After Dark: Extraterrestrials

Thursday, October 7, 2021 • 6:00–10:00 p.m. PT

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Adults Only (18+)

Note: Free for members and donors—only a membership card and ID required for entry. The Tactile Dome is currently closed.

The truth is out there! Observation, science, and a healthy dose of skepticism can show it to us. In June of 2021, the Pentagon released a report confirming that there have been objects of unknown origins observed flying above the Earth. While there is no evidence to support alien technology, there are still plenty of fascinating objects in our atmosphere and beyond to be discovered and explored. Launch into the unknown, with your eyes on the skies, as we learn about some of the fantastic and curious objects in outer space.

Just for Tonight:

Presented by Cinema Arts

6:00–10:00 p.m.

Enjoy this collection of space-related films spanning from the earliest days of cinema to our modern era—some prescient, some silly, and some totally out of this world. See how artists have conceptualized the cosmos to shape our culture and understanding of outer space. 

DJ Platurn
From Hip Hop for Change

6:30–7:45, 8:15–9:30 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3

Hip Hop for Change is an Oakland-based nonprofit that uses grassroots activism to educate people about socioeconomic injustices and advocate solutions through Hip Hop culture.

Tracking Objects in Orbit
6:00–7:30 p.m., 9:00–10:00 p.m.
Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6

Did you know that there are over 6,000 satellites in orbit around the Earth? That’s just a fraction of the human-made telescopes, spacecraft, and debris that have been launched into space since 1957. This visualization tracks the myriad objects clustered over our planet in real time.

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
With Howard Isaacson

7:30 p.m.
Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6

Is there extraterrestrial intelligence? If so, how do we know? The Berkeley Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Research Center has turned its attention to the sky with rigorous observation and collection of data to understand what’s out there. Join Howard Isaacson as he shares the center’s process and findings, and how to separate science from pseudo-science. 

Life on...Enceladus??
With Dr. Alfonso Davila

8:30 p.m.
Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6

Learn about efforts to detect life within our own solar system with NASA scientist Alfonso Davila. Space exploration continues to offer evidence for the components necessary to biological life, including water of Mars and the moon. One promising but overlooked location for signs of life is the sixth-largest moon of Saturn, Enceladus. Alfonso will share the latest research on Enceladus and where else we might find other living things in space.

Food and drinks will be available to purchase in our Seaglass Restaurant and at the outdoor bar in Gallery 5 to enjoy in those designated spaces during After Dark. Please note that there is no drinking or eating allowed elsewhere in the museum at this time.

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