Astronomy on Tap

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Each FREE event features accessible, engaging science presentations on topics ranging from planets to black holes to galaxies to the beginning of the Universe. Presenters are from local research and educational institutions. In NYC these include AMNH, Columbia, CUNY, NYU, Princeton, Yale, Rutgers, and more. Most events have games and prizes to test and reward your new-found knowledge, and you could even win Neil Tyson’s Trash Treasures (TM)! There is always lots of time to ask questions and interact with the presenters and other scientists who inevitably tag along for the beer.

Astronomy on Tap was created in NYC by Meg Schwamb, now a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Academia Sinica (Taiwan). NYC events are currently organized by Emily Rice, an astronomer and professor at the College of Staten Island, and Brian Levine, astrophysics educator at the American Museum of Natural History.

Astronomy on Tap  “satellite” locations are active in Austin, Seattle, New Haven (CT), Lansing (MI), Tucson, Ann Arbor (MI), Washington, D.C., Chicago, Santa Barbara, Palo Alto, Urbana (IL), Pasadena, (and are in development in several more other cities), and “fly-by” events have occurred in Washington, D.C., Chicago and Taipei. Events have also taken place in Columbus (OH), Santiago, Chile, and Rochester (NY).

Our lovely logo is by the multi-talented planetary astronomer Dr. Alex Parker.

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18 thoughts on “Astronomy on Tap

  1. Greetings fellow stargazers!

    I am interested in contributing to any effort bringing an recurring “Astronomy On Tap” event to the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area. I am not a professional scientist, but am trying to get into the science education and outreach field … and I like beer. Arizona produces a lot of space science and the people here have a better than average relationship with their public lands and dark skies and, although the Valley is quite spread out we have a thriving nightlife as well. I have experience in A/V tech, event organization, and amateur astronomy and know a few folks (a/v tech, science teachers, etc.) who might also be able to help out.

    Please let me know if you have any plans for Arizona or know any astronomers who might want some help starting an event.

    Thanks!

    Jarred

    • There are a lot of professional astronomers nearby in Tucson and Tempe so there is a strong possibility we can start an event series there! Send us an email (astronomy on tap at gmail – no spaces)!

    • Hi Jarred,

      Come out to Phoenix Comicon next month and network with some of the astrobiologists from ASU. There will be plenty of beer geeks around too.

    • Jarred and those who want to open this up to the Phoenix market – LET’S DO THIS! I can help coordinate locations, communications or otherwise. Yay for Tucson, but lets bring this home to the mothership PHX.

  2. We need this in florida! There are a lot of young adults and plenty of breweries. I do not represent any brewery or bar, however, I do frequently visit them haha so if I could help you out with a list of possible locations in central/south florida up through the treasure coast let me know. I think Orlando would love it. I’ll have to catch Astronomy on Tap on my next trip to NY! Until then. -Samuel

  3. This looks very interesting, two of my favorite things, Astronomy and Beer, can it get any better?

  4. Hello!

    Love the concept of Astronomy on Tap, just keep waiting for a Boston event to be scheduled! Hope it happens soon, I’ll be there.

    • So are we! It all depends on the interest & availability of local astronomers, which can be highly variable.

  5. I’m very proud of Lansing on having this in there area (Go State!)
    Is there any interest of one in the Metro Detroit area? I would love to be a part of it.

  6. Hi, we started an astronomy group in Belmont, North Carolina a year and a half ago and we pack ’em in for our monthly meetings and star parties. We do it out of a coffee shop and have 50 or so people show up for our free talks. We are into “edutainment,” making learning fun. Anyway, how can we get affiliated with AoT? We are trying to throw lite versions of our star parties (no pun intended) at a rooftop bar and this would be perfect. What do we need to do?

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