Category Archives: Astro Biz

Astro Biz: Starball, the dreamy musical astronomy show

Many businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.

This week’s Astro Biz is Starball, the dreamy musical astronomy show. Starball opens this week and runs September 7–11 at West of Lenin in Fremont. The show was created and is performed by John Kaufmann and Dan Dennis, and is directed by Rachel Katz Carey. Starball was first performed in 2002 and returns to Seattle for the first time since 2003.

We did an article and podcast about Starball last week. Check it out!

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Astro Biz: Path of Totality IPA

Many businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.

This week’s Astro Biz is Path of Totality IPA from Breakside Brewery in Portland, Oregon. And what else could it be, as I’m writing this less than an hour after arriving home from viewing the total solar eclipse in Monmouth, Oregon. Although the poster says it was “brewed for the city of Independence” to celebrate the eclipse, we enjoyed Path of Totality IPA in three different establishments in Monmouth, which is a mere two miles to the west.

It’s a yummy brew with an excellent name!

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Astro Biz: Corona beer

Corona BeerMany businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.

This week’s Astro Biz is Corona beer. Corona Extra has been brewed and bottled in Mexico since 1925 and was introduced in the United States in 1981. According to the Corona website, it became the fastest growing imported beer in U.S. history, is the #1 selling imported beer in the U.S. and the #5 selling beer overall. In a way it’s a double Astro Biz: Corona is a product of Crown Imports, a division of Constellation Brands.

You may have guessed that we chose Corona this week because we will have a rare opportunity to view the Sun’s corona next week during the total solar eclipse!

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Astro Biz: Comet cleaner

CometMany businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.

This week’s Astro Biz is Comet cleaner. Comet has been around for a long time; introduced in 1956 by Procter and Gamble, the line was sold to Prestige Brands in 2001. The green powder cleanser is probably the most well known, but the product line includes a variety of other formats.

Comet also was—and maybe still is!—the subject of a children’s song that pointed out that the product makes your mouth turn green, tastes like gasoline, and makes you vomit. We’re not sure who did the product testing to figure that out.

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Astro Biz: Down to Earth Session IPA

Down to Earth IPAMany businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.

This week’s Astro Biz is Down to Earth Session IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery in the San Francisco Bay Area. Now, we at Seattle Astronomy love a good brew, and we discovered this one in our local supermarket as part of our constant search for the perfect “house” IPA. But we’d never heard the term “session” before. According to AmericanCraftBeer.com, the term originated in WWI-era England, in which folks were typically allowed to drink beer on the job, even if they were making weapons of war. Workers were allowed two four-hour drinking sessions during the work day. This called for something a bit lighter, so as not to lose the productivity boost to be gained from a good quaff or three. The site goes into somewhat more detail in defining the parameters of session beer.

Anyway, the Down to Earth get thumbs up from us, and it is a bit lighter at 4.4 percent alcohol by volume, and 42 bitterness units (IBUS). Also, we love the space chimp art on the cans and six-pack.

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Astro Biz: Luna Court condos

Many businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.

This week’s Astro Biz is Luna Court condos in West Seattle. Luna Court is a 69-unit building on Avalon Way, and features views of the Seattle skyline and the West Seattle Golf Course.

We picked Luna Court this week in recognition of the full Moon on Wednesday!

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Astro Biz: Sol cerveza

Sol cervezaMany businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.

This week’s Astro Biz is Sol cerveza. Sol describes itself as “the authentic Mexican beer since 1899.” Interestingly enough, according to its Facebook page the beer was actually created by a German brewmaster near Mexico City at the end of the 19th Century.

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