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7-10 p.m., Revolution Café and Bar, Downtown Bryan. (Credit: Alexander Riley.)

COLLEGE STATION --

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 fifth iteration of Astronomy on Tap B/CS, set for 7 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 9) at Revolution Café and Bar, will feature two speakers, Texas A&M astronomy graduate student Sarah Cantu and Texas A&M astronomy postdoctoral researcher Dr. Andrew Pace. Cantu will present "Archeoastronomy," followed by Pace's "Gaia's New View of the Milky Way."

While each international Astronomy on Tap (AoT) event varies by location -- from Austin to Taipei -- 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.

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

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

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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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  • Texas A&M astronomy graduate student Daniel Nagasawa, explaining how the first elements were made and how new stars are formed during his July 19 Astronomy on Tap B/CS #4 presentation. (Credit: Alexander Riley.)

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