NAU officials have confirmed that Bill Nye's talk next week on planetary defense is sold out. The free tickets were gone less than a day after the event was announced.
The 800-seat Prochnow Auditorium on campus will be at capacity for the talk. Organizers are looking at a possible simulcast at another site on campus but have not confirmed those arrangements.
The talk by Nye is one of two public presentations as part of the Planetary Defense Conference. A leadoff public presentation by a panel of scientists on last month's Russian meteor strike will take place Sunday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the High Country Conference Center, and seats will be available on first-come, first-served basis.
The university had initially announced the Nye talk would be in the Cline Library Auditorium but quickly changed the location due to demand for tickets.
Officials with the Central Ticketing Office said that many people were willing to pay a $3 fee to book the tickets by phone, which contributed to how fast the tickets went. A large number of people also came into the office looking for tickets.