Juliette Becker: “Measuring and Weighing Exoplanets, Big and Small”
This month we are celebrating Pasadena Astronomy Week by hosting three Astronomy on Tap events in a row with a packed lineup of great speakers! On Monday, October 17 we will have talks by Dr. Astrid Lamberts: “Where is LIGO’s Detection?” and Dr. Ji Wang: “No More Twinkle Little Star”. Join us Tuesday, October 18 for talks by Dr. Alex Urban: “Seeing Gravitational Wave Sources” and Dr. Eric Bellm: “Old Telescope Learns New Tricks”. Finally on Wednesday, October 19, we will hear from Denise Schmitz: “What is Dark Matter?”, and Dr. James Ashley: “Meteorites on Other Planets”.
These events are free and open to all ages 21+. Doors open at 4:00PM. For more information about our related stargazing/lecture series, see our website, and find our more about the Pasadena Astronomy Week, October 16-22.
If you haven’t been to an Astronomy on Tap in Lansing yet, you’ve been missing out! Make sure you head to the Beer Grotto for another awesome night of fascinating science and delicious beer. At this event, we’ll take a journey to Jupiter to discuss the mysteries of our largest planetary neighbor and the insight we’ll glean from the Juno mission that’s currently underway. We’ll also learn what happens when compact objects feast upon their stellar companions. In standard AoTLansing fashion, we’ll have trivia-based raffle prizes, plenty of local astronomers ready to answer your questions, and food and drink specials to keep you satiated. And don’t miss out — we’ll be tapping a special beer from Eternity Brewing — make sure you’re there to have a taste!
Our featured speakers include Professor Brian O’Shea from the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering at MSU and Dr. Chris Britt, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at MSU.
We can’t wait to see you!
THIS MONTH we are very proud to be hosting two members of the illustrious LIGO team, who work with the laser interferometer in eastern Washington that contributed to the discovery of gravitational waves! This month’s talks are:
“Gravitational Wave Astronomy Begins!”
With Jeff Kissel
Jeff is the Control Systems Engineer at the LIGO Hanford Observatory. He got his undergrad in Astrophysics from Penn State in 2005, his Ph. D. in Physics from Louisiana State University in 2010 working on the LIGO Livingston Observatory, and did Post-Doctoral Research at MIT from 2010 to 2013 before moving out to the Tri-Cities, WA. He’s been working with LIGO for 13 years, and is excited to talk to you about how all of LIGO’s hard is finally beginning to pay off!
“Observing the Dark and Violent Universe with LIGO”
With Jenne Driggers
Jenne graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in Physics in 2008. Her first encounter with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory (LIGO) was as a summer undergraduate research fellow at the California Institute of Technology in 2006. Jenne returned to Caltech for her PhD in Physics, graduating in 2015. She is currently a Caltech postdoctoral scholar stationed at the LIGO Hanford Observatory where she continues to work on improving the sensitivity of the interferometers.
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 18th month in Seattle presented by graduate students in astronomy at the University of Washington. We’re thrilled to be hosted by Optimism Brewing Company in Capitol Hill who will have a variety of beers (and plenty of astronomy) on tap.
Join us on the Intrepid in Manhattan in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek! Astronomy on Tappers will be presenting Astro Café at the Intrepid on September 10. Our featured speaker is Rachael Livermore, an astrophysicist from the University of Texas at Austin. Joining her will be Summer Ash from Columbia University and Demitri Muna from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
We’ll talk about Star Trek and space… all while literally next to the Enterprise! (The NASA space shuttle one, not the NCC-1701 one. Obviously, because the other one was was destroyed over the Genesis planet, so how could it be that one?)
Andrew Fazekas, author of “Star Trek: The Official Guide to Our Universe”, will also be there to talk about his book and sign copies.
The event is free, but you must RSVP on the Intrepid’s web site to attend. Space, science, Star Trek, trivia, prizes… it’s going to be a great night!
This month, #SpaceDrafts (Tucson’s local flavor of Astronomy on Tap), two of the University of Arizona’s up and coming graduate students will present their cutting-edge research!
K. Decker French and Kevin Robert Wagner (Steward Observatory)
Galactic Mergers and Supermassive Black Hole Chaos
Direct Imaging Discovery of a Planet in a Triple Star System
First up: You heard last month that if you smash two black holes together, you get an even bigger black hole! But what happens to the galaxy around that black hole? Decker French will show you just what happens when a hundred billion stars runs into another hundred billion stars! Next, you remember the twin suns of Tattoine in Star Wars? BORING! Kevin Wagner is using the VLT, and has found the first planet in a triple star system! And it’s directly imaged! Come see a whole new world!
As always, we’ll have telescopes setup outside if it’s clear, and there will be hot eats and cold beer. September 28st, 7pm at Borderlands Brewing Company!
Wednesday, September 28th, 7.00pm (Stargazing starts at Sunset if the Arizona monsoon cooperates with us)
When we get an invite up!
As always, Space Drafts is FREE and open to all ages! Bring your four-legged friends too!
***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 September, we present three awesome talks:
The Future of Interplanetary Travel
The prospects for human travel in the next few decades by Leon Vanstone.
The North Door (501 Brushy St, Austin, TX 78702, Entrance at the back)
Tuesday, September 20, 7.30pm (trivia starts at 7pm, bar opens at 6 pm!)
As always, AoTATX is FREE and open to all ages!
In the 1600s, Galileo and others noted that the Moon has mountains, and in 1902, it was honored with the very first sci-fi flick, Le voyage dans la lune. These are just two examples of how the moon has played a huge role in science and culture. This month, Astro on Tap NYC celebrates International Observe the Moon Night by looking at the science and culture surrounding our moon. RSVP and more information is available on our Facebook event page!
When: Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ 7pm