Free, short, public, astronomy-related presentations in a bar
Held at M8RX, 409 State St., Santa Barbara, 7:30-9:30 PM
Roughly every month we have two astronomers speak about their research. We also cover the latest astronomy in the news, give out prizes and more! No prior knowledge needed, must be 21 or older to enter.
Receive updates about Astronomy on Tap and other LCO public events by signing up for our mailing list.
May 1st, 2019
Featuring a Double-Header of Astronomy in the News! Sukanya Chakrabarti of Rochester Institute of Technology on Hunting for Dark Galaxies. Hosted by Andy Howell of LCO and Iair ("ya-eer") Arcavi of Tel Aviv University
April 3rd, 2019
Justin Read of the University of Surrey asking What is Dark Matter?
Lina Necib of Caltech on Chasing Dark Matter with the Gaia Enceladus
Chuck McPartlin (SBAU) on amateur astronomy and its contributions to science. Greg Salvesen (UCSB) on astronomy sonifications. Photos | Video
March 7th, 2018 - Second Year Anniversary Special!
Isabel Lipartito (UCSB) on taking pictures of extra-solar planets. Monica Turner (LCO) on things launched into space (from Sputnik to a Tesla Roadster). Photos | Video
February 7th, 2018
Joey Chatelain (LCO) on the Cassini mission to Saturn. Fred Davies (UCSB) on growing supermassive black holes. Photos | Video
December 6th, 2017
Duncan Brown (Syracuse University) on the discovery of gravitational waves from a neutron star merger. Andy Howell (LCO & UCSB) on the discovery of a kilonova from a neutron star merger. Photos | Video
July 12th, 2017
Jeff Silverman (Samba TV) on dark energy and the expanding Universe. Rachael Livermore (UT Austin) on the science of Star Trek. Photos | Video
June 14th, 2017
Brian Haworth and Eric Saunders (LCO) on what it takes to run a worldwide observatory. Sally Shaw (UCSB) on hunting for dark matter under ground. Photos | Video
May 10th, 2017
Tim Lister (LCO) on near earth asteroids, threats or treasures? Kevin Bundy (UCSC) on "undead" galaxies. Photos | Video
April 5th, 2017
Ylva Gotberg (University of Amsterdam) on binary stars and the re-ionization of the Universe. Andy Howell (LCO & UCSB) on the great American solar eclipse of 2017. Photos | Video
March 1st, 2017 - One Year Anniversary Special!
Curtis McCully, Sara Greenstreet, Rachel Street, Charlotte Mason, Todd Boroson, Nikolas Volgenau, Etienne Bachelet, Griffin Hosseinzadeh, Tim Lister, Greg Salvesen and Iair ("ya-eer") Arcavi (LCO/UCSB) presenting astounding facts about the Universe and how we observe it. Photos | Video
January 18th, 2017
Mike McCourt (UCSB) on the fog surrounding galaxies. Greg Salvesen (UCSB) on black holes. Photos | Video
November 16th, 2016
Sarah Greenstreet (LCO & UCSB) on Pluto and friends in the outer solar system. Bill Wolf (UCSB) on classical novae: inside-out stars evolving in reverse. Photos | Video
October 5th, 2016
Matt Coleman (UCSB) on dwarf novea: the hiccups of vampire stars. Phil Lubin (UCSB) on the Project Starshot and DEEP-IN interstellar missions. Photos | Video
September 7th, 2016
Rachel Street (LCO) on using microlensing to find extra solar planets. Griffin Hosseinzadeh (LCO & UCSB) on supernovae and how to catch them. Photos | Video
July 27th, 2016
Haley Gomez (Cardiff University) on dust and the stolen starlight. Edward Gomez (LCO) on the story of "Jack Photon: Cosmic Explorer". Photos | Video
June 8th, 2016
Charlotte Mason (UCSB) on the first galaxies in the Universe. Rob Siverd (LCO) on discovering planets around other stars. Photos | Video
May the 4th, 2016 - Star Wars Special!
Andy Howell (LCO & UCSB) and Chelsey Harris (UC Berkeley) on the Science of Star Wars and The Force Awakens. Photos | Video
April 6th, 2016
Curtis McCully (LCO & UCSB) on rewatching a supernova through a gravitational lens. Iair ("ya-eer") Arcavi (LCO & UCSB) on stars being torn apart by supermassive black holes. Photos | Video
March 2nd, 2016
Matteo Cantiello (UCSB) on using waves to see inside stars. Andy Howell (LCO & UCSB) on dark energy and the expansion of the Universe. Photos