For centuries, humanity has wondered whether we are alone in the Universe. Now, we are finally one step closer to knowing the answer. With the discovery in 1995 of the first planet orbiting another star, we now know that planets are not unique to our own Solar System. In fact, these “extrasolar” planets now appear to be quite common.
No one has yet found an Earth-like world with conditions similar to ours, but it now seems only a matter of time. And as the quest for extrasolar planets continues, the possibility exists that one day we might find life elsewhere in the Universe, born in the light of another sun.
In this original production of the Clark Planetarium, we’ll explore what makes a planet “Earth-like” in the first place, and take an immersive full-dome tour of several worlds that just might fit the conditions we’re looking for. From water worlds to molten landscapes, inhabitable moons to planets with multiple suns, these exotic worlds aren’t just science fiction anymore!
“Extreme Planets” was written by Ray Villard, News Director at the Space Telescope Science Institute and author the popular new book “Infinite Worlds.” The program is narrated by noted film actor Rene Auberjonois (“Odo” on Star Trek Deep Space 9, “Paul Lewiston” on Boston Legal).