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):

Ignore earlier post as accidentally sent before ready. Have a Happy Holidays!


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Tuesday, 11/22/22 3:30 PM

In-person


Earth and Marine Sciences Building

UC Santa Cruz

Room A340

Santa Cruz, CA 95064


Meteorite hunting in Antarctica to uncover Solar System mysteries




Speaker:Emilie Dunham, UC Los Angeles


Website: https://eps.ucsc.edu/news-events/whole-earth-seminars/fall-2022.html


Cost: Free


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Thursday, 11/24/2022

Happy Thanksgiving!


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Friday, 11/25/22 7PM

In-person


Telescope Makers Workshop

Chabot Space and Science Center

10000 Skyline Boulevard

Oakland, CA 94619-2450






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 rrichozer1@... or phone (510) 406-1914.


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Friday, 11/25/22 and Saturday, 11/26/22

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/


Cost: Free


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Saturday,November 26

Sunset: 4:53 PM

In-person


San Mateo Co. Astronomical Society

Crestview Park

1000 Crestview Drive

San Carlos, CA






Public Star Partiesat 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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Tuesday, 11/29/22

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Livestream

Zoom: https://stanford.zoom.us/j/99173215155?pwd=RDlVemRocWNTOHpNVXhud3dkUG9IQT09


Stanford University




Sleep and circadian misalignment during spaceflight - Livestream


Speaker: Erid Flynn-Evans, NASA Ames Research Center Fatigue Countermeasures Laboratory


Attend the lecture here.


Website: https://events.stanford.edu/event/william_c_dement_seminar_series_sleep_and_synaptic_homeostasis_with_dr_chiara_cirelli_9165


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Tuesday, 11/29/22 3:30 PM

In-person


Hewlett Teaching Center

370 Serra Mall, Room 200

Stanford University

Stanford, CA 94305



Cosmic Explorer - a next-gen gravitational-wave observatory


With almost 100 gravitational-wave sources detected to-date, and the first-generation facilities now over 20-years old, there is growing momentum towards the next-generation of gravitational-wave observatories. Projects are underway in Europe, Australia, Japan, India and the US to bring new ground-based observatories online. These audio-band observatories will be complemented by a wide range of efforts targeting other gravitational-wave frequency-bands. In this talk, I will focus on the US effort to build a next-generation observatory, known as Cosmic Explorer.


Speakers: Matthew Evans, Massachusets Institute of Technology


Website: https://events.stanford.edu/event/applied_physicsphysics_colloquium_matthew_evans_-_cosmic_explorer_-_a_next-gen_gravitational-wave_observatory


Cost: Free


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Wednesday, 11/30/22

05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

In-person and Livestream


Commonwealth Club

110 The Embarcadero

San Francisco, CA 94105


The James Webb Space Telescope: Our Giant Eye on the Invisible Sky




The early images from the James Webb Space Telescope have been applauded by scientists, the media, and the public. But there is far more to our expectations from this remarkable space instrument than just pretty pictures. In this introductory talk, astronomer and educator Andrew Fraknoi explains what makes the Webb a truly pioneering instrument, what the early images actually show, and what scientists expect the telescope to accomplish in years to come. In the process, he discusses how the Webb observes an “invisible universe” of infrared rays, and what astronomers are hoping to learn from it about “cosmic evolution” -- the birth and death of stars, planets, and galaxies. No background in science is required to understand this program.


Speaker: Andrew Fraknoi teaches astronomy and physics at the Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SF State University. He is the lead author of the most frequently used introductory astronomy textbook in the country, Astronomy, published online by the nonprofit OpenStax project; Gerald Harris, Commonwealth Club, Moderator


Attend in person or online.


