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Upcoming Programs: 

The PHAT Map: Hubble's Legacy

Tuesday, January 20, doors 6 p.m., program at 7 p.m.
at Bryant Lake Bowl, tickets $5-$12, available online or at the door

In 2007, the Space Telescope Science Institute asked scientists to propose "awesome, but crazy" projects that the Hubble Space Telescope could undertake as it aged - multi-year enterprises too massively complex to consider in Hubble's earlier years - that would be just the sort of legacy the telescope ought to leave behind. Tonight, University of Minnesota astrophysicist, Evan Skillman, will explain how the Panchromatic Hubble Andromeda Treasury (PHAT) fits that bill. Skillman, a professor of astronomy at Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics and the University of Minnesota since 1989, studies extragalactic observational astronomy, with specialties in the chemical evolution of galaxies, structure and evolution of dwarf galaxies, star formation, cluster galaxies, and Big Bang nucleosynthesis. Skillman's research is featured in the Bell Museum's current exhibit, Eyes on the Universe.

Studying the stars in our nearest neighboring galaxy, Andromeda, along with their ancestors and descendants, can help us see and understand what galaxies are made of, providing opportunities for vast advances in the foundation on which all knowledge of the Universe is based.

Watch Evan Skillman's video.


Cafe ScientifiqueA Happy Hour Forum for Science and Culture

The Bell Museum's Café Scientifique provides a happy hour program for adults that brings research from the University of Minnesota and beyond into some of the Twin Cities' most unique and atmospheric bars and restaurants.
Each monthly gathering explores science and natural history from distinct and surprising viewpoints, drawing connections between scientific research, culture, environment and everyday life.

Café Scientifique Around The World
Across the country and around the globe, adults who share an interest in scientific research are gathering in pubs and coffee houses for informal discussions on relevant and often provocative scientific topics. Science Cafés and Café Scientifique events are a chance for adults to exchange opinions and ideas about science and related issues.
International Café Scientifique Website


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From September through May, Café Scientifique meets at Bryant Lake Bowl.
Bryant Lake Bowl (Uptown area of Minneapolis)
810 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN
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