Awesome Con Science Fair June 3-5 DC Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Awesome Con Announces Full Schedule of Events
Over 200 Hours of Diverse Panels, Talks, Screenings & Workshops

Science Fair
Awesome Con’s Science Fair presented by Science Channel features three days of lectures, workshops, and discussions with scientists from Science Channel, NASA, the Smithsonian, and more.

• StarTalk Live! (12 PM – June 5 – Hall D) Bill Nye and Eugene Mirman co-host StarTalk Live!, a talk show blending science and comedy with acclaimed special guests.
• Exoplanets: Stranger than Fiction (5 PM – June 3 – Room 145A) A panel of NASA scientists discuss planets depicted in science fiction and how our knowledge of planets in our solar system – and beyond – present a picture stranger than fiction.
• 3D Bioprinting: Moving Beyond Cyborgs (12:30 PM – June 4 – Room 145A) In this panel, organized by NationOfMakers.org, engineers explain the cutting-edge research that may someday replace mechanical implants with engineered human tissue.
• Mars: Past, Present, and Future (7 PM – June 4 – Room 145A) Scientists talk about searching the Martian surface for clues about the possibility of life and how astronauts might someday explore the Mars on foot.
• Outrageous Acts of Science (1:45 PM – June 4 – Room 145A) Join Science Channel as they celebrate their hit series Outrageous Acts of Science with some of the greatest (and most hilarious) scientific minds.

Awesome Con, Washington DC’s Comic Con, is proud to announce its full lineup of programming, including talks from celebrity guests Peter Capaldi, Kevin Smith, John Barrowman, and the cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; scientific lectures with engineers, experts, astronauts, and Bill Nye the Science Guy; family workshops covering arts, crafts, comics, and literacy; and interactive activities including Sci-Fi Speed Dating, costume contests, and tabletop gaming.

“I’m very excited by everything we’re showcasing this year,” shared Awesome Con founder Ben Penrod. “We’ve got over ten rooms running non-stop with panels and special events, covering everything from comics, video games, movies, and books, to anime, toys, and cosplay. No matter what makes you geek out, we’ve got it!”

Awesome Con takes place June 3-5 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, with events running each day from morning to night. For Awesome Con’s full schedule, please visit awesome-con.com/schedule and see below for select highlights.

Celebrity & Comic Guests
Learn what makes Awesome Con’s biggest guests tick with talks from the stars behind fan-favorite TV shows, movies, and comic books.

• Peter Capaldi (2:30 PM – June 5 – Hall D) The current Doctor in Doctor Who comes to Awesome Con all the way from the UK to talk about his role in the iconic series.
• John Barrowman (3 PM – June 4 – Hall D) Whether he’s in BBC’s Torchwood, CW’s Arrow, or the British stage, Barrowman is a showstopper. Find out why at Awesome Con.
• Adam West & Burt Ward (1:15 PM – June 4 – Hall D) The stars of 1966’s Batman series speak about their careers and the classic series’ lengthy legacy.
• Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (12:30 PM – June 4 – Room 146) B.J. Britt, Brett Dalton, and Elizabeth Henstridge talk about their hit series, just after the shocking season finale.
• Karl Urban (5 PM – June 4 – Room 146) Urban plays McCoy in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond and was recently cast in Thor: Ragnarok. Learn what’s next for this rising star.
• Tom King (12:30 PM – June 5 – Room 152) Following a career in the CIA, King started penning comics – and is now writing Batman. Hear about his unique career firsthand.
• Paranormal Lockdown (1:30 PM – June 4 – Room 145B) Paranormal all-star Nick Groff and ghost hunter Katrina Weidman discuss their hit Destination America series.
• A Haunting (4 PM – June 4 – Room 145B) Tony Call goes behind the scenes of this Destination America series, shot entirely in DC, Virginia, and Maryland.

Evening Events
Stay up late at Awesome Con with two extra special evening events, and grab premium tickets including autographs with their stars.

• Kevin Smith (7 PM – June 3 – Hall D) The prolific, actor, comedian, comic writer, author, and podcaster comes to DC for an evening of candid stories and laughs.
• Eugene Mirman (8 PM – June 4 – Room 152) Brooklyn comedian and the voice of Gene in Bob’s Burgers, Eugene Mirman brings his unique comedy show to Awesome Con.

Science Fair
Awesome Con’s Science Fair presented by Science Channel features three days of lectures, workshops, and discussions with scientists from Science Channel, NASA, the Smithsonian, and more.

