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The story begins with a heartfelt discussion between Dr. Jill Tarter (co-founder of the SETI Institute), LeVar Burton and Dr. Mae Jemison at SXSW following their panel on 100 Year Starship®. The topic? How to reconnect humans to space, to the Earth and the importance of audacious goals for the health of humanity.

Launched September 15, 2017 at the 25th anniversary of Dr. J’s spaceflight, LOOK UP seeks to connect people from all walks of life, across the world, on a single day by the simple act of sharing what they see when they LOOK UP.

To acknowledge that we are Earthlings. We share the same origins, the same sky. And our evolutionary path necessarily includes capturing our place in the greater universe.


LOOK UP™ anchors us in the universe

For hundreds of generations, across the globe, wise women and men observed the sky and charted the movement of the moon, sun and stars, predicting the seasons, the tides.

We navigated across vast distances.We kept track of time and weather as we looked up at the sky. 

Everyday, in every society, people synched their lives — planting and harvesting crops, hunting, birth — with the cycles of the sun and moon. 

Knowing the sky underpinned the foundation for our success as a species; we must never lose sight of this relationship.

LOOK UP™, to understand we live under one sky & the greater universe.

And while inextricably part of Earth, we are ever pushing to explore farther and to claim a place in the larger cosmos.



Look Up Together.

Ever wonder what people in far off places are seeing at the same time you’re looking up at the sky?  The Skyfie app is made exactly for that.  Astronaut, physician, engineer and educator Dr. Mae Jemison believes the impact of looking up at the sky can be as profound as seeing the Earth from space orbit.  Especially when its a shared worldwide experience!

Capture, create, express, share and explore what you (and countless individuals worldwide) see and feel when looking at the sky. Intuitive, simple and powerful, the Skyfie app lets you easily, on a single page, generate your message to the world as  a photo, video, audio recoding or text and then upload it to an interactive globe of the Earth.

And you can seamlessly, explore what everyone submitted across our planet on the Sky Tapestry.

Sky Tapestry is a fully interactive digital globe that shows Skyfies, content, from individuals worldwide in near real-time.  The Sky Tapestry renders the Skyfies on a satellite topographical map that can be zoomed to neighborhood resolution.  But don’t worry, your identity and specific location are not revealed.


These are the individuals, groups, organizations & businesses that make LOOK UP happen.

LOOK UP is lead by The Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence, a US nonprofit that has been at the forefront of integrating science, culture and social responsibility. Since 1994, programs such as The Earth We Share™ have enhanced science literacy for thousands of students and skills of hundreds of teachers around the world, while the 100 Year Starship™ initiative pushes the boundaries of space exploration knowledge, human systems, outreach and inclusion.


Cindy Carway