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Greetings Fans of Knowledge, Science, and Reason

We truly do live in amazing times2020 has been a staggeringly rough year.  There are many things to be bummed about, the willful covidnorance and ignorance of science overall, pseudoscience and conspiracy theory, along with an incredible denial of…  I can't go there, let's just say the sausage making of democracy has taken a horrible hit as well.  I have found myself reveling in the accomplishments of science and the technologies that have brought new inspiration and relief to us. 

Consider a few of these things instead.  I don't play golf and never have.  The precision that a golfer has to have to hit a small ball with a flat surface and have it be a hole in one is staggering.  That's one moving object vs. a stationary one requiring exquisite precision in the angle and velocity of the club.  I have heard that hitting a baseball (at the professional major league level) is one of the hardest things to do in sports.  That's two moving objects, only one of which the batter controls, that must be placed in space and time with amazing precision.  Now think about identifying an asteroid millions of miles from earth and figuring out where and when it will be some time in the future.  Now figure out how you can shoot a rocket to meet it at that point.  It's moving in an orbit around the sun, you're moving in a different orbit around the sun, and you want them both to get to the same point in space at the same time and then match the speed of the asteroid, even as the velocity of it and you is constantly changing.  Five years after you launch you want to land on the asteroid.  That's amazing.  But wait there's more!  Did you scoop up some asteroid stuff?  You now have to bring it millions of miles back to where you started!  So almost 6 years to the day after launching, you kick it out of your space vessel, and it lands in Australia!  But wait, there's still more!  I'm not sure if it is more amazing or not but, more than 40 years ago the Voyager 1 & 2 Spacecraft (yes, there are two) started a journey across and out of the solar system.  They are now over 10 billion miles from earth and still working.  They have swung by many planets and received a gravity boost to the next one each time. 

From those incredibly large scales consider some of the smaller ones we need to worry about.  One of the major stories in the news and probably all of our personal lives is Covid-19.  I'm not going to dwell on what it has meant to us and how our lives have changed in a year.  What I do want to do is point out that as big as space science is, so are the various disciplines of biology.  The ability to identify little bumps on a virus and then come up with something that will attach to it to alert your body's self-defense system to attack it is a mindboggling triumph of science!  Let's not even dwell on the technology needed to do this type of science.  Covid is so current in our lives there are plenty of discussions about it.  Here are two that I think put a lot of the last year in perspective.  Anti-Covid-19 Vaccines - A Triumph for Science.  A Lack of Transparency Is Undermining Pandemic Policy  You may not be able to help launch a rocket but you can help science beat Covid-19.

Needless to say there is a lot of opportunity to learn about so many different aspects of science this week.  Here are few… 
Two Talks: Popping the Science Bubble on Tue @ 5:30 PM  
Renaissance Medicinal Recipes on Wed at noon  
Celestial - Winter Solstice - The Science  Thu 7:00 :PM

But wait there is so much more unique stuff to see this week…
Don't miss the ECLIPSE!!!  Note: It's early on Monday morning. The explOratorium wasn't able to send a team to livestream the Eclipse but they certainly have programming about it
Be sure to catch the Geminid meteor shower.
There are King Tides.
Don't miss the Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn.  (It has its non-science fans as well.  A lot of them.)
Don't miss the ECLIPSE!!!  Note: It's early on Monday morning. The explOratorium wasn't able to send a team to livestream the Eclipse but they certainly have programming about it

Last week David Almandsmith included a video about Arecibo.  It was one of several done by Scott Manley.  The collapse of Arecibo was a shock.  I remember it being in the news when it was built.  I was young and interested in anything science.  I'd like to share with you the series of videos that Scott did about Arecibo since the collapse began.  They also give a lot of insight in to how engineers and scientists evaluate big problems and how to manage them.
Aug 13 2021-  Snapped Cable Damages Arecibo Observatory Radio Telescope
Nov 21 2021-  Worlds Largest Radar Astronomy Dish To Be Demolished!
Dec 1 2021-  Arecibo Radio Telescope Collapses!
Dec 4 2021-  Analyzing Video Footage Of Collapse of Massive Arecibo Telescope

Damn what a year,

herb masters

“Science makes people reach unselfishly for truth and objectivity; it teaches people to accept reality, with wonder and admiration, not to mention the deep awe and delight that the natural order of things brings to the true scientist.”
LISE MEITNER: PHYSICIST
1953

Upcoming Events:
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Monday, 12/14/2020
SABRE: Technology for Space, Technology for Earth - Livestream - 12/14/2020 11:00 AM
Institute of Physics: Oxford Centre,

SABRE is an innovative propulsion system that has the potential to revolutionise access- to-space through the introduction of space-plane launch systems. The technology that sits at the heart of SABRE is at the very cutting edge of thermal management capability. Find out how Reaction Engines, are developing this technology for the space domain and how it can also be turned to benefit life here on Earth.

