Jacob Berkowitz presents The Stardust Revolution

Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 4:24pm

Lost Alien Show delights younger audience

In 1957, as Americans obsessed over the launch of the Soviet Sputnik Satellite, another less noticed space age was taking off. That year, astrophysicist Fred Hoyle and colleagues solved a centuries-old quest for the origin of the elements, from carbon to uranium. The answer they found wasn’t on Earth, but in the stars. Their research showed that we are literally stardust. The year also marked the first international conference that considered the origin of life on Earth in an astrophysical context. It was the marriage of two of the seemingly strangest bedfellows—astronomy and biology—and a turning point in what award-winning science journalist Jacob Berkowitz calls THE STARDUST REVOLUTION.

In this captivating story of an exciting new science, Berkowitz weaves together the latest research results in this revolution to reveal a dramatic new view of the twinkling night sky—not as an alien frontier, but as our cosmic birthplace.

Join Jacob Berkowitz at the Central Library on Monday, July 14, 7 pm for a reading and book signing of THE STARDUST REVOLUTION: THE NEW STORY OF OUR ORIGINS IN THE STARS.  Or, join him at several family-friendly performances of his LOST ALIEN SHOW.  In the Lost Alien show, Ambrosia the alien is lost, and needs help to find her way home. Berkowitz' 30-minute, interactive, theatrical-style puppet show will take you out-of-this-world. 

  • Central Library, Tuesday, July 15, 10:00 am 
  • Sequoya Library, Tuesday, July 15, 2:00 p.m. 
  • Hawthorne Library, Wednesday, July 16, 10:30 am
  • Meadowridge Library, Wednesday, July 16, 2:00 pm
  • Lakeview Library, Thursday, July 17, 10:30 am
  • Pinney Library, Thursday, July 17, 2:00 pm

These presentations are sponsored by the UW Geology Museum and the NASA Astrobiology Institute.