Bill Ura Dick, Blastoff, World War IX, The Public Divide

Bill Ura Dick

Bill Ura Dik is a tenacious three-piece Chicago punk band, w/ a lust for wine, women, and song. Known far and wide for their original sound, as well as their ability to keep you laughing while they completely offend all your sensibilities w/ their sing along choruses and tongue in butt cheek humor.

Blast Off

European astronomers have announced the discovery of more than 50 new planets beyond our solar system, including 16 that are just a notch above our own planet in mass. They say their record-breaking findings suggest that more than half of the stars like our sun possess planets, and that many of those worlds are less massive than Saturn.

The pick of the litter is a planet that's already been in the spotlight: HD 85512 b, a world at least 3.6 times as massive as Earth that's located 36 light-years away in the constellation Vela. HD 85512 b is the only one of the 16 super-Earths on today's list that is located in its star system's habitable zone. That's the area around a star where scientists believe water could exist in liquid form, which would make a rocky planet potentially livable.

HD 85512 b's status came to light a couple of weeks ago in a paper submitted to the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics, but the team behind the discovery provided more details about that super-Earth and the dozens of other worlds in papers presented today at the Extreme Solar Systems II conference in Wyoming.

The findings came from the team behind the High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher, or HARPS, which is installed at the European Southern Observatory's 11.8-foot (3.6-meter) La Silla Observatory in Chile.

"The detection of HD 85512 b is far from the limit of HARPS, and demonstrates the possibility of discovering other super-Earths in the habitable zones around stars similar to the sun," University of Geneva astronomer Michel Mayor said in today's news release from the ESO.

Super-Earths, which range from Earth's mass to worlds 10 times more massive, are of particular interest to planet-hunters because it's thought that they could be even more conducive to the development of life than our own planet. When the search for extrasolar planets began more than 15 years ago, the telescopes used for the task could only detect giant planets like our own solar system's Jupiter.

World War IX

Trash Punk. Get Drunk. Do you suffer from TMF, Too Much Fun? Rest assured Brooklyn's World War IX understands your plight, and feels your pain! Their songs are hook riddled cautionary tales that get your fists pounding and your heart pumping. "Why did I drink so many beers?" "What possessed me to pop that pill?" Quality questions for sure, but really the only thing you're going to want to know is what's their next tune going to be, and when are they going on?! !

The Public Divide

The Public Divide is a politically charged ska punk band from Chicago, IL. They are passionate about creating and performing original music.



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Tuesday, August 20 · 8:00 PM at Cobra Lounge