Astronomy on Tap Bay Area: Inflation – February 21, 2017

Much like the universe in its first nanoseconds, Astronomy on Tap has undergone inflation to a much larger size. Our next event will be at DNA Lounge on Tuesday, Feb. 21st at 7:30 pm, and we have an astronomical lineup to celebrate! Brian Levine of AoT NYC will perform a “brutal dissection” of the Animaniacs song “Yakko’s Universe.” Berkeley scientist Michael Medford will follow with a discussion of his search for Planet 9. Finally, Stanford professor Risa Wechsler will share with us the legacy of Vera Rubin, a scientist who broke new ground both in astrophysics and for women in science. We’ll also feature Astronomy in the News and trivia (with prizes), and the event is FREE and open to all ages!

Remember, space is always better with beer!

Location: DNA Lounge, San Francisco, CA

Time: 7:30 pm

Astronomy on Tap – Boston – January 2017


The Boston satellite of Astronomy on Tap will hold its first event on January 30. It will feature three short astronomy talks and trivia with prizes. Come explore alien worlds, the first galaxies and the oldest stars in the Universe with MIT astronomers Jenn Burt, Monica Turner and Rana Ezzeddine. Event is free of charge. Must be 21 years or older.

Where: The Phoenix Landing (Cambridge, MA)

When: Monday, January 30, 7h30pm

Astronomy on Tap Portsmouth; 7th February 2017

For Portsmouth, UK’s first AoT event we are happy to present an evening on Black Holes! Come and join us from 6:30PM on Tuesday 7th February 2017 at the Kings Pub, Albert Road, Southsea. We have talks by two researchers in the field: “What Happens at the Event Horizon” by PhD Researcher, Ben Bose and “The First Supermassive Black Holes” by Dr. Daniel Whalen.

Doors open at 6:30 PM with the first talk starting at 7:30PM. There will be a quiz with some space-themed prizes to be won, and many real-life astronomers to meet and ask all those burning questions!

This event is for ages 16+ (alcohol only served to 18+) and entry is free. For more information please see/contact our website or Facebook event.

This event is brought to you by Astronomy on Tap, and The Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation- University of Portsmouth

Astronomy on Tap – Montreal, January 31, 2017

On January 31 at 7:30 PM, Montreal city in Quebec, Canada, will have it’s first Astronomy on Tap free event sponsored by AstroMcGill and the Institute for Research on Exoplanets at McLean’s Pub. We will learn about our Milky Way galaxy, black holes, and the Cosmic Microwave Background. 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! En février, l’évènement AoT sera en français !

Open to all ages 18+

Second floor of the McLean’s Pub, doors open at 7 PM

Facebook Event pageAstroMcGill page, Institute for Research on Exoplanets


Astronomy on Tap Los Angeles: January 23, 2017

Join us at 7:30PM, Monday, January 23rd at Der Wolfskopf Pub in Pasadena, CA.  At this event, we’ll learn all about dark matter and the speed of light in talks by Dr. Adric Riedel: “The Speed of Light is Slow”, and by Dr. Johanna Teske: “The Discovery of Dark Matter: Vera Rubin’s Missing Nobel Prize”. 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-Tucson #32: The Best Resolution for Supernovae! & Is there really a Planet 9?

This month, #SpaceDrafts (Tucson’s local flavor of Astronomy on Tap) we’ll have two great talks that are out of this world!

The Best Resolution for Supernovae! & Is there really a Planet 9?

Join Dr. Grant Williams, Director of the MMT Observatory on Mt. Hopkins, and learn how he uses one of the world’s most powerful telescopes to get a super detailed look at the deaths of massive stars! Next, Dr. Kat Volk (LPL), one of the leading experts on dynamics will tell you if there might be a ninth planet out there, beyond the orbit of Pluto!


Jan 25th, 7pm, at the Borderlands Brewing Company (119 E. Toole Ave, Tucson AZ)
Click to RSVP on Facebook ( to help us for logistics! Come hungry!

Graphic for AoT-Tucson Jan event

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


Wednesday, January 25th, 7.00pm


Please! Thank you!

