The Search for Life: Are We Alone?

For as long as humans have contemplated the cosmos, they have wondered about extraterrestrial life.

The Search for Life explores the links between life on Earth and the potential for life on other planets, from the depths of the Earth's oceans to the outer reaches of the cosmos.

Featuring breathtaking visualizations, including the surface of Mars and the exterior of Jupiter’s moon Europa, the show reveals countless worlds that may harbor life.



“A fast-paced survey of one of the most provocative pursuits of modern astronomy” – The New York Times

“It’s virtual reality at its best, because the images are grounded in hard data” – New York Daily News


The Search for Life: Are We Alone? was developed by the American Museum of Natural History in collaboration with the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA).

Show Information


Full Dome



Harrison Ford



25 minutes; can be ticketed on the half hour


Available Languages:

English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish


Preshow & Prelude:

For display on monitors in gathering area prior to entering planetarium:

- 18-minute astronomical info loop

- 3-minute introduction to The Search For Life


Technical Information:

Can be customized for presentation on most digital planetarium systems


Show Brochure


Educator's Guide