Calendar

Astronomy Events in Northern California

AANC Calendar is now served by: AANC on Meetup and Night Sky Network (NSN) Calendar (in left column of the NSN calendar, change zip/location and change format from calendar to list)


Eastbay Astronomical Society Calendar (compiled by Kenneth Lum):


Tuesday, 02/20/24  3:30 PM

In-person


Hewlett Teaching Center

370 Jane Stanford Way, Room 201

Stanford University

Stanford, CA 94305


Chaotic quantum dynamics and the quantum geometry of spacetime




Research in string theory has uncovered deep connections between strongly coupled quantum systems with chaotic dynamics and the quantum physics of black hole spacetimes. The realization of these ideas for cosmological spacetimes such as de Sitter space is much less well understood. After highlighting some of the challenges for finding a quantum mechanical description of an accelerating universe, we describe some recent progress towards this goal in the form of a close link between the Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev model and quantum de Sitter spacetime in low dimensions.


Speaker: Herman Verlinde, Princeton University.


Website: https://events.stanford.edu/event/applied_physicsphysics_colloquium_herman_l_verlinde_-_chaotic_quantum_dynamics_and_the_quantum_geometry_of_spacetime


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Tuesday, 02/20/24

06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

Livestream


Astronomy on Tap Tucson #95:

Watch on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUmOFXTsyNI



India’s Solar Space Telescope + Astronomical Explosions - Livestream


A Trial by Sun’s Fire: Designing a Telescope to Study the Solar Atmosphere with India’s First Solar Space Observatory

Speaker: Aafaque Khan


Fireworks in the Sky: a tale of one of the most energetic explosions in our universe

Speaker: Manisha Shrestha


On tap this month, we have Steward Observatory graduate student talking about India’s first solar space observatory, and Steward Observatory postdoc Manisha Shrestha teaching us about the most energetic explosions in the universe! And you won’t want to miss the latest Astronomy in the News with Steward postdocs Jackie Champagne and Danny Krolikowski!


Website: https://astronomyontap.org/event/astronomy-on-tap-tucson-95-indias-solar-space-telescope-astronomical-explosions/


Cost:  Free


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Wednesday, 02/21/24  5:30 PM

Attend in person or online. Register at weblink.


Commonwealth Club

110 The Embarcadero

San Francisco, CA 94105


From Cancer to UAP - A Common Investigatory Framework to Study the Knowable




Join us in person for a fascinating conversation with Garry Nolan, a cancer researcher at Stanford School of Medicine, whose scientific research interests extend to Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP).


The study of the unknown starts with an observation of nature that begs explanation. Science as a template for exploring nature, or phenomenon, proceeds according to rules laid out over at least two millennia in Western civilization alone. Framed against a universe now thought to be nearly 15 billion years old, what have we yet to learn, and what might others have learned separately from humanity?


Nolan will talk about one path through science that started with traditional investigations of how questions lead to human benefit in his cancer and immunology work over the last few decades, and will use that as a template to focus on the reasons why we should be interested in UAP and the potential benefits even asking those questions might provide to human progress, with an emphasis on exploitation of the potential science of alleged UAP materials and physics.


Speaker: Garry Nolan, Stanford School of Medicine; George Hammond, Author, Moderator


Website: https://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2024-06-24/garry-nolan-cancer-uap-common-investigatory-framework-study-knowable


Cost:  $20 General, $10 Members in person, $5/free online


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Wednesday, 02/21/24

07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

In-person and Livestream


Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/6899695909?pwd=dk5pNVNhYXg3Y2w5Nk5QVkQvRHlVZz09&omn=83845369212


Meeting ID: 689 969 5909, Passcode: SFAALEC


San Francisco Amateur Astronomers

Randall Museum

199 Museum Way

San Francisco, CA 94114




Early Release Science with the James Webb Space Telescope: Nested Dust Shells Around the Wolf-Rayet Binary WR 140


Understanding the journey of stellar dust - the collection of heavy elements and formation of complex molecules - is crucial to understanding the later formation of planets, organic compounds and life. How does this dust survive the intense radiation of nearby stars? How do these molecules become distributed throughout the universe? Dr. Madura has been studying recent JWST data from Wolf-Rayet binary star system WR 140, which yields predictable dust-formation episodes every 7.93 years. Indeed, mid-IR spectra indicate ring patterns of carbon-rich molecules surrounding WR 140, giving fresh insight into the formation and survival of carbonaceous dust. Dr. Madura will also bring 3D printed models of MIRI images, which he uses when teaching astronomy to individuals with visual impairments.


