Lunchtime Discovery: The Search for Life Beyond Earth

  • Wednesday, March 22, 2023
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Mars in OpenSpaceMars, visualized with OpenSpace by Dr. Rachel Smith/NCMNS.

Dr. Rachel L. Smith, Head, Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Lab, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Astronomer Dr. Rachel Smith will use new software called OpenSpace to take you on a virtual tour from Earth to our neighboring planets, and far beyond the solar system. As we fly through space, Dr. Smith will discuss the search for life beyond Earth and planetary analogues to Earth’s extreme environments. She will discuss her recent observations of forming stars using NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility on Maunakea, Hawaii and explain how scientists visualize the known Universe using data from planetary probes, satellites and telescopes.

Join us on YouTube!

Live Virtual Presentation hosted by NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ SECU Daily Planet Curator Chris Smith and the NC Department of Environmental Quality Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs staff.

You can post questions in the YouTube chat or tweet questions to #LunchTimeDiscovery and mention @NorthCarolinaEE.

Brought to you by the NC DEQ Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.


March 22
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


NC United States


Chris Smith