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Daily

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Sunday

11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members' Hours:

Tuesday

8:30 – 9:30 am

Sunday

10:00 – 11:00 am
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Notices

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Special Programs

The Academy is committed to engaging, inspiring, and empowering the public with its scientific mission. Its events and lecture programs offer thought provoking discussions on topics such as astronomy, ecology, sustainability, natural history, biodiversity, evolution and the science of life.

Eye-Opening Science: Conversation and Controversy
Earth 2.0: Where is it… Can We Visit?

Moderated by Jill Tarter
Bernard Oliver Chair for SETI Research & Academy Fellow
Speakers:
Rusty Schweickart, former NASA astronaut and Chair Emeritus of the B612 Foundation
David DesMarais, NASA Ames and Academy Fellow
Carl Pilcher, NASA Solar System Exploration

Saturday, September 28th 9:00am to 10:30am in the Boardroom
NASA scientists from the SETI institute will be discussing their latest research with Academy Fellows & Scientists and would like to invite you to join them for a small gathering in an intimate Saturday morning setting. Come join them in the conversation while enjoying pastries, coffee and tea. The topic of conversation? Extraterrestrial Life! Current estimates indicate that there are 100 Billion or more Earth sized planets in the Universe. A relatively high percentage of them exist in what is referred to as the habitable zone around their star or stars. Yes, scientists have even discovered Earth sized planets around binary systems. Is it just a matter of time before we find Extraterrestrial Life? Come ask NASA scientists & Academy Fellows what they think. This conversation will revolve around whether our search for Earth 2.0 and other exoplanets is an absolute requirement for humanity’s survival. Are there alternatives to moving out? What can the climate changes we study on other worlds tell us about the potential for husbanding our world successfully? Welcome by Dr. Terry Gosliner.

Reservations: Individual event tickets: Members $25, Adults $35, Seniors $25, or Eye-Opening Science three event series tickets for Sept 28, Oct 12 & Oct 26: Members $70, Adults $90, Seniors $70. Reserve your Member or Non-Member ticket online or over the phone at 1-877-227-1831 Your ticket does not include museum admission. This Saturday morning conversation series is part of a larger Academy festival called Brilliant!Science: Extraterrestrial Life.

 


 


Special Performance: The Kepler Story
Motion Institute & Morrison Planetarium

Sun, Oct 6 at 6:30pm-7:30pm in the Planetarium
We are excited to announce our first ever prime-time Sunday evening performance series taking place in the Morrison Planetarium - the world’s largest all digital dome. As a one-man performance with dramatic supporting music and full dome visuals, the Morrison Planetarium in collaboration with Motion Institute presents The Kepler Story - an innovative, immersive performance piece about the life and story of 17th-century astronomer and mystic Johannes Kepler. The story of his life, including his discovery of the three laws of planetary motion which removed Earth once and for all from its position at the center of the Universe, took an even more dramatic turn when his mother was arrested for witchcraft and Kepler was forced to defend her. On the way to her trial, reading Galileo’s father’s book on harmony, Kepler experienced one of his greatest epiphanies about the harmony of the universe.

Learn More...

Reservations: Academy Members: $12, General: $15. This is a 60-minute performance. Seating is limited. To reserve a place today, buy a ticket online or over the phone at 1-877-227-1831. Late arrivals will not be permitted entry, tickets are not transferable and non refundable.


 

Eye-Opening Science: Conversation and Controversy
Cosmic Evolution: A Scientific Creation Myth Like No Other

Moderated by Jill Tarter
Bernard Oliver Chair for SETI Research & Academy Fellow
Featuring David Morrison, Director of the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute and Academy Fellow
Eugenie Scott, Executive Director, National Center for Science Education and Academy Fellow

Saturday, October 12th 9:00am to 10:30am in the Boardroom
NASA scientists from the SETI institute will be discussing their latest research with Academy Fellows & Scientists and would like to invite you to join them for a small gathering in an intimate Saturday morning setting. Come join them in the conversation while enjoying pastries, coffee and tea. The topic of conversation? Extraterrestrial Life! Current estimates indicate that there are 100 Billion or more Earth sized planets in the Universe. A relatively high percentage of them exist in what is referred to as the habitable zone around their star or stars. Yes, scientists have even discovered Earth sized planets around binary systems. Is it just a matter of time before we find Extraterrestrial Life? Come ask NASA scientists & Academy Fellows what they think. Our current standard model of cosmology is, in fact, just the latest in a long line of “creation myths.” Why does it matter that this one is told by scientists? How can we encourage the general public to adopt suggested solutions for current/pending environmental challenges, when they appear to be losing confidence in science and scientists? Welcome by Dr. Terry Gosliner.

Reservations: Individual event tickets: Members $25, Adults $35, Seniors $25, or Eye-Opening Science three event series tickets for Sept 28, Oct 12 & Oct 26: Members $70, Adults $90, Seniors $70. Reserve your Member or Non-Member ticket online or over the phone at 1-877-227-1831 Your ticket does not include museum admission. This Saturday morning conversation series is part of a larger Academy festival called Brilliant!Science: Extraterrestrial Life.

