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Here are the events that don't cost a thing at the World Science Festival, running May 28 through June 1.

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A Comet “Lands” in Brooklyn
Pier 1 at Brooklyn Bridge Park; 5/28, 5/29, 5/30 from 10a.m.–5p.m. and 6/1 from noon–4 p.m.; Old Fulton St., at Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn
See a scale replica of the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which this fall will be visited by spacecraft Rosetta, for a first-ever landing.

Eye of the Storm: The Science of Weather
Gould Plaza, New York University; 5/28, 5/29, 5/30 from 1 p.m.–3 p.m., 5/31 from noon–4 p.m.; 40 W. 4th St., nr. Mercer St.
Why does it always rain on me? This possibly has something to do with my self-esteem, but maybe there's a scientific explanation for it. You have four chances to find out on a giant, suspended globe with animations.

All Hands on Deck: Science, Space and Astronomy Night at the Intrepid Museum
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
05/29 from 7:30pm-11pm; Twelfth Ave. at 46th St., Pier 86
A star-studded evening that includes a ticketed screening of Gravity under the shuttle, urban stargazing (bring your own telescope or borrow one of theirs), and the NASA mobile exhibit of the International Space Station, which is the closest thing to visiting the actual ISS.

Earth & Other Worlds
Gould Plaza, NYC; 5/30 from 7 p.m.–9 p.m.; 40 W. 4th St., nr. Mercer St.
Test your science knowledge at this trivia night with NASA engineer Bobak Ferdowsi (a.k.a. "Mohawk Guy"), hosted by Emily Rice of the American Museum of Natural History, who apparently spins tunes under the moniker "DJ Carly Sagan." She sounds fun.


Science and Story Café: Meet the Authors
NYU Kimmel Center; 5/31 from 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; 60 Washington Sq., nr. Laguardia Place
Stop by for stimulating conversation (and stimulating coffee) with science authors discussing their recent books and topics like "What should we be worried about?" Um, everything?

The Night Sky From Brooklyn Bridge Park
Pier 1 at Brooklyn Bridge Park; 5/31 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Old Fulton St., at Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn
Live music and stargazing make for a pleasant night in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Telescopes are provided if you don't have your own, and astronomers, physicists, and scientists will be on hand, should you have no idea what you're looking at.

The Ultimate Science Street Fair
Washington Square Park; 6/1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fifth Ave., at Waverly Pl.
Washington Square Park will be transformed into a family friendly scientific wonderland, with hands-on experiments, installations, and a focus on space, science, and robots, including one that will play Rock, Paper, Scissors with you — the ultimate battle of man versus machine.

Kids’ Science Storytime: Meet the Authors
NYU Kimmel Center, 2nd Floor; 6/1 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; 60 Washington Sq., nr. Laguardia Pl.
It's story time when author Steve Metzger reads from his book Pluto Visits Earth!: What Does It Mean to Be a Planet? Deborah Heiligman discusses The Boy Who Loved Math, about mathematician Paul Erdős, and television personality “Science Bob” Pflugfelder (whom you adults may have seen on Jimmy Kimmel Live!) regales the audience with entertaining tales. You won't even know you're learning.

Find the full schedule of events at worldsciencefestival.com.


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