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

Astronomy on Tap – Lansing – January 2017

After a brief hiatus and a change of venues, Astronomy on Tap is ready to take over Midtown Brewing Company in Lansing for a fun night of beer and science. As usual, we’ll have two short talks, a short trivia game, raffles prizes, and time for an open Q&A! We’ll have presentations from Dr. MacKenzie Warren and Dr. Mark Peacock from Michigan State University. We will be spending the night learning about solar neutrinos and the planetary discoveries that took place in 2016!

As always, Astronomy on Tap is free to attend!

Location: Midtown Brewing Company, 402 S Washington Sq, Lansing, MI 48933

Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm


Astronomy on Tap ATX #27: Jan 17 @The North Door

Happy New Year! In the first AoTATX show of 2017, we present three awesome talks:

We Will be Able to Detect Evidence for Life on Other Planets without Going There?
Detectability of life evidence on exoplanets (My Favorite Martian aka. Prof. Dan Jaffe)

The Discovery of Proxima b and the Habitability of Exoplanets
Earth-size planet around our nearest neighbor (Dr. Mike Endl)

Why Scientists and Fiction Writers Have More in Common than They Think They Do?
Overlap of science and fiction (Sailor Moontornvat aka. Christina Soontornvat; @soontornvat)

AoTATX#27 will be hosted by our Host Binary Stars, A$AP Rocky Planet (Raquel Martinez) and AstroBoz (Brandon Bozek)! In addition, AoTATX#27 will feature Astronomy in the News, trivia, and some brand new giveaways. Local artists will also have astronomy related art on display and the 5th Dimension Books community book store will be parked outside. Finally, our own Star Party Queen (Lara Eakins) 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 (501 Brushy St, Austin, TX 78702, Entrance at the back)

Tuesday, January 17, 7.30pm (trivia starts at 7pm, bar opens at 6 pm!)

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

Astronomy on Tap, New York City, 19 Jan 2017

January’s Astronomy on Tap in New York City is a special event as we will be part of this year’s STEMFest, joining our friends at Story Collider and other great shows. The event will be held January 19, 2017 at Under St. Marks, located at 94 St. Marks Place in Manhattan, from 7:30-9:45pm. Our speakers are Dr. Ivelina Momcheva, a scientist from the Space Telescope Science Institute who works on both the Hubble Space Telescope and the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope, and Guangtun Zhu, who held a Hubble Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University.

You can RSVP on the Facebook event page, but please note that this is a ticketed event, with proceeds going to support arts and education in New York. Tickets are available now by clicking here.

Iva Momcheva: Hubble’s Evolving Universe
Iva Momcheva received her BS in physics from Sofia University in Bulgaria and her PhD in astronomy from University of Arizona, Tucson. Following research positions at Carnegie Observatories and Yale University, she is now a scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore. In her current position, she is responsible for making sure the Hubble Space Telescope continues to produce its beautiful and scientifically important images with the Wide Field Camera 3 instrument. In her research, she works on understanding how distant galaxies evolve. Iva recently had an asteroid named after her: 8260 Momcheva. She will talk about what we have learned about the distant universe with Hubble and what more we expect to find out with its successor – the James Webb Space Telescope.

Guangtun Zhu: All the Things We Cannot See
Guangtun Zhu received his Ph.D. in physics at NYU and had a Hubble Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. His research focuses on galaxy formation, the distribution of matter (dark and ordinary), the large-scale structures of the Universe, and data-intensive astronomy. He will talk about the distribution of dark and ordinary matter, what we have learned about the universe from the limited data we have collected with incredible human intelligence and creativity. He will pay tribute to the late Vera Rubin, and how she discovered a phenomenon that no standard theory can yet explain (and why she should have been awarded a Nobel prize).

Astronomy on Tap DC – Jan 17

Astronomy on Tap returns to DC9 (2nd floor) on Tuesday, January 17th! We will have fun talks, Astronomy Bingo, and Astronomy trivia, featuring exclusive Astronomy on Tap DC pint glasses as prizes! Talk line-up:

NASA Earth Observation Systems and Applications for Public Health – Shobhana Gupta (NASA HQ)

A Brief Guide to Home Brewing on Mars: It’s All About the Water – David Hollibaugh Baker (NASA GSFC)

Hunting for the Biggest Cosmic Explosions – Alexander van der Horst (George Washington University)

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