Gemini hosts Astronomy on Tap, Hilo

Combining the Powers of Space and Drink:

Gemini Observatory hosts Hawaii’s first Astronomy on Tap

Who: You (and your friends 21 years and older)

What: Astronomy on Tap, Hilo

When: Wednesday, February 22nd, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Where: Hilo Town Tavern, 168 Keawe St, Hilo, HI 96720

Why: To learn about the cosmos in a casual, fun and inclusive learning environment while enjoying beverages and bar games!

What better way to learn about the wonders of the Universe than relaxing at the Hilo Town Tavern with friends and listening to local astronomers share their discoveries? For those with or without a background in astronomy, Astronomy on Tap, Hilo is an event you will not want to miss.

“Astronomy on Tap is an experiment for Hilo,” said Peter Michaud, manager of the Gemini Observatory’s Education and Outreach Department. “Most of our outreach programs are aimed at students, teachers and families, but this program is VERY different!”

The event, organized by Gemini Observatory, is based on similar events around the world that bring the science of astronomy to pubs and bars. “I am so excited to provide the adults of Hilo with a casual, free and fun place to learn about the cosmos.” said Sylvia Kowalski, intern at the Gemini Observatory, who organized the event. “In this setting there are no silly questions, just curiosity and fun.” adds Kowalski.

The Astronomy on Tap, Hilo poster advertising the Big Island event.

This Astronomy on Tap is “extra special,” says Kowalski, “because founding member of the Astronomy on Tap program Meg Schwamb is now an astronomer at the Gemini Observatory and will share her tales from the outer solar system at our inaugural event.” In addition, the bar’s stage will be graced with the genius of Alison Peck, Atsuko Nitta, and André-Nicolas Chené, all astronomers at Gemini Observatory. Each will share their backgrounds in science and take you on a tour of their research through the cosmos.

Schwamb and her colleague Emily Rice started the Astronomy on Tap program in 2012 in New York City. Since its inception, more than 15 cities host Astronomy on Tap events, including sites in the United States, Canada, and Taiwan.

Clockwise starting top left: Astronomy on Tap, Hilo speakers, Meg Schwamb, André-Nicolas Chené, Alison Peck, and Atsuko Nitta.

“It is important for us adults to stay curious and to learn,” says André-Nicolas Chené. “This will be the perfect venue for both – and why not combine two wonderful things – science and beer which make a great team!

Thanks to the Hilo Town Tavern for hosting our inaugural event. Visit our event on Facebook, follow us the event on Twitter @AstroOnTapHilo, and read about the history of the program at the Astronomy on Tap Website.