Newly Renovated Planetarium to Present the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Kent State University Planetarium and Observatory

By Latisha Ellison

After more than a year, the Kent State University Planetarium renovation is complete, and its first show, The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, will be Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22, at 8 p.m.

The presentation shows humanity’s search for intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. After providing a tour of the Ohio night sky, the presentation will explore celestial objects that may harbor life millions to trillions of miles away. Discussions about "ongoing attempts to communicate with whomever may be listening and the huge, difficult worldwide effort to find the needle of an intelligent message within the haystack of cosmic radio noise" will follow the presentation.

“We are excited that the renovations are complete and are looking forward to sharing our new space with everyone,” says Deborah Davis, undergraduate administrative secretary for the Department of Physics. “I think the audience will really enjoy the presentation and the discussion that follows.”

The hourlong show is free and open to the public, but it is not recommended for children under the age of six. Seating capacity is limited. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 330-672-7009 and leaving a message with name, number of seats needed and contact information for confirmation. Those who have special needs are requested to call in advance of the desired presentation night so accommodations can be made.