BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – These days, life seems to keep us tethered to our phones and computers. Some experts say the average American spends nearly seven hours a day looking at a screen.

But there are lots of reasons to look up from our screens. The estimated five thousand to ten thousand stars we’re able to see without the aid of telescopes or binoculars are far more than great sources of beauty. One local group demonstrates how much we can learn from analyzing these stars and the movements of the universe around us.

Astronomy on Tap, Baton Rouge hosts monthly events that focus on various aspects of astronomy and related physics. These aren’t boring lectures, they’re fun and open to the public.

“For December, we had a holiday-themed talk given by a post doc at LSU about the physics behind Santa Claus and an LSU professor gave a talk about the dance of binary stars,” said Ashley Elliott, a second-year graduate student at LSU and an Astronomy on Tap organizer.

She said the series covers a wide range of topics.

“This month we have two speakers: Eric Borowski and Ron Pagano, who are talking about the AAVSO and quantum noise respectively,” she said.

The chapter is student-led and always looking for new members.

The Baton Rouge Astronomical Society is another organization you can join,” Elliot said. “This organization is a good place to learn anything and everything about amateur astronomy. They have a wide variety of people from true beginners to experts.”

You can learn more about the chapter on their website, Facebook and Instagram. Events are livestreamed every month on the group’s YouTube channel.