Upcoming Events

The following is a list of IYA events to be held in Washington State. We hope you will be able to join us for some of them. This page is constantly being update so check back for more items. Instructions for posting events can be found at Post an Event. For more information, see the weblink and/or e-mail address associated with particular entries

October

November

December

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Geroge Coyne, S. J.: The New Cosmos of Galileo
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TJO Open House
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Steve Benner: The Origin of Life, the Universe and the Scientific Method
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TJO Open House
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Jewett Observatory Star Party
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Keith Benson: Charles Darwin and Evolution Theory
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Event Descriptions

January


January 6, 2009, 7:30 P.M.
Pacific Science Cafe -- Science on Tap: "Hubble Space Telescope and the Transformation of Modern Astronomy," Dr. Bruce Balick, U.W. Astronomy Professor, will present a brief talk on the Hubble Space Telescope followed by small group discussions and a question and answer session. More information and future Science on Tap events can be found here.
T.S. McHugh's Pub on 21 Mercer St. in Lower Queen Anne. Free

January 7, 2009, 7:00 P.M.
"Planetarium Show: Celestial Navigation," Graduate students present planetarium shows on a variety of topics. Details and reservations can be found here.
Physics and Astronomy Auditorium Building on the UW Seattle campus. Free, reservations are required.

January 13, 2009, 6:30 P.M.
"Galileo and the International Year of Astronomy," Lecture by science writer Dava Sobel
Kane Hall Room 130 on the UW Seattle campus. Free, no ticket required.

January 17, 2009, 7:30 -- 11:00 P.M.
"Telescopes 101," Tacoma Astronomical Society Public Viewing Nights
Pierce College, near Fort Steilacoom. Free, no ticket required.

January 21, 2009, 7:00 P.M.
"Planetarium Show: Beyond Our Galaxy," Graduate students present planetarium shows on a variety of topics. Details and reservations can be found here.
Physics and Astronomy Auditorium Building on the UW Seattle campus. Free, reservations are required.

January 24, 2009, 2:00 -- 3:30 P.M.
"Stardust Lecture by Dr. Brownlee," The Stardust Mission brought back dust from a the comet Wild 2. The Principal Investigator of this mission will talk about what we can learn from it. Details and reservations can be found here.
The Museum of Flight. Free, with museum admission

January 24, 2009, 7:30 -- 11:00 P.M.
"The Solar System," Tacoma Astronomical Society Public Viewing Nights
Pierce College, near Fort Steilacoom. Free, no ticket required.


February


February 4, 2009, 7:00 P.M.
"Planetarium Show: Wonders of the Winter Sky," Dr. Julie Lutz presents a planetarium show on a variety of topics. Details and reservations can be found here.
Physics and Astronomy Auditorium Building on the UW Seattle campus. Free, reservations are required.

February 4, 2009, 7:00 P.M.
"Shorecrest Family Astronomy Night," Astronomy games, hands-on activities, planetarium shows, displays, and talks by local amateur astronomers. Details can be found here.
Shorecrest High School Cafeteria & SAC. Free.

February 7, 2009, 7:30 -- 11:00 P.M.
"110 Celestial Objects," Tacoma Astronomical Society Public Viewing Nights
Pierce College, near Fort Steilacoom. Free, no ticket required.

February 11, 2009, 7:00 P.M.
"Planetarium Show: Mythologies," Graduate students present planetarium shows on a variety of topics. Details and reservations can be found here.
Physics and Astronomy Auditorium Building on the UW Seattle campus. Free, reservations are required.

February 16, 2009, 11:00 A.M. -- 12:00 P.M.
"NASA Great Observatories Image Unveiling" Come see the most popular astronomical object as observed by the Hubble, Chandra and Spitzer Space Telescopes. Details can be found here.
The Museum of Flight

February 16, 2009, 1:00 P.M. -- 2:30 P.M.
"From Galileo to the Great Observatories" UW Astronomer, Prof Bruce Balick gives an invited talk. Details can be found here.
The Museum of Flight

February 18, 2009, 7:00 P.M.
"Planetarium Show: Stars," Graduate students present planetarium shows on a variety of topics. Details and reservations can be found here.
Physics and Astronomy Auditorium Building on the UW Seattle campus. Free, reservations are required.

