Calendar: spooky action

Astronomy on Tap Seattle returns for its October event this week, and local planetaria get into the Halloween spirit.

Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxies

AOT Oct 25Astronomy on Tap Seattle will be all about galaxies when its monthly meeting convenes at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 25 at Peddler Brewing Company in Ballard. This month’s speakers will be Dr. Jennifer Sobeck, who will discuss her research on the evolution of our galaxy in her talk “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Bumming Around the Milky Way,” and Grace Telford, whose talk “A Whirlwind Tour of Galaxies: the Tiny, the Gigantic, and Everything in Between” will zoom out and take a census of other galaxies.

Astronomy on Tap Seattle is organized by graduate students in astronomy at the University of Washington, and features informative talks, astronomy-themed trivia contests, excellent prizes, and beer. Bring your own chair to create front-row seating.

Star parties this week

There are several free public star parties on the schedule for this week.

The monthly Covington Community Park star party is set for 8 p.m. Friday, October 27 at the park on 240th in Covington. The event is a joint effort of the Seattle, Boeing Employees, and Tacoma astronomical societies. The Seattle Astronomical Society will hold star parties at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 28 at two locations: Green Lake in Seattle and Paramount Park in Shoreline. These events can be cancelled in case of inclement weather, so watch the website or social media of the Seattle Astronomical Society.

The Tacoma Astronomical Society plans one of its public nights for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 28 at the Fort Steilacoom campus of Pierce College. The indoor program is a Halloween special. Stargazing will happen if the skies are clear.

Spooky action in planetaria

Area planetarium operators get into the Halloween spirit with holiday-themed shows this weekend. The Washington State University planetarium in Pullman will offer a program titled Cosmic Spooks, featuring creepy illusions in the sky, disturbing constellation mythology, and a dose of real danger. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday, October 27 and at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, October 29. Tickets at the door are $5, cash or check; no credit cards.

It’s the last weekend for the Haunted Night Sky show at the Pierce College Science Dome. The tour to spooky places in the universe is geared toward kids ages 3–12. Showtimes are 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 28. Adults get in for free but kids have to pay $6. Tickets are available in advance online.

Scout for future events on the Seattle Astronomy calendar.

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