AoT Santa Cruz #17 – – Thursday, December 5th, 2019 @ Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing

Mark your calendars! 

Astronomy on Tap returns on Thursday, December 5th at 6:30 pm at our NEW VENUE , in Santa Cruz, CA.

Dr. Karelle Siellez will talk about how gravitational waves became the new surf spot in Santa Cruz. Gravitational waves happen when the geometry of the Universe itself is squeezed and stretched. The same things that create these waves also could create spectacular light shows. The only problem? Out of the many gravitational waves detected, astronomers have only been able to trace the source of gravitational waves once. Come hear about what makes gravitational waves and how Santa Cruz astronomers plan to catch the next wave to find the light. No wetsuit or surfboard required.

Dr. Charlie Kilpatrick  will talk about how Santa Cruz astronomers struck gold. On August 17, 2017, astronomers across the globe were alerted to the detection of two colliding neutron stars by observing the disturbances in space-time known as gravitational waves. Only 11 hours after this initial detection, astronomers at UC Santa Cruz found the source of this event by detecting the light that this collision generated. Come hear the nail-biting tale of how we traced the gravitational waves back the the source, and confirmed a long theorized way gold is created in the Universe. 


Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing**, in Santa Cruz, CA
(402 Ingalls St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060)


Thursday, December 5th at 6:30 pm

**This family-friendly event is free of charge

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