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Date(s) - Thu, Apr 11 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST

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Stardust Video and Cofee
1842 East Winter Park Rd
South East

Join NERD NITE as we celebrate the annual Yuri’s Night at STARDUST VIDEO & COFFEE on April 11th. This is a FREE event. We only accept donations.

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Yuri’s Night is a global celebration with parties and events held around the world every April in commemoration of Yuri Gagarin becoming the first human to venture into space in April 1961. UCF Space Scientists Drs. Josh Colwell, Addie Dove, and Jim Cooney (the Astroquarks!) will be joining us to record and live-stream their hit and hip astronomy podcast “Walkabout the Galaxy” at Nerd Nite. Their main topic will be “Impacts and How They’ve Shaped the Solar System”, including the latest news about fossils from the dinosaur-killing impact and the formation of Saturn’s ravioli-shaped ring-moons. The astroquarks will also discuss the latest news in space science and exploration and take questions from the public. Derek Demeter will also be in-attendance to setup telescopes outside of the venue.

WHERE: Stardust Video & Coffee
WHEN: Thursday, April 11, 2019
— Doors at 6. Show at 7.

Guest speakers include:
Derek Demeter
Dr. Josh Colwell
Dr. James Cooney
Dr. Addie Dove

Derek Demeter is the director of the Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College in Sanford, Florida. Derek also enjoys promoting science beyond the planetarium with his work as an astrophotographer, which earned him pictures seen in NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day website, Universe Today, Astronomy Magazine, and Sky and Telescope.

Dr. Josh Colwell is a Planetary Scientist and Professor of Physics at the University of Central Florida. His research interests are in the origin and evolution of the solar system with a particular emphasis on planet formation, asteroids, planetary rings, comets, and interplanetary dust. He is a Co-Investigator on the Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph on the Cassini mission, a spacecraft orbiting and exploring Saturn from 2004-2017. Josh studies the structure and dynamics of Saturn’s rings with data from Cassini. His experiments have flown on the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, suborbital rockets, parabolic airplane flights, and he is developing a CubeSat for launch in 2018.

Dr. James Cooney is an astrophysicist at the University of Central Florida. He spends much of his time teaching astronomy and physics to hungry young minds. He also enjoys competitive Scrabble, stamp collecting, and a number of other nerdy pastimes.

Dr. Addie Dove is a planetary scientist at the University of Central Florida. She studies space dust to understand planetary surfaces, doing experiments in the lab and on parabolic airplanes, suborbital vehicles, and the ISS. She also teaches physics, astronomy, and planetary science classes. When she’s not experimenting in the lab, she likes to experiment in the kitchen with baking and brewing.