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“The Alien Invasion is Us!” with Lucianne Walkowicz

Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz, astronomer at the Adler Planetarium, wowed the audience at our recent Lunch and Learn as she spoke about Alien Life in Space. Through her captivating presentation, Lucianne explained why we must be careful what we send to space to avoid human contamination; how to approach space as human explorers; the space treaty and space wars.

From 2017-2018, Dr. Walkowicz served as the fifth Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology. She studies the ethics of Mars exploration, stellar magnetic activity, how stars influence a planet’s suitability as a host for alien life, and how to use advanced computing to discover unusual events in large astronomical data sets. Lucianne is also a leader in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, a new project that will scan the sky every night for 10 years to create a huge cosmic movie of our Universe.

Many thanks to the Adler Planetarium and our guest participants for sharing in this learning experience with us. Follow Lucianne on Twitter at @shaka_lulu or visit the Adler Planetarium website at