Speakers: Oliver Nailard and Emma Ryan, Oxford University

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California King Tides: Dec 13-15 - 12/14/2020 01:00 PM
California Coastal Commission,

The California King Tides Project is asking the public to safely photograph the highest high tides of the year, arriving December 13-15. Photographing the impact of these tides on beaches, wetlands, roads, harbors, and homes helps California plan for future sea level rise. Anyone with a smartphone can participate. Find out what time your nearest king tides arrive, how to contribute your photos to this community science project, and kids' educational activities at california.kingtides.net.


Race to the Vaccine: Exploring Public Confidence in a COV ID Vaccination - Livestream - 12/14/2020 01:00 PM
Boston Museum of Science,

Recent developments in a COVID-19 vaccine have presented promising outlooks. A new poll just released by the Museum of Science and the Mass League of Community Health Centers, offers reasons for optimism regarding vaccine uptake, showing the vast majority of Massachusetts residents plan to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

However, even among those likely to take the vaccine, hesitancy still lingers with major gaps between those of different socioeconomic and racial backgrounds. A lack of trust in vaccine development procedures and pervasive and historic systemic racial biases, continue to persist.

How can community, civic, and healthcare leaders leverage the phased distribution of the vaccine to build greater trust in the science in empowering the public to build confidence in the vaccine?

Join the Museum of Science and the Mass League of Community Health Centers in a closer look at what the poll tells us. The results offer a fascinating snapshot of public sentiment that reveal opportunities for messengers and messages to drive toward broader understanding of the importance of vaccines.

Moderated by Tim Ritchie, President of the Museum of Science with guests Michael Curry, CEO of the Mass League of Community Health Centers, and Rena Conti, PhD, Associate Research Director of Biopharma & Public Policy for the Boston University Institute for Health System Innovation & Policy, with data insight by Steve Koczela of the Mass Inc. Polling Group, this conversation offers a space for the public to discuss how together, we can continue to build a strong, healthy community against COVID-19.

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Astronomy on Tap Los Angeles - Livestream - 12/14 /2020 07:30 PM
Astronomy on Tap,

We'll hear from Dr. Auriane Egal: Fantastic Meteors and Where to Find Them and from Dr. Andrew Youdin: What the Arrokoth (MU69) Flyby Teaches Us About Planet Formation. In addition, we will host interactive astronomically-themed pub trivia.

See weblink for YouTube Live link.


Tuesday, 12/15/2020
COVID-19 Vaccines and Returning to Normalcy - Livestream - 12/15/2020 09:00 AM
Commonwealth Club - Online Event,

Amid dire news of increasing COVID-19 deaths and strict lockdowns this winter, we see vaccines being approved in record time.

How and when will these vaccines be rolled out to hundreds of millions of Americans? Who will be offered them first, and when will the rest of us gain access? Will we take them when offered - and if not, will they be mandated? As these vaccines are dosed in unprecedented volumes here and around the world, how fast can they slow the spread of the coronavirus? Most of all, when can we get back to the activities we've been missing? Will vaccines ever allow life to return to normal?

In the Club's final COVID program of the year, two experts will tell us what to expect, and when.

Speakers: Bob Wachter, UC San Francisco; Ken Kelley, NIAID and CDC; Mark Zitter, The Zetema Project, Moderator

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Next Step - Micromobility - Livestream - 12/15/2020 09:00 AM
swissnex,

In recent years, cities are being challenged by a growing number of micromobility options. The use of traditional parking space, package delivery, and pick-up/drop-off locations are now competing with the desire to incorporate bike lanes, shared bikes and e-scooters. Demand on curb space is increasing and new micromobility providers from scooters, e-bikes or shared mopeds bring a new set of challenges. How can we develop such services for the public good? Which sharing models have worked for cities around the globe? How does the micromobility landscape transform into a (post-)pandemic world?

Join the conversation with thought leaders and experts from Silicon Valley and Europe to learn more about the future of micromobility and how these new services will be integrated into the urban mobility landscape.

