Upcoming Events

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Most of our events happen at the Chabot Space and Science Center. Get directions here.


Next General Meeting

Saturday, January15th, 2022
Our meeting begins promptly at 7:00 P.M.

Meetings are held in Virtual Space

Our guest speaker for the evening is Dr. Thomas P. Greene, NASA  Ames
 
The James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope is the most complex and powerful astronomical space observatory ever built. It just launched on Christmas Day and is now unfolding itself before arriving in its final orbit in the Sun – Earth system in late January. The large 6.5-m diameter JWST primary mirror and its infrared instruments will allow it to see some of the very first luminous objects that formed in the Universe shortly after the Big Bang. Other major science themes of JWST encompass studying the assembly of galaxies, the birth of stars and planetary systems, and planetary systems and the origins of life. JWST will be the premier astrophysics space observatory for NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) over its 5 – 10+ year mission lifetime. It will augment the Hubble Space Telescope, which primarily works at visible and ultraviolet light wavelengths. In addition to the topics covered in this talk, many scientists will use JWST to make discoveries that we have not yet imagined.
 
The Webb telescope employs several unique technologies, and the mission was in development for over 20 years. Significant work on JWST was done in the Bay Area and California: the telescope mirrors were figured by L3-Tinsley in Richmond, and its main scientific camera was built by Lockheed Martin in Palo Alto. The spacecraft was manufactured and integrated to the telescope by Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach. The completed integrated observatory was launched by the European Space Agency from their spaceport in French Guiana, and scientists from all over the world will use it. In this talk I will illustrate the mission’s science potential and highlight some aspects of its design, technologies, commissioning, and operations plans.
Thomas Greene is an astrophysicist in the Space Science and Astrobiology Division at NASA’s Ames Research Center. He conducts observational studies of exoplanets and young stars and develops astronomical technologies and instrumentation. Dr. Greene is a co-investigator on the NIRCam and MIRI science instruments of the James Webb Space Telescope and serves on the JWST Users Committee.  While at NASA Ames he has served as the Director of the Ames Center for Exoplanet Studies, Project Scientist of the SOFIA mission, and Chief of the Astrophysics Branch. Before joining NASA, he worked at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center on NASA astrophysics missions. Prior to that, Dr. Greene was on the faculty of the University of Hawaii where he was a support astronomer and later Director of the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF). He received his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Arizona. Dr. Greene currently co-chairs the US National Academies of Sciences’ Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics (CAA) and is a NASA representative on the W .M. Keck Observatory Science Steering Committee.
 
This talk will be available live and publicly at:
EAS Members will get a private Zoom invitation by Email

Outreach

[In person events are on hold because of COVID, contact us for possible virtual events, or visit http://www.chabotspace.org for scheduled public virtual telescope viewing events]

EAS sends volunteers to schools, libraries, and anywhere curious aspiring astronomers gather. EAS volunteers bring their own equipment or borrow telescopes. Students, parents, and teachers are always thrilled to look through the telescopes and ask questions. You’ll meet all sorts of interesting people and provide a unique and inspiring experience to kids and parents who may have never looked through a telescope before. Find our next event on the calendar above.

Inquire about and request visits by e-mailing EAS Outreach Coordinator Raymond Howard at outreach@eastbayastro.org. Visit our outreach page to find out about upcoming events.


Members Only Viewing Nights (MOVN)

[In person events are on hold because of COVID, visit http://www.chabotspace.org for virtual telescope viewing events]

Once a month, we schedule a Members Only Viewing Night at the Chabot Telescope Deck for both EAS and Chabot members. This is our opportunity to look through Chabot’s historic instruments and research telescope, as well as bring our own equipment to share in a more quiet venue. The schedule for MOVN appears in the event calendar below.


Barcroft High Altitude Star Party

We’re sorry. Because of COVID-19, EAS has cancelled the 2021 Barcroft High-Altitude Star Party. We’ll try again in 2022.


Event Calendar

Header photo by EAS member Alan Roche.