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I’m Doing a Public Talk in Florida on Feb. 26

By Phil Plait

Hey Floridians! I’m coming to Melbourne, Florida—specifically, the Florida Institute of Technology—to sit on stage with my friend and astronomer Hakeem Oluseyi, where we’ll be discussing current topics and news in astronomy.

This should be a lot of fun. It’s called, oddly, “An Evening With Phil Plait and Hakeem Oluseyi”, and it’s happening on Feb. 26, 2015, at 8 p.m. at FIT’s Gleason Auditorium. And get this: It’s public, and free. Come one, come all.

I’m really looking forward to this. You might recognize Hakeem from TV shows like “Outrageous Acts of Science” and “How the Universe Works”. I met him a couple of years ago filming a science show pilot and we hit it off immediately. He’s a bit larger than life—booming deep voice, huge brain, big laugh (which happens a lot), and very thoughtful. You'll be seeing a lot more of him in the future, I'd wager.

On Feb. 26 we’ll be on stage having a discussion about some newsy current topics in astronomy, and also about the current state of affairs of science in the U.S. There’ll be an extended Q&A as well, which is always fun. My favorite is when kids ask questions; those are usually the real stumpers. And, if it’s clear, we’ll be outside afterward to do some stargazing, too. It’ll be a great night. Come!

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