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Are We Alone In The Universe?

by | Nov 1, 2017

Science in The City

Thousands of exoplanets have been discovered over the past two decades. In a very special event this Friday, November 3, Dr. Lisa Kaltenegger, Director of the Carl Sagan Institute at Cornell University and an associate professor in Cornell’s astronomy department, discusses these discoveries and explores how we can determine which exoplanets might be suitable for life.

The digital projection system in our planetarium gives our guests a fully immersive experience. In this program you’ll feel as though you are flying through the Milky Way galaxy and visiting strange new worlds orbiting distant stars, but this is not science fiction. Using the latest research information and scientific visualization software, Are We Alone in the Universe will take you on a tour of the galaxy guided by one of the leading researchers searching for life beyond Earth. You’ll see simulations of what these alien worlds look like and hear how we are searching for life.

This presentation uses a unique capability of our planetarium software. Over a dozen planetariums from Bogota, Colombia to Anchorage, Alaska will take part in the event. The presentation originates in Chicago, Illinois at the Adler planetarium. While the host will be physically in Chicago, audiences across the hemisphere will see and hear the same presentation and also interact with the host in Chicago.

This is the fourth in an ongoing series hosted by the Adler Planetarium and is part of the bi-annual Kavli Fulldome Lecture Series. Space is limited. No late seating permitted. Doors open at 5:10 p.m. Event starts at 5:30 p.m. Cost $5 for general public, free for our Members.

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