Astronomy, beer, trivia -- oh, my! The Texas A&M University Astronomy Group invites Brazos Valley science enthusiasts to partake in Bryan-College Station's monthly version of an international tradition founded in the spirit of exploring our universe and local refreshment: Astronomy on Tap.

The third iteration of Astronomy on Tap B/CS, set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday (June 14) at Revolution Café and Bar, will feature two speakers, Texas A&M astronomer Dr. Casey Papovich and Texas A&M astronomy graduate student Vince Estrada-Carpenter. Estrada-Carpenter will present "Searching for Signals of Life," followed by Papovich's "Measuring the Evolution of Galaxies With Hubble (and Other Telescopes)."

Astronomy on Tap (AoT) originated in New York City as the creation of Meg Schwamb, currently an assistant scientist at Gemini Observatory's North Operations Center in Hilo, Hawaii. Each event varies by location -- from Austin to Taipei -- but the common thread is sharing interest in and information about astronomy over a beverage at a local bar, where local experts can provide accessible, engaging presentations on topics ranging from planets to black holes to galaxies to the origin of the universe.

Texas A&M Astronomy played host to the inaugural AoT B/CS event on April 12, then followed up with their most recent edition on May 15 showcasing all things LIGO, gravitational waves detection and neutron-neutron star collisions to coincide with the 25th Dark Energy Survey Collaboration Meeting held at Texas A&M.

"The great thing about Astronomy on Tap is that everybody wins," said Texas A&M astronomy graduate student and AoT B/CS organizer Alexander Riley. "Locals get to hear about the awesome research and events that are happening in astronomy. Astronomers get to practice their communication skills, both as speakers and just in normal conversations. There's a real connection that forms, and people get to see where some of their tax dollars go and the true value of that investment, from the people to the results. They also get to see real living scientists as human beings who have lives and make jokes and drink beer."

Doors open at 6 p.m., with trivia starting at 6:30 p.m. and presentations at 7 p.m. RSVPs are encouraged but not required.

For additional information, see the event page on the AoT website or the related Facebook event. You can also follow AoT B/CS on Facebook and Twitter.


Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Alexander Riley, (979) 845-7778 or alexriley@tamu.edu

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  • Astronomy on Tap B/CS Events 1 (above) and 2 (below) both attracted considerable interest, both in-person and on Twitter, thanks to Texas A&M astronomy graduate and organizer Alexander Riley's live tweeting throughout both previous events. (Credit: Alexander Riley.)

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