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SciCafe: Are We Alone in the Universe?

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


Beyond the edges of our solar system, astronomers have recently identified dozens of planets which could be like our own Earth—and potentially support extraterrestrial life. But how can we tell? Astrophysicist Lisa Kaltenegger explores how we can use our own planet and its wide range of species as a Rosetta Stone to detect signs of life on exoplanets. Join her for a journey over vast interstellar distances to answer an age-old question: are we alone in the universe?




Doors open at 6:00 pm, program begins at 6:10 pm
Enter at 81st Street, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

Join us for a live sea-to-shore video feed with geologists, chemists, biologists, and engineers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution exploring the deepest high-temperature hydrothermal vents in the Pacific. These recently discovered vents are the only carbon-enriched vents known in the ocean, and an important link to understanding the potential for other "Ocean Worlds" in the solar system to support life. Interact with scientists onboard in real time via the Inner Space Center, moderated by Museum astrophysicist Jacqueline Faherty.

The SciCafe series is proudly sponsored by Judy and Josh Weston.