Thousands of exoplanets have been discovered over the last two decades. How can we determine which of these might be suitable for life? On November 3, Dr. Lisa Kaltenegger, Director of the Carl Sagan Institute at Cornell University, will discuss techniques and missions that could detect life on these worlds, finally answering the question, “Are we alone in the universe?”
Our planetarium is going to be taken over by the Adler Planetarium in Chicago as we watch Dr. Kaltenegger fly us around the Universe in a search for life. We'll be one of 30 planetariums around the world domecasting into Chicago. You'll even get a chance to ask Dr. Kaltenegger questions!
Dr. Lisa Kaltenegger, Director,
Carl Sagan Institute, Cornell University
Dr. Lisa Kaltenegger is director of the Carl Sagan Institute at Cornell University and an associate professor in Cornell’s astronomy department. Her research focuses on exploring worlds around alien Suns and searching for signs of life. Her awards include the 2014 Doppler Prize for Innovation in Science and the 2012 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize for Physics. She was named an innovator to watch by TIME, a Role Model for Women in Science and Research by the European Commission, and one of America’s Young Innovators by Smithsonian Magazine. She is featured in the new IMAX movie "The Search for Life in Space". Asteroid 7734 Kaltenegger is named after her.