Understanding the Universe Videos 

Watch cosmology videos about the chemical and physical characteristics of our universe.

How did life begin on earth? In this video, astrochemist Karin Öberg explains what molecules form the building blocks of life, and how they occur in space.

Cosmic dust includes comet dust, asteroidal dust, dust from the Kuiper belt, and interstellar dust passing through our galaxy. It may one day provide physical evidence of life on other planets.

A multiverse? A single universe with a sort of multiplicity? Do the fundamental laws of physics still hold? Is there still an underlying order?

Are we Alone in the Universe Videos 

Watch cosmology videos about the search for extraterrestrial life in the universe.

The Öberg Astrochemistry Lab pursues laboratory ice experiments and astronomical observations that address how astrochemically important molecules form, and how they may evolve into larger molecules associated with the origins of life.

A century ago, scientists were debating whether the universe always existed or whether it had a beginning. As telescopes began to get more sophisticated, observations indicated that our universe had a spectacular beginning.

What was the early universe like? Could there be life on other planets? These are just a couple of the questions that the information gathered by the James Webb Telescope will help us understand.

Finding Meaning in the Universe Videos 

Watch cosmology videos about seeking purpose within our vast and mysterious universe.

Our solar system is one of hundreds of billions in the Milky Way, and there are hundreds of billions of other galaxies in the universe. For Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, this invokes a sense of wonder and appreciation.

Dr. Jennifer Wiseman shares her amazement at the human ability to be active participants in the universe.

If creation can reveal something of a creator, then an accurate cosmology is necessary for understanding the nature of the creator of the cosmos.