Oct. 27, 2017: Women in Physics Public Lecture: A Cosmic Perspective: Searching for Aliens, Finding Ourselves

6:00 p.m.-Penn Museum, Harrison Auditorium

 Jill Tarter, Bernard Oliver Chair, Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute

Are we alone? Humans have been asking this question throughout history. We want to know where we came from, how we fit into the cosmos, and where we are going. In this lecture, Tarter will talk about the scientific tools used to answer this age-old question and whether or not we truly are alone.

Since the middle of the twentieth century, we have had tools that permit us to embark on a scientific exploration to try to answer this old question. We no longer have to ask the priests and philosophers what we should believe about extraterrestrial life; we can explore and discover what’s actually out there. Our tools are getting even better. We have discovered extremophiles in the most unexpected places on this planet and we have discovered that there really are far more planets than stars out there. We haven’t yet found life beyond Earth yet, but there is a vast amount of potentially-habitable real estate to explore. The 21st century will be the century in which we will find some answers, this will be our century.

This event is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.