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Fri Nov 10 // 6:00 pm

Pregame Your Brain: PLANETS

Presented by Caveat

Get some post-work drinks in your face, and some brand new knowledge in your brain!
Several stations of experts on the week's theme will be set up around the bar - grab a drink, and choose your own adventure. Each expert has a 10 minute speed-lesson, so you can get the basics or go deep.  Each week features experts on a different topic, so come back next week for all-new stuff!



This week's theme: PLANETS

So you know the deal with Pluto (RIP), but do you know why Neptune's dark spots keep disappearing? Or that Venus moves so fast around the sun that ancient cultures thought it was two different stars?



Ruth Angus

Where Do We Take The Lifeboats? Exoplanet Exploration

Ruth Angus is a postdoctoral researcher studying distant stars and the planets orbiting them. She does this at Columbia University because of course New York City is The Perfect Place to see stars. Outside of astronomy she likes to dance, sing and think about making theater.


Ryan Mandelbaum

Mercury Is the Best Planet, Fight Me About It.

Ryan Mandelbaum is Gizmodo's resident science and physics freak, whose interests span from quantum computing all the way up to wacky theories of the universe. If an astronomy conversation happens to veer towards discussion of "the best planet," Ryan will defend Mercury to the death, and recently defended the tiny rock in an essay for The Atlantic.


Rae Paoletta 

Uranus Is a Wonderland

Rae Paoletta is the space editor at Inverse, a website that sparks curiosity about the future. She previously served as space writer at Gizmodo, and wrote about science at MTV News and Revelist. She is the human to an extremely photogenic cat named Artemis and lives in Queens.


Zephyr Penoyre

Things I Learned Today About Saturn

Currently doing a PhD in astrophysics at Columbia University. Zephyr Penoyre grew up in London and studied in Cambridge, neither of which you can see the night's sky from. With maths as a gateway drug he developed a nasty habit for astrophysics. He likes to crash galaxies into each other but polite society dictates he keep such activities confined to theory and simulations. He's often found talking and writing about popular science, windsurfing or doing inadvisable things in far-flung places. He also regularly writes for Astrobites.


Chris Lovell

Draugr - Tiny Planet, Scary Name


I’m Christopher Lovell, a doctoral student in Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Sussex. My research is about understanding how galaxies form and evolve. I do this using simulations, typically of a patch of the universe containing many thousands of galaxies. Combining the data from these simulations with observations of distant galaxies in the early universe helps us understand how these beautiful, evocative objects are born.



First 100 tickets include a free drink!