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Saturday Night Lights: Stargazing in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Saturday, June 3, 2017
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm EST

Brooklyn Bridge Park lights up the night’s sky with high-tech interactive and stargazing activities! Step up to a telescope for an up-close look at the moon, Jupiter, and beyond. Back on Earth, join the one-and-only Bill Nye the Science Guy for a Q&A session and book signing. Then, take part in UP! Umbrella Project, a participatory experience created by Pilobolus in collaboration with MIT Distributed Robotics. Armed with an LED-lighted umbrella, create your own exploding stars and a total eclipse, along with physicists and astronomers in a larger-than-life celebration of our universe. Astronauts Yvonne Cagle and Leland Melvin will also be on hand for space exploration and autograph signing. A full schedule of programs is below.


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Schedule of Events

7:00 – 11:00 PM
Activities on Pier – Stargazing with high-powered telescopes and LED fireflies with HYPOTHEkids, Books On Call NYC bookstore

7:00 PM
NASA Astronaut Yvonne Cagle Autograph Signing

7:45 PM
Bill Nye the Science Guy & Gregory Mone answers your question, followed by book signing

8:30 PM
Create a Solar Eclipse UP! Umbrella Project and “American Eclipse” author David Baron, followed by book signing

9:00 PM
Create a supernova with UP! Umbrella Project and astrophysicist Mario Livio

9:25 PM
Journey to space with NASA astronaut Leland Melvin, followed by book signing. Live telescope views of the International Space Station.

10:00 PM
UP! Umbrella Project creates Stars and Galaxies with astronomer Jana Grcevich


Bill NyeScience Educator, Mechanical Engineer, Author, Television Host

Bill Nye is a science educator, mechanical engineer, New York Times bestselling author, and the creator and host of the Emmy award-winning syndicated television show Bill Nye the Science Guy.

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Yvonne CagleAstronaut

Dr. Yvonne Cagle is a NASA Astronaut and Physician. In 2008, she retired as a Colonel in the USAF where she served as a Senior Flight Surgeon prior to her selection to the NASA Astronaut Corp in 1996.

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Leland MelvinAstronaut

A former wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, Leland Melvin is an engineer and NASA astronaut. He served on the space shuttle Atlantis as a mission specialist and was named the NASA Associate Administrator for Education in October 2010.

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Mario LivioAstrophysicist, Author

Dr. Mario Livio is an astrophysicist, a best-selling author, and a popular speaker. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has published more than 400 scientific papers on topics ranging from Dark Energy and cosmology to black holes and extrasolar planets.

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Jana GrcevichAuthor, Astronomer

Jana Grcevich is co-author of The Vacation Guide to the Solar System, a travel guide to the planets. She holds a PhD in Astronomy from Columbia University, worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the American Museum of Natural History, and is a data scientist living in New York.

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Gregory MoneAuthor, Science Journalist

Gregory Mone is a novelist, science journalist, and speaker who has written several books for children including Fish and Dangerous Waters. As a magazine writer, he has covered artificial intelligence, robots, physics, and biology.

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David BaronAuthor

David Baron is a journalist, author, and broadcaster who has spent his thirty-year career largely in public radio. He has worked as a science correspondent for NPR, a science reporter for Boston’s WBUR, and science editor for PRI’s The World. An avid umbraphile, Baron has traveled the world to witness nature’s grandest spectacle, a total solar eclipse.

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PilobolusDance Company

Pilobolus is a rebellious dance company. For 45 years, Pilobolus has tested the limits of human physicality to explore the beauty and the power of connected bodies. They continue to bring this tradition to global audiences through our post-disciplinary collaborations with some of the greatest influencers, thinkers, and creators in the world.

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