This is the first panel of the four part series Next Stop: Approaching the Future of Mobility that surfaces ideas and insights from mobility experts in four main areas: micromobility, simulation of mobility, hyperloop, and autonomous vehicles. This series is a collaboration between the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), and swissnex San Francisco, and will feature a mix of panels and presentations with thought-leaders, presentations from leading startups, insights into the most cutting-edge new vehicles, networking opportunities, and more.


Destination Health: Driving Equity in Health Care - Livestream - 12/15/2020 12:00 PM
Commonwealth Club - Online Event,

As our country faces the worst economic downturn in a century due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans are experiencing financial strain, leading to food insecurity and rising homelessness. Communities of color are disproportionately impacted by both the Coronavirus and the resulting economic crisis, creating multiple barriers to health.

The health-care industry ha s long recognized the awful truth that race and economic status are linked and both are social predictors of health. The difference in life expectancy between the richest 1 percent and poorest 1 percent of Americans is about 12 years, and between Black and white people there is a 4-year gap on average, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, research shows that underrepresented populations tend to receive lower quality of care and experience greater morbidity and mortality from various chronic diseases. The renewed focus on race amid the COVID-19 pandemic and protests over societal bias provide an opportunity for structural change.

In the United States, we spend more on health care and less on the social services that support healthier communities than most industrialized nations. Today's pandemic continues to highlight how this mismatch in spending is driving some of our poor health-care outcomes. The potential for a significant rise in homelessness, food insecurity and other social issues amid COVID-19 will have drastic effects on health. We already know, for example, that chronic homelessness can cut 27 years from a person's life. We cannot keep people healthy if they cannot keep a roof over their head and food on the table.

Our country's health-care system is already facing a massive challenge as it cares for those infected with the coronavirus. How can we address the physical, psychological, economic and social impacts of inequity and systematic racism to foster more equitable and healthier communities? Join a panel of experts as we explore opportunities to drive health equity.

Panel: Joseph Bettencourt, Massachusetts General Hospital; Aletha Maybank, American Medical Association; Leana Wen, George Washington University; Ronald Wyatt, MCIC Vermont; April Dembosky, KQED Radio, Moderator

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Data Science Coast to Coast - Using Data to Improve Equity - Livestream - 12/15/2020 12:00 PM
Berkeley Institute for Data Science,

In the midst of a pandemic and economic stress, governments have to make real-time decisions on maximizing safety and minimizing economic and personal impact. How can we use data, behavioral science, and our shared need for safety to create a more connected ecosystem where government, residents, and businesses share information in more intertwined ways. Getting access to that information, equitably, is a challenge throughout the world. In the City of Los Angeles, we use data-driven decisions to pave the way to connect all 4,000,000 residents with the information and services they need to thrive. Learn how Los Angeles is using data science and leading-edge technology to connect all of ou r communities, residents, and businesses.

Speaker: Jeanne Holm, City of Los Angeles

See weblink for Zoom information


California King Tides: Dec 13-15 - 12/15/2020 01:00 PM
California Coastal Commission,

The California King Tides Project is asking the public to safely photograph the highest high tides of the year, arriving December 13-15. Photographing the impact of these tides on beaches, wetlands, roads, harbors, and homes helps California plan for future sea level rise. Anyone with a smartphone can participate. Find out what time your nearest king tides arrive, how to contribute your photos to this community science project, and kids' educational activities.


Two Talks: Popping the Science Bubble - 12/15/2020 05:30 PM
Berkeley Public Library,

Ever wonder what the scientists at Cal are up to? Now is your chance to find out during a thrilling series of short lectures on cutting-edge research directly from Berkeley grad students and postdocs. With new speakers each month, come learn about interesting discoveries and science related issues that affect your everyday lives. Check out our website to find out the upcoming speakers and topics as we approach the date!

Perils of Rising CO2 Levels in the Atmosphere and Approaches to Mitigate It

Speaker: Syamantak Roy

Small Robots Making Big Changes

Speaker: Dillon Acker-James

Register to attend via Zoom:

tinyurl.com/PtSBBerkeley


Breakthroughs in Light Medicine: Treating Dementi as and Pain - Livestream - 12/15/2020 06:00 PM
Commonwealth Club - Online Event,

This presentation will introduce what light medicine is, how it works, and review the medical literature as well as their extensive clinical experience in treating neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, traumatic brain injuries, strokes, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease, peripheral neuropathies, as well as nearly all painful conditions. Proponents say that the beauty of this safe and cost-effective technology is that it is available today and results are usually seen in just one or two 15- to 30-minute treatments.

