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By Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer and Director of SETI Research

While alien life can be seen nightly on television and in the movies, it has never been seen in space. Not so much as a microbe, dead or alive, let alone a wrinkle-faced Klingon.

By Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer and Director of SETI Research

By Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer, Director of SETI Research

Originally published on HuffingtonPost.com

Expedia's galaxy-wide website must be offering Earth at a major discount. In one movie after another, aliens decide to pass up competing Milky Way attractions -- including neutron stars, antimatter clouds, hot Jupiters, and a 4 billion-trillion-trillion-ton central black hole -- in favor of our planet. The small speck of rock we inhabit is more popular with tourists than Disneyland.

Universe 2014: Beyond Earth: Planets, Life, and Intelligence in the Cosmos
 
An Afternoon of Science & Scientific Speculation
Sponsored by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
(part of the Society’s Annual Meeting)
 
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 1:30 to 5:30 pm
Regency Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Burlingame, CA
Free, with a suggested donation of $10 per person

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