Astronomy on Tap Seattle: June 28th at Peddler Brewing

THIS MONTH we will be joined by Dr. Melissa Graham*, who will speak about her research as “Coroner For The Stars,” working to unravel the mysteries of supernovae. We’ll also hear from our venerable co-host Brett Morris* on “The Weirdest Star in the Universe Gets Weirder”, an update on Tabetha Boyajian’s star (KIC 8462852) in light of its recent misbehavior.

Please note that this event will begin at *8pm*, since the sun will set late!

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.

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Speaker Bios
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Brett Morris
Bio: Brett is a fourth year PhD candidate in the dual-title Astronomy and Astrobiology Program at the University of Washington and co-host of Astronomy on Tap. His research interests sit at the intersection characterizing exoplanets and their host stars. Brett works with ground and space-based observations to measure the compositions of exoplanet atmospheres, planet masses, and properties of planet-hosting stars.

Dr. Melissa Graham
Bio: Dr. Graham currently work as an observational astrophysicist in the Astronomy Department at the University of Washington. Her main research focus is supernovae, especially thermonuclear explosions of carbon-oxygen white dwarf stars. Supernovae are stellar explosions so energetic they can produce the light of a billion suns. Supernovae exhibit a variety of characteristics, and most of them are in galaxies so far away that even when pre-supernova images exist, the original star cannot be resolved. It is important to understand how stars explode because supernovae release the heavy elements fused in the star’s interior so they can form metal-enriched objects like planets, and also because supernovae are used as “standard candles” for cosmological studies of dark energy. In her talk, Dr. Graham will describe how her observations with a variety of the world’s prominent astronomical facilities such as the Hubble Space Telescope are helping to untangle the enigma of how different types of stars create the variety of supernovae we find in the Universe, and illustrate the mysteries that remain to be resolved by future facilities such as the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.

Astronomy on Tap Seattle: May 24th at Peddler Brewing

THIS MONTH we will be joined by Professor Sarah Tuttle* who will illuminate: “Dark Energy, Dark Matter, and Otters – The universe in three parts,” describing among other things her lead role in designing and building the instruments that allow the HETDEX project to measure dark energy. We’ll also be joined by the legendary Portlander Dr. Ethan Siegel** who will foretell “The Fate of the Universe: After 13.8 billion years, where is everything headed?”.

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!



 

Speaker Bios
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* Professor Sarah Tuttle (bio from her webpage)
Sarah Tuttle is primarily an instrumental astrophysicist who dabbles in observations of nearby galaxies. Her work is focused on novel approaches to observing faint and diffuse matter, as well as techniques supporting integral field spectroscopy. Her past work involved using UV spectroscopy to try and detect the intergalactic medium. She was also the instrument scientist for VIRUS – a massively replicated spectrograph currently coming online at McDonald Observatory to detect dark energy at intermediate redshifts. Professor Tuttle’s current interests include novel materials for astronomical gratings and filters, as well as approaches to bring polarimetry (and spectropolarimetry) to small telescopes.

** Dr. Ethan Siegel
Ethan was born in New York, majored in three different things as an undergrad, and got his Ph.D. in theoretical physics. Yes, you indecisive young people, there is hope. After postdoctoral research focusing on dark matter and cosmic structure formation, he became a physics professor and a professional science communicator. The communication was more fun, so now he writes and speaks full-time, including for Forbes, and NASA. His blog, Starts With A Bang, was voted the #1 science blog on the internet by the Institute of Physics, and, separately, by Real Clear Science. His first book, Beyond The Galaxy, is available today (and yes, he has copies to sign), and his second, Treknology, about the real-life science behind the technologies envisioned by Star Trek, comes out in October.

AoT-Tucson #37: Solar system coolness!!

This month, #SpaceDrafts (Tucson’s local flavor of Astronomy on Tap) is looking at some super cool space missions in our solar system! Rosetta and Cassini!

What’s the Coolest Space Rock???

 Join UA LPL graduate students, Cassandra Lejoly and Lea Bonnefoy, as they engage in a titanic battle to determine the coolest space mission and space rock! Rosetta or Cassini? Comets or Titan! It’s a solar system science smack down!

June 14th, 7pm, at the Borderlands Brewing Company (119 E. Toole Ave, Tucson AZ)
Click to RSVP on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/332703120505279/) to help us for logistics! Come hungry!

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


When?

Wednesday, June 14th, 7.00pm


RSVP?

Please! Thank you!
https://www.facebook.com/events/332703120505279/



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

Astronomy on Tap Chicago – June 12 @ Half Acre Beer Company

Astronomy on Tap Chicago Presents: An Evening of Extremes

Join Astronomy on Tap Chicago for an evening of space and beer at Half Acre’s Taproom. Find out about how we are learning about the densest objects in the Universe with gravitational waves, learn a thing or two from a panel of Northwestern graduate students and post docs featuring audience questions, and immerse yourself in the most immense structures in the Cosmos: galaxy clusters. Test your spacey knowledge with three rounds of trivia in the hopes of winning prizes including Half Acre gift cards and Astronomy on Tap pint glasses!

A $20 ticket gains you entry, a pint of beer, and a taco bar. Doors open at 6:00 PM, program begins at 6:30 PM.

AoT-CU: Early Life with Rachel Whitaker – June 15, 2017

What was the first life on Earth like?  At this month’s Champaign-Urbana Astronomy on Tap we’ll be talking about Early Life with Professor Rachel Whitaker from the University of Illinois Department of Microbiology.  Join us for pizza, beer, and the universe on Thursday, June 15 at 6 pm at Pizza M in Urbana, IL.

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

Astronomy on Tap ATX #33: June 20, 2017

This June, AoTATX33 brings you three exciting talks about dusty star-forming galaxies, nearby galaxies, and the disks around young stars. Our awesome speaker lineup includes Dr. Kimberly Sokal, Major Merger (Sinclaire Manning), and Sydney Sherman.

AoTATX33 will be hosted by our Host Binary Stars, A$AP Rocky Planet (Raquel Martinez) and AstroBoz (Brandon Bozek)! In addition, AoTATX33 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!

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

When?
Tuesday, May 16, 7:30pm (trivia starts at 7pm, bar opens at 6 pm!)

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

AoT Leiden, Monday June 26 @ Grand Café de Burcht

The fourth edition of Astronomy on Tap Leiden will take place on Monday 26 June at 20h in Grand Cafe De Burcht (Burgsteeg 14, 2312 JS Leiden). Join us for an evening of informal astronomy and great beer! This edition is titled “Seeing Double“! The event will feature two professional astronomer speakers as well as games and quizzes:

– Martha Irene Saladino performs astronomical simulations of double stars – stars which, unlike our Sun, orbit a companion star – to study the faith of the surviving star as its partner dies. In this talk she will guide us trough the lives of double stars while pointing out interesting facts of their evolution.

– Ylva Götberg works with observations of double stars. Double stars communicate with each other by exchanging enormous amount of material throughout their lives. These interactions drastically alters how the stars look like and their surroundings. In this talk, she will tell us all the implications of double stars in the early evolution of the Universe.

– In between the talks, there will be fun astronomical games and quizzes! Use this opportunity to improve your astronomical knowledge or just show off to your friends!

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AoTNYC Presents: Water! Thursday, June 29 at the Way Station in Brooklyn

Join Astro on Tap NYC on June 29th as we focus in on water!  Turns out it’s not so simple – water has interesting properties, and can help us learn a lot about where it was found.  Join us at the Way Station in Brooklyn as we take a dive into subject and take a look at one of the most common molecules in the universe!  RSVP on our event page for more info, and don’t forget your scuba gear!