'Birth of Planet Earth' premieres at UAA Planetarium this Friday, May 20
by UAA Planetarium and Visualization Theater |
We are excited to announce a new premiere at the UAA Planetarium! We have been waiting over two years to show this film on our theater. Special guest, Dr. Brandon Briggs, will be presenting after each showing.
Birth of Planet Earth
Friday, May 20
6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
About the film:
"Birth of Planet Earth" tells the twisted tale of our planet’s origins. Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to a billion planets roughly the size of our own. The film employs advanced, data-driven, cinematic-quality visualizations to explore some of the greatest questions in science today: How did Earth become a living planet in the wake of our solar system’s violent birth? What does its history tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like?
About the speaker:
Brandon R. Briggs is an associate professor in biological sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He is also core director of the Advanced Instrumentation in Microbiome Studies (AIMS) core facility. His research is highly interdisciplinary and has both a geomicrobiology and applied microbiology focus using molecular, physiological, microscopic and bioinformatic techniques to understand how microbes respond to environmental conditions and in turn how microbes can modify their environment.