Party Profile: University of Arizona SEDS

Ready to celebrate Yuri’s Night tonight? In Tucson, Arizona, the University of Arizona’s chapter of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space certainly is, as their stylish black-and-white poster proclaims. Carmen Austin, the poster’s designer and the club’s Outreach officer, describes their event thusly:

“The place to be in Tucson on Saturday night is 4th Ave. That’s where we’ll be on Yuri’s Night this year. We’re holding a party at a local astronomy themed bar, Sky Bar. The event will be open to all ages, from 5-9 PM. We are encouraging costumes, and will be having a raffle. We hope to set up a photo booth, and use Sky Bar’s monitors to display relevant videos, and space trivia.”

UA SEDS 2014 Yuri's Night Poster

UA SEDS 2014 Yuri’s Night Poster

This is the first year UA SEDS has held a pubic party for Yuri’s Night, although the chapter has been celebrating since before any of its current members arrived. In previous years, they’ve taken part in outreach activities at events held at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory and the Pima Air and Space Museum. In 2014, in Austin’s words “we wanted to do something a little different.”

In general, Austin says that the club doesn’t organize very many public meetings of its own, but that they frequently take part in outreach activities organized by other space organizations—“We have a great space science community in Tucson, and a lot of groups that get together often to promote astronomy and space exploration.”

Her advice to other space fans psyched for the 12th? “Never stop celebrating Yuri’s Night!”

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