Runaway Universe by Jeffrey Silverman
    • An Apple a Day (and a High School Diploma) Keeps the Doctor Away by Sharon Osterweil
Be there and be square.
This event is 21+.

Website: https://nerdniteeb.yapsody.com/event/index/53918/nneb48-stoicism-dark-energy-health

Cost:  $8 advance, $10 at door if available

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Tuesday, November 29 2016 - 12:00 pm, PST

SETI Institute Colloquium Series 
1065 La Avenida
Microsoft SVC Building One Galileo Auditorium
Mountain View, CA 94043

Robust Emergence of diverse planetary systems

Doug Lin,  UC Santa Cruz

Recent observations indicate that super Earths are common whereas gas giants are relatively rare. Based on the sequential core accretion scenario, Dr. Lin will discuss how various physical effects which may lead to the prolific production of super Earths, independent of the mass and metallicity of their host stars, and the marginal occurrence rate of gas giants and its dependence on the host stars' properties.

During their evolution and depletion, protostellar disks regulate protoplanets' dynamical evolution and statistically determine the average and dispersion of the asymptotic orbital configuration of multiple systems. Tidal and magnetic interaction between close-in planets and their host stars may also lead to observable properties which can be used to extract valuable constraints on planets' internal composition and structure.

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Tuesday, 11/29/16  4:30 PM

Hewlett Teaching Center
370 Serra Mall, Room 200
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305

The Dawn of Gravitational-Wave Astrophysics
Applied Physics/Physics Colloquium

Speaker: Vicky Kalogera, Northwestern University

Cost:  Free   

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Tuesday, 11/29/16  7:30 PM

SLAC Public Lecture Series
2575 Sand Hill Road
Bldg 53, Panofsky Auditorium
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Dark Matter: Detecting Gravity’s Hidden Hand

Dark matter is one of the most mysterious components of the universe. Yet it makes up 23 percent of the mass of the universe-six times the mass of ordinary, atomic matter. Physicists have never observed dark matter particles directly, but we see their influence throughout astronomy. The gravitational pull of this hidden matter is the force that created structure in the universe, shaping galaxies and forming the distribution of clusters and voids we see in the sky. One of today’s great challenges in physics is to observe individual dark matter particles coming in from the galaxy and striking particles on Earth. This talk will present the evidence for dark matter and introduce one of the most ambitious efforts to discover interactions of dark matter particles, using tons of cryogenic liquid in a deep underground laboratory.

Speaker: Tom Shutt, SLAC

Cost:  Free

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Friday, 12/02/16
07:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Evergreen Valley College
Visual Performance Arts (APA) Theater
3095 Yerba Buena Rd
San Jose, CA 95135

Science Expeditions to Planetary-like environments and the search for life in the Solar System

The Astrobiology-driven search for Life in the Solar System and beyond begins here on Earth.  In connection with this search, the NASA vision for Space Exploration involves robotic missions to prepare for humans living, working on the surface of Mars, and exploring it for finding indicators of life.  The near future search for life will target Ocean Worlds such as Enceladus and Europa, icy moon with potentially habitable subglacial briny oceans.

In this talk Rosalba will present examples of expeditions to extreme and remote deserts in Chile (Atacama), Namibia, New Zealand, Australia, Antarctica, and the Himalayas. A summary of the latest 2016 SB India Expedition to the Leh-Ladakh region will be also presented.

Social Community Mixer: 8:00 pm-8:30 pm, Performing Arts Theater, EVC

Public Stargazing Night: Enjoy a free public stargazing session after the talk at the Montgomery Hill Observatory of Evergreen Valley College from 8:30 pm to 10 pm. View Moon, Mars, Orion Nebula, pleiades and many other objects.

Free parking in the parking lot #6 for this event.

Speaker: Rosalba Bonaccorsi, SETI Institute’s Carl Sagan Center at NASA Ames Research Center.

Cost:  Free

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Friday, 12/02/16  8:00 PM

San Mateo Co. Astronomical Society
College of San Mateo
Building 36
1700 W Hillsdale Rd
San Mateo, CA 94402

Mars Trek: Powerful Online Tools for Exploring Mars

NASA's Mars Trek web portal provides a powerful new way to visualize and analyze data
returned from Mars by a range of instruments aboard a number of spacecraft. Mars Trek's wealth
of data, advanced capabilities, and easy to use interface make it useful for the general public and
students, as well as for mission planners and planetary scientists. In this presentation, we will
focus on how to use Mars Trek to explore the spectacular landforms of Mars, examine current and
past sites of robotic exploration, and look ahead to proposed sites for human missions to Mars now being planned. The audience will learn to use Mars Trek's tools, including generating custom 3D prints of the Martian surface.

