Discover Exoplanets: The Search for Alien Worlds
Discover Exoplanets: The Search for Alien Worlds, a free NASA exhibit, brings the excitement of exoplanets and NASA’s Universe of Learning to rural and underserved communities by providing local organizations with physical resources and an ongoing relationship with NASA. The national traveling exhibition explores space and astronomy, covering topics such as the search for habitable worlds beyond our Solar System, how NASA scientists are searching for these worlds, and how they may be like our own.
Check out this clip for a sneak peek of the upcoming exhibit.
The exhibit features hands-on, multimedia activities where visitors can build their own solar systems, see the most recent NASA discoveries, and learn about whether popular TV and movies are fact or fiction. Host sites are also required to hold at least 10 public programs for a range of audiences.
Nine competitively selected public libraries will host Discover Exoplanets for three months each, from June 2023 to December 2025.
The exhibit will be at the C.H. Booth Library March 1, 2024 – May 30, 2024.
- March Programs:
- March, 2024 (date undecided): Opening Ceremony
- March, 2024 (date undecided): Bottle Rockets
- March 27, 2024: Science Fiction Book Club: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
- March 28, 2024: NASA Speaker’s Bureau: Mr. Ravi Kumar Kopparapu, Research Assistant in Planetary Studies, Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD
- April Programs:
- April 8, 2024: Solar Eclipse
- April 12, 2024: Trivia in SPAAAACE!
- April 24, 2024: Author Visit: Branwen OShea
- April 24, 2024: Science Fiction Book Club: The Calling – Branwen OShea
- April 25, 2024: NASA Speaker’s Bureau: Dana R. Louie, Ph.D. (she/her/hers), NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory
- May Programs:
May 2024 (date undecided): Paul Wegner, M.A., R.P.A., Assistant Director, Institute for American Indian Studies: Panel Discussion: Decolonization of Space
- May 2024 (date undecided): Virtual Planetarium Show with the Smithsonian Natural Air and Space Museum
- May 29, 2024: Science Fiction Book Club: Project Hail Mary – Andy Weir
- May, 30 2024: Dr. Rob Zellem, PhD, MSc (he/him), Exoplanet Astronomer, Exoplanet Discovery and Science: Search for Exoplanets & the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope
Libraries In the Tour:
- Nederland Community Library (Nederland, CO)
- June 1, 2023 – August 31, 2023
- Crowley Public Library (Crowley, TX)
- September 1, 2023 – November 30, 2023
- Live Oak Public Libraries (Savannah, GA)
- December 1, 2023 – February 28, 2024
- Cyrenius H. Booth Library (Newtown, CT)
- March 1, 2024 – May 30, 2024
- Morton Mandan Public Library (Mandan, ND)
- June 1, 2024- August 31, 2024
- Coloma Public Library (Coloma, MI)
- September 1, 2024 – November 30, 2024
- Joliet Public Library (Joliet, IL)
- December 1, 2024 – February 28, 2025
- Madison County Public Libraries (Marshall, NC)
- March 1, 2025 – May 30, 2025
- Sioux Center Public Library (Sioux Center, IA)
- June 1, 2025 – August 31, 2025
- Safford City-Graham County Library (Safford, AZ)
- September 1, 2025 – November 30, 2025
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, Center for Astrophysics|Harvard and Smithsonian, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
The C.H. Booth Library will be enhancing this incredible exhibit with programming and local collaborations – consider supporting our work with a sponsorship or donation!