Worlds Beyond: The Search for Life in the Universe

The exhibit

Is there life beyond Earth? This is a question that has fascinated humankind for millennia. The science of astrobiology seeks to answer this question by exploring the possibilities of life elsewhere in the universe. This temporary exhibit, created by local teenagers and young adults, combines results from scientific investigations and current events in astrobiology with the enthusiasm and creativity of its designers. In the process, the exhibit leads visitors on an interactive experience to learn how we can search for life beyond our own planet, expanding our concept of what it means to be human.

At the MIT Stata Center Wednesday, August 17 through Friday, August 19 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily

At the MIT Museum Tuesday, August 23 through Sunday, August 28  10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily

A special event, An Evening of Astrobiology, will be held at the MIT Museum on August 22 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

An Evening of Astrobiology @ MIT

Join us for an evening of talks, conversation, and hands-on activities that explore our search for life beyond Earth. This search, a field called astrobiology, incorporates many scientific disciplines from microbiology to geology to astrophysics. The evening will feature short talks by prominent local researchers and a set of interactive exhibits that combine results from scientific investigations and current events in astrobiology with the enthusiasm and creativity of the exhibit’s creators – local teenagers and young adults.

Featured Speakers:

Florence Schubotz, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, MIT

Taylor Perron, Cecil & Ida Green Assistant Professor of Geology, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, MIT

Søren Meibon, Astronomer, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Free admission after 5:00 p.m. Talks begin at 5:30 p.m.


This exhibit was developed by the Youth Astronomy Apprenticeship, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research and the MIT Astrobiology Team, with the participation of Terrascope Youth Radio.

Exhibit Development Team: Kenneth Cottrell, Heleno DePina, Phillip Erilus, Shalese Ford, Kameko Gregory, Nicholas Griffith, Wilson Recio, and Pablo Silva

Supervisors: Irene Porro, Ross Barros-Smith, Phoebe Cohen

Acknowledgements: Science Education Department, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; Kavli Foundation; MIT NASA Astrobiology Team, Advent of Complex Life; MIT Museum; Technical Services Group, MIT Department of Physics; Terrascope Youth Radio; Mary Dussault; Erika Reinfeld; Roger Summons; Ari Epstein; Erin Braswell; Rebekah Atkins; Kim Barker; Michael Barros-Smith; Amy Campbell; Mary Elliff; Christian Hallman; Laura Knott; Beverly Mire; Daniella Scalice; Susan Sunbury; Leah Tsao

This project was funded through a grant by the National Science Foundation and a grant by the NASA Astrobiology Institute

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