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If you are excited by science – whether or not you are a science professional – and you live in the Western North Carolina area, then the Asheville Science Tavern is a great meetup for you. We are part of a movement of science socials such as Science Cafes (http://www.sciencecafes.org/) and Cafe Scientifique (http://www.cafescientifique.org/). Our mission is to humanize science and scientists - sharing the work of science in a way that is warm, engaging, often funny, inspiring, even beautiful.

We also offer science outings such as hikes, river trips, stargazing, science pot lucks, science trips (to NC Museum of Natural Sciences, DC museums, etc.), citizen science activities, art-science activities, and just plain social gatherings.

In WNC we live in an area of tremendous biological and geological richness, with many areas under dark skies for observing astronomy. For example, the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) was recently awarded the designation as a Dark Sky Park. Also nearby are some great science institutions (National Centers for Environmental Information (https://www.ncei.noaa.gov) and USFS Southern Research Station (http://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/index.php) for example). With lots of smart, curious explorers like yourselves -- we hope you will join us in learning more about the wonderful place we live.

It's free to join this group, and our events are free except where there is a fee charged by one of our partners. We often pass the Erlenmeyer flask to collect a few bucks to offset our expenses, but it's optional to chip in. We hope you join us at one of our events!

Also, if you miss one of our events but want to catch the recording, feel free to visit our Asheville Science Tavern YouTube Channel: Asheville Science Tavern - YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC46ou4k0oIh3IX1JG8jZGfg)

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The James Webb Telescope: The Launch of a New Era for Astronomy

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There are only a few times in the history of a species when it gains the know-how, the audacity and the tools to greatly advance the interrogation of its origins. The launch of the James Webb Space Telescope is one such moment for humanity. This talk will explain some of the engineering and technology that made this feat possible and outline the key questions we hope to answer through this amazing instrument.

Our Presenter:
Sarbmeet Kanwal has a PhD in Theoretical Particle Physics from the California Institute of Technology. After retiring from a career in wireless telecommunications research at Bell Labs he has been teaching astronomy and physics at Brookdale Community College in Monmouth County, New Jersey. He is a frequent speaker on astronomical topics of interest to the general public, such as Black Holes, Big Bang Theory, Search for Alien Life and the Mystery of Time. His other interests include promoting STEM education for kids and training high school youth for interfaith bridge building in their communities.

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