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The Astronomical Association of Northern California is a non-profit corporation for fostering astronomy in Northern California. We serve as a central location for member astronomy clubs, amateur astronomers and professionals throughout the area to share information about events and news regarding their organizations.

Clubs and other interested organizations: Appoint a PR person to post events here. Once your group is a supporting member - a sponsor link to your organization's web-site will be added here - as seen in the left column of this page.

Everyone is welcome to join the AANC Meetup group, receive notices of events posted in your area or bay-area wide. If you would, please let others who might be interested in local astronomy know about this Meetup Group. When you respond to one of the AANC posted Meetups, you are given an option to share it on other social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Please, spread the word!

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Upcoming events (4+)

Astronomy lectures: Mount Diablo Astronomical Society

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The Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society's monthly lectures are available online while gatherings are restricted due to the Covid-19 virus. Live lectures are open to members of MDAS (you can join at http://www.mdas.net/membership/membership.htm)

Non-members can view some of the past lectures on the MDAS YouTube channel here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0b_iOjsBldgdjs4aEOas_w?app=desktop

Some of the speakers and topics:

  • June 2022, Professor Stuart Bale, UC Berkeley, The Sun's Dark Energy Problem
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhx3HbhDEe4
  • May 2022, Dr. Gibor Basri, UC Berkeley, Are Red Dwarf Exoplanets Habitable?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VxFMpk2_PE
  • April 2022, Professor Jonathan Fortney, UCSC, ASTRO2020 Survey, The Next Decade of Astronomy
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB7VYjNLedw
  • March 2022, Dr. Tom Statler, NASA, Planetary Defense and NASA's
    DART Mission
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IQhQs0M3ZY
  • February 2022, Professor Jeff Adkins, Los Medanos College, Making Star Wheels https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J62z4XItuuc
  • January 2022, Professor Charli Sakari, SFSU, Probing Galaxy Assembly w/ Globular Star Clusters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pugLAbCbd1A
  • November 2021, Dr. Arik Kershenbaum, University of Cambridge, The Zoologist's Guide to the Galaxy
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zw4vXDzEBuY
  • October, 2021, Not available.
  • September 2021, James K. Erickson, JPL, Results from the Mars Science Laboratory
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14bGgt-F4Pg
  • August 2021, Dr. Zhilei Xu, Observational Cosmology and Related Technology Advancement
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUZHDKZNyTg
  • July 2021, The Group 70 Large Amateur Telescope Project, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT62rSSG2WY
  • June 2021, Dr. Stella Kafka, AAVSO - Exploring the Universe with the AAVSO, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mdyq1EtG8Qs
  • May 2021, Robert Sparks - Random adventures in astrophotography, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roOI7Ez4c48
  • April 2021 - Kevin Schindler, The Past, Present and Future of Lowell Observatory, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xbg37cLcTGo
  • March 2021 - Jeff Moore, The Ocean World of Europa and NASA’s Clipper Mission, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpOuGHMhwjI
  • February 2021 - Marc Rayman, NASA Dawn Mission, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpEPyDcFq3U&t=173s
  • January 2021, Jeff Adkins, All About Parallax, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRQIz5lq5YU
  • November 2020, Isabella Trierweiler, Persistent Questions in Planet Formation, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHd3Xo4KZh0
  • September 2020, Robert L. Piccioni, PhD, Can Life Be Merely an Accident, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_I37irQUl9s
  • August 2020, Jeff Moore, NASA Ames, New Horizons, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aKNuJxTqRQ
  • July 2020, Pratik Gandhi, UC Davis, Recipes for Galaxy Formation, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU1Zd4GvWyk
  • June 2020, Dr. Ekta Patel, UC Berkeley, Satellite Galaxies in the Local Group, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnPljMumYkY
  • May, Azalee Bostroem, UC Davis, How Massive Stars End Their Lives, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUOq_XM1wIQ
  • April 2020, Adrienne Cool, professor SFSU, the Usåe of Space Observatories to Study Star Clusters, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDqfEEonZUo
  • March 2020, Benjamin Burress, Chabot Space and Science Center, the History of the Chabot Observatory, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5kvjLT3IJ0

To learn more about MDAS, please visit our website at www.mdas.net

Astronomy lectures: Mount Diablo Astronomical Society

Link visible for attendees

The Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society's monthly lectures are available online while gatherings are restricted due to the Covid-19 virus. Live lectures are open to members of MDAS (you can join at http://www.mdas.net/membership/membership.htm)