Speaker: Brian Day, NASA Ames

Cost:  Free

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Friday, December 2, 2016
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

San Jose Astronomical Association In-Town Star Party
Houge Park
3972 Twilight Dr
San Jose, CA

    • All telescopes will be set up on the sidewalk that is between the Tennis Courts and Parking Lot.
    • Come view the heavens through a telescope at the SJAA's In Town Star Party. Bring a scope to share the views, and if you do, feel free to come early to set up. Remember, this event is free, everyone is invited, no reservations required. Just show up!

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Fri. 12/2/2016 7PM

Telescope Makers Workshop
Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619-2450
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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! Itdoes take time - depending on how much time you put in on it, and other factors, it could take a few months or several months. But, it's a fun project, great for kids, and at the end you get a great telescope!
For more information call or email Richard Ozer at rozer@pacbell.net or phone (510) 406-1914.
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Fri. 12/2/2016 and Sat. 12/3/2016

Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619-2450
(510) 336-7300

EXPLORE THE NIGHT SKIES AT THE CHABOT OBSERVATORIES
for more information: http://www.chabotspace.org/
Free Telescope Viewing
Regular hours are every Friday & Saturday evening, weather permitting: 7:30pm -10:30pm
Come for spectacular night sky viewing the best kept secret in the Bay Area and see the magnificence of our telescopes in action!

Daytime Telescope Viewing On Saturday and Sunday afternoons come view the sun, moon, or Venus through Chabot's telescopes. Free with General Admission.

12pm - 5pm: Observatories Open (weather permitting)

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Fri. 12/2/2016 9PM

Foothill College
12345 El Monte Rd
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Foothill Observatory is open for public viewing every clear Friday evening from 9:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Visitors can view the wonders of the universe through the observatory's computer-controlled 16- inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.
Views of objects in our solar system may include craters and mountains on the moon, the moons and cloud-bands of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, etc. Deep space objects including star clusters, nebulae, and distant galaxies also provide dramatic demonstrations of the vastness of the cosmos.The choice of targets for any evening's viewing depends on the season and what objects are currently in the sky.

Admission is free. Parking is $3

Foothill Observatory is located on the campus of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. Take Highway 280 to the El Monte Rd exit. The observatory is next to parking lot 4. Parking at the college requires visitor parking permits that are available from the machines in the parking lots for $3.00. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change. Citations are issued.

Come to Foothill Observatory and join us in the exploration of our Universe!

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Sat. 12/3/2016 10AM

Foothill College
12345 El Monte Rd
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Foothill Colllege Observatory 10AM-12PM if it is clear Solar observing with a Hydrogen alpha solar telescope every clear Saturday morning. This allows spectacular views of solar prominences and unusual surface features on the Sun not otherwise visible with regular white light telescopes.

Admission is free. Parking is $3

Foothill Observatory is located on the campus of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. Take Highway 280 to the El Monte Rd exit. The observatory is next to parking lot 4. Parking at the college requires visitor parking permits that are available from the machines in the parking lots for $3.00. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change. Citations are issued.

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Saturday, 12/03/16
05:30 PM - 11:00 PM

City Star Parties - Parade Grounds at the Presidio
103 Montgomery St.
Main Post Lawn
San Francisco, CA 94129

SF City Star Party

Come join us for our monthly San Francisco City Star Party. SFAA members provide telescopes for your viewing pleasure.
Be sure to check the SFAA website for the latest updates�bad weather or overcast skies will cancel!

Cost:  Free

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Sat. 12/3/2016
Sunset: 4:51PM

San Mateo Co. Astronomical Society Star Party
Crestview Park
1000 Crestview Drive in San Carlos.

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.

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Monday, 12/05/16
07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

Benjamin Dean Astronomy Lectures
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94118

Truth and Beauty in Astronomy Visualization

In the development of astronomy imagery for the public, the scientific emphasis on fidelity can often seem at cross-purposes to artistic expression. As an astrophysicist who creates visualizations, Dr. Summers not only confronts this dichotomy daily, but also delights in the challenge of combining accuracy and aesthetics. This talk will showcase compelling visuals and describe techniques used in creating sequences for educational materials, press releases,planetarium shows, and IMAX films. Come experience the transformation of Hubble images and data into cinematic sequences, with an emphasis on the compromises made and the flourishes enabled when paying homage to the twin ideals of truth and beauty.

