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Exhibit: The Search for Alien Worlds

San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common

Discover Exoplanets: The Search for Alien Worlds
On display from Nov. 8, 2018 - Jan. 23, 2019
Dickenson Popular Library, First Floor
 

This is an interactive exhibition about the fascinating world of astronomy and planets beyond our solar system. This exhibit explores the idea of searching for habitable worlds. Visitors can try methods that NASA scientists use to search for these worlds and see how other planets may be like our own.

Astronaut in space

Hollywood vs. Science Movie Nights
Gravity (PG-13) | Nov. 5 @ 6:30 p.m. | Neil Morgan Auditorium
San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
 
Following the screenings of Gravity and The Empire Strikes Back, San Diego City College professors Lisa Will and Shane Haggard lead a discussion about the intersection of science and popular culture. They’ll address the issues of how gravity could work in space and if a lightsaber is possible.
 

Exoplanets graphic by NASA

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt, T. Pyle (IPAC)

Teachers Eating Pizza
Nov. 7 @ 5 - 8 p.m.
LL1 at the Fleet Science Center
1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
 
Educators are invited to tour the Fleet Science Center's Discover Exoplanets exhibition and learn how to incorporate NASA resources in their classrooms.
 

Illustration of galaxy

The Sky Tonight: Beauty of the Solar System
Nov. 7 @ 7 p.m. & 8:15 p.m.
Heikoff Giant Dome Theater at the Fleet Science Center
1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
 
Our solar system has a wide range of environments, and each world has its own grandeur. Join the Fleet Science Center’s resident astronomer for this monthly planetarium show and explore the beauty of our solar system.
 

Illustration of the sun and planets

Nov. 8 @ Noon | Neil Morgan Auditorium
San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
 
The search for alien earths begins with a bang! Rob Zellem is a scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who searches for exoplanets. He will give an introductory talk about the search for habitable worlds and the tools scientists use to look for them. After the presentation, patrons are encouraged to explore and interact with the exhibit located on the first floor Dickenson Popular Library.
 

Planets

Nov. 13, @ 4:45 p.m.
Logan Heights Branch Library, 567 S. 28th St., San Diego
 
Did you know that scientists have discovered planets outside of our solar system? They are called exoplanets, and there are more than 3,800! Join the team from Boyce-Astro to learn about exoplanets through a visual presentation, hands-on activity and answers to your questions. Don’t miss out on this fun and interesting experience!
 

Illustration of the sun

Space Trivia Night
Nov. 14 @ 7 p.m. | Shiley Special Events Suite, ninth floor
San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
 
Bring your friends (ages 21+) and all your obscure knowledge to the Library Shop trivia night. There will be prizes, beer and the chance to rule the void beyond the solar system.
 
$10 per Team · Registration required: http://www.libraryshopsd.org/events/
 
 

Photo of galaxy

Star Viewing Party
Nov. 16 @ 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
17160 Stonebridge Pkwy.
San Diego, CA 92131
 
In collaboration with the San Diego Astronomical Association (SDAA), the Fleet invites you to a star-viewing party at sunset at the Mission Trails Regional Park West Sycamore location in Scripps Ranch.
 

Suds and Science graphic

Nov. 19 @ 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Mission Brewery | $5
1441 L St., San Diego, CA 92101
 
Some people believe that humans will need to look to inhabit new worlds if we want to survive. Some scientists are looking closely at exoplanets as the solution. Join researchers Dr. Adam Burgasser, Dr. Shelley Wright and Dr. William Welsh as we discuss what it takes to find new worlds and what our odds are to move to another planet someday.
 

Illustration of galaxy

The Sky Tonight: Other Worlds
Dec. 5 @ 7 p.m. & 8:15 p.m.
Heikoff Giant Dome Theater at the Fleet Science Center
 
There are worlds—whole other solar systems, in fact—around distant stars. What are these other worlds like? Join the Fleet’s resident astronomer for this monthly planetarium show and learn the latest news about extrasolar planets.
 

Illustration of space and rockets

Storytime from Space
Dec. 12 @ 10:30 a.m. | Sandford Children’s Library, first floor
San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
 
This interactive, space-themed story time for kids (ages 0-5) and families will include a story read by an astronaut in orbit!
 

Illustration of nebulla

Hollywood vs. Science Movie Nights
Empire Strikes Back (PG) | Jan. 28 @ 6:30 p.m. | Neil Morgan Auditorium
San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
 
Following the screenings of Gravity and The Empire Strikes Back, San Diego City College professors Lisa Will and Shane Haggard lead a discussion about the intersection of science and popular culture. They’ll address the issues of how gravity could work in space and if a lightsaber is possible.

Discover Exoplanets is made possible through NASA's Universe of Learning, whose materials are based upon work supported by NASA under award number NNX16AC65A to the Space Telescope Science Institute, working in partnership with Caltech/IPAC, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and Sonoma State University. The exhibit and associated materials are part of the STAR Library Network, a program of the Space Science Institute.
 
 

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