 


 


Special Performance: The Kepler Story
Motion Institute & Morrison Planetarium

Sun, Oct 13 at 6:30pm-7:30pm in the Planetarium
We are excited to announce our first ever prime-time Sunday evening performance series taking place in the Morrison Planetarium - the world’s largest all digital dome. As a one-man performance with dramatic supporting music and full dome visuals, the Morrison Planetarium in collaboration with Motion Institute presents The Kepler Story - an innovative, immersive performance piece about the life and story of 17th-century astronomer and mystic Johannes Kepler. The story of his life, including his discovery of the three laws of planetary motion which removed Earth once and for all from its position at the center of the Universe, took an even more dramatic turn when his mother was arrested for witchcraft and Kepler was forced to defend her. On the way to her trial, reading Galileo’s father’s book on harmony, Kepler experienced one of his greatest epiphanies about the harmony of the universe.

Learn More...

Reservations: Academy Members: $12, General: $15. This is a 60-minute performance. Seating is limited. To reserve a place today, buy a ticket online or over the phone at 1-877-227-1831. Late arrivals will not be permitted entry, tickets are not transferable and non refundable.


 


Special Performance: The Kepler Story
Motion Institute & Morrison Planetarium

Sun, Oct 20 at 6:30pm-7:30pm in the Planetarium
We are excited to announce our first ever prime-time Sunday evening performance series taking place in the Morrison Planetarium - the world’s largest all digital dome. As a one-man performance with dramatic supporting music and full dome visuals, the Morrison Planetarium in collaboration with Motion Institute presents The Kepler Story - an innovative, immersive performance piece about the life and story of 17th-century astronomer and mystic Johannes Kepler. The story of his life, including his discovery of the three laws of planetary motion which removed Earth once and for all from its position at the center of the Universe, took an even more dramatic turn when his mother was arrested for witchcraft and Kepler was forced to defend her. On the way to her trial, reading Galileo’s father’s book on harmony, Kepler experienced one of his greatest epiphanies about the harmony of the universe.

Learn More...

Reservations: Academy Members: $12, General: $15. This is a 60-minute performance. Seating is limited. To reserve a place today, buy a ticket online or over the phone at 1-877-227-1831. Late arrivals will not be permitted entry, tickets are not transferable and non refundable.


 

Eye-Opening Science: Conversation and Controversy
SETI: The Archaeology of the Future

Moderated by Jill Tarter
Bernard Oliver Chair for SETI Research & Academy Fellow
Geoff Marcy, Professor of Astronomy, UC Berkeley and Academy Fellow
Andrew Fraknoi, Professor of Astronomy, Foothill College

Saturday, October 26th 9:00am to 10:30am in the Boardroom
NASA scientists from the SETI institute will be discussing their latest research with Academy Fellows & Scientists and would like to invite you to join them for a small gathering in an intimate Saturday morning setting. Come join them in the conversation while enjoying pastries, coffee and tea. The topic of conversation? Extraterrestrial Life! Current estimates indicate that there are 100 Billion or more Earth sized planets in the Universe. A relatively high percentage of them exist in what is referred to as the habitable zone around their star or stars. Yes, scientists have even discovered Earth sized planets around binary systems. Is it just a matter of time before we find Extraterrestrial Life? Come ask NASA scientists & Academy Fellows what they think. The successful detection of a signal from another extraterrestrial technology would tell us that, on average, technology is a stabilizing influence and we could have a long future if we get it right. What are the statistics? What can we really learn—if we get a signal and if we do not? How long should we listen before we transmit? Welcome by Dr. Terry Gosliner.

Reservations: Individual event tickets: Members $25, Adults $35, Seniors $25, or Eye-Opening Science three event series tickets for Sept 28, Oct 12 & Oct 26: Members $70, Adults $90, Seniors $70. Reserve your Member or Non-Member ticket online or over the phone at 1-877-227-1831 Your ticket does not include museum admission. This Saturday morning conversation series is part of a larger Academy festival called Brilliant!Science: Extraterrestrial Life.

 


 


Special Performance: The Kepler Story
Motion Institute & Morrison Planetarium

Sun, Oct 27 at 6:30pm-7:30pm in the Planetarium
We are excited to announce our first ever prime-time Sunday evening performance series taking place in the Morrison Planetarium - the world’s largest all digital dome. As a one-man performance with dramatic supporting music and full dome visuals, the Morrison Planetarium in collaboration with Motion Institute presents The Kepler Story - an innovative, immersive performance piece about the life and story of 17th-century astronomer and mystic Johannes Kepler. The story of his life, including his discovery of the three laws of planetary motion which removed Earth once and for all from its position at the center of the Universe, took an even more dramatic turn when his mother was arrested for witchcraft and Kepler was forced to defend her. On the way to her trial, reading Galileo’s father’s book on harmony, Kepler experienced one of his greatest epiphanies about the harmony of the universe.

Learn More...

Reservations: Academy Members: $12, General: $15. This is a 60-minute performance. Seating is limited. To reserve a place today, buy a ticket online or over the phone at 1-877-227-1831. Late arrivals will not be permitted entry, tickets are not transferable and non refundable.

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