It was 57 years ago this Thursday that Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space. Celebrate with a dance party this week, and check in on some interesting club meetings, too.
While Yuri’s Night is officially April 12, many organizations celebrate at a more convenient time. The Museum of Flight will be throwing a 21+ dance party beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14. The evening will feature live music from the band Noise Complaint, a costume contest, food trucks, a cash bar, and a mixed-reality experience. You’ll also get to mingle with a list of “aerospace guest stars, including Chris Lewicki of Planetary Resources; Erik Lindbergh, co-founder of XPRIZE; Scott Schoneman, chief engineer at Spaceflight; So-yeon Yi, the first South Korean and 49th woman to fly in space; and Marilyn Ferguson, a software engineer at Blue Origin.
Tickets to the event are $35, or $30 for museum members. They’re available online.
The museum’s weekly aerospace update on Saturday will feature a special tribute to Gagarin. That will be at 1 p.m.
Jill Tarter in Portland
The Rose City Astronomers in Portland will have an outstanding guest speaker next week when Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute gives a talk at their monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 16. The meeting will occur at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland. Tarter has long been involved in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, and will explore what’s coming up in our effort to answer that fundamental question: Are we alone? Tarter’s work is the basis for the Jodie Foster character in the 1997 film Contact.
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Several astronomy clubs have meetings this week:
- Heart of the Valley Astronomers, Corvallis, Oregon, 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10
- Whatcom Association of Celestial Observers, Ferndale, Washington, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12
- Battle Point Astronomical Association, Bainbridge Island, Washington, Saturday, April 14. BP Astro Kids at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., planetarium show at 7:30. Stargazing if weather permits.