• StarTalk Live! (12 PM – June 5 – Hall D) Bill Nye and Eugene Mirman co-host StarTalk Live!, a talk show blending science and comedy with acclaimed special guests.
• Exoplanets: Stranger than Fiction (5 PM – June 3 – Room 145A) A panel of NASA scientists discuss planets depicted in science fiction and how our knowledge of planets in our solar system – and beyond – present a picture stranger than fiction.
• 3D Bioprinting: Moving Beyond Cyborgs (12:30 PM – June 4 – Room 145A) In this panel, organized by NationOfMakers.org, engineers explain the cutting-edge research that may someday replace mechanical implants with engineered human tissue.
• Mars: Past, Present, and Future (7 PM – June 4 – Room 145A) Scientists talk about searching the Martian surface for clues about the possibility of life and how astronauts might someday explore the Mars on foot.
• Outrageous Acts of Science (1:45 PM – June 4 – Room 145A) Join Science Channel as they celebrate their hit series Outrageous Acts of Science with some of the greatest (and most hilarious) scientific minds.

Kids Zone
Check out the Kids Zone on the Awesome Con show floor, filled with events and activities for little ones. Admission for kids under 10 is free.

• Say Yes To Capes (6 PM – June 3 – Kids Zone) Personalize your own cape and mask and wear it around the con.
• Scribble Scramble (3 PM – June 4 – Kids Zone) Kids and artists compete in a series of rapid fire drawing challenges.
• Make Your Own Superhero Symbol (4 PM – June 4 – Kids Zone) Artist Carolyn Belefski helps kids create their own superhero symbols unique to their interests.
• Making Mini-Comics (3 PM – June 5 – Kids Zone) Comic creator Laura Lee Gulledge helps kids write and draw their very own comic books.

Interactive & Nerdy
Beyond talks from celebrities and scientists, Awesome Con offers a wealth of interactive entertainment connecting fans with fellow fans.

• Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Multiple Times – June 3-5 – Room 140) Looking for that special someone to spend New Comic Book Day with? Grab a spot at Sci-Fi Speed Dating.
• The Backlot (All Day – June 3-5 – Exhibit Hall) Hold Captain America’s actual shield, snap a photo with a reproduction Batmobile, and check out larger than life props.
• Tabletop Gaming (All Day – June 3-5 – Salons A-C) From Magic: The Gathering to Cards Against Humanity, play non-stop in the Foam Brain Games Tabletop Room.
• Artemis Bridge (All Day – June 3-5 – Salon F) Ever fancied yourself a Starfleet commander? Live the dream in the live-action starship roleplaying experience.
• Costume Contests (Multiple Times – June 4-5 – Hall D) Awesome Con offers attendees two chances to strut their stuff on stage, with prizes from Cosplay by McCall’s, Capture Me in 3D, Funimation, HERO HAIR: Cosplay Wigs for the Serious Adventurer, and Kotobukiya.

For Awesome Con’s full guest and event list, visit awesomecon.com, and for all the latest news and information, check out facebook.com/awesomecondc. Awesome Con tickets are available now.

About Awesome Con
Awesome Con is the biggest annual comic and pop culture convention in Washington DC and welcomed over 40,000 attendees in 2015. Awesome Con celebrates all aspects of geekdom and pop culture, with a wide assortment of engaging events, comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay, and more. 2016 marks Awesome Con’s first year in partnership with LeftField Media, an event organizer developed by the founder of New York Comic Con.

Monthly Statistical MUFON Report – for April 2016:

Monthly Statistical MUFON Report – for April 2016:

CMS continues to amass sighting reports from around the globe. In April 2016 there were 561 sightings reported to MUFON through CMS from the following countries;

COUNTRY NUMBER OF REPORTS
UNITED STATES 403
CANADA 49
UNITED KINGDOM 23
INDIA 12
AUSTRALIA 11
GERMANY 8
BRAZIL 5
CZECH REPUBLIC 5
FRANCE 5
MEXICO 5
NETHERLANDS 2
COLOMBIA 2
SPAIN 2
CHILE 2
MACEDONIA, THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF 2
SWITZERLAND 2
IRELAND 1
EGYPT 1
COSTA RICA 1
SWEDEN 1
ITALY 1
QATAR 1
AUSTRIA 1
JAPAN 1
ECUADOR 1
BELGIUM 1
ANTARCTICA 1
MOROCCO 1
CYPRUS 1
TURKEY 1
RUSSIAN FEDERATION 1
CROATIA 1
GEORGIA 1
IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF 1
CAMBODIA 1
CONGO 1
ISRAEL 1
NORWAY 1
UKRAINE 1
   TOTAL: 561

Within the United States the distribution by State was as follows;

