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Eastbay Astronomical Society Calendar
From: Kenneth Lum

 

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Events of Week of 12/4/2017 and Beyond

Monday, 12/04/17  7:30 PM

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

A Diversity of Worlds: Origins of Structure in Planetary Systems
Astronomers have now found several thousand confirmed and likely planets orbiting stars other than the Sun. Most of these worlds are quite different from Earth and the solar system's other planets. However, discovery of true solar system analogs still strains the capabilities of current detection technologies. Prof. Murray-Clay will discuss what astronomers currently know about whether or not planetary systems like our own are rare in the universe. She will also describe how planetary systems form and demonstrate how the physical processes at work during planet formation can produce a diversity of worlds.

Speaker: Ruth Murray-Clay, UC Santa Cruz

Website: https://www.calacademy.org/events/benjamin-dean-astronomy-lectures/a-diversity-of-worlds-origins-of-structure-in-planetary

Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members & Seniors

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Tuesday, 12/05/17
07:00 PM - 07:45 PM

Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd
Fremont, CA 94538

Exploring our Moon
How does our Moon and Earth move in space?  Learn about past and future exploration.  Why does the Moon change in the sky and how does our Moon create high and low tides. Does our Moon give us clues about other moons orbiting their planets.

Website: http://msnucleus.org/classes/libraryevents.html

Cost:  Free (RSVP required)

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Wednesday, 12/06/17
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Sonoma Co. Astronomical Soc.
Rincon Valley Public Library
6959 Montecito Blvd. 
Santa Rosa, CA 95409

The Unistellar Telescope Demonstration 
Unistellar’s Enhanced Vision Telescope is the first telescope that accumulates light so the user can finally see hundreds of faint astronomical objects. The telescope is capable as well to recognize the observed field of view and can guide and inform the user. The technology mimics the light gathering capability of significantly larger reflector telescopes, thus delivering unprecedented views of night-sky objects previously inaccessible to amateur astronomers.   Finally, we are partnering with the SETI Institute to host and analyze the data. Astronomers will be also able to request observations to the network.

Website: http://www.sonomaskies.org/This_Months_Speaker.shtml

Cost:  Free

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Friday, December 8, 2017
7:00 PM to 9:00 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. 12/8/2017 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. 12/8/2017 and Sat. 12/9/2017

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. 12/8/2017 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. 12/9/2017 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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Saturday, 12/09/17
05:30 PM - 10:00 PM

City Star Parties - Point Lobos Parking Lot
El Camino Del Mar
San Francisco, CA 94121

City Star Party @ Point Lobos
Come join us for our monthly San Francisco City Star Party. SFAA members provide telescopes for your viewing pleasure.
Be sure to check the SFAA website for the latest updates…bad weather or overcast skies will cancel!

Website: http://www.sfaa-astronomy.org/events/cat_ids~55/%22%3E%20City%20Star%20Parties/

Cost:  Free

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Saturday, 12/09/17
05:30 PM - 08:00 PM

NatureBridge
1033 Fort Cronkhite
Sausalito, CA 94965

The Moon and Stars: Family Night Hike & Campfire
Amazing stargazing! Using binoculars, a spotting scope, and telescopes, we’ll study the face of the moon and learn more about constellations and the night sky. Binoculars will be provided, or bring your favorite pair! Weather may prevent us from actually seeing the moon and stars, but we will still have fun and learn about constellations, the features of the moon, and astronomical myths!

This program features an Environmental Science Educator-led hike in the Marin Headlands. Our evening hikes are usually no more than 2 miles and allow for fun and learning along the way. After the hike we provide all the necessary supplies for some fun around the campfire including S'more roasting, campfire skits & fun sing alongs!

Website: https://naturebridge.org/golden-gate/family-adventures

Cost:  $15 per person

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Tuesday, 12/12/17
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Varian Physics Building
382 Via Pueblo Mall
Room 355
Stanford, CA 94305

'Precision Cosmology with Advanced ACTPol' and 'Searching Gravitational Waves with Machine Learning'
Speakers: Steve Choi, Princeton, and Niki Kilbertus, Univ. of Cambridge

Cost:  Free

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Tuesday, 12/12/17
07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

SLAC Public Lecture Series
2575 Sand Hill Road
Bldg 53, Panofsky Auditorium
Menlo Park, CA 94025

The Fastest Eye on the Sky: The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
Speaker: Aaron Roodman

Website: http://kipac.stanford.edu/events/fastest-eye-sky-large-synoptic-survey-telescope

Cost:  Free

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Wednesday, 12/13/17
11:00 PM - 03:00 AM

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

Geminids Meteor Shower
Chabot's observatory deck will be open for the Geminid Meteor shower. Our astronomy experts will be on hand to answer your questions and help you catch a glimpse of the brightest meteors in the night sky.

Website: http://www.chabotspace.org/events.htm

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Fri. 12/15/2017 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. 12/15/2017 and Sat. 12/16/2017

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. 12/15/2017 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. 12/16/2017 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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Sunday, 12/17/17  2:00 PM

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

Made for Movies: Star Wars IV, V, and VI

The original Star Wars films brought audiences to never-before-seen worlds teaming with spacecraft, cities, and creatures made almost entirely by hand in George Lucas’s Industrial Light & Magic model shop. Discover the artistry, ingenious fixes, and unexpected materials behind some of the most iconic scenes in cinema.

Come in costume as any character from a Lorne Peterson film and receive a $5 discount on-site.

Speaker: Lorne Peterson, Industrial Light and Magic, with Ron Hipschman

Website: https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/made-movies-star-wars-iv-v-vi-12-17-2017

Cost:  Free with admission
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