Speaker: Tom Madura


Editor's note: This was originally listed for January 21 in error


Website: https://www.sfaa-astronomy.org/event-5529264


Cost:  Free


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Thursday, 02/22/24  3:30 PM

In-person


Astronmy Colloquium

Physics North

UC Berkeley

Room 1

Berkeley, CA 94720




Patience is a Virtue: The 15-Year NANOGrav Gravitational Wave Results


This past summer, the pulsar timing array community announced strong evidence for the presence of a stochastic background of nanoHertz frequency gravitational waves.  This has been the primary goal of the community for the past two decades, and it took thousands of hours of telescope time, over 500,000 pulse arrival times from ~70 millisecond pulsars, and a highly sophisticated and very computationally demanding analysis effort to accomplish.  While we can't yet say for certain what is causing the gravitational waves, our best guess is a population of slowly merging super-massive black hole binaries throughout the universe.  But it is possible that the signal also heralds new physics.  So what does it all mean and what are we expecting next? And what other cool things can we do with all of this high-precision pulsar data?


Speaker: Scott Ransom, University of Virginia


Website: https://astro.berkeley.edu/news/events/astronomy-colloquium/


Cost:  Free


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Friday, 2/23/24  7PM

In-person


Telescope Makers Workshop

Chabot Space and Science Center

10000 Skyline Boulevard

Oakland, CA 94619-245


The Chabot Telescope Maker's workshop reopens! Chabot's TMW is one of only a handful of regularly scheduled telescope making workshops in the U.S., and probably the world; it meets every Friday evening throughout the year, except Memorial Day weekend. It has been in operation since December of 1930, founded by Franklin B. Wright, and is currently run by Eastbay Astronomical Society member Rich Ozer, with help from other EAS members, Dave Barosso, Barry Leska, and others. The price of admission is FREE. All you have to do is show


 


up, buy a mirror blank and a "tool" (typically around $100 - $200 depending on the size of the mirror) and start "pushin' glass!" We supply you with instruction, the various grits you'll need to first grind, and then polish and figure your mirror, and all the testing equipment needed. With a small bit of luck, you could wind up with a telescope that costs 1/3 or 1/4 the cost of a store-bought telescope, that is yet optically superior! It does take time - depending on how much time you put in on it, and other factors, it could take a few months.. But, it's a fun project, great for kids, and at the end you get a great telescope!


Enter from the main loading dock behind the main building.


Please be prepared with proof of vaccination and a mask. These are

Chabot Rules, which we always must adhere to.


If you have a project, bring it with you so we can assess next steps.

You can also bring any other equipment or literature you may have

questions about.


For more information call or email Richard Ozer at richozer1@... or phone (510) 406-1914.


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Friday, 02/23/2024 9PM-11PM for night observing and Saturday 02/24/2024

10AM-12 Noon for solar observing

In-person


Foothill Observatory is open again!

12345 El Monte Road

Los Altos Hills, CA 94022




Foothill Observatory now Open EVERY clear Friday night and Saturday morning


The Foothill College Astronomy Department and Peninsula Astronomical Society (PAS) have reopened public viewing programs at Foothill College Observatory on:


·       Every clear Friday night from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. for star gazing


·       Every clear Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon for solar viewing


Since we are still dealing with COVID, we are adopting the following guidelines to enable safe operation of the Observatory for both our public visitors and our PAS operators.  We ask that visitors please agree to complying with these guidelines before visiting the Observatory, and to direct any questions to info@....


ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES

1.    Full vaccination against COVID-19 is required to visit the Foothill College campus — This is a College requirement detailed on the Foothill College COVID-19 Behavioral Expectations page. So bring your vaccination certificate if possible.


2.    Mask usage is required anytime visiting the Foothill College campus — This includes the Observatory, per the same college policy linked above in item 1. 


3.    The number of visitors allowed inside the Observatory is reduced — To avoid overcrowding within the limited space, please wait outside the observatory until a PAS telescope operator lets you and your group inside. Once your group is done viewing through the telescope, you will exit the Observatory so that a new group may enter. 


