Are We Alone in the Universe? July 21 With Prof. Leslie Looney at Astronomy on Tap C-U


Arguably one of the most important questions we can ask: Are we alone in the Universe? Today, we can tackle this question with more and more scientific evidence that life may be common in our Galaxy. Learn more at this month’s Astronomy on Tap – on Thursday, July 21 at 6pm at Pizza–M in Urbana, IL – with our host, Prof. Leslie Looney from the University of Illinois Department of Astronomy.

This event is hosted by the University of Illinois Department of Astronomy. Everyone is welcome to this free event. For more information, email or contact us via Facebook or Twitter, or find us on

Astronomy on Tap Seattle: June 29th at Hilliard’s Beer

THIS MONTH will feature our next installment of #CosmosOnTap: a guided viewing of an episode of the original Cosmos: A Personal Voyage series with Professor Carl Sagan. We will have Cosmos trivia and bingo, and updates from the episode to fill you in on the new discoveries since the series first aired in 1980. In honor of Asteroid Day (June 30th), we will be airing episode 4: Heaven and Hell.

This month is the third month at our new home at Hilliard’s Beer! In this much larger space, we hope to continue to grow. So invite all your friends and remember to bring lawn chairs if you’d like to to make your own front-row seating! Outside food 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.

This is our 15th month in Seattle presented by graduate students in astronomy at the University of Washington. We’re thrilled to be hosted by Ballard’s own Hilliard’s Beer who will have a variety of beers (and plenty of astronomy) on tap.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get updates on future events! And don’t forget to RSVP!



AoT Santa Barbara June Event



Join us to hear about discovering planets around other stars and finding the first galaxies in the Universe. We will also cover the latest astronomy in the news, and give away some of our cool Astronomy on Tap beer glasses. Join our event on Facebook for updated details.


The event is hosted by Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (LCOGT). The speakers are Rob Siverd (instrument scientist at LCOGT) and Charlotte Mason (graduate student at UCSB and UCLA).


Wednesday, June 8th, 2016, 7:30-9:00p. Doors open 6:30p.


M8RX (formerly Blind Tiger), 409 State St. Santa Barbara, CA.

Dark Matter with Prof. Jeff Filippini at Astronomy on Tap C-U

What is dark matter, and how do we know it’s there? Join us on Thursday, June 16 at 6 pm at Pizza M in Urbana, IL where Prof. Jeff Filippini from the University of Illinois Physics Department will discuss what we know about this mysterious substance and how we can go about learning more.

This event is hosted by the University of Illinois Department of Astronomy. Everyone is welcome to this free event. For more information, email or contact us via Facebook or Twitter.

Space Drafts 25: Asteroid Day Special at AoT-Tucson, June 29th at the Borderlands Brewing Co.

This month, #SpaceDrafts is with Dr. Daniella Della Giustina (UA LPL) & Prof. Vishnu Reddy (UA LPL/PSI):

The Lowdown on the OSIRIS-REx Mission
What are Asteroids Made Of?

This month’s edition of Space Drafts is on Asteroid Day(!!!) will feature two of Arizona’s top rock people! Dr. Daniella Della Giustina (LPL) is the image processing lead for the OSIRIS-REx mission that will launch later this year to asteroid Bennu, collect a sample and return it to work! What will we learn from Bennu? Well Prof. Vishnu Reddy will tell us about what asteroids are made of, and what we can infer about the composition of the early solar system. As always, we’ll have telescopes setup outside if it’s clear, and there will be hot pizza and cold beer. June 29th, 7pm at Borderlands Brewing Company! RSVP!


The Borderlands Brewing Company (119 E. Toole Ave., Tucson)


Wednesday, June 29th, 7.00pm (Stargazing starts at Sunset)

Please. Thank you!

As always, Space Drafts is FREE and open to all ages! Bring your four-legged friends too!

Astronomy on Tap ATX #20: June 21 at The Grizzly Hall

***Please notice that we are at a different venue this time, the Grizzly Hall on Royal Crest Dr, just off of E Riverside Dr, NOT the North Door. ***

For June we have three awesome talks lined up:

The Making of Rocky Planets
MC SnowLine will tell us about how to make rocky planets.

Dark energy, and what it means for the history and fate of the universe
MC Quintessence will show us how dark energy shapes our universe.

The History of the Future of Space Travel
Dr. Randi Ludwig will discuss how the people in the past imagined the space travel in their future.

***The Grizzly Hall***, 2015 E Riverside Dr., Austin, TX 78741

Tuesday, June 21, 7.30pm (trivia starts at 7pm)

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

AoTLosAngeles Event #1 – June 20th, 2016


Los Angeles is finally joining the Astronomy on Tap posse with a series of monthly events headlined by researchers at Caltech, JPL, Carnegie, UCLA, and more.  Our inaugural event will occur at 7:30PM, Monday, June 20th at Der Wolfskopf in Pasadena, CA.  The event will feature talks by Dr. Jessie Christiansen: “Exoplanet Roulette: Guess Your Fate”  and Dr. Adric Riedel: “Warp Speed is not Enough–Interstellar Travel in Sci-Fi”.  In addition, there will be an optional science quiz with prizes and a panel Q&A for all of the astronomers present, so bring your questions!

The event is free and open to all ages 21+.  Doors open at 7pm.  For more information about our events, see this page.

AoT NYC Astro 101: The Basics, Thursday June 30 at the Way Station in Brooklyn

Ah, the good ol’ college days, where we learned some stuff and drank bunch. JUST LIKE ASRTONOMY ON TAP! So, NYC Tappers, join us at 7pm on June 30th at the Way Station for the first in a loose series of Astro 101 events! We’re asking three big questions: (1) What is a Planet? by Mark Popinchalk; (2) What is a Star? by Kate Miller; and, um (3) …well, we don’t have #3 yet, because <drumroll please> we want YOU <cymbal crash!> to ask it! What’s that really important, fundamental thing you want us to talk about? Is it moon phases? Seasons? What is a galaxy? How do telescopes work? Did we really land on the moon? (cough, yes! but you can still ask, cough) It’s a choose-your-own-space-adventure talk! Use our Facebook event page to RSVP and ask your questions by June 23rd. Then join the Friendly Neighborhood Astronomer Irene Pease, plus Demitri Muna and MC Tycho Brewhaha for a night of science, fun, and drinking! If we choose to answer your question, and you’re there, then you’ll win a special prize!

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What & Who:
What is a Planet? by Mark Popinchalk
What is a Star? by Kate Miller
Ask your question for our third presentation on Facebook event page by June 23rd

7 – 9:30 pm
Thursday, June 30

Way Station

683 Washington Ave (between St. Marks & Prospect)
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

AoTLansing #10 – June 14th, 2016

Come join us at the Beer Grotto for an AoT Lansing milestone — we’ve hit double digits! Make sure you show up to learn about the nature of pre-solar dust grains, where they come from, and what they tell us about the time before our sun formed.  We’ll follow that up with a discussion about the search for extra-terrestrial life — are we alone in the Universe?  During the break, pick the brains of local astronomers and enter our raffle for a chance to win your very own extraterrestrial!  We’ll also have food and drink specials for you to indulge in while ingesting knowledge.

Our featured speakers include Mike Bennett, PhD student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at MSU, and Dr. Justin Linford, postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at MSU.

RSVP to the Facebook Event!