AoT-Tucson #43: Galaxy Mergers & Dancing Cosmic Gas @ Borderlands Brewing Co. December 13

Tucson’s local flavor of Astronomy on Tap, #SpaceDrafts, presents its 43rd edition this Dec.:

Train Wrecks Over Time: A History of Galaxy Mergers
Gas Dancing in the Starlight 

Join astronomer Dr. Barry Rothberg (Large Binocular Telescope Observatory) as he tells us the history of galaxy mergers, and postdoc Dr. Kyle Kaplan (Steward Observatory) as he unravels the physics of cosmic gas.

December 13, 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, December 13, 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!

Astronomy on Tap Seattle: December 20th at Peddler Brewing

THIS MONTH will feature our next installment of #CosmosOnTap, when we air an episode of the original “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage” series with Professor Carl Sagan. Episode 6 “Traveller’s Tales” is all about seeing Jupiter and Saturn through the eyes of the Galileo, Huygens, and the Voyager missions. We will have trivia based on the episode, and short talks by local astronomers with updates tailored for the episode to fill you in on the new discoveries since the episode first aired in 1980.

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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Astronomy on Tap ATX #39: December 19, 2017

This December, we present three exciting talks on the first black hole, the instrumentation at McDonald Observatory, and exoplanets! Aaron Smith will talk about how to form the first black hole and its impact on the early formation of the Universe; Dr. Hanshin Lee will share his experience on instrumentation at McDonald Observatory; and lastly, we will have experts from UT talk about recent discovery on exoplanets.

AoTATX39 will be hosted by our Host Binary Stars, A$AP Rocky Planet (Raquel Martinez) and AstroBoz (Dr. Brandon Bozek)! In addition, AoTATX39 will feature Astronomy in the News, trivia, and brand new AoTATX keychain. 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, December 19, 7:30pm (trivia starts at 7pm, bar opens at 6 pm!)

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

AoT SATX #2 on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at Blue Star Brewing Co. in San Antonio

We are excited to announce AoT SATX #2 will be hosted at the Blue Star Brewing Co. (1414 S. Alamo St.) on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017. Event starts at 7 pm, but the drinks start at 6:30 pm!

Dr. Kelly E. Miller will present: Snapshots in Planetary History: Why Comets and Asteroids Matter


Dr. Roman G. Gomez will present: Measuring Far Away, while Close to Home – Studying Interstellar Particles with Near-Earth Instruments

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AoT NYC: Solstice Party! Dec 22 2017

On December 22, we’re celebrating the Winter Solstice – another year, another trip round the Sun, and dark nights great for astronomy.  This left us asking…  what happens in a year?  What IS a year?  So – let’s look at a year in the life…  of other planets, of our galaxy, and more!

AND!!!  Help us raise money for a NYC Science Classroom!  We’re raffling off some fantastic prizes, and donating money through  Prizes include:

  • A pack from the Unemployed Philosophers Guild!
  • Another pack from the Chop Shop store!
  • Books and drinks from our friends at the Way Station!
  • A bundle of astronomy and space books!
  • A kid’s pack including space books, posters, and a placemat!
  • A NASA/ESA swag bag!
  • Mercury and Venus plush dolls!
  • A Lego Women of NASA set (currently sold out!)
  • The beer prize – a little Stella, a little Star Trek
  • and of course treasures from our favorite celebrity astrophysicist, Neil Tyson!
  • (we might even add more!)

$3/1 ticket, $10/4 tickets, $20/10 tickets!  Buy tickets early through paypal to (PLEASE include your name and contact info), or come on December 22nd.

You DON’T have to be present to win!  But if you aren’t, you WILL have to pick up your prizes in Brooklyn.

We’ll be at the Way Station, starting at 7:30pm.  Talks start at 8pm, prizes and raffle drawing at 10pm!

AoT-CU: Interacting Binary Stars with Paul Ricker – December 21, 2017

What happens when two stars dance so close to each other that one begins to feast upon material from its partner?  At this month’s Champaign-Urbana Astronomy on Tap we’ll be talking about Siblings Who Share: Interacting Binary Stars with Professor Paul Ricker from the University of Illinois Astronomy Department.  Bring your questions, and join us for pizza, beer, and the universe on Thursday, December 21 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

Astronomy on Tap Aarhus: Tuesday December 12, 2017

Presenting the fourth 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, December 12th 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 talks by Professor Ulrik Uggerhøj and PhD student Amalie Stokholm, who will fill the evening with gravitational waves and Christmas spirit. 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.