Websites:  https://foothill.edu/astronomy/observatory.html


and  https://pastro.org


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Friday,  02/23/2024 and Saturday 2/24/2024

07:30 PM - 10:00 PM--Free telescope viewings are back!

In-person


Chabot Space and Science Center

10000 Skyline Blvd

Oakland, CA 94619






Free Telescope Viewings


Join Chabot astronomers on the Observatory Deck for a free telescope viewing! Weather permitting, this is a chance to explore stars, planets and more through Chabot’s historic telescopes. Chabot’s three large historic telescopes offer a unique way to experience the awe and wonder of the Universe. Our observatory deck offers breathtaking views 1,500 feet above the Bay. Three observatory domes house the Center’s 8-inch (Leah, 1883) and 20-inch (Rachel, 1916) refracting telescopes, along with a 36-inch reflecting telescope (Nellie, 2003).


Are the skies clear for viewing tonight? Viewing can be impacted by rain, clouds, humidity and other weather conditions. Conditions can be unique to Chabot because of its unique location in Joaquin Miller Park. Before your visit, check out the Weather Station to see the current conditions at Chabot.


https://chabotspace.org/weather-station/


Website: https://chabotspace.org/events/events-listing/


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Monday, 02/26/24  4:00 PM

In-person


Sonoma State University - What Physicists Do

1801 E. Cotati Ave.

Darwin Hall, Room 103

Rohnert Park, CA 94928


Spinning Tales: Exploring Muons

Presenter: Dr. Maarten Golterman, San Francisco State University


Dr. Maarten Golterman will delve into the fascinating world of muon anomalous magnetic moment and its implications through the lens of quantum field theory.


Website:  https://phys-astro.sonoma.edu/public-events/what-physicists-do/2024-spring/spinning-tales-exploring-muons


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Monday, 02/26/24

07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Register at weblink.  Attend in person or online.


Hewlett Teaching Center

370 Jane Stanford Way, Room 200

Stanford University

Stanford, CA 94305


Dark Energy: Past, Present, and Future




Dark Energy was initially suggested as an explanation for the accelerated expansion of the cosmos, yet its true nature remains unknown. In this lecture, we will explore this mysterious aspect of the Universe alongside the human stories of discovery. We will begin by revisiting the discovery of the expanding Universe and the rise of the Big Bang and the cosmic inflation. I will then discuss the motivation for dark energy and its current state of study, including emerging inconsistencies in our measurement of the expansion rate of the Universe from different probes. Finally, we will look ahead to future experiments and theoretical considerations that can help refine our understanding of the Universe.


Speaker: Sandy Yuan, Stanford University


Website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/events/dark-energy-past-present-and-future


Cost:  Free


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Tuesday, 02/27/24  3:30 PM

In-person


Hewlett Teaching Center

370 Jane Stanford Way, Room 201

Stanford University

Stanford, CA 94305


Who Gets to Discover the Unknown - The Rubin LSST Ecosystem and the Future on the Cosmic Frontier




Large-scale cosmic surveys have measured the expansion rate of the universe as a function of time and found strong evidence that the rate is accelerating. Our knowledge of fundamental physics might be greatly enhanced by understanding the microscopic origin of this acceleration and the impact of the fundamental constituents of the universe on its evolution.  The Rubin Observatory's Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) is a cosmic survey that, over the course of a decade, will deliver the deepest, widest view of the optical-NIR universe ever. This will allow determination of different tracers of cosmic evolution to unprecedented precision.  It will also create an inventory of our Solar System, map the Milky Way, and discover new phenomena - optical transients - which herald previously unknown phenomena.


This talk will explain the ways that the LSST Discovery Alliance (LSST-DA) - a non-profit coalition of member institutions dedicated to enabling LSST science through support of those doing that science -  is designing its programs to help you do science with Rubin LSST.  LSST-DA will also advocate for inclusive access to scientific data and create inclusive excellence for cosmology and astrophysics.


Speaker: Larry Gladney, Yale University


Website: https://physics.stanford.edu/events/applied-physicsphysics-colloquium-larry-gladney-who-gets-discover-unknown-rubin-lsst


Cost:  Free


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Tuesday, 2/27/2024  7:15 PM - 9:00 PM Pacific

In-person and recorded


Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society

 Lindsay Wildlife Experience

1931 First Avenue

Walnut Creek, CA 94597




Topic: STEVE and the picket fence aurora

Claire Gasque , UCB


Website:  https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/event-view.cfm?Event_ID=133830


Brief abstract about this topic:  https://www.space.com/aurora-steve-picket-fence-phenomena-exotic-physics-earth-atmosphere


YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0b_iOjsBldgdjs4aEOas_w


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Wednesday, 02/28/24  6:00 PM

Livestream


Night Sky Network

Astronomical Society of the Pacific


YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yq4AL9M59c


Astromycology in Space Exploration




Fungi hold immense promise as cell factories for a sustainable future. Their remarkable versatility, coupled with their ability to produce a vast array of valuable bioproducts, makes them indispensable allies in our efforts to address global challenges and create a more sustainable processes. By harnessing the power of these microbial marvels, we can pave the way for a future where biotechnology plays a pivotal role in addressing the pressing needs of humanity while safeguarding the delicate balance of our planet and our exploration of outerspace locations.


At the same time, fungi can also be critical since they can be responsible for the production of unwanted compounds (e.g., mycotoxins) and infect many different organisms, posing as a threat to our own health (as highlighted by the fungal priority pathogens list released by the World Health Organization), and therefore our survival outside our planet, especially in long term space missions.


For all of these reasons astromycology needs to better research the impact of fungi in space exploration, to develop new processes and technologies that can be safely used during space missions (and also transferred to our planet and daily lives), in order to better plan and implement safer and more sustainable space missions.


Speaker: Marta Filipa Simões, Macau University of Science and Technology


Attend the lecture here.


Website: https://astrosociety.org/get-involved/events/event-calendar.html/event/2024/02/28/free-live-nsn-webinar-series-astromycology-in-space-exploration-with-dr-marta-filipa-sim-es-/470787


Cost:  Free


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Thursday, 02/29/24  3:30 PM

In-person


Physics North

UC Berkeley

Room 1

Berkeley, CA 94720


UC Berkeley Astronomy Colloquium


TBD


Speaker: Natalie Batalha, UC Santa Cruz


Website: https://astro.berkeley.edu/news/events/astronomy-colloquium/


Cost:  Free


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Friday, 03/01/24

07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

In-person


Sonoma State University Public Astronomy

Observatory

1801 East Cotati Ave

Rohnert Park, CA 94928



Public Astronomy Viewing Nights


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


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


Cost:  Free


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Friday, 03/01/24 8:00 PM

In-person and recorded


San Mateo Co.Astronomical Society

Room: Planetarium

College of San Mateo Bldg 36

1700 W Hillsdale Rd

San Mateo, CA 94402



Experiencing the Great North American Eclipse!

Speaker: Rob Hawley


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


Cost:  Free


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Friday, 03/01/24  7PM

In-person


Telescope Makers Workshop

Chabot Space and Science Center

10000 Skyline Boulevard

Oakland, CA 94619-245


The Chabot Telescope Maker's workshop reopens! Chabot's TMW is one of only a handful of regularly scheduled telescope making workshops in the U.S., and probably the world; it meets every Friday evening throughout the year, except Memorial Day weekend. It has been in operation since December of 1930, founded by Franklin B. Wright, and is currently run by Eastbay Astronomical Society member Rich Ozer, with help from other EAS members, Dave Barosso, Barry Leska, and others. The price of admission is FREE. All you have to do is show


 


up, buy a mirror blank and a "tool" (typically around $100 - $200 depending on the size of the mirror) and start "pushin' glass!" We supply you with instruction, the various grits you'll need to first grind, and then polish and figure your mirror, and all the testing equipment needed. With a small bit of luck, you could wind up with a telescope that costs 1/3 or 1/4 the cost of a store-bought telescope, that is yet optically superior! It does take time - depending on how much time you put in on it, and other factors, it could take a few months.. But, it's a fun project, great for kids, and at the end you get a great telescope!


Enter from the main loading dock behind the main building.


Please be prepared with proof of vaccination and a mask. These are

Chabot Rules, which we always must adhere to.


If you have a project, bring it with you so we can assess next steps.

You can also bring any other equipment or literature you may have

questions about.


For more information call or email Richard Ozer at richozer1@... or phone (510) 406-1914.


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Friday, 03/01/2024 9PM-11PM for night observing and Saturday 03/02/2024

10AM-12 Noon for solar observing

In-person


Foothill Observatory is open again!

12345 El Monte Road

Los Altos Hills, CA 94022




Foothill Observatory now Open EVERY clear Friday night and Saturday morning


The Foothill College Astronomy Department and Peninsula Astronomical Society (PAS) have reopened public viewing programs at Foothill College Observatory on:


·       Every clear Friday night from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. for star gazing


·       Every clear Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon for solar viewing


Since we are still dealing with COVID, we are adopting the following guidelines to enable safe operation of the Observatory for both our public visitors and our PAS operators.  We ask that visitors please agree to complying with these guidelines before visiting the Observatory, and to direct any questions to info@....


ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES

1.    Full vaccination against COVID-19 is required to visit the Foothill College campus — This is a College requirement detailed on the Foothill College COVID-19 Behavioral Expectations page. So bring your vaccination certificate if possible.


2.    Mask usage is required anytime visiting the Foothill College campus — This includes the Observatory, per the same college policy linked above in item 1. 


3.    The number of visitors allowed inside the Observatory is reduced — To avoid overcrowding within the limited space, please wait outside the observatory until a PAS telescope operator lets you and your group inside. Once your group is done viewing through the telescope, you will exit the Observatory so that a new group may enter. 


Websites:  https://foothill.edu/astronomy/observatory.html


and  https://pastro.org


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Friday,  03/01/2024 and Saturday 03/02/2024

07:30 PM - 10:00 PM--Free telescope viewings are back!

In-person


Chabot Space and Science Center

10000 Skyline Blvd

Oakland, CA 94619






Free Telescope Viewings


Join Chabot astronomers on the Observatory Deck for a free telescope viewing! Weather permitting, this is a chance to explore stars, planets and more through Chabot’s historic telescopes. Chabot’s three large historic telescopes offer a unique way to experience the awe and wonder of the Universe. Our observatory deck offers breathtaking views 1,500 feet above the Bay. Three observatory domes house the Center’s 8-inch (Leah, 1883) and 20-inch (Rachel, 1916) refracting telescopes, along with a 36-inch reflecting telescope (Nellie, 2003).


Are the skies clear for viewing tonight? Viewing can be impacted by rain, clouds, humidity and other weather conditions. Conditions can be unique to Chabot because of its unique location in Joaquin Miller Park. Before your visit, check out the Weather Station to see the current conditions at Chabot.


https://chabotspace.org/weather-station/


Website: https://chabotspace.org/events/events-listing/


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Saturday, 03/02/24

12:00 PM - 03:00 PM

In-person


Nike Missle Site

Field Rd

Mill Valley, CA 94941



Nike Missile Site Veteran Open House


Veterans of the Nike program come to the site to share their stories with visitors and give guided tours of SF88 between the hours of 12pm - 3pm 


The SF-88 Nike Missile Site is the most fully restored Nike missile site in the country. During the tense years of the Cold War, from 1953 to 1979, the United States Army built and operated close to 300 Nike missile sites in the United States. These sites were designed to be the last line of defense against H-Bomb carrying Soviet bombers that had eluded the Air Force’s interceptor jet aircrafts. SF-88 in the Marin Headlands was one such site. Today, Golden Gate National Recreation Area works together with a dedicated group of volunteers to preserve the site as it was during operations to remind visitors of the physical and psychological effects of the Cold War on the American landscape.


Website: https://www.parksconservancy.org/events/marin-headlands-point-bonita/nike-missile-site-veteran-open-house


Cost:  Free


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Saturday, March 02, 2024

Sunset: 6:04 PM

In-person


San Mateo Co. Astronomical Society

Crestview Park

1000 Crestview Drive 

San Carlos, CA




Public Star Parties at Crestview Park in San Carlos


SMCAS and the City of San Carlos Parks Department host a public star party at Crestview Park in San Carlos twice a month when there is a new moon.  Members set up telescopes and let the public view and share their knowledge of the night sky all for Free.  All ages are welcome.  If you have kids interested in space or science, bring them here for a real time view of planets, nebula, star clusters, and galaxies.


If you are a Non-member and own a telescope, bring it to share!  Experts are available if you need assistance or have questions about buying a telescope.