February 21, 2009, 7:30 -- 11:00 P.M.
"Comets," Tacoma Astronomical Society Public Viewing Nights
Pierce College, near Fort Steilacoom. Free, no ticket required.

February 23, 2009, 7:30 -- 9:00 P.M.
"The Pluto Files" Astrophysicist and Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson speaks about Pluto in U.S. Culture
Town Hall, Seattle Tickes are $5 at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/

February 25, 2009, 7:00 P.M.
"Planetarium Show: Our Moon," Graduate students present planetarium shows on a variety of topics. Details and reservations can be found here.
Physics and Astronomy Auditorium Building on the UW Seattle campus. Free, reservations are required.


March


March 4, 2009, 7:00 P.M.
"Theodor Jacobson Observatory (TJO) Telescope Making" View the sky through the campus observatory and learn how to make a telescope like the one Galileo used. Details and reservations can be found here.
Theodor Jacobson Observatory on the UW Seattle campus. Free, reservations are recommended.

March 16, -- March 28
"GLOBE at Night 2009" Can you see the stars? Make your own measurements of brightnesses and help build a world-wide map of light pollution. Details can be found here.
Wherever you are!, Free!

March 18, 2009, 7:00 P.M.
"Theodor Jacobson Observatory (TJO) Telescope Making" By popular demand: View the sky through the campus observatory and learn how to make a telescope like the one Galileo used. Details and reservations can be found here.
Theodor Jacobson Observatory on the UW Seattle campus. Free, reservations are recommended.

March 21, 2009, 1:30 -- 4:00 P.M.
"Astronomy for the Very Young," A family event featuring informal hands-activities for young children. More events and details can be found here.
LIGO Hanford Observatory. Free, no ticket required.

March 21, 2009, 7:30 -- 11:00 P.M.
"Reasons for the Seasons," Tacoma Astronomical Society Public Viewing Nights
Pierce College, near Fort Steilacoom. Free, no ticket required.

March 28, 2009, 7:30 -- 11:00 P.M.
"Ancient Astronomy," Tacoma Astronomical Society Public Viewing Nights
Pierce College, near Fort Steilacoom. Free, no ticket required.

March 28, 2009, 8:30 P.M.
"Jewett Observatory Star Party" Washington State Observatory has a open viewing of Saturn
WSU Campus, Pullman, WA. Free, no ticket required.

April


April 2009

"Earth Observation from Space Month," Explore Earth like you've never seen it before! Peering back at our planet from satellites and space craft, scientists are discovering secrets about our oceans, forests and weather. Throughout the month of April, Pacific Science Center visitors will meet these scientists and participate in hands-on activities on six designated research days. Details about the PSC events can be found here
Pacific Science Center. Free, with admission

April 1, 2009, 7:00 P.M.
"Theodor Jacobson Observatory (TJO) Open House" View the sky through the campus observatory or hear an astronomy lecture. Details and reservations can be found here.
Theodor Jacobson Observatory on the UW Seattle campus. Free, reservations are recommended.

April 4, 2009, 2:00 P.M. -- 3:30 P.M.
"Red Stars, Blue Stars, Old Stars, New Stars" UW Astronomer, Prof Julie Lutz gives an invited talk on stars. Details can be found here.
The Museum of Flight

April 15, 2009, 7:00 P.M.
"Theodor Jacobson Observatory (TJO) Open House" View the sky through the campus observatory or hear an astronomy lecture. Details and reservations can be found here.
Theodor Jacobson Observatory on the UW Seattle campus. Free, reservations are recommended.

April 18, 2009, 9:00 -- 12:00 A.M.
"Scale of the Solar System," Tacoma Astronomical Society Public Viewing Nights
Pierce College, near Fort Steilacoom. Free, no ticket required.

April 25, 2009, 9:00 -- 12:00 A.M.
"Binocular Astronomy," Tacoma Astronomical Society Public Viewing Nights
Pierce College, near Fort Steilacoom. Free, no ticket required.

