Astronomy on Tap Comes to Bosque Brewing in Las Cruces

By Jacqueline Devine, Las Cruces Sun-News

Astronomy on Tap

January 21, 2020 – When you think of bar activities, pool, darts and the occasional game beer pong come to mind. Add learning about the universe to that list, thanks to Astronomy on Tap (AoT), an event created in New York City that has now has spread all over the country, including this year to Las Cruces.

AoT Las Cruces is spearheaded by Wladimir Lyra, an assistant professor of astronomy at New Mexico State University and Emma Dahl, a fifth-year graduate student in the Astronomy Department also at NMSU. Lyra also pens the “Star News” column publishing the first Sunday of the month in the Sun-News’ SunLife section.

“AoT happens worldwide. There are more than 80 locations around the globe,” Lyra said. “I moved here in August from Los Angeles and I was used to going to AoT. I was looking for that kind of event here and just thought it would be a good idea to bring it here.

“Our AoT events will be monthly and will feature two speakers,” he added. “Each of them will have a presentation on any topic in astronomy that is interesting to the general public and we will have fun quizzes.”

AoT will be free and open to the public.

The speakers for the first AoT will be Candace Gray, a support astronomer at Apache Point Observatory and Alec Herczeg, a graduate student at NMSU who is studying heliophysics.

The first AoT will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at Bosque Brewing Co., 901 E. University Ave., #3A. For information on future AoT meetings visit their Facebook page at, follow them on Twitter, @AoTLasCruces or visit Bosque Brewing’s website at