SETI Institute at Silicon Valley Comic Con and the Inaugural SpaceBall
This weekend, April 21-23, the SETI Institute will be participating in the Silicon Valley Comic Con (SVCC) as well as hosting our inaugural SpaceBall: An Out of this World Gala on Saturday night and the Hilton San Jose.
We will be at Booth #530, where you get a pair of free eclipse glasses when you sign up for our e-news, see models of NASA’s SOFIA flying observatory, Kepler, and the Allen Telescope Array, meet SETI Institute scientists, and more. We will also be participating in events throughout SVCC weekend:
- If Aliens Exist, What are they Doing to Make Themselves Visible? with SETI Institute Senior Astronomer and host of Big Picture Science, Seth Shostak – Friday, April 21 at 7:30PM in room 210CDHG
- Futurecasting Workshop including SETI Institute Senior Astronomer and host of Big Picture Science Seth Shostak, Saturday - April 22, 2:00 PM in room 111
- Exploration and the Hunt for Life Beyond Earth with SETI Institute Director of the Carl Sagan Center, Nathalie Cabrol, SETI Institute Senior Scientist Mark Showalter, and SETI Institute Trustee, Jonathan Knowles – Saturday, April 22 at 3:00PM in room 210CDHG
- Are we Alone? The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence with SETI Institute Bernard M. Oliver Chair, Jill Tarter, SETI Institute Trustee, Jonathan Knowles, and Sir Martin Rees - Sunday, April 23, 11:00 AM in room 210CDGH
- Contact movie screening with commentary by SETI Institute astronomer, Jill Tarter - Sunday, April 23, 2:00 PM in room 211ABCD
Tickets are still available for SpaceBall, which will include a line-up of fast-paced and engaging Lightning Space talks from world class researchers and scientists:
- Jill Tarter – Speeding up the SETI Process
- Pascal Lee – Finding Mars on Earth
- Mark Showalter – Pluto and its Moons
- Franck Marchis – Discovering Asteroids with Moons
- Margaret Race – Protecting our Planet
- Seth Shostak – Are We Looking for the Right Kind of Alien?
- Michael Busch – The Hazard of Asteroid Impacts
- Andrew Franknoi – The August 21 “All-American” Eclipse of the Sun
Other out-of-this-world will include Theramin music by Project Pimento, a virtual reality demo from Oculus, a Discovery Dome planetarium, cocktail buffet with astronaut ice cream for dessert, and an auction of out of this world items.