May


May 2, 2009, 4:00 P.M. -- 10:00 P.M.
"Astronomy Department Open House," Don't miss this annual event. There will be edible comets, planetarium shows, solar observations, public talks, and fun for all ages and backgrounds.
UW Astronomy Dept. Free

May 2, 2009
"The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence," We are pleased to announce that Dr. Frank Drake, founder of the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI), will be the keynote speaker at the Astronomy Open House.
UW Campus, Kane Hall 120. Free. See here for details and online ticket reservations.

May 2, 2009
"Earth Observation from Space Day," The celebration of Earth Observation from Space research will culminate in a larger scale special event on Saturday, May 2nd which will showcase a broad array of local researchers, governmental agencies and companies. Details about the PSC events can be found here
Pacific Science Center. Free, with admission

May 2, 2009, 9:00 P.M.
"Jewett Observatory Star Party" Washington State Observetory has a open viewing of Saturn
WSU Campus, Pullman, WA. Free, no ticket required.

May 6, 2009, 7:00 P.M.
"Theodor Jacobson Observatory (TJO) Open House" View the sky through the campus observatory or hear an astronomy lecture. Details and reservations can be found here.
Theodor Jacobson Observatory on the UW Seattle campus. Free, reservations are recommended.

May 16, 2009, 9:00 -- 12:00 A.M.
"Space Exploration," Tacoma Astronomical Society Public Viewing Nights
Pierce College, near Fort Steilacoom. Free, no ticket required.

May 20, 2009, 7:00 -- 8:30 P.M.
"Searching for Earths," Professor Debra Fisher of San Francisco State University will give a public talk on the search for planets.
UW Campus, Architecture Hall, room 147. Free, no ticket required.

May 20, 2009, 7:00 P.M.
"Theodor Jacobson Observatory (TJO) Open House" View the sky through the campus observatory or hear an astronomy lecture. Details and reservations can be found here.
Theodor Jacobson Observatory on the UW Seattle campus. Free, reservations are recommended.

May 30, 2009, 9:00 -- 12:00 A.M.
"The Earth," Tacoma Astronomical Society Public Viewing Nights
Pierce College, near Fort Steilacoom. Free, no ticket required.

May 30, 2009, 9:00 P.M.
"Jewett Observatory Star Party" Washington State Observatory has a open viewing of Saturn
WSU Campus, Pullman, WA. Free, no ticket required.

June


June 4, 2009, 7:00 -- 11:00 P.M.
"Astronomy: More than Romance?," Join this LitFest discussion of astronomy at 7:00 PM and then stroll to CBC's Moore Observatory for a telescope journey through the solar system. More events and details can be found here.
CBC in Pasco. Free, no ticket required.

June 13, 2009, 9:00 -- 12:00 A.M.
"Essential Astronomy," Tacoma Astronomical Society Public Viewing Nights
Pierce College, near Fort Steilacoom. Free, no ticket required.

June 20, 2009, 9:00 -- 12:00 A.M.
"Asteroids," Tacoma Astronomical Society Public Viewing Nights
Pierce College, near Fort Steilacoom. Free, no ticket required.

June 20, 2009, 1:30 -- 4:00 P.M.
"Get Your Hands on Astronomy," A round-robin afternoon of enjoyable hands-on activities. Build a sundial, a star finder, a solar telescope, a model of the Milky Way and much more! More events and details can be found here.
LIGO Hanford Observatory. Free, no ticket required.

June 27, 2009, 9:00 P.M.
"Jewett Observatory Star Party" Washington State Observatory has a open viewing of Saturn.
WSU Campus, Pullman, WA. Free, no ticket required.

July


July 1, 2009, 9:00 -- 11:00 P.M.
"Theodor Jacobson Observatory (TJO) Open House" View the sky through the campus observatory or hear an astronomy lecture. Details and reservations can be found here.
Theodor Jacobson Observatory on the UW Seattle campus. Free, reservations are recommended.

July 11, 2009, 9:00 -- 12:00 A.M.
"Why We Can't See What Hubble Sees," Tacoma Astronomical Society Public Viewing Nights
Pierce College, near Fort Steilacoom. Free, no ticket required.

