AoT Santa Barbara on May 10th, 2017 at M8RX


Join us to hear asteroids and undead galaxies. We will also cover the latest astronomy in the news, and give away astronomy posters and postcards as well as some of our cool Astronomy on Tap beer glasses. Join our event on Facebook for up to date details.


The event is hosted by Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO). This month’s speakers are LCO staff scientist Tim Lister and UCSC professor Kevin Bundy.


Wednesday, May 10th, 2017, 7:30-9:30p. Doors open 6:30p.


M8RX, 409 State St. Santa Barbara, CA.

Astronomy on Tap ATX presents THE MARTIAN: Wed May 17th 2017 at 7pm

Astronomy on Tap hosts a screening of the highly acclaimed movie THE MARTIAN on Wednesday May 17th 2017. The movie will be followed by a presentation by AoTATX co-founder and Host Star Remnant Dr. Rachael Livermore on the science (good and bad) in the movie.

The screening will be held at the brand new Alamo Drafthouse Mueller, which features new reclining seats and a full bar and restaurant with service to your seat during the movie.

Tickets for this event cost $11.64 and are available through the Alamo Drafthouse website. These events have reserved seating and space is limited, but if you are unable to attend in person you can catch the post-movie talks on the AoTATX YouTube channel!

Astronomy on Tap Los Angeles: May 15, 2017

Join us at 7:30PM, Monday, May 15th at Der Wolfskopf Pub in Pasadena, CA.  At this event, we’ll learn about black holes and the newly discovered exoplanet system TRAPPIST-1 in talks by Dr. Leo Stein: “The Truth About Black Holes” and by Dr. Courtney Dressing: “A Pub Crawl through the TRAPPIST-1 System.”  In addition, we will host an astronomically-themed quiz with great space-related prizes for our winners.  Come with your science questions, as there will be many world-renowned astronomers to mingle with between talks!  In addition, Der Wolfskopf features a special Astronomy on Tap Happy Hour for discount prices on beer and food throughout our event.

The event is free and open to all ages 21+.  Doors open at 4:00PM.  For more information about our events and affiliated lecture+stargazing series, see our website.

Astronomie en Fut MTL #4

On April 25th, Montreal city in Quebec, Canada, will have its fourth Astronomy on Tap, a free event sponsored by AstroMcGill and the Institute for Research on Exoplanets at the Pub l’ile Noire. We will learn about our the distance scale of the Universe, the habitability of the TRAPPIST-1 planets and the beginning of the Universe. Join us and play some astronomy-themed games with prizes for the winners! Many astronomers will be presents, come discuss with us and do not hesitate to come with your science questions!

Cet évènement AoT sera en français !

Open to all ages 18+

Astronomy on Tap Boston – April 17, 2017

The April Astronomy on Tap Boston event, featuring short astronomy talks, news and astronomy-themed games with prizes. This month, WIT professor Ben Placek brings us the dark (and bright!) side of exoplanets, and MIT astronomers Paul Torrey shows us the Universe in a box. Our April event is also part of the Cambridge Science Festival. Event is free of charge. Must be 21 years or older.

Where: The Phoenix Landing (Cambridge, MA)

When: Monday, April 17, 7h30 – 9h30pm

For more information, see our website.

AoTSF on Tuesday April 25, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Spring has sprung, and Astronomy on Tap has returned for another night full of all things space! Astronomy on Tap Bay Area has taken up permanent residence in San Francisco, so we’re changing our name to AoTSF. Bay Area fans in the peninsula should keep their eyes peeled for our sister event starting soon! AoTSF’s next event will be back at DNA Lounge on Tuesday, April 25th at 7:30 pm, and we have a great things on tap! Franck Marchis of the SETI institute will share will discuss whether the search for a sister Earth is science or fiction. Kyle Story will talk about his work on the South Pole telescope and share a few stories from his trips to the South Pole!  And finally, SLAC scientist and Stanford Professor Aaron Roodman will share details from his hunt for dark energy. We’ll also feature Astronomy in the News, with explanations of NASA’s most recent exoplanet announcement and the upcoming solar eclipse! There will also be our standard trivia with prizes!  For updates, follow our twitter and our event on facebook! Remember, space is always better with beer!

AoT State College #1: April 10th

Astronomy on Tap has arrived in State College, PA! Held at Happy Valley Brewing Company, our events are free and open to all ages. Come join us for talks from local astronomers that are accessible to the public while enjoying a nice beer and good food!

