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Saturday Night Lights: Stargazing in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Saturday, June 1, 2019
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Immerse yourself in stargazing and storytelling. First, step up to a professional telescope for an intimate look at the Moon, Jupiter, and beyond. Then, sit on the grass for “Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of our Universe,” created by Grammy® award-winning composer Eric Whitacre. This short film experience reveals the galaxy from the perspective of the Hubble Space Telescope as one hundred members of the LaGuardia High School Senior Chorus provide a celestial soundscape. Stay to meet NASA Astronaut Dr. Yvonne Cagle and enjoy an engaging discussion with astrophysicists and the film’s creators, who were inspired by the famous space observatory and its singular discovery—the iconic Deep Field.

This event is FREE and open to the public.


7:00PM – 7:30 PM:
Forces, Flight, and Rocket Science with Australia’s Science Steve

7:30PM – 9:00PM:
Space Travel Trivia with Author Jennifer Swanson
Voyage to the Moon in Augmented Reality with Jupiter Joe
Mystery of Dark Matter with Astrophysicist Sarah Pearson
Journey to Mars with Astronomer Jana Grcevich

9:00PM – 10:30PM:
Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of our Universe
Film Screening and Conversation with Eric Whitacre,
LaGuardia High School Senior Chorus, and
NASA Scientists Kimberly Arcand and Jennifer Wiseman


7:00PM – 8:30PM:
Meet Astronaut Dr. Yvonne Cagle and take photos along the pier by the telescopes

7:00PM – 11:00PM:
Telescope Viewing with NYC Astronomers


Eric WhitacreComposer, Conductor, Speaker

Grammy®-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre is one of the most popular musicians of our time. His music has been performed by millions across the world while his ground-breaking Virtual Choirs have united singers from over 120 different countries.

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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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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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Kimberly ArcandVisualization Scientist

Kimberly Arcand is one of the world’s preeminent experts in astronomy visualization and has been a pioneer in 3D imaging and printing in this field. Arcand began her career in molecular biology and public health.

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Jennifer SwansonAuthor

Jennifer Swanson is the award-winning author of over 35 nonfiction books for children. Swanson’s passion for science resonates in all her books. She is the creator of the STEM Tuesday blog and the President and Founder of KidLiteracy, Inc., a literacy nonprofit.

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Steve LiddellScience Communicator

Steven Liddell is a passionate science educator who has a remarkable ability to communicate science to people of all ages. As a high school science and math teacher, Liddell created a student-centered learning approach now taught through “Street Science” that engages and inspires kids to foster a love of learning.

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Sarah PearsonAstrophysicist

Dr. Sarah Pearson is a Danish astrophysicist who received her PhD from Columbia University in New York City, where she specialized in colliding galaxies and dark matter.

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Jennifer WisemanAstrophysicist

Dr. Jennifer Wiseman is a senior astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, where she serves as the senior project scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope.

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LaGuardia High School Senior Chorus

LaGuardia High School Senior Chorus is an advanced level mixed choir for junior and senior music majors at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, a public specialized school in New York City.

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