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Saturday Night Lights: Stargazing in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Saturday, June 4, 2016
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

It is possible to see the stars in the city! Step up to a world-class telescope (or bring your own) for an outdoor party beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Under the twinkling canvas of the night sky, explore the vast wonders of the universe with some of the world’s best astronomers, physicists, and scientists.

Highlights include:

  • A meet-and-greet with astronaut Anna Fisher
  • An interactive light show with the National Museum of Mathematics
  • A soccer-playing robot demo with Professor Eric Chown
  • A skateboard demonstration that puts gravity to the test with Bill Robertson, a.k.a. Dr. Skateboard
  • A “star chat” conversation with leading NASA engineer Erick Ordoñez
  • A digital adventure with Professor Astro Cat and his sidekick Astro Mouse


Sponsored by Celestron.


Eric ChownComputer Scientist

Eric Chown is a professor of Computer Science at Bowdoin College. In 2012 he helped create Bowdoin’s Digital and Computational Studies program and has served as Co-Director of the program ever since. Since 2005 he has led Bowdoin’s RoboCup team, the Northern Bites, in worldwide robotic soccer competitions.

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Anna L. FisherAstronaut, Physician

Anna L. Fisher is a NASA astronaut with a BsC in Chemistry, a PhD in Medicine, and a Master of Science in Chemistry, all from UCLA. With the completion of her first flight, Fisher logged a total of 192 hours in space.

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Erick OrdoñezEngineer

Erick Ordoñez is currently in the Systems Engineering Group at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and the lead systems engineer for In Space Manufacturing (ISM) and Additive Construction with Mobile Emplacement (ACME) Projects at NASA MSFC.

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“Dr. Skateboard” Bill RobertsonEducator, Skateboarder, Action Scientist

Dr. Skateboard is Bill Robertson, a Ph.D. in Education and a skateboarder for over thirty-five years. His academic areas of expertise are science education, curriculum development, and technology integration.

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Dominic WallimanPhysicist, Writer, Filmmaker

Dominic Walliman is a physicist and an award-winning science writer. He is co-creator of the Professor Astro Cat science books with illustrator Ben Newman. He also makes YouTube videos communicating science.

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