STATE NUMBER OF REPORTS
California 49
Arizona 26
Pennsylvania 24
Florida 22
Texas 17
New York 17
Ohio 16
Georgia 15
Indiana 15
Washington 12
South Carolina 10
Oregon 9
Illinois 9
Michigan 9
Minnesota 9
Missouri 9
Tennessee 9
Oklahoma 8
Virginia 8
Colorado 8
New Mexico 8
North Carolina 8
Massachusetts 7
Connecticut 7
Wisconsin 6
Kentucky 6
Alabama 5
Louisiana 5
Nevada 5
New Jersey 5
Kansas 4
Mississippi 4
Nebraska 3
Utah 3
Maryland 3
Arkansas 3
New Hampshire 3
West Virginia 3
Alaska 2
Idaho 2
Rhode Island 2
South Dakota 2
Montana 1
Hawaii 1
Maine 1
Iowa 1
Wyoming 1
District of Columbia 1

If you are getting more sighting reports than listed here, please be sure to enter them manually into CMS. To make this happen automatically, make sure your local MUFON Website is pointing to the CMS Reporting form onwww.mufon.com and direct all calls you get to the MUFON website so that witnesses can enter their own report directly into CMS.

ALL sighting reports received by CMS are already filled in by the witness, saving you and your investigators time. Each report is automatically sent to YOU, the State Director and Assistant State Director, for you to assign someone to follow-up and complete the report.

If a UFO sighting comes in over the phone, or by e-mail, and you want to enter it yourself, simply go to CMS at http://mufoncms.com (once logged in) and click on “ADD CASE” in the upper right hand corner of the screen. This gives you a blank sighting reporting form that you can fill out while the witness is on the phone. Once the report is filled out be sure to click “SAVE” and you will have easily added your NEW report to CMS.

Other interesting data points in CMS during April 2016 are the shape of the UFOs reported which were as follows;

SHAPE OF OBJECT NUMBER OF REPORTS
Sphere 110
Disc 55
Other 50
Unknown 48
Triangle 43
Circle 40
Star-like 39
Oval 36
Square/Rectangular 23
Fireball 20
Cylinder 19
Boomerang 17
N/A 16
Cigar 14
Chevron 7
Diamond 5
Blimp 3
Flash 3
Cross 3
Teardrop 3
Saturn-like 2
Egg 2
Bullet/Missile 2
Cone 1

as well as the distance from the observer;

DISTANCE FROM WITNESS NUMBER OF REPORTS
< 100 ft 87
101-500 ft 77
501 ft – 1 Mile 107
Over 1 Mile 132
Unknown 171
NO VALUE 25

Most impressively there were 27 Landings, Hovering, or Takeoffs reported and 0 Entities observed.

To review the CMS data yourself go to www.mufon.com and click on “UFO Case Files” to 1.) Easily look at the Last 20 Sightings, or 2.) Do a customized search of the CMS database by date and/or location, or 3.) Logon to CMS for even more detailed UFO sighting information about your State and the World.

In-person TV’s Hangar-1 Ben Moss and Tony Angiola: 1964 Socorro Landing

Sunday  05/08/2016: DC MUFON Meeting Ben Moss and Tony Angiola from the TV series in person Sunday, May 8, 2016

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

McLean, VA

Dolley Madison Library

1244 Oak Ridge Ave, Room 1, McLean, VA (edit map)

Topics: Since January of 2015 Tony and Ben Moss have been working with Ray Stanford and Chris O’Brien on releasing new-found photographic evidence from the 1964 Socorro landing that was witnessed by Office Lonnie Zamora and seen by many others that day. With the help of researchers like James Fox and Rob Mercer, Ben and Tony have pieced together new evidence from Project Blue Book and the National Archives never seen about this case.

Click on the following link for more information:
wikipedia: Lonnie Zamora Incident aka Socorro Incident

Agenda: 

1PM Meet & Greet and Case Updates1:30 PM Ben Moss and Tony Angiola

2:30 PM Q&A

Speakers Bio:

Ben Moss is a Cast Member of Season 2 of Hangar 1 and the Chief Field Investigator for Virginia’s MUFON. Mr. Moss has been with MUFON for almost 25 years. Mr. Moss has been a speaker at several UFO Events, and is currently working on an article for the MUFON Journal.

Tony Angiola is a Cast Member of Season 2 of Hangar 1 and the Senior Field Investigator for  Virginia’s MUFON. Born in Aguadilla, P.R., Tony has an interest in the many fascinating UFO cases reported from the island. He is also an Advanced Certified scuba diver with a strong interest in USOs and hopes to one day focus on researching and investigating cases involving the sea. Recently, Tony was in L.A. with Ben filming season 2 of the show Hangar 1 and learned about some of the great USO cases in the west like the suspected undersea base in Malibu.

MUFON Memebers: Free
Non-MUFON Members: $10

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