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Inside a converted warehouse . . .

Above the mist and mystery of the Gowanus Canal . . .

The world is safe again for slide rules and gamma ray detectors . . .

The “Secret Science Club” blasts off from the Bell House with more star-gazing lectures, rocket-fueled libations, and celestial sounds!!

Wednesday, March 18 @ 8 pm at the Bell House, $3 cover charge

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson lectures on the Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet

The icy little world known as Pluto is billions of miles from Earth. Yet, when the International Astronomical Union demoted Pluto to the status of dwarf planet in 2006, the reaction was out of this world. Defiant T-shirt slogans, and pity-filled songs all raged against Pluto’s sad fate. Hell hath no fury like a planet (and its fans) scorned. No one knows better than astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who was on the receiving end of much of this celestial wrath—including tear-stained hate mail from third-graders.

According to Tyson, Pluto may be a dwarf—but it’s still awesome. Now enthroned with its “trans-Neptunian” brethren in the Kuiper Belt, Pluto is the focus of intense scientific interest. NASA’s New Horizons Pluto-Kuiper Belt spacecraft has already passed Saturn on a 9-year journey to reach and take a peek at Pluto and its moon Charon. The question, says Tyson, is not what we call Pluto, but “What’s out there?”

The director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, Neil deGrasse Tyson is host of PBS’s “Nova: ScienceNOW. ” He is the author of nine books, including his most recent “The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet” and the best-selling “Death By Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries.” In 2007, Time Magazine named Dr. Tyson one of the world’s 100 most influential people. What did People magazine name him? You got it, baby! He’s the “Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive.”

Don’t miss one nanosecond of this cosmic talk.

Before & After

–Groove to heavenly tunes and video inspired by the cosmic ballet.

–Defy gravity with the Secret Science Club’s quantum cocktails of the night, the “Big Banger” and “Interplanetary Punch” (they’ll knock you into orbit . . .)

–Grab a signed copy of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s new book: “The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet.”

–Stick around for the extraterrestrial Q&A.

The Secret Science Club meets Wednesday, March 18 at 8 p.m. @ the Bell House, 149 7th St. (between 2nd and 3rd avenues) in Gowanus, Brooklyn, p: 718.643.6510 W: http://thebellhouseny.com Subway: F to 4th Ave; R to 9th St.

$3 cover charge at the door. Please bring ID: 21+. LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE. Doors open at 7:30. Come early to get a seat.

For information: contact secretscienceclub@gmail.com or Dorian Devins at gal9000@verizon.net

Or visit us on the Web at http://secretscienceclub.blogspot.com

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