Auction: Hangout with an Astronomer and Group Astronomy Talk

Cross-posted with Skepchick Events.

This week’s auctions to raise money for science education and outreach at SkepchickCon are auctions for science education and outreach. I know, it’s a bit meta, but now’s your chance to get all your astronomy questions answered by our very own Noisy Astronomer, Dr. Nicole Gugliucci, while also contributing to the science education of others.

Nicole is offering two different astronomy education options for auction. The first is a chance to be on a Google Hangout with her, where she’ll answer your specific questions and talk about whatever astronomy-related topics you want to discuss. This auction has room for 9 people including Nicole, with a fixed price of $15 per person, although if that’s too steep for you, you can also make us an offer. Check out the details here.

The second auction is for Dr. Gugliucci to give a virtual talk to your group, such as your classroom, science meetup, astronomy club, Skeptics in the Pub, . . . any group, any where in the world. The starting price is $45, so if you can get 9 people to pool $5 or more to pool just a few dollars, all the astronomy knowledge is YOURS. Check out the details here.

pink For those who don’t know, Dr. Nicole Gugliucci is an astronomer with the citizen science project CosmoQuest and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She will also be a guest at SkepchickCon, running astronomy workshops and sitting on panels such as Kids Ask a Scientist, It’s (Not) Written in the Stars, Song of Ice and Fire and SCIENCE, and more.

Want to learn more about the guests we have lined up for the con? Check out Amy’s interviews with Bug Girl, Dr. Siouxsie Wiles, and Anne Sauer. We’ve also updated our website with more information about the guests and panels. Our guest and panel list is still in the planning stages, so I’ll keep you updated here and on the site:

If you want to go but need help with the cost, or if you’d like to help someone else go to the con, check out Amy’s I Love Science at SkepchickCon fundraiser.

And of course, we could also use your help with the costs of materials and supplies as well as travel expenses for our experts, all of which we cover on our own dime. We do not profit from this or get a cut of the CONvergence ticket sales, which is one of the reasons we are doing these auctions.

Both auctions will end this Sunday, March 23, starting at 9:00 pm Eastern time. We also have several other items up for auction that end tomorrow (Wednesday) at 5 pm. Click here to see the complete list.

For those of you new to the purpose of these auctions and/or SkepchickCon, here’s the rundown:


SkepchickCon is the science and skepticism track at CONvergence, a sci-fi/fantasy conference held in the Minneapolis area every July 4th weekend (this year’s dates are July 3-7). For SkepchickCon 2014, not only will we have the usual panels and workshops, we’ll also be hosting all-day science and art activities and salons in our track room. Plus, we’ll have Roving Science, science experiments we can do throughout the con, such as with people waiting in lines.

As I mention above, we do not get a cut of the con ticket sales, so all expenses are completely covered by Skepchick. We do not profit at all from this con. If you can spare even five bucks, you can donate directly through Paypal to [email protected] (skepchick [at]

Can’t afford to donate but still want to help out? Contact me at [email protected] (skepchickevents [at] for information on volunteer opportunities (from things you can do from the comfort of your own home to helping out at the con itself).

We also accept donations for future auctions. Have a quirky item you’re willing to part with that the Skepchick audience might like? Will to create or donate a handmade item? Have ideas for auctions you’d like to see? Let me know in the comments or by email.

Thanks so much for your support!

Photos courtesy of Nicole Gugliucci. SkepchickCon logo design by kick-ass artist Beth Voigt of Mad Art Lab.

Melanie Mallon

Melanie is a freelance editor and writer living in a small town outside Minneapolis with her husband, two kids, dog, and two cats. When not making fun of bad charts or running the Uncensorship Project, she spends her time wrangling commas, making colon jokes, and putting out random dumpster fires. You can find her on Twitter as @MelMall, on Facebook, and on Instagram.

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