After Dark: How to Die in Space

Thursday, May 19, 2022 • 6:00–10:00 p.m. PT

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Adults Only (18+)

Note: Free for members and donors—only a membership card and ID required for entry. The Tactile Dome is currently closed.

Space: the final frontier? Discover the many wonders—and the myriad dangers—of our universe in an out-of-this-world show from astrophysicist and on-air host Paul M. Sutter. Choose your own adventure, just beware of black holes along the way! And while the universe is vast, capacity for this interactive talk is limited and first come, first served.

Back on Earth, we’ll hit the rainbow lights and open our doors, inviting you to take your imagination out to play. Be ready to bring fresh eyes to old favorites and uncover phenomenal new experiences. 

Please note: Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6 will only be available tonight with a ticket for Science of Cocktails.

How to Die in Space: A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Show That You Probably Won’t Survive
With Paul M. Sutter

8:00 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum
Overflow viewing in Bechtel Gallery 3, Wattis Studio
Please note: Capacity is limited and first come, first served.

So you want to see space for yourself? You want to witness the birth of a star, or visit the black hole at the center of our galaxy? You want to know if there are aliens out there, or how to travel through a wormhole? Well stop, because all that will probably kill you. From mundane comets in our solar backyard to exotic remnants of the Big Bang, from dying stars to young galaxies, the universe may be beautiful, but it’s treacherous. In this one-of-a-kind show from Paul M. Sutter, you get to choose your path through the universe—and hopefully make it back home!

Paul M. Sutter is a research professor in astrophysics at the Institute for Advanced Computational Science at Stony Brook University and a guest researcher at the Flatiron Institute in New York City. He hosts and contributes to science shows including How the Universe Works on Science Channel, Space Out on Discovery, and his own hit Ask a Spaceman podcast. He is the author of How to Die in Space and Your Place in the Universe.

Science of Cocktails
6:00–10:00 p.m.
Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6
Special ticket required


Food and drinks will be available to purchase and enjoy in our Seaglass Restaurant during After Dark. Please note that there is no drinking or eating allowed elsewhere in the museum at this time.

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