Use discount code Wonderfest2022 for a $10 discount


Website: https://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2022-11-30/james-webb-space-telescope-andrew-fraknoi-explores-our-giant-eye-invisible-sky


In-person tickets: https://commonwealthclub.secure.force.com/ticket/?_ga=2.254495947.2109037287.1668984783-1048857874.1668651472#/instances/a0F3j00001ZFcwTEAT


Online tickets: https://commonwealthclub.secure.force.com/ticket/?_ga=2.57222505.2109037287.1668984783-1048857874.1668651472#/instances/a0F3j00001ZFchREAT


Cost: $20 live/$10 online General


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Friday, 12/02/22

06:00 PM - 10:00 PM

In-person


Chabot Space and Science Center

10000 Skyline Blvd

Oakland, CA 94619



First Friday - Moving to Mars


This year, in early December, it will be the best time to view Mars and it is a great time to look forward to NASA’s Mission to Mars. Join NASA and SETI scientist Pascal Lee as they explore the beauty of the Martian landscape and discuss how art has influenced modern spacecraft and rocketry. The event will showcase a 1/4 functional scale model of the Curiosity Mars rover along with fun hands-on activities that will spark your imagination. Delve into some space art making for the whole family and learn things behave differently in the vacuum of space than they do under the influence of a Martian atmosphere. Come experiment with how different materials behave in a real vacuum chamber to understand why atmospheric pressure is so important! Music, beer, wine and food available


Forget the holiday gingerbread house this season. Stop by our Studio 1 to make an edible Mars rover.


Planetarium Shows

MAGICAL, MYTHICAL, MUDDY, MARS!

(35 min) We’re going to Mars, and you can come with us! Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Mars has sparked the human imagination for millennia, conjuring visions of supernatural deities, extraterrestrial civilizations, and otherworldly landscapes. And now, the detection of water has reenergized our imagination, focusing our attention on the planet next door to Earth in hope of finding unearthly life on the Red Planet. Come and join the greatest exploration in history, to Mars!


Website: https://chabotspace.org/calendar/first-friday-2-2-2/


Cost: $15 General, $10 Youth/Seniors, $5 Members


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Friday, 12/02/22 8:00 PM

In-person and recorded


San Mateo Co. Astronomical Society

College of San Mateo Bldg 36

Planetarium

1700 W Hillsdale Rd

San Mateo, CA 9440


Introduction to Astrophotography


Have you ever wondered how astronomers take a picture of another galaxy or celestial object? In this presentation, you will hear how amateur astronomers produce these images. This includes the required equipment, what an imaging session looks like, and finally, an overview of processing data into a final image. Whether you are a casual observer or just getting started, this presentation will provide you insight into astrophotography. Former SMCAS president, Frank Seminaro, will give this presentation and also display some recent SMCAS member images. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with experienced SMCAS astrophotographers.


Speaker: Frank Seminaro, San Mateo County Astronomical Society


Presentation in Planetarium


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


Cost: Free


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Friday, 12/2/22 7PM

In-person


Telescope Makers Workshop

Chabot Space and Science Center

10000 Skyline Boulevard

Oakland, CA 94619-2450






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 rrichozer1@... or phone (510) 406-1914.


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Friday, 12/2/22 and Saturday, 12/3/22

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/


Cost: Free


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Monday, 12/05/22

07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

In-person

Related video by same person at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuWUzhXyd3g


California Academy of Sciences

55 Music Concourse Dr.

San Francisco, CA 94118


Asteroid Mining: Stepping Stones to Solar System Exploration




Since its inception, NASA has promoted a vision of space exploration that involves missions and outposts within the inner solar system with supplies delivered from Earth's surface, the Moon, or Mars. Recent research suggests an additional scenario in which humans live in space supported by resources extracted from asteroids, beginning with the most accessible Near Earth Objects (NEOs). NEOs are a cost-effective approach because they contain available, exploitable extraterrestrial resources that are delivered to the inner solar system by gravitational perturbations from the planets, they have been naturally preprocessed into objects the ideal size for industrial operations, and they contain critical materials for cost-effective self-sustaining activities in space.


Speaker: Robert Jedicke, University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy


Website: https://www.calacademy.org/events/benjamin-dean-astronomy-lectures/asteroid-mining-stepping-stones-to-solar-system-exploration


Cost: $15 General, $12 Members & Seniors


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