Speakers: Len Saputo, Health Medicine Forum; Maurice Bales, Electrical Engineer

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Wednesday, 12/16/2020
Renaissance Medicinal Recipes - 12/16/2020 12:00 PM
Truhlsen - Marmor Museum of the Eye,

Join us as we explore the ingredients to 16th century eye medicine with clinical herbalist, Rylan Sian of North Wind Apothecary.

Take a virtual seat at the table as we smell and taste our way through 16th century eye medicine. Clinical herbalist, Rylan Sian of North Wind Apothecary will join us to discuss herbal remedies found in the museum's oldest text, 'Ophthalmodouleia' authored by Georg Bartisch in 1583. Together we will sift through these Renaissance era medicinal recipes and explore ingredients used to treat eye issues.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye is the world's only free, public museum dedicated to the fascinating science of sight. Look through the pupil of an enormous eye, explore interactive displays and try on a virtual reality headset to see how new technology can impact medicine. Through high-tech exhibits and a renowned collection of ophthalmic artifacts, you'll discover surprising facts about how your vision works and the field of medicine devoted to protecting it.

***Please note that a Zoom link for attendance will be sent to you the week of the event.


Detection of SARS CoV-2 in Wastewater to Inform Public Health - Livestream - 12/16/2020 12:00 PM
EPA Tools and Resources,

Widespread studies conducted national and globally indicate that genes specific to the SARS-CoV-2 virus can be detected in wastewater. The ability to collectively sample both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals has lead dozens of state, cities, and universities to actively monitor wastewater to inform public health decisions. The clarity in the wastewater's reflection of viral load within the community can be distorted by several factors, including variation in analytical detection methods, decay and dilution of the genes during wastewater transport, and imprecision in relating the wastewater signal to other, imperfect measures of community infection rates.

This webinar focuses on the ORD research team's collaborative efforts to reduce uncertainty across these three areas, including method development within our lab, application in sewersheds with distinctive levels of industrial and stormwater impacts within the Cincinnati Metropolitan Sewer District , and development of a wastewater surveillance system in Ohio in support of the State Department of Health.

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Confronting Coastal Risk in an Age of Rising Sea Levels - Livestream - 12/16/2020 03:30 PM
Wagner Free Institute of Science,


Sea levels on the New Jersey coast rose twice as much as the global average in the last 100 years. Some coastal communities experience ten times as much tidal flooding as they did a half-century ago. Around the world, sea level is rising at an accelerating rate. The rate of global average sea-level rise today is roughly three times the average rate over the last century, which was itself already the fastest rate in at least three millennia. Professor Kopp will address four questions: What do scientists know about the drivers of sea-level change, globally and in our region? How have scientists pieced together the behavior of sea level over the past several millennia? What can scientists say about sea-level rise over the coming decades and centuries? And how can society manage the risks these changes are creating?

Speaker: Robert Kopp, Rutgers University

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Using Genetic Tools to Understand the Master Regulator: The Spliceosome - Livestream - 12/16/2020 07:00 PM
Science on Tap,

Did you know that the DNA in your body is inert and silent? Your cells require a constant stream of instructions to tell them what to do next, but the genetic information they need is locked away in DNA. The only way that the information in your genes is expressed in a similar molecule called RNA. Did you know that every RNA message that comes from your genes gets edited by a molecular machine called the spliceosome, and most of your genetic information gets left on the cutting room floor? Wow! Come learn about the master regulator of all master regulators, the spliceosome, and learn how I'm using the awesome power of genetics to understand the functioning of this fascinating molecular machine.

Speaker: Jessie MNG Lopez, UC Santa Cruz

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A Rainbow of Exoplanets - Livestream - 12/16/2020 07:00 PM
SETI Institute,

We identified an exoplanet color for the first time in 2013: HD 189733b, a Jupiter-like exoplanet was determined to be dark-blue. Since then, astronomers have discovered more than 4,000 exoplanets and found out that a significant fraction of them are terrestrial. After detecting them, the next challenge is to image them, which will reveal their color. So what is the color of a lifeless terrestrial exoplanet? Will it be red because of rust like Mars, or blueish-white because of clouds in the atmosphere like Venus in visible light?