Our inaugural event is Monday, April 10th from 5-7pm, where we’ll hear talks from local Penn State astronomers about space and astronomy in the recent news. First, we’ll hear from Dr. Thomas Beatty, a postdoctoral fellow, about the recently-discovered TRAPPIST-1 system of 7 planets and the prospects for life in the universe. Following that, graduate student Jonathan Jackson will talk about the recent movie Hidden Figures and discuss some of the other “Hidden Figures” in astronomy. We’ll end the night with a talk from professor Bekki Dawson, who will talk more about the TRAPPIST-1 system and the implications for habitability.

The first talk starts at 5:30, but come at 5 for a good seat and to take advantage of the 4-6pm happy hour.

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Astronomy on Tap Triangle #1: May 2, 2017

Announcing the inaugural event of Astronomy on Tap Triangle, our North Carolina chapter of short, engaging talks about astronomy over beer! Our events are free and open to all ages, held at the taproom of Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, NC.

For this first event from 7-9 pm on Tuesday May 2, we’ll hear from two professional astronomers in the Triangle whose work touches on the supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies, which are millions of times more massive than our Sun. First we’ll be joined by UNC Chapel Hill graduate student Chris Frazer*, who will fill us in on the latest about the supermassive black hole at the center of our own Milky Way. Then we’ll hear from Dr. Patrick Treuthardt** of NC Museum of Natural Sciences, who will tell us about some of the strangest galaxies in the Universe.

*Chris Frazer is a fourth year Physics graduate student at UNC Chapel Hill working with Dr. Fabian Heitsch in the field of computational astronomy and fluid dynamics, working specifically on modeling molecular gas in the most central part of the Milky Way to better understand how stars are able to form there. He obtained a B.S. in Physics from the University of California, Irvine.

**Dr. Patrick Treuthardt is the Assistant Head of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Laboratory at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. His research is focused on the morphology and dynamics of disk galaxies. He obtained a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Alabama, after a B.S. in Physics from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

Our FREE Astronomy on Tap events features accessible, engaging science presentations on topics ranging from planets to black holes to the beginning of the Universe. There is always lots of time to ask questions and interact with the presenters and other scientists who inevitably stick around for the beer.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get updates on future events!

Astronomy on Tap ATX #30: Apr 18, 2017

This April, we present three exciting talks:

What Big Stars Go BOOM?
The explosion at the death of massive stars (Dr. BOOM aka. Dr. Chris Lindner)

Comets: Tracers of Our Past
How to learn our past from comets? (Dr. Anita Cochran)

Science Policy and You
How science policy affects our life? (Max Parks)

AoTATX30 will be hosted by our Host Binary Stars, A$AP Rocky Planet (Raquel Martinez) and AstroBoz (Brandon Bozek)! In addition, AoTATX30 will feature Astronomy in the News, trivia, and some brand new giveaways.  Finally, Melissa Morris from UT Astronomy will have telescopes on hand to look for exciting objects in the night sky (weather permitting)! Join us for a night full of astronomy fun over pints of beer!

The North Door (502 Brushy St, Austin, TX 78702, Entrance at the back)

Tuesday, April 18, 7:30pm (trivia starts at 7pm, bar opens at 6 pm!)

As always, AoTATX is FREE and open to all ages!

Astronomy on Tap Seattle: April 26th at Peddler Brewing Co.

THIS MONTH we will be joined by Dr. Bob Abel* who will answer the question “Where are the Martians?” as he delves into the history and current state of our nearby neighbor, Mars, and examines the possibilities of life in its past, present, and future. We will also be joined by University of Victoria PhD student Benjamin Gerard** who will discuss his research on “Imaging Worlds Beyond Our Solar System.” Come prepared to see pictures of other worlds, and learn how we use the most powerful telescopes and specially designed optical systems to distinguish an exoplanet from the overwhelming glare of its host star.

*Dr. Bob Abel is a Professor of Applied Physics at Olympic College and a Collaborator with the University of Washington’s Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Group. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences (Space Physics) from UCLA and an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics (Fluid Mechanics) from the UW.

**Benjamin Gerard is a PhD student in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. He did his Bachelors in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Colorado at Boulder and is originally from San Francisco, California. His research, supervised by Dr. Christian Marois, focuses on instrumentation techniques and image processing algorithms to image extrasolar planets.

This month we are excited to again be hosted by Peddler Brewing Company in their large beer garden. Bring lawn chairs if you’d like to to make your own front-row seating! There will be a food truck at the event, but outside food is also welcome.

Each FREE Astronomy on Tap event features accessible, engaging science presentations on topics ranging from planets to black holes to the beginning of the Universe. Most events have games and prizes to test and reward your new-found knowledge! There is always lots of time to ask questions and interact with the presenters and other scientists who inevitably stick around for the beer.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get updates on future events!