Join NOVA for a new season of stellar virtual events which highlight the new five-part series NOVA Universe Revealed. Take a ringside seat as NOVA captures moments of high drama when the cosmos changed forever and register for the events listed below.
NOVA Universe Revealed Trivia Night
Tuesday, October 26
7pm ET / 4pm PT
Does your knowledge of the cosmos rival the vastness of space? Put your expertise to the test with an all things space trivia night to celebrate the premiere of NOVA Universe Revealed!
Test your knowledge of the universe with questions surrounding exoplanets, stars, the big bang, and more, for a competition that will truly be out of this world. This virtual event will feature opportunities for competition, both individually or as a team.
Don't miss the premiere of NOVA Universe Revealed on Wednesday 10/27 at 9/8c on PBS.
The Dynamic Universe: Variable Stars and Their Stories
Wednesday, October 27
1pm ET / 10am PT
Join Dr. Stella Kafka, the CEO and Executive Director of the American Association of Variable Stars Observers (AAVSO), as she explains what variable stars are and how to find and record them in the night sky from your home. Tune in to find how our Sun misbehaves, why stars throw up, and if there is such a thing as a "zombie star"!
This event is the first in a series of three virtual field trips highlighting NOVA Universe Revealed. We invite you to join the conversation with your students via the NOVA Education Facebook page and YouTube channel where we will be streaming the virtual field trips.
NOVA Universe Revealed Segment on All Space Considered
Friday, November 5
10:30pm ET / 7:30pm PT
All Space Considered is a free public program from Griffith Observatory held on the first Friday of every month. The program currently runs online on Griffith Observatory's official YouTube Channel. This month, Dr. Gibor Basri (UC Berkeley) and Dr. Courtney Dressing (UC Berkeley), featured experts in the new 5-part NOVA series NOVA Universe Revealed, will join the All Space Considered team with topics from Alien Worlds to Black Holes. Join the Observatory’s curatorial staff as they examine and explain the most-talked-about subjects in astronomy and space science.
NOVA Universe Revealed National Screening Event
Tuesday, November 16
6pm ET / 3pm PT
Join NOVA for a panel discussion and highlights from the five-part series NOVA Universe Revealed followed by a live audience Q&A.
Dr. Alok Patel, Physician and Host of NOVA Now Podcast
- Dr. Grant Tremblay, Astrophysicist, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian
- Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi, Astrophysicist & Science Communicator, George Mason University
- Dr. Anjali Tripathi, Science Ambassador, NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program
- Professor Priyamvada Natarajan, Astrophysicist, Yale University
The James Webb Space Telescope, Go for Launch!
Wednesday, December 16
1pm ET / 10am PT
Later this month, the James Webb Space Telescope—the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope—will be launched. The James Webb Space Telescope will look backwards in time to find the first galaxies that formed after the Big Bang, trace their evolution into galaxies like our own Milky Way, and connect the formation of stars and planets with the history of our own solar system.
Join Jonathan P. Gardner, Deputy Senior Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope, on a virtual field trip where he explains how his team studies the universe as a whole, from its dramatic beginnings in the Big Bang, to the mysterious dark energy that will determine its future!
Searching for Life on Exoplanets
Tuesday, January 11
1pm ET / 10am PT
Over the last few decades, scientists have found thousands of planets beyond our own. Some of those planets might be habitable, and perhaps even inhabited already; but how can we tell?
Clara Sousa-Silva (Center for Astrophysics | Harvard- Smithsonian) looks for signs of life on other planets, using astronomical tools such as spectroscopy to detect the faint signals emitted by potential alien biospheres. In this presentation, she will answer the question: “Would we know life if we saw it?”, drawing on her experience investigating strange molecules on strange planets, such as her recent work trying to detect phosphine on Venus.
Stay tuned for more virtual field trips and screening events highlighting the new series!