Lectures and Special Events

Seeing Into the Future: A Visionary New Space Telescope

July 6, 2015

Seeing Into the Future

Are we alone in the universe? Are other Earth-like worlds common? How has the universe evolved to its present diversity? Curious humans have asked these questions for centuries, but it’s only now that scientists have the astronomical technology within their reach to start providing answers. New space telescopes and other devices will soon allow us to discover new Earth-like planets, to search these planets for signs of life, and to tell the cosmic story of how this life came to be. Join us for the debut of the new report From Cosmic Birth to Living Earths, The Future of UVOIR (Ultraviolet, Optical and Infrared) Space Astronomy. Scientists  will unveil the potential for a high-definition, space-based telescope that will revolutionize the way we see and understand our universe. A series of presentations by noted researchers will be followed by a moderated discussion with host Neil deGrasse Tyson, Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium.  


Julianne Dalcanton is a professor of Astronomy at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Dr. Dalcanton’s scientific focus is the origin and evolution of galaxies, and their use as probes of fundamental physics.

Sara Seager is a professor of Planetary Science and Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. Dr. Seager’s research centers on computer models of exoplanet atmospheres, interiors, and biosignature gases.

Jason Tumlinson is an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Tumlinson studies the formation and evolution of stars and galaxies over cosmic time. 

Marc Postman is an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Postman’s research interests include the formation and evolution of clusters of galaxies, large-scale structure in the cosmos, dark matter, and cosmology.

David Schiminovich is an associate professor of Astronomy at Columbia University in New York, NY. Dr. Schiminovich studies galaxy formation and evolution, intergalactic and interstellar medium, and astronomical instrumentation.

Michael Shara is a curator in the Department of Astrophysics, Division of Physical Sciences, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, NY. Dr. Shara studies the structure and evolution of novae and supernovae; collisions between stars and the remnant descendants of those collisions; and the populations of stars inhabiting star clusters and galaxies. 

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History and the Fredrick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium.