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Events of Week of 05/22/2017 and Beyond


Tuesday, 5/23/2017   7:15 PM - 9:15 PM
Doors open at 6:45.

Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society
Lindsay Wildlife Experience
1931 First Avenue
Walnut Creek, CA 94597

Speaker:  Clio Sleator,  UCB

Topic:   COSI - The Compton Spectrometer and Imager -  

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Tuesday, 05/23/17
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Public Works
161 Erie St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Science Speakeasy No. 1 - Out of This World: From Caves to Space

In this Science Speakeasy prepare for some extreme science! First, we’ll explore the depths of our past with Alia Gurtov, one of six “underground astronaut” archaeologists who excavated the newly discovered Homo naledi fossils in Rising Star Cave in South Africa. Then we’ll explore the far reaches of our future with Ariel Waldman, founder of SpaceHack.org and author of “What’s it Like in Space?”, who will tell us what it’s like in space and share ways you can explore space too.

Science Speakeasy mixes science with cocktails, conversation, interactive science experiments, storytelling and more. These events are for adults ages 21+.

Website: https://leakeyfoundation.org/event/speakeasy-caves-space/

Cost:  $10

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Wednesday, 05/24/17
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series
Foothill College
Smithwick Theater
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

The Sky Event of the Decade

On August 21, a total solar eclipse will cross the entire country for the first time since 1918. Foothill astronomy professor Andrew Fraknoi will discuss the importance of this event at the last lecture series of the year. All attendees will receive a free pair of viewing glasses, courtesy of Google.

Website:  https://foothill.edu/news/newsfmt.php?sr=2&rec_id=5192

Cost:  Free ($3 parking)

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Thursday, 05/25/17
05:00 PM - 06:30 PM

PARC Forum
3333 Coyote Hill Road
Palo Alto Research Center, George E. Pake Auditorium
Palo Alto, CA 94304

The DaSH Project - Building a 'Simple' Human Powered Airplane 
The DaSH PA project stands for "Dead Simple Human Powered Airplane", the idea: to take as simple and efficient an approach as possible to building a successful HPA -- a plane that flies powered solely by its human pilot, and that performs well while doing so. It was started by a group of engineers just for the fun of it, so we can learn ourselves and educate others, while designing and building something challenging, fun and a little bit out there. Over 200 volunteers have helped build and fly the first successfully flown HPA in the U.S. in 27 years.

To make a human powered airplane work, one must design an airplane that is incredibly light, but extremely large at the same time -- the base design for DaSH has a wingspan of 33.3 m, with an extended wing version reaching 40 m (131 ft), yet it weighs under 45 kg (99 lbs). Accomplishing this feat involves the use of a combination of lightweight materials, from high strength carbon fiber composites, to plastic films and foams, wood, and a very small amount of metal, bonded together with high strength adhesives.

Speaker: Alec Proudfoot, Proudfoot Design

Website: http://www.parc.com/event/2365/dash-project---building-a-simple-human-powered-airplane.html

Cost:  Free

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Thursday, 05/25/17  7:00 PM

USGS Evening Public Lecture Series
345 Middlefield Road
Bldg 3, 2nd Floor Rambo Auditorium
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Underwater Secrets of the Hayward Fault Zone: Integrated 3D imaging to understand earthquake hazards

• Underwater imaging provides a unique opportunity to study urban fault hazards.
• How do we link surface structures to depths where earthquakes occur?
• How does "acoustic trenching" help us understand earthquake history?

Speaker: Janet Watt, USGS

Cost:  Free

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Thursday, 05/25/17  8:00 PM

Exploratorium
Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street) 
San Francisco, CA 94111

Full-Spectrum Science with Ron Hipschman: Sound

What is sound? How high a pitch can you hear? Can you measure the speed of sound with a yardstick? Can two sounds add up to no sound? Explore these questions and more in this resonant presentation.

