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Events of Week of 07/25/2016 and Beyond


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

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

Bringing Nuclear Power to Mars

Frank H. Shu, University Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley

Establishing a lunar base is probably a wise first first step to colonizing Mars, and colonizing Mars will be a giant leap forward for humankind to travel to the stars.  We begin our discussion by noting that the bare minimum for sustaining life on the Moon exists in the water brought by comets to the bottoms of some lunar craters.  Electrolysis of this dirty water can produce clean oxygen (and hydrogen) for the lunar base, A reliable source of primary energy is needed for such tasks, but anywhere on the surface of the Moon, there is no sunlight two weeks out of four, and no wind whatsoever.  Nuclear power is the default option, just as is the case of naval submarines where the crews need to live and work in closed environments submerged under the water of the ocean for months at a time.  However, the light water reactors of naval submarines are not a good choice for environments that lack large bodies of water, and we  argue, as first realized by a former NASA Engineer, Kirk Sorensen, that molten salt reactors, of the type invented by Oak Ridge National Lab in the 1960s, are much better suited for a lunar base, or for that matter, a Mars colony.
Dr. Shu will then discuss his patented design for the best possible two-fluid molten-salt breeder-reactor (2F-MSBR) that one could build, using thorium that can be mined locally without requiring shipments from mother Earth.  He will close by considering two spin-off applications:
(1) saving civilization on Earth from the worst ravages of climate change by scaled-up 2F-MSBRs;
(2) using the fission fragments of related nuclear fission reactions for ion-propulsion that produces rockets two to three orders of magnitude faster than achievable with chemical rockets, making possible, perhaps, a first generation of starships.

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Tuesday, 07/26/16
07:15 PM - 09:15 PM

Mount Diablo Astronomical Society
Lindsay Wildlife Museum Community Room
1931 First Ave
Walnut Creek, CA 94597

Ethical, legal, and societal implications of encounters with extraterrestrial life
Speaker: Dr. Margaret Race, SETI

Free

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Thursday, 07/28/16  7:00 PM

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

There are volcanos on Mars and Io, right? Maybe some Earth volcanos can teach us something about their extraterrestrial cousins.

The USGS California Volcano Observatory

It's not just earthquake country!
by Margaret T Mangan, Scientist-in-Charge, USGS CalVO

    • Volcanic Eruptions occur in the State about as frequently as the largest San Andreas Fault Zone earthquakes.
    • California's "watch list" volcanoes are dispersed throughout the State and future eruptions are inevitable--the likelihood of renewed volcanism is on the order of 1 in a few hundred to one in a few thousand annually.

Cost:  Free

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Friday, July 29, 2016
9:15 PM to 11:15 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. 7/29/2016 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. 7/29/2016 and Sat. 7/30/2016

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. 7/29/2016 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. 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. 7/30/2016 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. 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. 7/30/2016 8PM

Crestview Park
San Carlos, CA

San Mateo Co. Astronomical Society Star Party
Come out and bring the kids for a mind expanding look at the universe!

The City of San Carlos Department of Parks and Recreation and the San Mateo County Astronomical Society have open Star Parties twice a month. These events are held in Crestview Park, San Carlos California.

Dates and Sunset times are below. Note that inclement weather (clouds, excessive wind and showers) will cause the event to be canceled without notice.

For more information send an email to SMCAS@live.com or call Ed Pieret at (650)862-9602.

Reasons to Attend
• If you have kids interested in space or planets bring them here for a real life view of planets, nebula, star clusters and galaxies.
• If you are thinking of buying a telescope or want help using a telescope you own, come here to talk with experienced users.
• If you think you might have an interest in astronomy come and talk to experienced amateur astronomers.

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Monday, 08/01/16  7:30 PM

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

Unveiling the Dark Universe: A Tale of Fish Tanks, Wine Glasses, and the Smallest Dark Matter Clumps

What is "dark matter"? This is a question that has preoccupied astrophysicists for many decades. Observations show that 80% of the matter in our universe is in this mysterious, invisible form. In this talk, Dr. Hezaveh discusses how ALMA, the world's most sophisticated radio telescope, is used to observe some of the most distant galaxies of our universe to learn new things about dark matter. On their 12 billion light year journey to us, light rays from these galaxies pass near other galaxies. As this happens, the dark matter halos of the intervening galaxies, large and small, bend their trajectories, causing the images here on the Earth to look distorted, like images in a funhouse mirror.

Speaker: Yashar Hezaveh, Stanford

Website: http://www.calacademy.org/events/benjamin-dean-astronomy-lectures/unveiling-the-dark-universe-a-tale-of-fish-tanks-wine

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

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Tuesday, August 02 2016 - 12:00 pm, PDT

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

Satellite Formation-Flying for Future Space Science and Exploration
Simone D'Amico, Stanford University

Two key technologies are revolutionizing the way humans conduct spaceflight, namely, the miniaturization of satellites (e.g., micro- and nano-satellites) and the distribution of payload tasks among multiple coordinated units (e.g., spacecraft formation-flying, on- orbit servicing/robotics, fractionation, swarms). The combination of these techniques promises breakthroughs in space science (e.g., through imaging of earth-like planets, characterization of gravitational waves), remote sensing (e.g., through synthetic aperture radar interferometry, gravimetry), and exploration (e.g., on-orbit servicing, assembly of large structures).

Irrespective of the specific application, future formation-flying missions require a high level of autonomy to maintain and reconfigure the relative motion of the participating vehicles within the prescribed accuracy and range of operations. Since these requirements cannot be generally met by state-of-the-art spaceborne technology, the goal of current research is to pave the way for the autonomous Guidance, Navigation, & Control (GN&C) of the participating space vehicles.

