Astronomy on Tap Los Angeles: November 6, 2017

Join us at 7:30PM, Monday, November 6th at Der Wolfskopf Pub in Pasadena, CA. We’ll hear from Carnegie Observatories scientist, Dr. Cindy Hunt: “100 Years of the 100-Inch Telescope at Mt. Wilson” and from JPL scientist, Dr. Andrés Plazas Malagón: “Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe.”  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 Boston on Wednesday – November 6

Join us at Boston’s Bell in Hand Tavern for an evening all about merging neutron stars. Professor Jocelyn Read will explain why the universe ripples when two neutron stars collide, and why the recent detection of these ripples (or gravitational waves) is so important. Then, follow Dr. Rana Ezzeddine to the source of all the gold and uranium in the Universe.
Plus astro news and games with prizes.
Event is free of charge. Must be 21 years or older.

Where: Bell in Hand Tavern (45 Union St, Boston, MA 02108)

When: November 6, 7h00 – 9h00pm

More details at our website.

AoT-CU: Climate Change – November 16

Are we changing out planet’s climate, how do we know, and what can we expect? At this month’s Champaign-Urbana Astronomy on Tap we’ll be talking about Climate Change with Professors Francina Dominguez and Eric Snodgrass from the University of Illinois Department of Atmospheric Sciences.  Bring your questions, and join us for pizza, beer, and the universe on Thursday, November 16 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 or contact us via Facebook or Twitter, or find us on

AoT San Francisco: Tuesday, Nov. 7th

It’s science season again in the Bay Area, and Astronomy on Tap: San Francisco is here to celebrate! We’re bringing the Bay Area Science Festival our best event yet. Come to DNA Lounge on Tuesday, November 7th for another night of talks from local scientists, Astronomy in the News, trivia and prizes! We’ll be telling you all you need to know about the Dark Energy Survey’s new results, the spectacular end to the Cassini mission, and, of course, gravitational waves! Doors open at 6:30 and the event starts at 7:30. For updates, follow our twitter and our event on facebook! While you’re at it, make sure to check out the other great events happening during the BASF. Remember, space is always better with beer!

AoT Leiden, Monday 27th November @ Grand Café de Burcht

Our next edition will take place on Monday 27 November at 20h in Grand Cafe De Burcht (Burgsteeg 14, 2312 JS Leiden). Join us for an evening of informal astronomy and great beer! In this occasion, Anthony Brown and Elena Maria Rossi will tell us about using Gaia (the latest satellite that has surveyed the sky) to map the stars the Milky Way.

Anthony Brown is a staff member at Leiden Observatory and has been involved in the ESA Gaia mission since 1997. He currently chairs the Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium, a team of over 500 European astronomers and IT specialists who are in charge of turning the raw measurements from the Gaia spacecraft into a three dimensional map of over one billion stars in our home galaxy, the Milky Way. In his talk, he will discuss how carefully ‘staring at the stars’ enables us to measure their distances and even their motions through space, and why you should get excited about this.

Elena Maria Rossi is an associate professor at Leiden Observatory. Her work is mainly theoretical: she is trying to understand how stars and gas behave in the presence of black holes and other extreme objects. She is also studying the trajectories of stars through the dark matter that surrounds our own Galaxy: the Milky Way. In this talk she will present how her research group is trying to find very rare “hypervelocity” stars in the ocean of stars that the satellite Gaia will detect. These stars suffered a close encounter with a black hole a million times more massive than our Sun, acquiring unsurpassed velocities. To meet the challenge to find those stars, they developed an algorithm that mimics the human brain.

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Astronomy on Tap Aarhus: Tuesday November 7, 2017

Presenting the third event of Astronomy on Tap Aarhus with engaging talks about astronomy over beer! The event is free to join and for everyone with an interest in astronomy and/or beer.

The event starts at 7:30PM, Tuesday, November 7th at Tir Na Nog – The Merchant Room and the doors will open an hour in advance, so you will have plenty of time to stock up on beer.

We will have two talks by PhD student Maria Hjort and Professor Hans Kjeldsen, who will tell us lots of interesting and cool things about exoplanets. Bring all your best science questions and knowledge for a chance to win one of our great prizes in the astronomy-related quiz. At the end of the evening we will talk a bit about current events in astronomy and what is going on in the night sky.

Astronomy on Tap Triangle #3: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Join us for an exciting night of timely talks about gravitational waves at the third event of Astronomy on Tap Triangle, our North Carolina chapter of short, engaging talks about astronomy over beer! Our events are free and open to all ages, held at the taproom of Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, NC. The direct detection of these faint ripples in the fabric of space was recently awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics!

On Tuesday November 7 we’ll be joined by two professional astronomers in the Triangle. First we’ll hear from UNC graduate student Kyle Slinker*, who will talk about gravitational waves and how they allow us to listen in on the collisions of black holes across the Universe. We will then hear from UNC postdoctoral researcher Dr. Bart Dunlap** about the bangs and whimpers of stellar collisions.

*Kyle Slinker is a graduate student at UNC Chapel Hill, where he works with Dr. Charles Evans and has nearly completed his Ph.D. in astrophysics. Kyle’s research focuses on simulating binary black hole systems and the gravitational waves they generate. He obtained a B.S. in Physics from the University of Washington in Seattle.

**Dr. Bart Dunlap is a postdoctoral researcher at UNC Chapel Hill, where he makes observations of the endpoints of stars. Dr. Dunlap also supports astronomers using the 4.1-m SOAR Telescope on Cerro Pachon in Chile, which obtained some of the first spectra of the visible-light counterpart to the merging neutron stars detected in gravitational waves. He obtained a Ph.D. in Physics & Astronomy from UNC Chapel Hill in 2013, and a B.S. in Physics & Mathematics from the University of Central Arkansas.

Our FREE Astronomy on Tap events features accessible, engaging science presentations on topics ranging from planets to black holes to the beginning of the Universe. 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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Astronomy on Tap Oslo: Monday October 30, 2017 at Uhørt

On Monday October 30, AoT Oslo teams up with the UiO Department of Physics for a special Dark Matter event, as part of the international Dark Matter Day. At this spooky event, Are Rakløw and Anders Kvellestad will talk about “Galaxies, Gravitation, and Ghosts”! Plus there will be games, prizes, and candy. Halloween costumes are optional but highly encouraged!
Join us at Uhørt, next to Cafe Sør, at 19:00. Sign up on our facebook event page to show you’re coming.

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AoT Boston on Wednesday, October 25 at Asgard Irish Pub

We are back with our first fall event, this month! This event will take place at the Asgard Irish Pub in Cambridge. Science writer Maia Weinstock will tell us about her upcoming Women of NASA Lego set, and the path she took to make it happen. Dr. Carl Rodriguez will talk about the ground-breaking detection of gravitational waves from merging neutron stars! As usual, we will also have astro news and astronomy-themed games with prizes.
Event is free of charge. Must be 21 years or older.

Where: Asgard Irish Pub & Restaurant (350 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139)

When: October 25, 7h00 – 9h00pm

More details at our website.