SETI Institute for Educators

The WFIRST/AFTA astrophysics mission: bigger and better for exoplanets

The Wide Field InfRared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) was conceived to conduct wide field, near-infrared surveys for dark energy, exoplanet gravitational microlensing, and general astrophysics using a moderate aperture (~1.3-m) telescope. This talk highlights the mission's science potential including brief descriptions of its dark energy and general observer programs...
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  • The Wide Field InfRared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) was conceived to conduct wide field, near-infrared surveys for dark energy, exoplanet gravitational microlensing, and general astrophysics using a moderate aperture (~1.3-m) telescope. This talk highlights the mission's science potential including brief descriptions of its dark energy and general observer programs...
  • We once thought planets formed peacefully in situ in their natal disks and subsequently followed their orbits like clockwork. However, there is growing evidence that the typical planetary system forms with "some assembly required" and undergoes a dynamical rearrangement through planetary migration processes.
  • Jean Chiar discusses interstellar dust grains - small sub-micron-sized particles that pollute the space between the stars - play an important role in the chemistry of the galaxy as well as the star and planet formation process. We glean most information about dust composition in the interstellar medium from infrared spectroscopy.
  • We are proud to announce the 3rd Annual MarsFest in Death Valley National Park from March 28 - 30, 2014
  • An interview with Jason Rowe, Research Scientist at the SETI Institute and member of NASA's Kepler mission.
  • Marusa Bradac of UC Davis will discuss how astronomers observe the invisible matter in one of the true gems in the sky: a giant cluster of galaxies also called the Bullet Cluster.
  • Read a biographical memoir of Carl Sagan (1934-1996), founder of the modern disciplines of planetary science and exobiology. Written by David Morrison, Director of the Carl Sagan Center at the SETI Institute.
  • Nye took on creationist Ken Ham in a few hours of emotional debate this week about the merits of "creation science."
  • An interview with the “father of SETI science,” astronomer Frank Drake (the first President of the SETI Institute Board.) The discussion ranged widely over Dr. Drake’s career and current thinking, and included reminiscences of Project OZMA, the very first experiment searching for signals from civilizations among the stars, and his current view of the Drake Equation (estimating the chances of intelligent life out there).
  • SETI Institute Researcher Alfonso Davila proposes an alternative strategy to how we search for life in the Solar System.

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