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   From: Kenneth Lum
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Events of Week of 4/27/2015 and Beyond

Tuesday, April 28 2015 - 12:00 pm, PDT

SETI Institute Colloquium Series
189 Bernardo Ave
Mountain View, CA 94043

Shape dynamics: a relational view of the Universe
Henrique Gomes
Perimeter Institute

Shape Dynamics is a new theory of gravity which removes the notion of local relativistic time from the guiding principles of gravity in the universe. It is a very promising approach which has been shown to be equivalent to Einstein's Theory of General Relativity, without being embedded in time. It is inspired by adherence to Mach's Principle, which is violated by Einstein's theory.

Shape Dynamics provides new tools in the quest for a theory that describes quantum gravity.

In the first part of the talk Dr. Gomes will review some of the Machian motivations for shape dynamics and sketch its construction.
In the second half, Dr. Gomes will talk about recent developments on black holes in this formulation, and discuss some positive aspects of its ongoing quantization program.

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Tuesday, 4/28/2015   7:15 PM - 9:15 PM

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

General Meeting
Doors open at 6:45.

Speaker:   Chris Ford

Topic:   Amateur Astrograph Telescope Designs

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Friday, 05/01/15  08:00 PM

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

Globular Clusters of the Milky Way

Much of Graeme Smith's research centers around properties of red giant stars within the Milky Way galaxy: their physical evolution, their chromospheric activity and mass loss, and what they can tell us about the chemical enrichment history of the Galaxy. Much of this later work has been directed towards the study of abundance differences among stars within globular clusters. These ancient stellar systems formed at a time when the process of chemical enrichment was just commencing within the Milky Way galaxy. Striking differences in the abundances of elements such as carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen exist among stars within the same globular cluster. Understanding the origin of these differences can provide information about the early environment in the halo of the Galaxy, within which the globular clusters formed, as well as processes such as deep mixing that occur within the interiors of cluster red giants.

Cost:
Free

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Fri. 5/1/2015 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. 5/1/2015 and Sat. 5/2/2015

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. 5/1/2015 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. 5/2/2015 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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Saturday, 05/02/15  08:00 PM

San Jose Astronomical Association
Houge Park
Twilight Drive
San Jose, CA 95124

An Introduction to Deep Sky Video Astronomy
Video astronomy is no longer just for the planets, the moon and the sun. Today's astro-video cameras can easily reach down to 18th magnitude or lower and bring up dramatic color views of galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and many other deep sky objects. No longer do you need to stare at a faint fuzzy image of a distant galaxy in your eyepiece. With a video camera costing less than a good eyepiece, you can view dust lanes and globular clusters on the screen of your TV with ease.

I will show you images taken from my back yard in Livermore, as well as, images taken at CalStar and GSSP of a variety of DSOs using several different cameras and scopes. I will review and show you many of the available video cameras and their different features from a $35 DIY camera to a $1800 top of the line camera. I will discuss the advantages of video, show the equipment needed to get started and provide an in-door demonstration with a camera and small scope.

Hopefully, you will learn why so many are now turning to video to re-energize their interest in astronomy and you will see how video is a great tool for public outreach. You will even learn how to use video astronomy as an easy and inexpensive way to get started in astrophotography.

Speaker: Curtis Macchioni

Cost:
Free

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Monday, 05/04/15   07:30 PM

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

Emerging Pictures of Distant Worlds

In less than two decades, more than a thousand planets have been discovered orbiting other stars. This has sparked a post-Copernican revolution, as we realize our solar system is not alone. However, we still don't know if our solar system is rare or unique - the powerful techniques that detect extrasolar planets are still too insensitive to see any of the planets in our solar system; and the known extrasolar planets are 'seen' through indirect methods such as Doppler shift or photometirc measurements of their effects on their parent star. An alternative to indirect detection is imaging - blocking out the light of the bright star to reveal the faint planet nearby. This is extremely challenging - the Earth is ten billion times fainter than the sun. In recent years, however, advances in technology have allowed a handful of giant planets to be seen directly.

Macintosh will discuss these planets - the first-ever images of other solar systems - and the technology that has allowed us to discover them. New instruments, such as the advanced Gemini Planet Imager, promise to find dozens more, including the youthful equivalent of our own Jupiter. We will also learn about the prospects for the future, including behemoth 30-m ground-based telesscopes and the the WFIRST-AFTA space mission. The latter will use a repurposed military telescope to potentially image "super-Earth" planets around the nearest stars. The ultimate goal is detection of a second 'pale blue dot' - an Earth twin where we could even see the biosignatures of extrasolar life. Such a discovery may require even more advanced space telescopes - but will truly complete the evolution of our view of the universe.

Speaker: Bruce Macintosh, Stanford

Website: http://www.calacademy.org/events/benjamin-dean-astronomy-lectures/emerging-pictures-of-distant-worlds

Cost:
$12 General, $8 Members

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Tuesday, May 05 2015 - 12:00 pm, PDT

SETI Institute Colloquium Series
189 Bernardo Ave
Mountain View, CA 94043

Brown Dwarf Variability and implications for Exoplanets

Tyler Robinson
Ames Research Center

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Tuesday, 05/05/15   04:15 PM

Stanford University Energy Seminar
Huang Science Center
NVIDIA Auditorium
Stanford, CA 94305

Strong Atom-Light Interactions in Photonic Crystals
Prof. Jeff Kimble of Caltech will give the Applied Physics/Physics colloquium.

Cost:
Free

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Wednesday, 05/06/15   07:00 PM

Smithwick Theatre (Room 1001)
Foothill College
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

100 Years of Einstein's Relativity (and How it Underlies our Modern Understanding of the Universe)

2015 marks the 100th anniversary of Einstein's completion of his General Theory of Relativity, the comprehensive theory of space, time, and gravity.  As part of the international celebrations, Dr. Bennett, a noted astronomer, educator, and author, is embarked on a "National Relativity Tour" to discuss how we need relativity to understand the cosmos.  In his talk, he will explain the basic ideas of Einstein's work in everyday language and will show us how Einstein's remarkable ideas are being applied to black holes, gravitational lenses, and the unfolding story of the universe itself.

Jeffrey Bennett is the author of college-level textbooks in astronomy, astrobiology, mathematics, and statistics, as well as the popular books What is Relativity? and Beyond UFO's: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life. His five books for children are currently aboard the International Space Station, and being read to kids on Earth by astronauts during "Story Time from Space."  He has a PhD from the University of Colorado, and has been a Visiting Senior Scientists at NASA Headquarters.

Dr. Bennett will be signing copies of "What is Relativity" after the lecture, in Appreciation Hall.

The lecture is co-sponsored by:

* The Astronomical Society of the Pacific

* The SETI Institute
* NASA Ames Research Center
* The Foothill College Astronomy Program.

We get large crowds for these talks, so we ask people to try to arrive a little bit early to find parking.  The lecture is free, but there is a charge of $3 for parking on campus and exact change is appreciated.

Past lectures in the series can be found on YouTube at http:// www.youtube.com/SVAstronomyLectures

Cost:
free, but there is a charge of $3 for parking

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Friday, 05/08/15  07:30 PM

Peninsula Astronomical Society
Foothill College
Room 5015
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Near Earth Asteroids
Speaker: Michael Busch, SETI

Cost:
Free ($3 Parking)

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Fri. 5/8/2015 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. 5/8/2015 and Sat. 5/9/2015

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. 5/8/2015 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. 5/9/2015 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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