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Eastbay Astronomical Society Calendar
From: Kenneth Lum

 

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Events of Week of 04/25/2016 and Beyond

Monday, 04/25/16
12:30 PM - 01:20 PM

Stanford Symbolic Systems Forum
Margaret Jacks Hall
460-126
Stanford, CA 94305

Building Trust in Decision Support Systems for Aerospace
Speaker: Mykel Kochenderfer, Stanford

Cost:
Free

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Tuesday, April 26 2016 - 12:00 pm, PDT

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

The SOFIA Observatory: Revealing the Hidden Universe with Airborne Science
Pamela Marcum, NASA Ames Research Center

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Tuesday, 04/26/16  4:30 PM

Hewlett Teaching Center
Stanford University
Room 201
Stanford, CA 94305

Frontiers in Laser Spectroscopy
Speaker: Theodor Hansch/Hofstadter, University of Munich

Cost:
Free

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Tuesday, 4/26/2016 7:15 PM - 9:15 PM

Lindsay Wildlife Experience
1931 First Avenue
Walnut Creek, CA 94597

Speaker: Brian Day, NASA AMES
Topic: Near Earth Objects
Title: A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall

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Friday, April 29, 2016 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM

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

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. 4/29/2016 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. 4/29/2016 and Sat. 4/30/2016

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. 4/29/2016 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.

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. 4/30/2016 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.

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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Tuesday, May 03 2016 - 12:00 pm, PDT

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

When Will We Find Life Beyond Earth?
Nathalie Cabrol, Seth Shostak, SETI Institute
Panel: Nathalie Cabrol, Seth Shostak, Mark Showalter, Fergal Mullaly – SETI Institute

Is this the generation that will discover extraterrestrial life?  Some scientists have opined that we’ll find other living beings – whether they be microbes on other planets or intelligent beings in another star system – within two decades.  An energetic panel of SETI Institute astrobiologists will discuss why both science and technology give support to the idea that we may soon prove that Earth is not the only world where life has arisen. Audience Q&A follows panelists.

Join us for a special tribute to Bill Borucki at noon as we kick off the panel discussion.

Today’s SETI Talk coincides with Silicon Valley Gives Day, and Microsoft is the lead corporate sponsor for this honored tradition of Silicon Valley philanthropy. Visit SETI Institute’s giving page and consider making a donation to support our research, outreach and education. In support of our work, Microsoft will host a lunch for today’s guests. Lunch begins at 11:30 am.

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Tuesday, 05/03/16  4:30 PM

Hewlett Teaching Center
Stanford University
Room 201
Stanford, CA 94305

Optical Atomic Clock and Many-body Quantum Physics
Speaker: Jun Ye, Univ. of Colorado

Cost:
Free

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Friday, 05/06/16  8:00 PM

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

Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Death of the Universe
Speaker: Dr. Brad Tucker, Mt. Stromlo Observatory at the Australian National University

Cost:
Free

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Fri. 5/6/2016 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.

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

Fri. 5/6/2016 and Sat. 5/7/2016

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. 5/6/2016 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.

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. 5/6/2016 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.

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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Monday, 05/09/16  7:30 PM

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

Pluto Matters
Our understanding of the history of the solar system has undergone a revolution in recent years, owing to new theoretical insights into the origin of Pluto and the discovery of the Kuiper Belt and its rich dynamical structure. The emerging picture is one of dramatic orbital migration of the planets in the early history of the solar system, driven by interaction with the primordial Kuiper Belt, which produced the final solar system architecture that we live in today. The evidence is all over the solar system, as close as the Moon and as far away as Pluto and the remnant Kuiper Belt. Dr. Malhotra will review this new view of our solar system's history, describe the astronomical evidence, and critically assess current theoretical models.

Speaker: Renu Malhotra, Univ. of Arizona

Website: http://www.calacademy.org/events/benjamin-dean-astronomy-lectures/pluto-matters

Cost:  $12 General, $8 Members, $10 Seniors

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Wednesday, May 11, at 7 p.m

Smithwick Theatre
Foothill College
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, CA

Finding a New Earth: Exoplanets and the Habitable Zone at Foothill College

As part of the 16th annual Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, San Francisco State University Astrophysics Professor Stephen Kane, Ph.D., will discuss Finding a New Earth: Exoplanets and the Habitable Zone, an illustrated, non-technical lecture Wednesday, May 11, at 7 p.m. in the Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. Admission is free and the public is invited. Seating is first come, first served. Arrive early to locate parking.

Over the past two decades, more than 1,500 new planetary systems have been discovered, many of which include planets quite different from those in our own Solar System. A key step toward finding "Earth 2.0" will be to identify rocky planets that occupy the "Habitable Zone" of their stars. Dr. Kane will describe what the idea of a Habitable Zone means and show examples of known planets that lie in their star's Habitable Zone (even if the star is not like our sun). He will show how comparative planetology can be used for determining those properties of alien planets that dominate habitability.

Dr. Kane has been researching planets around other stars for more than 20 years and has discovered and characterized hundreds of exoplanets, including Kepler-186f, which is the smallest planet yet to have been found in the Habitable Zone of a star. After spending many years working at the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, he is now a professor of astrophysics at SFSU. He is also the chairman of the Kepler Mission Habitable Zone Working Group and the director of the SFSU Planetary Research Laboratory.

The free lecture series is sponsored by the Foothill College Astronomy Program, NASA Ames Research Center, SETI Institute and Astronomical Society of the Pacific. A number of past Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures are now available free via YouTube on the series' own channel at www.youtube.com/user/SVAstronomyLectures/. The site gives instant access to more than 20 past lectures, including Steve Beckwith on the Hubble Telescope's deepest views, Mike Brown on his discovery of worlds beyond Pluto, Natalie Batalha on the Kepler mission planet discoveries, Chris McKay on what it's like on Saturn's moon Titan, Sandra Faber on the origin of galaxies, Alex Filippenko and Roger Blandford on black holes, and Seth Shostak on new approaches to finding extraterrestrial civilizations.

Parking lots 1, 7 and 8 provide stair and no-stair access to the theatre. Visitors must purchase a parking permit for $3 from dispensers in student parking lots. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and credit/debit cards. Foothill College is located off I-280 on El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills. For more information, visit foothill.edu or call (650) 949-7888.
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END EAS CALENDAR

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