Are we the Universe’s only children and our thoughts its only thoughts? Given that a quarter of all stars host a habitable Earth-size planet, it would be arrogant to think we are. Upcoming searches will look for intelligent life on planets outside the Solar System through industrial pollution in their planetary atmospheres and space archaeology of debris from dead civilizations. Our own civilization is exploring interstellar travel. If successful, we might receive a signal from outer space stating: "welcome to the interstellar club!" Or we may receive a “message in a bottle,” implying that we should examine carefully any unusual object that arrives from outside the Solar System, such as `Oumuamua. Join superstar astronomer Avi Loeb to consider extraterrestrial life and how ‘Oumuamua might be a probe sent by an alien civilization.
Reception with cash bar and light bites to follow.
Advance registration begins at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 2 (Monday, September 30 for Museum members) at mos.org/adults.