July 15, 2009, 9:00 -- 11:00 P.M.
"Theodor Jacobson Observatory (TJO) Open House" View the sky through the campus observatory or hear an astronomy lecture. Details and reservations can be found here.
Theodor Jacobson Observatory on the UW Seattle campus. Free, reservations are recommended.

July 18, 2009, 6:00 P.M.
"Gaia vs. Medea: Does Life Stabilize Earth or Destroy It?" See the debate between Prof. Jim Kasting and Prof. Peter Ward.
Kane Hall 110, University of Washington, Free, no ticket required.

July 25, 2009, 9:00 P.M.
"Jewett Observatory Star Party" Washington State Observatory has a open viewing of Saturn and Jupiter.
WSU Campus, Pullman, WA. Free, no ticket required.

August


August 5, 2009, 9:00 -- 11:00 P.M.
"Theodor Jacobson Observatory (TJO) Open House" View the sky through the campus observatory or hear an astronomy lecture. Details and reservations can be found here.
Theodor Jacobson Observatory on the UW Seattle campus. Free, reservations are recommended.

August 8, 2009, 9:00 -- 12:00 A.M.
"Aurora," Tacoma Astronomical Society Public Viewing Nights
Pierce College, near Fort Steilacoom. Free, no ticket required.

August 12, 2009
Perseids Meteor Shower
Visible in any dark sky

August 14-16, 2009
" Astronomy Weekend In The High Desert " Join the Pacific Science Center for an incredible weekend of astronomy and natural discovery at the Brooks Memorial State Park. Details and reservations can be found here.
Brooks Memorial State Park's Environmental Learning Center. Tickets are $250 per adult and $150 per child.

August 19, 2009, 9:00 -- 11:00 P.M.
"Theodor Jacobson Observatory (TJO) Open House" View the sky through the campus observatory or hear an astronomy lecture. Details and reservations can be found here.
Theodor Jacobson Observatory on the UW Seattle campus. Free, reservations are recommended.

August 22, 2009, 12:00 P.M. -- 12:00 A.M.
"Astronomy Fair IV" Tacoma Astronomical Society
Pierce College, near Fort Steilacoom. Free, no ticket required.

August 22, 2009, 7:30 -- 11:30 P.M.
"Search the Deep Sky," Peer through telescopes at objects that are near (billions of miles) and far (millions of trillions of miles). More events and details can be found here.
LIGO Hanford Observatory. Free, no ticket required.

August 27, 2009, 6:30 -- 8:00 P.M.
"The Search for Extraterrestrial Life: Is Anything or Anybody Out There?," Join the conversation on the search for Extraterrestrial life with Dr. Tarter and Dr. Brownlee. More events and details can be found here.
Science Fiction Museum at the Experience Music Project, Registration starts at 6:00

August 29, 2009, 9:00 P.M.
"Jewett Observatory Star Party" Washington State Observatory has a open viewing of Jupiter.
WSU Campus, Pullman, WA. Free, no ticket required.

September


September 2, 2009, 9:00 -- 11:00 P.M.
"Theodor Jacobson Observatory (TJO) Open House" View the sky through the campus observatory or hear an astronomy lecture. Details and reservations can be found here.
Theodor Jacobson Observatory on the UW Seattle campus. Free, reservations are recommended.

September 16, 2009, 9:00 -- 11:00 P.M.
"Theodor Jacobson Observatory (TJO) Open House" View the sky through the campus observatory or hear an astronomy lecture. Details and reservations can be found here.
Theodor Jacobson Observatory on the UW Seattle campus. Free, reservations are recommended.

September 19, 2009, 1:30 -- 5:30 P.M.
"Search the Deep Sky," Peer through telescopes at objects that are near (billions of miles) and far (millions of trillions of miles). More events and details can be found here.
LIGO Hanford Observatory. Free, no ticket required.

September 26, 2009, 1:30 -- 5:30P.M.
"Einstein Film Festival" All things Einstein. Hosted showings of hour-length and shorter films on the father of gravitational wave science. More events and details can be found here.
LIGO Hanford Observatory. Free, no ticket required.

