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LIGO Scientists Spy Neutron Star Smash-Up That Blew Bling Into Space

For the first time ever, observations show cosmic cataclysm that ejected gold and other heavy metals.
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Where in the Worlds has SETI Institute Been? - Sept 25 - October 1, 2017
A roundup of SETI Institute in the media.
September 15, 2017

Sputnik’s Birthday
It was the size of a fitness ball, but its effect was bigger than any bomb. Sixty years ago, on October 4, 1957, the world awoke to learn that the Soviet Union had launched a satellite into orbit – the first to do so. Sputnik 1 was nearly two-feet in diameter and weighed as much as a middle-aged insurance salesman. Most people were stunned.
October 03, 2017
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NASA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador Update
Seven NASA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors (AAA) and two district liaisons traveled to Palmdale for their SOFIA flight week experience.
September 27, 2017
Skeptic Check: Aliens - The Evidence
Big Picture Science Radio show - Aliens - The Evidence
In the new film, Arrival, extraterrestrials once again pay Earth a visit. But many believe the aliens are already here. How good is the evidence? And what is the chance that experiments to eavesdrop on distant alien societies might succeed. Also, could aliens be behind the bizarre behavior of two star systems now making the news?

Carl Sagan Center Activity Report August 2017
Carl Sagan Center Activity Report for August 2017
June 22, 2017
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Where in the Worlds has SETI Institute Been? - Sept 11 - 17, 2017
A roundup of SETI Institute in the media.
September 15, 2017

News and Announcements

  NASA’s New Horizons, IAU Set Pluto Naming Themes
NASA’s New Horizons and the International Astronomical Union (IAU) have announced naming themes for surface features on Pluto and its moons.
  Tuesday Feb. 14, Seth Shostak and Eugene Mirman Get Real About Climate Change
On this week’s episode of StarTalk All-Stars, veteran host Seth Shostak and co-host Eugene Mirman invite guest Ken Caldeira, climate scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science, for a serious discussion about climate change.
  Feb. 15 Webinar - Characterization of Mars Analogs from Speaker Dr. Janice Bishop SETI Institute
Join us on February 15, 2017 at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM MST for this complimentary webinar. Dr. Janice Bishop will give a live speech.
  The University of the Underground is open for application
SETI Institute's Designer of Experiences Nelly Ben Hayoun, is now up to a new challenge. She is opening a university in the undergrounds of cities.
  The Kepler-K2 Team Wins the National Space Society’s 2017 Space Pioneer Award for Science and Engineering
Are these some new cosmic phenomenon, an odd habit of nature that we never knew? Or could they be the deliberate wails of societies howling from the farthest corners of space?
  What’s Causing Those Mysterious ‘Bursts’ From Deep Space?
Are these some new cosmic phenomenon, an odd habit of nature that we never knew? Or could they be the deliberate wails of societies howling from the farthest corners of space?
  NASA Flying Observatory Makes Observations of Jupiter Previously Only Possible from Space
NASA & DLR Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA is a Boeing 747SP jetliner modified to carry a 100-inch diameter telescope. Image Credit: NASA.
  Why Are Only Americans Interested in the Hunt for Extraterrestrials?
Why Only Americans Are Interested in the Hunt for Alien Life? Seth Shostak writes about the idea for NBC’s mach/space page.
  The International Space Orchestra, the world’s first orchestra composed of space scientists, is releasing a cover of Sigur Rós’ Viðrar Vel Til Loftárása.
As part of the festive season, The International Space Orchestra offer covers of Sigur Rós’ song Viðrar vel til loftárása, produced by Sigur Rós with long-term collaborator musician Alex Somers, and performed by the International Space Orchestra.
  Are the Salad Days for Intelligence Still to Come?
Could it be that Homo sapiens is the first intelligent species in the cosmos? Given the number of planets now known to pepper space, that seems unlikely. Seth Shostak writes about the idea for NBC’s tech/science page.

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