This program is over. Hope you didn't miss it! Browse other programs we offer Finding Our Place in the Cosmos with Mario Livio Evening Lecture/Seminar Thursday, April 21, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET Add to calendar iCalendar Gmail Yahoo Mail Outlook Outlook.com Code: 1M2195 Select your Tickets Resize text The large spiral galaxy NGC 1232 When our ancient ancestors looked up and around, no doubt they asked themselves: What exactly is our place in this vast universe? Are we central to it? Do we matter? In this fascinating program, renowned astrophysicist and author Mario Livio discusses how modern science and cutting-edge discoveries have completely changed the answers to these questions. During this grand tour of the cosmos, Livio explains how the Copernican Principle—which had its origins in the l6th century—rejected the long-held belief that humans occupied a special place at the center of the universe. He combines this humbling concept with a discussion of the most recent scientific discoveries in areas ranging from the largest scales in cosmology through the study of extrasolar planets to the subatomic world of particle physics. It appears that we humans have had a central role to play, after all. Livio is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has published more than 500 scientific articles and seven popular science books. Patron Information If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom. This program is part of ourSmithsonian Associates Streaming series.