Non-members can view some of the past lectures on the MDAS YouTube channel here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0b_iOjsBldgdjs4aEOas_w?app=desktop

Some of the speakers and topics:

  • June 2022, Professor Stuart Bale, UC Berkeley, The Sun's Dark Energy Problem
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhx3HbhDEe4
  • May 2022, Dr. Gibor Basri, UC Berkeley, Are Red Dwarf Exoplanets Habitable?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VxFMpk2_PE
  • April 2022, Professor Jonathan Fortney, UCSC, ASTRO2020 Survey, The Next Decade of Astronomy
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB7VYjNLedw
  • March 2022, Dr. Tom Statler, NASA, Planetary Defense and NASA's
    DART Mission
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IQhQs0M3ZY
  • February 2022, Professor Jeff Adkins, Los Medanos College, Making Star Wheels https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J62z4XItuuc
  • January 2022, Professor Charli Sakari, SFSU, Probing Galaxy Assembly w/ Globular Star Clusters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pugLAbCbd1A
  • November 2021, Dr. Arik Kershenbaum, University of Cambridge, The Zoologist's Guide to the Galaxy
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zw4vXDzEBuY
  • October, 2021, Not available.
  • September 2021, James K. Erickson, JPL, Results from the Mars Science Laboratory
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14bGgt-F4Pg
  • August 2021, Dr. Zhilei Xu, Observational Cosmology and Related Technology Advancement
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUZHDKZNyTg
  • July 2021, The Group 70 Large Amateur Telescope Project, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT62rSSG2WY
  • June 2021, Dr. Stella Kafka, AAVSO - Exploring the Universe with the AAVSO, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mdyq1EtG8Qs
  • May 2021, Robert Sparks - Random adventures in astrophotography, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roOI7Ez4c48
  • April 2021 - Kevin Schindler, The Past, Present and Future of Lowell Observatory, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xbg37cLcTGo
  • March 2021 - Jeff Moore, The Ocean World of Europa and NASA’s Clipper Mission, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpOuGHMhwjI
  • February 2021 - Marc Rayman, NASA Dawn Mission, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpEPyDcFq3U&t=173s
  • January 2021, Jeff Adkins, All About Parallax, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRQIz5lq5YU
  • November 2020, Isabella Trierweiler, Persistent Questions in Planet Formation, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHd3Xo4KZh0
  • September 2020, Robert L. Piccioni, PhD, Can Life Be Merely an Accident, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_I37irQUl9s
  • August 2020, Jeff Moore, NASA Ames, New Horizons, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aKNuJxTqRQ
  • July 2020, Pratik Gandhi, UC Davis, Recipes for Galaxy Formation, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU1Zd4GvWyk
  • June 2020, Dr. Ekta Patel, UC Berkeley, Satellite Galaxies in the Local Group, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnPljMumYkY
  • May, Azalee Bostroem, UC Davis, How Massive Stars End Their Lives, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUOq_XM1wIQ
  • April 2020, Adrienne Cool, professor SFSU, the Usåe of Space Observatories to Study Star Clusters, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDqfEEonZUo
  • March 2020, Benjamin Burress, Chabot Space and Science Center, the History of the Chabot Observatory, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5kvjLT3IJ0

To learn more about MDAS, please visit our website at www.mdas.net

Astronomy lectures: Mount Diablo Astronomical Society

Link visible for attendees

The Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society's monthly lectures are available online while gatherings are restricted due to the Covid-19 virus. Live lectures are open to members of MDAS (you can join at http://www.mdas.net/membership/membership.htm)

Non-members can view some of the past lectures on the MDAS YouTube channel here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0b_iOjsBldgdjs4aEOas_w?app=desktop

Some of the speakers and topics:

