Which came first? The science or the science fiction? Quite often they inspire each other and tonight we'll explore the real science between finding extraterrestrial worlds, and the potential for finding life!

Cosmic Nights is back at the Space Centre! Discover the wonders of the universe - over drinks! Join us Thursday, November 23rd for Cosmic Nights: Science of Science Fiction a party for the space geek in all of us! This is a 19+ event.

6:30pm - 10:00pm - Drinks | Music | Games | Demonstrations I Lecture I Planetarium

7:30pm or 9:00pm - Planetarium Show: Science Fiction in our Universe
Tatoinne? Pandorica? Arakkis? How science "fiction" are these worlds? Go on a visual journey through our universe exploring some famous science fiction worlds while we compare them with some actual worlds that we are now discovering! In this live show our astronomer will show us the latest discoveries of real alien worlds!

8:00pm and 9:00pm - "Fast Radio Bursts Probably Aren't Powering Alien Space Ships" - Kiyoshi Masui - UBC
Ten years ago, while sifting through an archive of radio telescope data, astronomers found a radio flash that appeared to originate from outside the Galaxy. Perplexed as to its origin, most assumed that this was a mistake and that the signal had actually been made by humans. Fast forward to today, where dozens of similar bursts have now been observed and they have been confirmed to be of non-terrestrial origin. All manner of explanation for these bursts have been proposed, including collapsing black holes, quakes in the crusts of dead stars, and alien propulsion systems.

Bio: Kiyoshi is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of British Columbia. His research interests lie in cosmology where he worked on theory, data analysis, and observations. Cosmology (a division of astrophysics), is the study of the evolution of the universe on the largest scales. More specifically, he works on the large-scale structure of the universe and observations of the structure at radio wavelengths.

19+ Photo ID will be required upon entry

Event Details

November 23, 2017 - 6:30pm to 10:00pm