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Project Blue and the Quest to Photograph Exoplanets

The world’s collective imagination to answer the age-old question, “Are we alone,” has been reignited now that we understand exoplanets – planets in orbit around stars other than Earth’s Sun – are not uncommon.
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Gravitational Waves May Solve Some Big Cosmic Riddles
Nobel-winning research could help us see almost all the way back to the Big Bang. There was considerable ballyhoo this week as the Royal Swedish Academy announced that the Nobel Prize in physics would go to three Americans who were prime movers in the effort to design and build LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory.
October 10, 2017
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SETI Institute Elects Dava Newman to Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees of the SETI Institute has unanimously elected Dava Newman as the newest member of its Board of Trustees
On Defense
Big Picture Science Radio show - On Defense
The military is a dangerous calling, but researchers are trying to make it safer for troops. Writer Mary Roach investigates how scientists work to protect soldiers from foes like heat, noise, and fatigue, and how bad odors were once considered a secret weapon. Also, the ancient history of camouflage and the innate chemical defense system that protects you.
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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

News and Announcements

  The Life, the Sea and the Space Viking, Searching for Extremophiles
Part 2 of The Life, the Sea and the Space Viking. You meet Bill Diamond, President and CEO at SETI Institute, Dr Dale Andersen, Senior Research Scientist, SETI Institute and Dr Penny Boston, Director for Astrobiology Institute, NASA.
  MAKING CONTACT: SETI Artists in Residence Program Inaugural Group Show at NUMU Los Gatos thru March 5th, 2017.
SETI AIR SHOW: Fri, Oct 28, 2016, 11:00am – Sun, Mar 5, 2017, 5:00pm . This group exhibition features artists from the SETI Artist in Residence (AIR) program.
  The Life, the Sea and the Space Viking, trailers released
In the coming weeks, the SETI Institute will release some of the short videos and trailers developed in house at the SETI Institute by our Designer of Experiences Nelly Ben Hayoun as part of the project The Life, the Sea and the Space Viking which deals with the contemporary debates on astrobiology and terraforming.
  New Horizons: Possible Clouds on Pluto, Next Target is Reddish
The next target for NASA’s New Horizons mission -- which made a historic flight past Pluto in July 2015 -- apparently bears a colorful resemblance to its famous, main destination.
  SETI Institute Scientists Head to the 48th Annual DPS Meeting
The following is a list of posters and presentations by SETI Institute scientists attending the DPS meeting in Pasadena, CA, October 16-21, 2016.
  Free "Gravitational Waves from Merging Black Holes" Talk on Wednesday, Nov 2, 2016.
On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 at 7 pm, Dr. Lynn Cominsky of Sonoma State University will give a free, illustrated, non-technical talk on: “Spacetime Symphony: Gravitational Waves from Merging Black Holes” in the Smithwick Theater at Foothill College, in Los Altos. The talk is part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, now in its 17th year.
  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.

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