Much of what we think we know about space comes from film and television. However, Hollywood’s job is more often to entertain than to educate. In this presentation, Prof. Targett will sort fact from fiction, taking a tour through the worlds of Star Trek, Star Wars, and much more.

Dr. Thomas Targett obtained his undergraduate and masters degrees from Cardiff University, in Wales U.K., with a research focus on 21-cm emission from neutral hydrogen. He obtained his PhD from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in the fields of sub-millimeter galaxy evolution and the coupled growth of galaxies and black holes. In 2007, Dr. Targett began a research postdoc at Caltech, followed by similar appointments at the University of Birmingham (UK), the University of British Colombia, and the University of Edinburgh. He is currently an Associate Professor of Astronomy and Physics at Sonoma State University.

You may purchase food and drinks at Harry’s Hofbrau and enjoy them before, during, and after the presentation in the banquet room.

Volunteers are needed and appreciated for set up and tear down! If you’re a new member, this a great way to dive head first into the community. Setup starts at approx 6:15pm. See Social Director Sean Washington about becoming an event roadie.

While most of our Wednesday events are recorded and uploaded on our YouTube channel, this event will not be, so don’t miss it!

This event is totally free, though we do accept donations  (

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