ONLINE: "Search for life in the Universe" streamed planetarium show

Event Date: 
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Event Time: 
6:00pm - 8:00pm
poster for "Search for Life in the Universe" show
Event Description: 

FREE!  Streamed via Zoom in both English and Spanish, with commentary 


2020 marks the 60th anniversary of the first experiment to search for extraterrestrial intelligence. In 1960, astronomer Frank Drake used a radio telescope in Green Bank, West Virginia to listen to two nearby stars. He didn't hear anything interesting, but the idea of seeking life beyond Earth was born.


Sixty years of searching for signals and occasional broadcasting of messages has not detected any transmissions that require intelligent alien authors. Either intelligent life is much more rare or short-lived than we expected or we are not looking in the right places with the right tools.


THE SEARCH FOR LIFE IN THE UNIVERSEtakes a fresh look at this fifty-year-old question, looking forward from the big bang, in search of those special places that might harbor life, including all of the planets in our solar system. It's a beautiful scenic tour of our universe through the eyes of astronomers looking for clues about the origin of life and the development of intelligence.


SHOWN IN ENGLISH STARTING AT 6 PM CDT  (Q&A in chat and afterwards)

SHOWN IN SPANISH STARTING AT 7 PM CDT  (Q&A in chat and afterwards)

Event Type: 
Lecture / Talk
Planetarium Show
Open to the General Public?: 
Astrobiology,  Exoplanets
Hubble,  TESS - Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite,  _Other (please include the mission in your description)
Event Location: 
United States