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*** San Jose Astronomical Association is monitoring closely the coronavirus, COVID-19, situation in Santa Clara county. In accordance with advisement from Santa Clara County Health Department we may be canceling some events in the next few weeks, as appropriate - especially those that involve close contact and shared surface on telescopes. Please check our Meetup to determine if an event has been canceled before heading out to the event. The board will periodically review the status of the outbreak and the guidance from the Santa Clara county to determine the impact upon upcoming events. ***

Welcome to SJ Astronomy Meetup. We are a very active group wth a lot of events organized by San Jose Astronomical Association. All events posted to this Meetup are open to the public but please note that joining this meetup does not automatically make you a member of SJAA. Becoming a formal member of SJAA provides additional members-only benefits, so we do encourage you to join. Please check out the membership benefits at https://www.sjaa.net/membership/benefits-of-membership-2/ to learn more and to join the club.

Also, please note that we need a profile picture for security reasons to join this group. Please consider uploading one before you send a request to join the group. Looking forward to share this cool hobby with you all!

Upcoming events (4+)

ONLINE: SJAA Imaging SIG Meeting -

Online event

This Month's Topic:

“Imaging Projects for Backyard Scientists”. by Bob Buchheim

My purpose tonight is to entice you into applying your imaging skills to a different sort of amateur astronomy – that of the Backyard Scientist – making discoveries, gathering data, and doing research that provides genuinely knew information about the universe, pushing the boundaries of the “unknown” a little bit farther out. If you can take a decent astro-image, you can also make scientifically-useful measurements of astronomical phenomena, such as stellar variability, the rotation and shape of asteroids, and binary-star orbits.

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We don't yet have the use of the clubhouse due to COVID restrictions but the night sky is still there, and there's still lots to learn! We'll be doing our Imaging SIG meetings online until further notice.

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The Imaging SIG meets roughly every month Online to discuss topics about imaging. The SIG is open to people with absolutely no experience but want to learn what it’s all about, but experienced imagers are also more than welcome, indeed, encouraged to participate.

SJAA Board Meeting

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This is the business meeting of the SJAA Board of Directors.

Depending on weather and other factors, this meeting will occur either in person at 3 pm at Houge Park or via zoom at 6 pm.

ONLINE: Astronomy Talk: Exotic Solar Systems on the Path to Earth-Like Planets

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We don't have the use of the clubhouse and we wouldn't want to use it until the shelter-in-place order is lifted anyway. But the night sky is still there, and there's still lots to learn. So we'll do this online.

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Many of SJAA’s events, like this one, are public and free to attend, but if you’re enjoying what SJAA has to offer, consider becoming a paid member for only $20 per year: https://www.sjaa.net/membership/benefits-of-membership-2/

Come join us for our monthly Astronomy talk!

Topic: Exotic Solar Systems on the Path to Earth-Like Planets
Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Fortney

Description:
Humans have long wondered about other planetary systems and if potentially Earth-like worlds exist around other stars. NASA's Kepler mission was designed to answer these questions. The Kepler telescope operated from[masked] and discovered over 3,000 confirmed exoplanets and several thousand additional candidates. We now know that while most planetary systems do not look like our own, potentially habitable planets are common in our galaxy. I will share insights from the Kepler mission, the current ongoing NASA TESS mission to find even more planets around nearby bright stars, plans for upcoming James Webb Space Telescope to investigate exoplanet atmospheres, and the future of exoplanetary research.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Jonathan Fortney, a professor of astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz, models many aspects of the physics of planets, from rocky worlds to gas giants. His work in planetary theory focuses both on exoplanets that orbit distant stars as well as planets in the solar system. His models have provided a framework to understand the atmospheres of exoplanets, their interior structure and thermal evolution, as well as physical processes like “helium rain” deep within Saturn. Jonathan often works closely with observers to interpret spectra of exoplanets to better understand their physics, chemistry, and clues to their formation. He was a member of NASA's Kepler Science Team, to find exoplanets, and NASA's Cassini Science Team, to study the Saturnian system. He won a number of awards for his work, including from the Sloan Foundation, the American Astronomical Society, and the Simons Foundation.

ONLINE: SJAA Imaging SIG Meeting -

Online event

*************************** This is an online event *******************************

We don't yet have the use of the clubhouse due to COVID restrictions but the night sky is still there, and there's still lots to learn! We'll be doing our Imaging SIG meetings online until further notice.

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This Month's Topic:

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Please also bring along your recent images to share with the group after the main presentation!

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The Imaging SIG meets roughly every month Online to discuss topics about imaging. The SIG is open to people with absolutely no experience but want to learn what it’s all about, but experienced imagers are also more than welcome, indeed, encouraged to participate.

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