Part of After Dark (6:00 - 10:00)

Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/after-dark/5-25-2017

Cost:  Free with After Dark Admission

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Fri. 5/25/2017 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. 5/25/2017 and Sat. 5/26/2017

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. 5/25/2017 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. 5/26/2017 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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Sat., May 27, Sunset: 8:22PM

San Mateo Co. Astronomical Soc. Star Party
Crestview Park, 1000 Crestview Dr.
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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Saturday, 05/27/17  8:30 PM

Cushing Memorial ('Mountain') Amphitheater
Mt Tamalpais State Park
Pan Toll Road and Ridgecrest Blvd
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Popular Myths of Astronomy

Much of what we think we know about space comes from film and television, but Hollywood’s job is more often to entertain than to educate. In this presentation, we will sort fact from fiction, taking a tour through the worlds of Star Trek, Star Wars, and much more.

Speaker: Thomas Targett, Sonoma State Univ.

Website: http://www.friendsofmttam.org/astronomy/schedule

Cost:  Free

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Sunday, 05/28/17
01:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Exploratorium
Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street) 
San Francisco, CA 94111

Full-Spectrum Science with Ron Hipschman: Sound

What is sound? How high a pitch can you hear? Can you measure the speed of sound with a yardstick? Can two sounds add up to no sound? Explore these questions and more in this resonant presentation.

Presentations at 1:00 and 3:00

Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/full-spectrum-science-sound-5-28-2017

Cost:  Free with Admission to the Exploratorium

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Thursday, 06/01/17  8:00 PM

Exploratorium
Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street) 
San Francisco, CA 94111

Full-Spectrum Science with Ron Hipschman: Sound

What is sound? How high a pitch can you hear? Can you measure the speed of sound with a yardstick? Can two sounds add up to no sound? Explore these questions and more in this resonant presentation.

Part of After Dark (6:00 - 10:00)

Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/after-dark/6-1-2017

Cost:  Free with After Dark Admission

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Thursday, 06/01/17
08:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Astronomy Night
Campbell Hall
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720

Astronomy Night: Are Red Dwarf Planets Habitable?
Most of the news about exoplanets this past year has revolved around the discovery of “Earth-sized” planets in the “habitable zone” of "red dwarf" stars. This is partly due to the fact that such planets are more easily found, partly because most stars are red dwarfs (cooler and smaller than the Sun), and partly because smaller stars apparently tend to have smaller planets. I’ll talk about these discoveries, give a background on red dwarfs, and concentrate on the current thinking about whether a planet around a red dwarf could, in fact, actually harbor life. This question is still a very active one; 15 years ago most astronomers would have just answered “no”. I’ll explain why, and how our thinking is evolving.

Speaker: Gibor Basri, UC Berkeley

Website: http://astro.berkeley.edu/i/astro-night

Cost:  Free

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Friday, 06/02/17
08:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Don Edwards Refuge Environmental Education Center
1751 Grand Blvd
Alviso, CA 95002

Night Sky Party
Meet the stars of summer! Join our amateur astronomers to learn about constellations. Make a star chart and then venture outside to view the night sky through a telescope. Afterwards, warm up with some hot chocolate. Bring your own binoculars or spotting scopes if you have them. Dress warmly. Fun for the whole family. Program will go on sprinkling rain or shine. Heavy rain cancels. Reservations required. Register at https://summersky.eventbrite.com.  Questions? Call Hope at 408-262-5513 ext. 104.  

Website: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/don_edwards_san_francisco_bay/event/nightsky.html

Cost:  Free

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Friday, June 2, 2017
9:30 PM to 11:30 PM

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

• Near the tennis courts
• 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. 6/02/2017 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. 6/02/2017 and Sat. 6/03/2017

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. 6/02/2017 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. 6/03/2017 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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Monday, 06/05/17
07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94118

Coloring the Universe

Everyone loves pictures of space. But have you ever wondered if that’s what they really look like? Or if the colors are real? For over twenty years astronomer Dr. Travis A. Rector has been making color astronomical images with some of the world’s largest telescopes. Dr. Rector will give a behind-the-scenes look at what professional astronomers do, and what they don’t do, when making these beautiful images. He’ll also share with people images and stories from his new book, called “Coloring the Universe.”

Speaker: Dr. Travis Rector, Univ. of Alaska - Anchorage

Website: http://www.calacademy.org/events/benjamin-dean-astronomy-lectures/coloring-the-universe

Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members and Seniors
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