Telescope setup begins at sunset and observing starts one hour after sunset.  In the event of inclement weather (rain, clouds, fog, or high winds) the star party will be cancelled.  Because each astronomer makes his or her own decision about bringing their telescope, there is no official cancellation notice. 


Crestview Park is located at 1000 Crestview Drive in San Carlos


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Sunday, 03/03/24

01:30 PM - 03:30 PM

In-person


San Jose Astronomical Association

Houge Park

3972 Twilight Drive

San Jose, CA 95124


Solar Observing




It’s there for us year round, lighting our days and providing energy for our lives, so maybe it’s time to give it a closer look. Join SJAA for amazing and detailed views of the Sun, and be assured that we’ll be using special telescopes that will keep your eyeballs perfectly safe.


We’ll have white-light telescopes with dense solar filters that reveal sunspots. Further, we’ll show you hydrogen-alpha telescopes that isolate a very specific color of red that reveals prominences (often thought of as solar flares) and intricate texture within the Sun’s chromosphere (its atmosphere).


We can also share with you a little about how the Sun works and how complex magnetic fields drive the number of sunspots and prominences that we’ll see on a given day.


Around 1:45, we'll have a short, informal introductory talk, and at other times, you can enjoy the views and ask questions about the Sun, telescopes, or astronomy in general.


We're also planning station for your get a better feel for a huge scale of our solar system! And you'll get a solar system you can fold up and carry in your pocket.


You may bring your own telescope. If you have a properly filtered white light or H-alpha telescope and want to share views with others, please arrive at 1:30 or earlier, so you have time to set up before the event officially starts.


Weather dependent.  Sign up at weblink


Website: https://www.meetup.com/sj-astronomy/events/298550153/


Cost:  Free


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Monday, 03/04/24

03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

This event was originally scheduled on February 5, 2024

Attend in person or online via Zoom.


Stanford Linear Accelerator (SLAC) Colloquium Series

2575 Sand Hill Rd, Building 51

Kavli Auditorium

Menlo Park, CA 94025


Zoom: https://stanford.zoom.us/j/98888314935?pwd=U2tqc2EwbmNPYXpqc1BQMUp5bktGdz09#success


Controlled Nuclear Fusion: Scientific Achievement or Power to the Grid?




On Dec 13, 2022, the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Accelerator Laboratory achieved Ignition. 2.05MJoule produced by 192 lasers were converted into 3.15Mjoule of fusion power. The first time on earth, controlled nuclear fusion produced a net positive power reaction. This is a major scientific milestone that took decades to plan, build and deliver. A boost in private and public funding already preceded this event, but this major success boosted the enthusiasm even further. As of today, about 40 privately funded start-ups around the world are in place and race to deliver nuclear fusion anywhere from a few years from now to within the next two decades or so. In parallel the largest science experiment, the tokamak based Fusion reactor is under construction by an international collaboration in the south of France (ITER) and presently faces a series of technical set-back. Between the sprawling enthusiasm in the private sector and ITER’s and NIF’s status today, a lot of scientific and technical questions still have to be resolved, some specific to laser driven inertial confinement fusion, others specific to magnetic confinement fusion, but also many in common. The challenge to deliver a First Fusion Power Plant (FPP) within a decade is now out there. Like the word “Power Plant” indicates, it is supposed to deliver net electrical power to the grid. Apart from controlling the fusion process itself, this provides an additional layer of engineering challenges that have to be solved in parallel in order to meet the decadal timeline. Some of the major impediments that have to be overcome towards net power production will be discussed.


Speaker: Norbert Holtkamp, Stanford University


Website: https://colloquium.slac.stanford.edu/events/2024-02-13-controlled-nuclear-fusion-scientific-achievement-or-power-grid


Cost:  Free


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Monday, 03/04/24  4:00 PM

In-person


Sonoma State University - What Physicists Do

1801 E. Cotati Ave.

Darwin Hall, Room 103

Rohnert Park, CA 94928


A Magic Show of the Neutrinos


Dr. Kam-Biu Luk will present an exploration of an intriguing phenomenon called neutrino oscillation.


Speaker: Kam-Biu Luk, UC Berkeley


Website: https://phys-astro.sonoma.edu/public-events/what-physicists-do/2024-spring/magic-show-neutrinos


Cost:  Free


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