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Discover Exoplanets

The Search for Alien Words




Discover Exoplanets: The Search for Alien Worlds is a national traveling exhibition exploring the fascinating world of space and astronomy. It covers topics such as the search for habitable worlds beyond our solar system and how NASA scientists are searching for these worlds.

Discover Exoplanets features multimedia activities where visitors can build their own solar systems, see the most recent NASA discoveries and learn about whether popular TV shows and movies feature facts or fiction. A unique aspect of this exhibition is that the San Diego Central Public Library is hosting an exhibit with similar content, and the Fleet and the Library are working together on a variety of events that are open to the public.

The Fleet is one of seven sites nationwide to host the exhibition. People of all ages will find that Discover Exoplanets explores the universe and our place in it in a way that is understandable, inspirational and relevant.

The exhibition will be on display at the Fleet through January 21, 2019. 


Related Events

Don't miss out on the many events happening at the Fleet and the San Diego Public Library that are inspired by or related to Discover Exoplanets!


November 5
6:30 p.m.

Hollywood vs. Science Movie Nights: Gravity

Following the screening, San Diego City College professors Lisa Will and Shane Haggard will lead a discussion about the intersection of science and popular culture. They'll address the issues of how gravity could work in space.

Neil Morgan Auditorium
San Diego Public Library
330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101

 

November 7
5-8 p.m.

Teachers Eating Pizza

Educators are invited to tour the Fleet Science Center's Discover Exoplanets exhibition and learn how to incorporate NASA resources in their classrooms. 

LL1 at the Fleet Science Center
1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Online advanced registration required.

 

November 7
7 & 8:15 p.m.

The Sky Tonight: Beauty of the Solar System

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.

Heikoff Giant Dome Theater at the Fleet Science Center
1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

 

November 8
Noon-1 p.m.

Opening Talk with NASA Scientist Rob Zellem

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. 

Neil Morgan Auditorium
San Diego Public Library
330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101

 

November 13
4:30-6 p.m.

52 Weeks of Science Barrio Logan: Molecool Tuesday

Did you know that scientists have discovered planets outside of our solar system? They’re 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 a Q&A session. 

Logan Heights Branch Library
567 S. 28th St., San Diego, CA 92113

 

November 14
7 p.m.

Space Trivia Night

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. 

Shiley Events Suite, ninth floor
San Diego Public Library
330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101

 

November 16
4:30-7:30 p.m.

Star Viewing Party

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. 

17160 Stonebridge Pkwy.
San Diego, CA 92131

 

November 19
6:30-8 p.m.
$5

Suds & Science Special Edition: Finding New Habitable Worlds

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.

Mission Brewery
1441 L St., San Diego, CA 92101

 

December 5
7 & 8:15 p.m.

The Sky Tonight: Other Worlds

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. 

Heikoff Giant Dome Theater at the Fleet Science Center

 

December 12
10:30 a.m.

Storytime from Space

This interactive, space-themed storytime for kids (ages 0–5) and families will include a story read by an astronaut in orbit!

Sandford Children's Library, first floor
San Diego Public Library
330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101

 

January 28, 2019
6:30 p.m.

Hollywood vs. Science Movie Nights: The Empire Strikes Back

Following the screening, San Diego City College professors Lisa Will and Shane Haggard will lead a discussion about the intersection of science and popular culture. They'll address whether a lightsaber is possible. 

Neil Morgan Auditorium
San Diego Public Library
330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101

 

Discover Exoplanets is made possible through NASA's Universe of Learning. NASA's Universe of Learning 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 exhibition and its educational support materials and outreach opportunities are part of the STAR Library Network, a program of the Space Science Institute.