Astronomy on Tap DC – Sep 21

Astronomy on Tap returns to DC on Wednesday, Sep 21st at a new location, DC9 (2nd floor)! We are thrilled to be hosted by a larger venue, with more screens throughout the bar which will make the presentations accessible to everyone. Similar to past events, we will have outstanding talks, prize giveaways for Astronomy Bingo, and we will be introducing Astronomy trivia, featuring exclusive Astronomy on Tap DC pint glasses as prizes.

Our talk line-up for the night:

OSIRIS-REx: Playing TAG with the asteroid Bennu – Cristina Thomas (NASA GSFC)

Aliens: The Science Behind the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence – Justin Linford (The George Washington University)

Earthlike, schmearthlike – what’s the deal with Proxima B? – Daniel Angerhausen (NASA GSFC)

Please note, other than a couple of booths, DC9 is standing room only.

Doors at 7:30, talks at 8:00, 21+


Astronomy on Tap Los Angeles #4: September 26, 2016

Join us at 7:30PM, Monday, September 26th at Der Wolfskopf Pub in Pasadena, CA.  At this event, we’ll focus on cosmic explosions with talks by Dr. Andreas Faisst: “It all started with a Big Bang” and Dr. Ragnhild Lunnan: “Spectacular Stellar Explosions”.  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.

AoT New York City, Thursday August 25 at the Way Station


Next year, in August 2017, the Great American Eclipse will sweep across the US! This Thursday August 25, come get drunk at the Way Station and learn about astronomical shadows: eclipses, transits, and even a nod to their shadowy cousin, the occultation! The event is free, and if you come early you’ll get a bonus FREE set of eclipse glasses so you can plan for 2017 in style!


Irene Pease, the Friendly Neighborhood Astronomer, talking about Mercury, Venus, and other transits.
Michal Simon, Stony Brook University, talking about the Great American Eclipse of 2017.
Demitri Muna, Sloan Digital Sky Survey, talking about occultations.
Moiya McTier, Columbia University, talking about the Kepler Space Telescope

When & Where

Thursday, August 25, 2016 at the Way Station, 683 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238

AoT Santa Barbara on Wednesday, September 7 at M8RX


Join us to hear about bending light to find other worlds and how to catch a supernova. 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). This month’s speakers are Rachel Street (staff scientist at LCOGT) and Griffin Hosseinzadeh (graduate student at UCSB and LCOGT).


Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, 7:30-10:00p. Doors open 6:30p.


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

Astronomy on Tap Seattle: August 24th at Peddler Brewing Co

THIS MONTH we will hear talks from UW Professor Benjamin Williams on “WFIRST: The Future Wide Field Space Telescope “, and UW graduate student in astronomy and astrobiology Jacob Lustig-Yaeger on “Life Under a Red Sun: Habitability and Biosignatures for Planets Orbiting M-Dwarfs.”

This month we are excited to be hosted by Peddler Brewing Company in their large beer garden. Note that this event will start at 8pm and run until 10pm.  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.

Originally founded in NYC, this is our 17th month in Seattle presented by graduate students in astronomy at the University of Washington. We’re thrilled to be hosted by Ballard’s own Peddler Brewing Company who will have a variety of beers (and plenty of astronomy) on tap.

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AoT-CU: The First Stars with Matt Turk Aug. 18

This month’s Champaign-Urbana Astronomy on Tap will be held Thursday, August 18 at 6 pm at Pizza M in Urbana, IL. Dr. Matt Turk from NCSA and University of Illinois Astronomy Department will lead a discussion about the first stars in the universe over pizza and a few beers!

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

Space Drafts 27: Gravity! at AoT-Tucson, Aug 31th at the Borderlands Brewing Co.

This month, #SpaceDrafts (Tucson’s local flavor of Astronomy on Tap), we’ll explore that thing that surrounds us, binds us, and brings us all together. It is a Force, but it’s not got anything to do with Jedi or Sith! GRAVITY!

Dr. Kevin Hainline (Steward Observatory) and James Keane (LPL)
Hunting for Hidden Supermassive Black Holes
Our Moon’s Gravity: Results from the NASA GRAIL Mission

Gravity is weird! It’s super weak, but it is responsible for all the structure we see in our Universe, and it has measurable effects on the scale of billions of light years all the way to microns!
This gives us a great way to study it, by focusing on two very different regimes. James Keane will tell us about NASA’s GRAIL mission and mapping our Moon’s gravity, while Kevin Hainline will take us to a much more violent environment – around a supermassive black hole, where gravity dictates the motion of stars in an entire galaxy, and is responsible for the most energetic outbursts in our Universe!

As always, we’ll have telescopes setup outside if it’s clear, and there will be hot pizza and cold beer. August 31st, 7pm at Borderlands Brewing Company! RSVP!


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


Wednesday, August 31st, 7.00pm (Stargazing starts at Sunset if the Arizona monsoon cooperates with us)

Please. Thank you!

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

Astronomy on Tap Los Angeles #3: August 22, 2016

Join us at 7:30PM, Monday, August 22nd at Der Wolfskopf Pub in Pasadena, CA.  We’ll feature talks by Dr. Marja Seidel: “Galaxies with Edwin” and Dr. Calen Henderson: “Earth through the Looking Glass” covering the search for Earth-like planets in the Universe.  In addition, we will host an astronomically-themed quiz with great space-related prizes for our winners (last month’s prize was an autographed copy of Caltech Professor Kip Thorne‘s new book).  Come with your science-related questions, as there will be many world-renowned astronomers to mingle with and answer your questions!

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.

Astronomy on Tap ATX #22: August 16 @The North Door

***The entrance will be back at The North Door, and a second bar will open starting from 6 pm! Look around for Space Cadets and The North Door staff when you arrive.***

In August, we present three awesome talks:

Exploding Stars and Runaway Universe
Supernovae and Expanding Universe by MC SuperDuper Nova(Dr. Jeff Silverman).

Celestial Music: The surprising intersection of the stars and classical music through the ages
by Chris Johnson (Music Director from KMFA Classical 89.5 FM)

The Light from the Most Massive Galaxies
Massive Galaxies and Why They are so Interesting by Dr. Caitlin Casey.

AoTATX#22 will be hosted by our Host Stars duo, A$AP Rocky Planet (Raquel Martinez) and AstroBoz (Brandon Bozek)! Please join us to give them a warmest welcome and be amazed by the Universe.

The North Door (501 Brushy St, Austin, TX 78702, Entrance at the back)

Tuesday, August 16, 7.30pm (trivia starts at 7pm, bar opens at 6 pm!)

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

Astronomy on Tap – Lansing – #12 on Wednesday, August 10


Now that we’ve recovered from our 1-year anniversary, we return to the Beer Grotto on August 10th for another Astronomy on Tap! At this event, we’ll explore interesting objects in our solar system that aren’t the usual planets we know and love while also discussing the nature of planets around other stars.  Make sure you enter to win one of our awesome raffle prizes and don’t miss out on the opportunity to talk to some of the scientists that live and work in the Lansing area. Our featured speakers include recent MSU PhD graduate, Dr. Thomas Connor, and Rachel Salmon, a current PhD student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at MSU. Come hungry, thirsty, and curious!

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