Among the 300 million potentially habitable planets in our galaxy, can we expect that more than one will indeed host a type of life? What will be the impact of this life on their colors? Can we expect this planet to have the same vegetation as our Earth? What colors are associated with the presence of microbiological activity on the surface of a planet? What do a planet's colors tell us about habitability on its surface? Astronomers predict that one day we will see the color of an Earth-like exoplanet.

To answer these questions, we invited two scientists from different backgrounds to our SETI Talk. Angelle Tanner, associate professor at Mississippi State University who is interested in finding habitable planets outside our solar system and will tell us about the vegetation of exoplanets and the technology we could one day use to see an exoplanet. Ivan Paulino-Lima, biologist at Blue Marble Institute of Science, is interested in extremophiles and leads microbiological experiments in satellites around Earth and is involved in research on the colors of bacteria.

Speakers: Andelle Tanner, Mississippi State University; Ivan Paulino-Lima, Blue Marble Space Institute of Science

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Why Do Galaxies Die? How Silicon Valley's Spectral Revolution will Solve a 100 Year Old Mystery - Livestream - 12/16/2020 07:30 PM
San Francisco Amateur Astronomers,

Over one hundred years ago, Edwin Hubble noticed two distinct classes of galaxies; youthful Spirals with ongoing star formation, and “red and deadsmooth, faded and barren Ellipticals.

The MaNGA Survey, which is mapping 10,000 nearby galaxies, will help us understand how all types of galaxies formed in the early universe. We are on the verge of a spectral revolution enabled by nanotechnology and photonics that will transform astronomical instruments.

Speaker: Kevin Bundy, Lick Observatory and UC Santa Cruz

See weblink for additional connection information.


Thursday, 12/17/2020
Technology and Race: The Role of Big Tech - Livestream - 12/17/2020 09:15 AM
Commonwealth Club - Online Event,

Earlier this month, Google fired one of its most prominent Black researchers over an email she sent criticizing the company's efforts in both hiring a diverse workforce and removing biases that have been built into its artificial intel ligence technology. Her dismissal has sparked rage both internally at Google and around the world as yet another example of Big Tech's failures to adequately address diversity, equity and inclusion. The year 2020 has been a time of reckoning for this country around the impact of systemic racism on the health, safety, mobility and socioeconomic status of Black and brown people in the United States.

While technology has certainly helped jump start movements like Black Lives Matter, critics say it has also played a role in not just amplifying racial tensions but has also actively reinforced systemic racism through the lack of diversity in its creators and the inherent biases within its algorithms themselves. Jim Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense and author of the book Which Side of History: How Technology Is Reshaping Technology and Our Lives, has devoted a section of the book to exploring just how entangled Silicon Valley has become in our national history of racism and inequality.

In this program, Steyer will be joined by book contributors Ellen Pao, CEO of Project Include, and Theodore Shaw, director of the Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina School of Law. They will discuss technology's role in exacerbating racial inequality in the United States and the leadership role Big Tech needs to take in order to move the nation forward. W'll explore how racial inequality is baked into the very fabric of technological platforms, and how diversity, inclusion and equity might hold the solution to changing its course.

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Digital Transformation for Social Impact - Livestream - 12/17/2020 11:00 AM
Computer History Museum,

A global pandemic has laid bare fundamental weaknesses in the US economy and healthcare system. Other nations are grappling with their own version of these and other societal problems. Despite understandable outrage among many citizens, there are reasons for optimism about the possibilities for widespread systemic change. Among them: new technology allows for directly impacting and improving the lives of millions globally at scale.

New data tools and the digital revolution will accelerate social development across every sector, from health to agriculture, financial services, and education. These powerful new capabilities, properly harnessed, have the potential to supercharge wellbeing for many more people. But they bring challenging questions around privacy and ethics.

The key to improving millions of lives long-term lies less in invention than scaling adaptation - the all-important journey between an inspired concept and its on-the-ground implementation. In many cases, we have the tools and technology to make a difference, but they sit on laboratory shelves. What we need are more social activists focused on building out those ideas to connect with the daily lives of real communities.

What are some of these digital tools being used to positively impact communities around the world today? How can activists navigate the inherent challenges these tools present when trying to leverage them to bring about social change? Who is best equipped to address the privacy and ethics concerns involved? Why is the aspect of scaling innovations becoming more important today? How can citizens now funnel current outrage into practical activism?

Data and digital tools will continue to bring valuable new capabilities to our world, revolutionizing everything from health care to education - even as they present daunting new challenges for activists to navigate. Steve Davis, the former CEO of PATH and current advisor with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, shares his personal experiences and stories from his new book, Undercurrents: Channelling Outrage to Spark Practical Activism, in this important and timely conversation.