After an introduction of the author’s contributions to the most recent satellite formation- flying missions in low earth orbit (TanDEM-X and PRISMA), this presentation will address the astrodynamics and GN&C algorithms which are under developments to enable a new class of formation-flying instruments. A novel low-cost mission concept developed by the author is introduced, the so-called miniaturized Distributed Occulter/Telescope (mDOT). mDOT consists of two small formation-flying satellites precisely positioned in high elliptical orbit to directly image exozodiacal dust and exoplanets. Finally, the high-fidelity virtual reality and physical testbed under development at Stanford for the verification of the formation-flying sensors and navigation algorithms will be described.

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Tuesday, August 02, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Panofsky Auditorium (the New Science and User Support Building
SLAC NATIONAL ACCELERATOR LABORATORY
2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Catching Light: Making the most of solar energy

Kristjan Kunnus, PULSE Institute, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Description:
Developing cheaper and more efficient devices to harvest energy from the sun is a major scientific challenge. One way to increase the efficiency of solar cells ­– and even make solar cells out of otherwise inactive materials – is by covering them with a thin layer of dye that strongly absorbs sunlight and converts it into electrical current. This lecture will describe our efforts to understand the basic chemical processes that take place within a dye molecule when it absorbs a photon, or particle of light. These reactions take place on very fast timescales, down to millionths of a billionth of a second, or femtoseconds. But we are able to follow this rapid, complex handoff of energy from one atom to another with SLAC’s X-ray laser, the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS). The ultimate goal of this research is to design dyes that help generate electrical power with high efficiency, thus allowing us to make the most of solar energy.

About the Speaker:
Kristjan Kunnus is a postdoctoral researcher at the Stanford PULSE Institute, a joint institute of Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in materials science from University of Tartu in Estonia, and in 2014 received a PhD in experimental physics from University of Potsdam in Germany. His current research focuses on using advanced X-ray spectroscopy techniques to investigate the structure and dynamics of light-sensitive materials.

Lecture will be held at the Panofsky Auditorium (the New Science and User Support Building)

Registration is no longer required

Watch the live stream on 8/2/16, 7:30 pm at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/publiclecture

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Friday, 08/05/16  7:00 PM

Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619

The Mystery of Dark Matter
Dark matter is believed to pervade our universe, and drives the growth of structure across cosmic times. Yet we have few probes to hunt for this mysterious stuff that does not emit any light. Dr. Chakrabarti will talk about how astronomers first inferred the existence of dark matter and current methods to search for it.

Speaker: Dr. Sukanya Chakrabarti, Rochester Institute of Technology

An Exciting and Immersive Experience Every First Friday: Each $5 First Friday at Chabot is an exciting and immersive experience for all ages! Join us each month for hands-on activities and live demonstrations that are fun for the whole family! Enjoy our bar, sit in on a Star Stories presentation under the stars or join a Night Hike through the redwoods. Each month there will be new and exciting things to explore!  Some activities have limited capacity and are first come, first served, so get here to sign up early! There is no pre-registration for $5 First Fridays, just show up and join in on the fun!

Website: http://www.chabotspace.org/first-fridays.htm

Cost:  $5

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Fri. 8/5/2016 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. 8/5/2016 and Sat. 8/6/2016

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. 8/5/2016 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. 8/6/2016 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. 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, 08/06/16
10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

The Space Station Museum
464 Ignacio Blvd
Novato, CA 94949

Novato Space Festival

Guests:

        • Charlie Duke
- Apollo 16 Moon Walker

        • Al Worden
- Apollo 15 Moon Mission

        • Dan Bursch
- Space Shuttle Flights 51, 68, 77, ISS 4

        • Kent Rominger
- Space Shuttle Flights 73, 80, 96,100

        • Yvonne Cagle
- NASA Flight Surgeon

In addition to our astronaut guests, come see our museum's exhibits, numerous space organizations exhibits and activities!

Website: http://spacestationca.org/NovatoSpaceFestival.shtml

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Saturday, August 06, 2016 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm   
This event does not repeat

Hidden Villa
26870 Moody Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Stargazing Party with the San Mateo County Astronomical Society

For the whole family.

Enjoy a summer night under the stars with the San Mateo County Astronomical Society. Join us at 8 pm for a very entertaining astronomy presentation by the ever popular Dave, The AstroWizard! Then around 9 pm, head outside to view the sky through massive telescopes. Observe constellations, star clusters, galaxies and more. Bring a flashlight and blanket or lawn chair and enjoy our off-the-grid, country night sky.

Pricing:  $8.00 Person

Sign up here:  http://www.hiddenvilla.org/event-signup?eventid=4477

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Saturday, 08/06/16  8:30 PM

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

Measuring Cosmological Distances with Supernovae

To measure distances to far-away galaxies, astronomers make use of what are called "standard candles," objects whose true brightness can be calibrated accurately. Professor Huang will discuss Type Ia supernovae, the most powerful of all standard candles, including how to make them an even more useful tool for understanding the evolution of the cosmos.

Speaker: Xiaosheng Huang, USF

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

Cost:  Free

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Sunday, 08/07/16
07:30 PM - 11:00 PM

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

San Francisco City Star Party
Come join us for our monthly San Francisco City Star Party. San Francisco Amateur Astronomers (SFAA) club members provide telescopes for your viewing pleasure.

Cost:
FREE


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