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Previously Featured

SOFIA
The Coolest Party - A Night Flight on NASA's SOFIA
Most infrared light – which is the part of the spectrum that gives us clues to some of the most intriguing puzzles in astronomy – is blocked by our atmosphere. But a telescope-in-a-plane known as SOFIA can get above 99 percent of that opaque air, and probe deep into the galaxy to learn how stars are made. In this week’s Big Picture Science, reporter Emma Bentley takes a ride.
March 20, 2017
mass moca
Explode Everyday: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder
This winter a number of SETI AIR artists have been featured in the MASS MoCA exhibit, Explode Everyday: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder
March 15, 2017
presentations
2016: A Year of Discovery at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute
2017 is well underway, building from all that was learned in 2016.
March 15, 2017

Where in the Worlds has SETI Institute Been? March 6-21, 2017
March 14, 2017
Moonlet
Odd-looking Jewel in Saturn’s Rings
It’s a rock-and-ice piece of ravioli that’s the size of Manhattan, a satellite known as Pan, and one of Saturn’s 62 known moons.
March 10, 2017
International womens day
SETI Institute Celebrates International Women's Day 2017
The women of the SETI Institute work every day to #BeBoldforChange.
March 08, 2017

News and Announcements

  October 5 - outburst of October Camelopardalids
The dust trail of an unknown long-period comet wandered in Earth's path on October 5.
  Why Stephen Hawking is light years from the truth about ‘dangerous aliens’
The physicist Stephen Hawking is convinced that intelligent extraterrestrials populate space, a view shared by many scientists. But his ruminations on this prospect have shifted from the aliens’ existence to their deportment. Maybe they’re dangerous.
  ISO International Space Orchestra - 17500 people were there!
Blending space science, planet-poking and bluegrass-playing spacecraft operators, the world’s first orchestra composed of space scientists – the International Space Orchestra (ISO) - is coming together to perform as the supporting act to Sigur Rós at the Hollywood Bowl
  Meteor passes near to Allen Telescope Array
SETI Institute astronomer Peter Jenniskens notes that a very bright meteor, a so-called fireball, was seen in the vicinity of the Allen Telescope Array on Thursday, September 15 at about 7:48 pm local time.
  The International Space Orchestra perform with Sigur Rós at the Hollywood Bowl on Sept. 24th
The International Space Orchestra will perform with Sigur Rós at the Hollywood Bowl on Sept. 24th. To celebrate the event the SETI Institute, Icelandic band Sigur Rós and Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios are running a competition to win one of 25 signed patches.
  SETI Institute is Hiring - Executive Assistant
The SETI Institute is seeking an Executive Assistant to provide high level administrative support to the President/CEO, and the Management team.
  Orbiter Detects Changing Climate on Early Mars
The early Martian climate remains hotly debated by scientists because the surface mineralogy and morphology indicate abundant liquid water was present, while atmospheric modeling is challenged to create conditions supportive of liquid water on the surface of early Mars.
  Let’s be careful about this “SETI” signal
Several readers have contacted me recently about reports that a group of international astronomers have detected a strong signal coming from a distant star that could be a sign of a high-technology civilization.
  Hear me now? 'Strong signal' from sun-like star sparks alien speculation - CNN news
An international team of researchers is now examining the radio signal and its star, HD 164595 -- described in a paper by Italian astronomer Claudio Maccone and others as a "strong candidate for SETI" -- in the hopes of determining its origin.
  SETI is hopeful yet skeptical that Russians found aliens - SETI Talks in Aug 30, 2016
The world of astronomy lit up in the past couple of days with a report that Russian astronomers may have received a signal from a distant star.

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