September 26, 2009, 8:30 P.M.
"Jewett Observatory Star Party" Washington State Observatory has a open viewing of Jupiter.
WSU Campus, Pullman, WA. Free, no ticket required.

October


Oct 6, 2009, 7:30 P.M.
"George Coyne, S. J.: The New Cosmos of Galileo" Part of the Astrobiology Public Lecture Series.
UW Campus, Kane Hall, room 120. Free; see the webpage to get your required ticket

October 7, 2009, 7:00 -- 9:00 P.M.
"Theodor Jacobson Observatory (TJO) Open House" View the sky through the campus observatory or hear an astronomy lecture. Details and reservations can be found here.
Theodor Jacobson Observatory on the UW Seattle campus. Free, reservations are recommended.

Oct 20, 2009, 7:30 P.M.
"Steve Benner: The Origin of Life, the Universe and the Scientific Method" Part of the Astrobiology Public Lecture Series.
UW Campus, Kane Hall, room 120. Free; see the webpage to get your required ticket

October 21, 2009, 7:00 -- 9:00 P.M.
"Theodor Jacobson Observatory (TJO) Open House" View the sky through the campus observatory or hear an astronomy lecture. Details and reservations can be found here.
Theodor Jacobson Observatory on the UW Seattle campus. Free, reservations are recommended.

Oct 24, 2009, 8:30 P.M.
"Jewett Observatory Star Party" Washington State Observatory has a open viewing of Jupiter.
WSU Campus, Pullman, WA. Free, no ticket required.

Oct 27, 2009, 7:30 P.M.
"Keith Benson: Charles Darwin and Evolution Theory" Part of the Astrobiology Public Lecture Series.
UW Campus, Kane Hall, room 120. Free; see the webpage to get your required ticket

November


Nov 3, 2009, 7:30 P.M.
"Chris McKay: Searching for Life" Part of the Astrobiology Public Lecture Series.
UW Campus, Kane Hall, room 120. Free; see the webpage to get your required ticket

November 4, 2009, 7:00 -- 9:00 P.M.
"Theodor Jacobson Observatory (TJO) Open House" View the sky through the campus obseratory or hear an astronomy lecture. Details and reservations can be found here.
Theodor Jacobson Observatory on the UW Seattle campus. Free, reservations are recommended.

November 4, 2009, 7:00 -- 9:00 P.M.
"Eye on the Universe: Final Mission to Hubble" In May, UW Alumnus Gregory Johnson piloted the space shuttle Atlantis into orbit for the final service mission to Hubble. Johnson takes us on a thrilling journey into space and offers an inside look at the challenges of repairing the world's most famous telescope. UW Campus, Kane Hall, room 130, Free registration required; Click here or call 206-543-0540 to register.

November 7, 2009, 1:30 P.M.
"Astronomy LIGO-Style" LIGO's final IYA event will be an Observatory open house conducted jointly in English and Spanish. The program will consist of an informal mix of films and auditorium presentations, hands-on exhibits, astronomy activities and Observatory tours. Hanford LIGO Observatory; admission is free.

November 7, 2009, 2:00 P.M.
" Is There Life Out There?" People have long wondered if there are other worlds like the Earth populated with beings with whom we could communicate. Dr. Woody Sullivan, University of Washington Professor of Astronomy, will present the current search of Earth-like planets around other stars and the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI), as well as the possibility of find life in our own Solar System. William M. Allen Theater, Museum of Flight. See www.museumofflight.org for more information.

Nov 10, 2009, 7:30 P.M.
"Peter D. Ward: Earth Life: Its History and Future" Part of the Astrobiology Public Lecture Series.
UW Campus, Kane Hall, room 120. Free; see the webpage to get your required ticket

Nov 17, 2009, 7:30 P.M.
"Jody Deming: Ice as an Evolutonary Playground, Here and Beyond" Part of the Astrobiology Public Lecture Series.
UW Campus, Kane Hall, room 120. Free; see the webpage to get your required ticket

Nov 17, 2009
Leonids Meteor Shower
Visible in any dark sky




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