Astronomy on Tap ATX #36: September 19, 2017

This September, we present three exciting talks:

First Stars and Galaxies
(Prof. Volker Bromm)

The Night Sky Festival: How Stars Waltz, Mosh, and Line Dance
(Dr. Greg Mace)

Stay tune for the announcement of the last speaker!

AoTATX36 will be hosted by our Host Binary Stars, A$AP Rocky Planet (Raquel Martinez) and AstroBoz (Brandon Bozek)! In addition, AoTATX36 will feature Astronomy in the News, trivia, and brand new AoTATX magnets. Pueblo Viejo will be opened for tacos!Finally, we 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 (502 Brushy St, Austin, TX 78702, Entrance at the back)

Tuesday, September 19, 7:30pm (trivia starts at 7pm, bar opens at 6 pm!)

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

AoT Leiden, Monday September 25 @ Grand Café de Burcht

Our next edition will take place on Monday 25 September at 20h in Grand Cafe De Burcht (Burgsteeg 14, 2312 JS Leiden). Join us for an evening of informal astronomy and great beer! For this event, Leiden Observatory Professor Vincent Icke will guide us through different perspectives on one of the most exciting topics in today’s astronomy: life outside Earth.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS REQUIRED! You can sign up for free at Note that attendance of this Facebook event DOES NOT imply registration, ONLY GUESTS REGISTERED AT EVENTBRITE WILL BE ABLE TO ENTER.

Vincent Icke is Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics at Universiteit Leiden and Extraordinary Professor of Cosmology at the University of Amsterdam. He studied theoretical physics and astronomy at Utrecht and obtained his doctorate in cosmology at Leiden. He did postdoctoral research at the universities of Sussex and Cambridge and at the California Institute of Technology. After five years on the faculty of the University of Minnesota, he moved to Leiden. His current research includes the origins of structure in the universe, radiation hydrodynamics, and the apparent conflict between quantum field theory and general relativity. Actively involved in presenting science to the general public, Vincent Icke publishes in many Dutch national newspapers and magazines. He is a regular guest on television broadcasts, such as De Wereld Draait Door and Nieuwslicht. Seven of his lecture series appeared on cd or DVD. He wrote many books, including The Force of Symmetry and Gravity does not exist. His latest, Reisbureau Einstein, will appear early October 2017.

Vincent Icke is not only an astrophysicist but also a visual artist. Not surprisingly, some of his artistic work is inspired by the visual aspects of the cosmos. He helped to establish the Faculty of Arts at Universiteit Leiden and is a member of the Board of Regents of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie.

For this event, Professor Vincent Icke will explore both the scientific and philosophical implications of life in other planets. 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! NOTE THAT REGISTRATION AT EVENTBRITE IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS EVENT!

Astronomy on Tap features scientists and educators who speak of their passion for astronomy and research. Professional astronomers from the Leiden area hold informal presentations on a wide range of astronomical topics, every last Monday of the month at Grand Cafe De Burcht.

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Astronomy on Tap Oslo: Monday August 28, 2017

The second Astronomy on Tap in Oslo will take place Monday August 28 at Cafe Sør. This free event will feature talks about galaxies & the true colours of the sun. Plus, games and quizzes with awesome space prizes!

Join us at 19:00 at Cafe Sør (Torggata 11) on Monday, August 28. The first talk starts at 19:30.

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Astronomy on Tap Seattle: August 23rd at Peddler Brewing

THIS MONTH we will be joined by Diana Windemuth*, who will speak about her research hunting for planets “By the Light of Two Suns” – looking for real life Tatooines. We’ll also hear from Lupita Tovar* about “Mapping New Worlds” – on how we will use future telescopes to map exoplanets.

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, outdoor beer garden. Arrive early to get good seats, or bring your own 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
Diana Windemuth
“By the Light of Two Suns”

Diana Windemuth is an Astronomy & Astrobiology PhD student at the University of Washington (UW) studying binary stars and exoplanets. Her research focuses on searching for Tatooines (planets orbiting two stars). She is a classically trained pianist and dabbles in fiction and painting in her free time.

Lupita Tovar
“Mapping New Worlds”

Lupita Tovar is a first year graduate student in the dual-title Astronomy and Astrobiology Program at the University of Washington. Her research interests involve using theoretical models and observations to characterize potential habitable exoplanets.

Astronomy on Tap – Lansing – August 2017

With the solar eclipse of 2017 just around the corner, come hang out with us at The Loft on August 9th for tasty beverages and exciting science. We’ll be learning about the eclipse and how to view it safely with John French from MSU’s Abrams Planetarium and MSU PhD student Mike Pajkos will be telling us about globular clusters and how they are the Dr. Frankensteins of the Universe. During the breaks test out your astronomy knowledge with our trivia game and use your answer sheets as entry into our raffle — we’ll have some great prizes! Stick around for the end of the night and you’ll get a chance to ask local astronomers your burning questions about the universe.

The doors will open at 7pm and event will kick off at 7:30pm. Pie Hole Pizza Truck will be parked out in front of The Loft and Taps 25, so check it out if you’ll be showing up hungry! You can also bring food from one of your other favorite Lansing restaurants and enjoy it during the event.

As always, this is a FREE event. We look forward to seeing you!

AoT-Tucson #39: Black Holes and Supernovae @ Borderlands Brewing Co. August 16

Tucson’s local flavor of Astronomy on Tap, #SpaceDrafts, presents its 39th edition this August:

Bent Light and Black Holes
An Earlier Outburst Date for the Crab Nebula Supernova 

Join postdoc Dr. Aaron Zimmerman (Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astro-physics, University of Toronto), as he bends light with the help of black holes, and emeritus astronomer Dr. Helmut Abt (National Optical Astronomy Observatory), as he re-writes celestial history.

August 16, 7pm, at the Borderlands Brewing Company (119 E. Toole Ave, Tucson AZ).
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The Borderlands Brewing Company (119 E. Toole Ave., Tucson)

Wednesday, August 16, 7pm (talks starting at 7:30pm)

Please! Thank you!

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