Vernal SciSchmooze 3.27.17

Hello again Science fans!

The earth has moved far enough in its orbit around the sun for the Vernal Equinox to occur, meaning it is now officially Spring! With the two week break from the rains which brought warm temperatures, it seems like everything is suddenly blooming and sprouting. In looking back at some pictures I took last year however, I noticed that we're actually a few weeks behind this year compared to last. It is funny how we sometimes make associations between events and draw incorrect conclusions, such as the one I made that the warmth and wet resulted in an early bloom.

As usual, we have lots of great...

events on the calendar. Here are three highlights for the upcoming week:

  1. Fire, Beetles, Water Resources and Dying Trees: Spring 2017 Report on the Sierra Nevada's Rain, Snowpack and Climate Changes Monday 6PM in San Francisco
  2. Latest Exoplanet Results from NASA's Kepler/K2 Mission Tuesday Noon in Mountain View
  3. Brown Bears, Sea Otters, and Seals, Oh My! Unexpected interactions on the Katmai Coast Thursday 7PM in Menlo Park

The Kepler results talk, part of the SETI weekly colloquium, will be the last one held at Microsoft's Mountain View campus. SETI is looking for a new venue to host their talks and the series will be on hiatus in the meantime.

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have announced the discovery of not one, but FIVE new sub-atomic particles, adding further refinement to the Standard Model of Physics. Here's a link to an article about the announcement.

The Friends of Mt. Tam have released the schedule for their 29th series of astronomy lectures at Mountain Theater. The first is on April 29, featuring Alex Filippenko of UC Berkeley speaking about one of his passions, Solar Eclipses, specifically the US Solar Eclipse coming up on August 21. The full schedule is on our calendar and here.

Meanwhile, in the South Bay, Lick Observatory summer series dates have been announced. Not all of the speakers are set yet, but there will be 12 dates in all, with six Friday lectures and six Saturday concerts/lectures. All dates include viewing through both the 36" Great Refractor and the 40" Nickel Reflector telescopes. Tickets go on sale April 12 at noon and will sell out quickly.

Have a great week in Science!

Bob Siederer

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