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Adler Planetarium Presents Astronomy on Tap – September 3rd at 7pm

Hey, Chicago! There’ll be a hot time in the Old Town on September 3rd. We’re partnering with collaborators at Adler Planetarium for a very special one night ‘Adler Planetarium presents Astronomy on Tap‘ at The Map Room. Come hear a series of short FREE public science talks ranging from galaxies to comets by astronomers of the Adler Planetarium and friends. There will be time to ask questions and talk one-on-one with the speakers as well as astronomy-themed games/trivia.

Because astronomy is even better with beer, the event will be at the Map Room (949 N Hoyne Ave, Chicago, IL 60647) which has a selection of over 200 beers from the across the United States and around the world. The venue is a bar, so 21 and over only.

This event is FREE, so if you’re in the Chicago area come join us at The Map Room on September 3, 2014 from 7-9 pm.

The details:

Date: September 3, 2014 7-9pm
Where: The Map Room
Address: 1949 N Hoyne Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Admission is free and space is limited on a first come, first served basis
The Map Room is a cash only establishment, but an ATM is available on site.


Shane Larson – Blinded by Black Holes
Meg Schwamb – Comets and Cats
Lucianne Walkowicz – When Stars Attack
Laura Whyte – Other Adler Science: Lions, Penguins, and Rats

Keep up to date on the latest about this event on Twitter at @astronomyontap

Questions? Contact Meg Schwamb ( and Laura Whyte (

Special thanks to: Laura Whyte from the Adler Planetarium, Randy Landsberg from the University of Chicago and Chicago’s Cafe Scientifique, and Laura Blasingame from The Map Room


Top image credit: Adler Planetarium original image

Astronomy on Tap Taipei – May 27, 2014 Talk Recordings

Thanks to everyone that came out to our first event in Taipei at On Tap! A big thanks to Jason and everyone at On Tap who let us put this event on, and also a big thank you to the speakers. We had a lot of fun, and we hope to organize another in a few months. We were able to stream the talks (though the last one got cut off a bit when the laptop disconnected from the internet). We’re excited to share the video with you, and we hope you enjoy!


Announcing Astronomy on Tap: Taipei – May 27, 2014

I started Astronomy on Tap while I was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University, but last August I moved to Taiwan for my new job. Emily, Demitri, and the rest of the gang have been doing an amazing job with events in New York City, New Haven, Columbus and more. I’m now a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics at Academia Sincia in Taipei, Taiwan, and I’m pleased to announce Astronomy on Tap is going international with the start of the Taipei branch. It only seems right to have our first event at On Tap (seriously no joke!) in Taiwan. It can only be destiny! So if you’re in Taipei on May 27th please stop on by, it should be good fun and awesome science.



More details below:


May 27, 2014 7-9pm (On Tap, Taipei)

Because astronomy is always better with beer. Astronomers revealing how they explore the universe at a bar near you! A series of short FREE public science talks (talks will be in English) ranging from black holes to planets by astronomers and planetary scientists at the British pub On Tap. Afterwards there will be a chance to ask questions and talk one-on-one with the speakers.

Astronomy on Tap is FREE. All are welcome. Come have a drink and here about the universe. It should be good fun.

The event will be at the On Tap –  No 21, Alley 11, Lane 216, Zhongxiao East Road, Taipei, Taiwan


We’ll be in the bottom level (take the stairs inside down)

Please RSVP on our Facebook Event Page  or Meetup page, so we have a rough head count for the bar.

Speaker list (Talks will be in English):

Zan Peeters – Origin of Life

Sundar Srinivasan – A Dusty Venture: Who’s Making All That Soot?

Meg Schwamb -Tales from the Outer Solar System

Hau-Yu Liu – TBD

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The Next Astronomy on Tap is Astrophysically Yours

Astronomy on Tap is back in NYC for 2014! Our first event of the year is “Astrophysically Yours,” just in time for Valentine’s Day.

When: Thursday, February 13, 7–9 pm

Way Station
683 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Federica Bianco (NYU): Supernova 2014J
Emily Rice (CUNY/AMNH): How to Date a Star
Taka Tanaka (Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics): Supermassive Tango
Viviana Acquaviva (CUNY): Dark Matter

Featuring science-inspired spinnage and astro-tainment from MC DJ Carly Sagan
Come early for our “Speed Data-ing” Game & a chance to win Neil Tyson’s Trash!