Scientific American and New York’s American Museum of Natural History will co-host a tweetup and reception on the evening of Wednesday, January 18. Attendance is free for people who follow both @sciam and @amnh on Twitter—but space is limited, so people need to apply to attend. Sign up here.
The evening will begin at 6pm in the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater, where visitors will be able to explore the Digital Universe, the world’s largest scientifically accurate 3D atlas of the universe. There will be a reception (with open bar) in the Hall of Reptiles and Amphibians. Attendees will have the chance to meet staff from both Scientific American and the American Museum of Natural History, including SA editor in chief Mariette DiChristina and Brian Abbott, manager of the Hayden Planetarium. Short speeches will be given by Caleb Scharf, Director of Columbia University’s Astrobiology Center and author of the forthcoming Gravity’s Engines from Scientific American and Farrar, Straus Giroux, and Michael Shara, curator in the Museum’s Department of Astrophysics.
The evening will also include a special look at the Museum’s new exhibition Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration. The exhibition will allow visitors to check out a model of a lunar elevator, try to deflect a “doomsday” asteroid, transform Mars into a habitable planet at an interactive terraforming table, and more. The evening of space exploration will wrap up at 9pm.
Make sure you check out our NYC Science Communication events calendar that lists this event and others.