  • June 2022, Professor Stuart Bale, UC Berkeley, The Sun's Dark Energy Problem
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhx3HbhDEe4
  • May 2022, Dr. Gibor Basri, UC Berkeley, Are Red Dwarf Exoplanets Habitable?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VxFMpk2_PE
  • April 2022, Professor Jonathan Fortney, UCSC, ASTRO2020 Survey, The Next Decade of Astronomy
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB7VYjNLedw
  • March 2022, Dr. Tom Statler, NASA, Planetary Defense and NASA's
    DART Mission
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IQhQs0M3ZY
  • February 2022, Professor Jeff Adkins, Los Medanos College, Making Star Wheels https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J62z4XItuuc
  • January 2022, Professor Charli Sakari, SFSU, Probing Galaxy Assembly w/ Globular Star Clusters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pugLAbCbd1A
  • November 2021, Dr. Arik Kershenbaum, University of Cambridge, The Zoologist's Guide to the Galaxy
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zw4vXDzEBuY
  • October, 2021, Not available.
  • September 2021, James K. Erickson, JPL, Results from the Mars Science Laboratory
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14bGgt-F4Pg
  • August 2021, Dr. Zhilei Xu, Observational Cosmology and Related Technology Advancement
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUZHDKZNyTg
  • July 2021, The Group 70 Large Amateur Telescope Project, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT62rSSG2WY
  • June 2021, Dr. Stella Kafka, AAVSO - Exploring the Universe with the AAVSO, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mdyq1EtG8Qs
  • May 2021, Robert Sparks - Random adventures in astrophotography, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roOI7Ez4c48
  • April 2021 - Kevin Schindler, The Past, Present and Future of Lowell Observatory, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xbg37cLcTGo
  • March 2021 - Jeff Moore, The Ocean World of Europa and NASA’s Clipper Mission, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpOuGHMhwjI
  • February 2021 - Marc Rayman, NASA Dawn Mission, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpEPyDcFq3U&t=173s
  • January 2021, Jeff Adkins, All About Parallax, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRQIz5lq5YU
  • November 2020, Isabella Trierweiler, Persistent Questions in Planet Formation, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHd3Xo4KZh0
  • September 2020, Robert L. Piccioni, PhD, Can Life Be Merely an Accident, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_I37irQUl9s
  • August 2020, Jeff Moore, NASA Ames, New Horizons, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aKNuJxTqRQ
  • July 2020, Pratik Gandhi, UC Davis, Recipes for Galaxy Formation, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU1Zd4GvWyk
  • June 2020, Dr. Ekta Patel, UC Berkeley, Satellite Galaxies in the Local Group, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnPljMumYkY
  • May, Azalee Bostroem, UC Davis, How Massive Stars End Their Lives, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUOq_XM1wIQ
  • April 2020, Adrienne Cool, professor SFSU, the Usåe of Space Observatories to Study Star Clusters, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDqfEEonZUo
  • March 2020, Benjamin Burress, Chabot Space and Science Center, the History of the Chabot Observatory, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5kvjLT3IJ0

To learn more about MDAS, please visit our website at www.mdas.net

Free Online Talk on "The Fast Radio Sky"

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On Wednesday, Oct. 19th, 2022 at 7 pm (PST), Dr. Victoria Kaspi (McGill University) will give a free, illustrated, non-technical lecture entitled:
“The Fast Radio Sky: A New Window on the Violent Universe"

On line at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/SVAstronomyLectures
[if you go to this address the evening of the talk you will see and be able to participate in the live event; we will also make a recording]

The talk is part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series (through Foothill College), now in its 23rd year.

When we look at the night sky, we see a backdrop that appears timeless and unchanging. However, in reality, the Universe is teeming with activity -- often explosive and cataclysmic. One recently recognized celestial phenomenon is that of "Fast Radio Bursts": very short bursts of radio light coming from far outside our Milky Way galaxy, and representing explosions of enormous proportion. Their origin is presently
unknown. Dr. Kaspi will describe the Fast Radio Burst phenomenon, and explain how an innovative new Canadian radio telescope, CHIME, is making huge progress in unravelling these mysterious cosmic events.

Victoria Kaspi holds the Lorne Trottier Chair in Astrophysics and Cosmology at McGill University and is the inaugural Director of the McGill Space Institute. Prof. Kaspi uses techniques of radio and X-ray astronomy to study pulsars, neutron stars, and magnetars, all representing the last stage in the life of stars significantly more massive than our Sun. Since 2014, she has begun working on Fast Radio Bursts, a newly recognized astrophysical phenomenon involving remarkably short radio bursts of unknown origin, and is presently the Principal Investigator on the CHIME Fast Radio Burst Project. Prof. Kaspi has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the 2021 Shaw Prize in Astronomy, and the 2022 Albert Einstein World Award of Science.

The lecture is co-sponsored by:
* The Foothill College Science, Tech, Engineering & Math Division
* The SETI Institute
* The Astronomical Society of the Pacific
* The University of California Observatories (including Lick Observatory).

Past lectures in the series can also be found on YouTube at: http://youtube.com/svastronomylectures and as audio podcasts at: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1805595

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