Speaker: Dr. Frank Summers, Space Telescope Science Institute


Website: http://www.calacademy.org/events/benjamin-dean-astronomy-lectures/truth-and-beauty-in-astronomy-visualization

Cost:
$15 General, $12 Members & Seniors

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Tuesday, December 06 2016 - 12:00 pm, PST

SETI Institute Colloquium Series 
1065 La Avenida
Microsoft SVC Building One Galileo Auditorium
Mountain View, CA 94043

Crucible of Worlds: A System for Space Synthetic Biology Experiments
Aaron Berliner
Autodesk and UC Berkeley

Aaron Berliner is the Science PI on a recently funded NASA Ames SIF project to investigate Mars habitability. He will talk about the development of the "extreme conditions" Crucible environmental chamber. The project is a collaboration between NASA Ames Research Center, UC Berkeley, and Autodesk to build a system that will allow for biology experiments under extreme conditions as a step towards space synthetic biology.
Aaron will talk about how the chamber will be able to carry out repeatable and reliable biological experiments under conditions sufficiently analogous to the harsh environment. He will address the following perceived scientific needs:
(1) How to reliably replicate Martian conditions
(2) How to source and filter biology of interest
(3) How to characterize and engineer useful biological phenomena under Martian conditions
(4) How to scale experiments sufficient to characterize enough biology to form a basis for continued engineering.
The Crucible chamber will meet these scientific needs by utilizing state-of-the-art additive manufacturing technology, cutting-edge software architecture, and internet-of-things capable devices to produce a smaller, cheaper, extensible, distributable, scalable system for experimental space biology.

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Thursday, 12/08/16  7:30 PM

Box HQ
900 Middlefield Road
Auditorium
Redwood City, CA 94063

Scientific Skepticism vs. Quantum Entanglement

Entanglement phenomena are the closest thing we have to reproducible magic, and even physicists can't agree as to what’s really going on. Is it spooky action at a distance, or retrocausality, or conspiracies that govern our choices? And what is a good skeptic to do when every explanatory option seems unacceptable, when nature forces us to train skepticism inward, towards our strongest intuitions? (General audiences welcome!)

Speaker: Ken Wharton, San Jose State Univ.

Website: http://wonderfest.org/quantum-entanglement/

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Fri. 12/9/2016 7PM

Telescope Makers Workshop
Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619-2450
\
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! Itdoes take time - depending on how much time you put in on it, and other factors, it could take a few months or several months. But, it's a fun project, great for kids, and at the end you get a great telescope!
For more information call or email Richard Ozer at rozer@pacbell.net or phone (510) 406-1914.
\
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Fri. 12/9/2016 and Sat. 12/10/2016

Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619-2450
(510) 336-7300

EXPLORE THE NIGHT SKIES AT THE CHABOT OBSERVATORIES
for more information: http://www.chabotspace.org/
Free Telescope Viewing
Regular hours are every Friday & Saturday evening, weather permitting: 7:30pm -10:30pm
Come for spectacular night sky viewing the best kept secret in the Bay Area and see the magnificence of our telescopes in action!

Daytime Telescope Viewing On Saturday and Sunday afternoons come view the sun, moon, or Venus through Chabot's telescopes. Free with General Admission.

12pm - 5pm: Observatories Open (weather permitting)

==================================

Fri. 12/9/2016 9PM

Foothill College
12345 El Monte Rd
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Foothill Observatory is open for public viewing every clear Friday evening from 9:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Visitors can view the wonders of the universe through the observatory's computer-controlled 16- inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.
Views of objects in our solar system may include craters and mountains on the moon, the moons and cloud-bands of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, etc. Deep space objects including star clusters, nebulae, and distant galaxies also provide dramatic demonstrations of the vastness of the cosmos.The choice of targets for any evening's viewing depends on the season and what objects are currently in the sky.

Admission is free. Parking is $3

Foothill Observatory is located on the campus of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. Take Highway 280 to the El Monte Rd exit. The observatory is next to parking lot 4. Parking at the college requires visitor parking permits that are available from the machines in the parking lots for $3.00. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change. Citations are issued.

Come to Foothill Observatory and join us in the exploration of our Universe!

==================================

Sat. 12/10/2016 10AM

Foothill College
12345 El Monte Rd
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Foothill Colllege Observatory 10AM-12PM if it is clear Solar observing with a Hydrogen alpha solar telescope every clear Saturday morning. This allows spectacular views of solar prominences and unusual surface features on the Sun not otherwise visible with regular white light telescopes.

Admission is free. Parking is $3

Foothill Observatory is located on the campus of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. Take Highway 280 to the El Monte Rd exit. The observatory is next to parking lot 4. Parking at the college requires visitor parking permits that are available from the machines in the parking lots for $3.00. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change. Citations are issued.

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Saturday, 12/10/16
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

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

Jazz Under the Stars

Come peer through our telescopes and see craters on the Moon, the visible plants, star clusters, and more while we listen to CSM's very own KCSM Jazz 91 FM. Dress warmly.  Free parking in Marie Curie Lot 5.

Cost:  Free
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END EAS CALENDAR

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