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Some very exciting news: the Columbia Astronomy Public Lecture & Stargazing Series will be starting back up with a special event in two weeks!! While this will be a one-off event for 2022, we plan to re-establish our regular series in early 2023.

Join us in Pupin Hall at Columbia University on the evening of Friday, November 18 for a full night of astronomy! Our very own Professor David Kipping will be giving a talk titled "Why we might be alone," with the following description:

"Public opinion about whether we share the cosmos with others has swung back and forth over the centuries. These days, the prevailing wisdom is “of course there’s others.” I’ll try to challenge your preconceptions in this lecture, debunking common arguments and encouraging you to remain open-minded until evidence guides us either way."

The tentative schedule for the evening of Nov 18th is as follows:
Welcome & Astronomy Trivia: 6:00 - 6:20 PM
Lecture (w/ Q&A): 6:25 - 7:00 PM
Outdoor telescope observing: 7:10 - 9:00 PM (weather permitting)

The lecture will take place in Pupin Hall 428. Signs will be posted to direct you to the lecture hall, and general directions to Columbia and Pupin Hall can be found here: http://outreach.astro.columbia.edu/directions/. Outdoor observing/stargazing will take place on College Walk, the portion of 116th street crossing through Columbia's main campus; we will walk down to College Walk as a group following the lecture and Q&A. Telescopes and binoculars will be provided by Columbia Astronomy.

This event is free and open to all -- stay only as long as you want. If you plan to attend this event, please fill out this RSVP form sent via the outreach email.

Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to November 18. We're extremely excited to have you all back at Columbia!