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DANCE OF THE PLANETS: AN EVENING UNDER THE STARS

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Date: Saturday June 1, 2013
Time: 08:00 PM
Venue: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 1
Participants: Dance of the Planets: An Evening Under the Stars, Mario Livio, Emily L. Rice, Meg Schwamb

“Dance” under the stars and join professional and amateur astronomers for a free evening of urban stargazing. It’s an outdoor party beneath the Brooklyn Bridge and the twinkling canvas of the night sky, and a night to explore and discover the vast wonders of the cosmos. Bring your telescope if you have one, or use one of the dozens we’ll have on hand.

Enjoy conversations with leading astronomers and live music to celebrate the astronomical event “Dance of the Planets,” at this communal stargazing experience. The festivities will feature astronomy groups from around the Tri-State Area, family-friendly activities, twilight sailing of the Schooner Mystic Whaler, refreshments, local food trucks, and more.

This program is supported by Celestron.

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“Dance” under the stars and join professional and amateur astronomers for a free evening of urban stargazing. It’s an outdoor party beneath the Brooklyn Bridge and the twinkling canvas of the night sky, and a night to explore and discover the vast wonders of the cosmos. Bring your telescope if you have one, or use one of the dozens we’ll have on hand.

Enjoy conversations with leading astronomers and live music to celebrate the astronomical event “Dance of the Planets,” at this communal stargazing experience. The festivities will feature astronomy groups from around the Tri-State Area, family-friendly activities, twilight sailing of the Schooner Mystic Whaler, refreshments, local food trucks, and more.

This program is supported by Celestron.

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Astrophysicist

Mario Livio is an internationally known astrophysicist, a best-selling author and a popular lecturer. His popular book The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, the World’s Most Astonishing Number won the Peano Prize for 2003, and the International Pythagoras Prize for 2004, as the best popular book on mathematics, while his Is God A Mathematician? was selected by the Washington Post as one of the best books of 2009.

Livio is a senior astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), which conducts the scientific program of the Hubble Space Telescope, and will conduct the program for the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope. He has a regular blog, A Curious Mind, about science, art, and the links between them.

During the past decade, Livio’s research focused on supernova explosions and their use in cosmology to determine the rate of expansion of the universe, and the nature of the “dark energy” that causes the cosmic expansion to accelerate. He has also done extensive work on extrasolar planets.

Livio’s recent book, Brilliant Blunders (2013), was a New York Times Bestseller, and was selected by the Washington Post as one of the “Best Books” of 2013.

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Astrophysicist

Emily Rice is an assistant professor at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York and a research associate in the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. She earned her Ph.D. at UCLA studying enigmatic objects called brown dwarfs, which form like stars but then cool and fade to resemble gas giant planets. Rice grew up in Rochester, NY and studied physics and astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh where she also majored in German, played ice hockey, and hosted a radio show. She has worked at the Davis Planetarium at the Maryland Science Center, the UCLA Planetarium, Griffith Observatory, and the California Science Center.

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Astronomer

Meg Schwamb is an astronomer and planetary scientist. She is currently a National Science Foundation (NSF) astronomy and astrophysics postdoctoral fellow at Yale University’s Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (YCAA). She is project scientist for Planet Hunters, a citizen science project that enlists members of the general public to search for the signatures of transiting exoplanets in data from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft. Schwamb uses the results from Planet Hunters classifications to study planet formation and solar system evolution. She is also a science team member for Planet Four, a new citizen science project to map seasonal fans on the South Pole of Mars in order to study the Martian climate and wind patterns on the Martian surface. As part of the La Silla-QUEST KBO Survey, Schwamb is also searching the southern skies for the largest and brightest members of the Kuiper belt and beyond, and studying the orbital and physical characteristics of these new discoveries.

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