Each FREE event features accessible, engaging science presentations on topics ranging from planets to black holes to galaxies to the beginning of the Universe. Presenters are from local research and educational institutions. In NYC these include AMNH, Columbia, CUNY, NYU, Princeton, Yale, Rutgers, and more. Most events have games and prizes to test and reward your new-found knowledge, and you could even win Neil Tyson’s Trash Treasures (TM)! There is always lots of time to ask questions and interact with the presenters and other scientists who inevitably tag along for the beer.
Astronomy on Tap was created in NYC by Meg Schwamb, now a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Academia Sinica (Taiwan). NYC events are currently organized by Emily Rice, an astronomer and professor at the College of Staten Island, and Brian Levine, astrophysics educator at the American Museum of Natural History.
Astronomy on Tap “satellite” locations are active in Austin, Seattle, New Haven (CT), Lansing (MI), Tucson, Ann Arbor (MI), Washington, D.C., Chicago, Santa Barbara, Palo Alto, Urbana (IL), Los Angeles, (and are in development in several more other cities), and “fly-by” events have occurred in Washington, D.C., Chicago and Taipei. Events have also taken place in Columbus (OH), Santiago, Chile, and Rochester (NY).