Register at weblink to receive streaming information.


December LASER Event - Livestream - 12/17/2020 12:00 PM
LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous,

Daniela de Paulis (Artist in Residence at the Dwingeloo radio telescope in the Netherlands) on her conceptual art based on space exploration and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence

Janine Marchessault (Professor of Cinema and Media Studies in the Department of Cinema and Media Arts at York University in Canada) on "Media, Utopias, Ecologies "

Additional speaker TBA

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Timothy Caulfield Fights The Battle Against Bunk - 12/17/2020 04:00 PM
Center for Inquiry,

Skeptical Inquirer Presents live online event, Timothy Caulfield, author of "Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong about Everything?" and host of the acclaimed Netflix documentary series A User's Guide to Cheating Death, will make the case that even in this age of alternative facts, resistance is not futile.The spread of conspiracy theories and harmful misinformation is a defining characteristic of the COVID-19 pandemic. But it often feels like trying to talk someone out of false beliefs only makes things worse. What's to be done?

Rampant misinformation about COVID-19 has led to deaths, financial loss, increased stigma, health policy challenges, and added to the chaotic information environment. That's why we must counter this infodemic with evidence-based communication strategies. Despite concerns about the backfire effect, debunking does work, if done well!

In this presentation, Caulfield will look at what the science says about fighting misinformation and how we can all get involved in the battle against bunk.

Timothy Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta, as well as a newly-elected Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

Free registration is required to take part in this live event on Zoom, so sign up right now.


After Dark Online: Celestial - Winter Solstice - Livestream - 12/17/2020 07:00 PM
ExplOratorium,

Lighten up your outlook as we observe the end of the sun's journey across the horizon. The winter solstice marks the longest night of the year and return of daylight as our star reverses its apparent course in the sky. Learn about the significance of the solstice and the mechanics that make it possible, and celebrate the light during this final After Dark Online of the year. 

The movements and mechanics of the planets, moons, and stars create awesome effects for us observers on earth. Predictable yet coincidental, these cycles among the stars lead to gravitational bulges, lunar alignments, and a turnaround of apparent motion. Join us this month as we explore these effects as opportunities for wonder and harbingers of future change.

See weblink for YouTube and Facebook Live links.


Friday, 12/18/2020
How to build the world 's biggest telescopes- Livestream - 12/18/2020 07:00 PM
Tri-Valley Stargazers,

Increasing our knowledge of how the universe works has always been enabled by technological development. From the invention of the telescope by Galileo, over 400 years ago, to the development of 8 to 10 meter class telescopes and the launch of the Hubble telescope at the end of the last century, fantastic new discoveries have been made by users of the latest and greatest telescopes. Progress continues to this day, with three major new telescopes under development world-wide. After a brief overview Brian will concentrate on the current development of the Giant Magellan Telescope, a 25m diameter telescope expected to see light later this decade on Las Campanas Peak in Chile. Here are some of the questions he will address: Who's designing and building it? What is the process for carrying out such a big project? Who will get to use it and what questions will they answer with the telescope?

Speaker: Dr. Brian McLeod, Harvard

See weblink for online instructions.  Non-members will need to email the club president for a link.


Saturday, 12/19/2020
Virtual Telescope Viewing - Livestream - 12/19/2020 09:00 PM
Chabot Space and Science Center,

Join our resident astronomers on Facebook Live every Saturday evening live from Chabot's Observation deck!

Each week, our astronomers will guide us through spectacular night sky viewing through Nellie, Chabot's most powerful telescope. Weather permitting we will be able to view objects live through the telescopes and our astronomers will be available for an open forum for all of your most pressing astronomy questions.

We will go live the Chabot Space & Science Center Facebook page 10-15 minute s before the event. You can find the live video stream on our Facebook page and in the Facebook event discussion. To receive a notification when we go live, like Chabot Space & Science Center on Facebook and RSVP that you're going to this event.

RSVP on Facebook.


Monday, 12/21/2020
The Great Conjunction Virtual Telescope Viewing - 1 2/21/2020 05:00 PM
Chabot Space and Science Center,

Wonderfest: Madame Curie - Livestream - 12/21/2020 07:30 PM
Wonderfest,

Saturday, 12/26/2020
Virtual Telescope Viewing - Livestream - 12/26/2020 09:00 PM
Chabot Space and Science Center,
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