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From the City to the Stars: A Night of Stargazing at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Friday, June 3, 2011
8:30 pm - 12:00 am

Join professional and amateur astronomers for a free evening of urban stargazing. An outdoor party beneath the Brooklyn Bridge and the twinkling canvas of the night sky, it will be 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. Or crawl under the night canvas of the Discovery Dome, an HD curved projection theater featuring asteroids, the solar system, and future space technologies for living on the moon and beyond. Bring a blanket, grab a tasty street bite and a glass of wine from the area food trucks, and space out to the cosmic beats of DJ Duckcomb (from the band Trap.Avoid) as we look to the stars together and imagine the worlds beyond.

Participants

Charles LiuAstrophysicist

Charles Liu is a professor of astrophysics at the City University of New York’s College of Staten Island and an associate with the Hayden Planetarium and Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. His research focuses on colliding galaxies, quasars, and the star formation history of the Universe.

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Timothy FerrisAuthor

Timothy Ferris is the author of a dozen books (most recently The Science of Liberty), plus 200 articles and essays, and three documentary films—The Creation of the Universe, Life Beyond Earth, and Seeing in the Dark—seen by over 20 million viewers

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Carter EmmartVisualization Specialist

As the director of astrovisualization at the American Museum of Natural History, Carter Emmart directs the museum’s groundbreaking space shows and heads up development of an interactive 3D atlas called The Digital Universe.

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Patrick BillardMusician, DJ, Engineer

Patrick Billard (aka DJ Duckcomb) is one-half of the Brooklyn synth-heads Trap.Avoid. Sound artists unstuck in time, Trap.Avoid create lustrous landscapes that scan electronic music history.

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