Press Releases

Seth Shostak December 16, 2015
Winner of Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization announced
Wonderfest, the 18-year-old Bay Area Beacon of Science, announced today that astronomer Seth Shostak has won the 2015 Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization.
gpi December 01, 2015
Exiled exoplanet possibly kicked out of star's local neighborhood
November 12, 2015
Gemini Planet Imager Exoplanet Survey -- One Year Into The Survey
“This very large survey is observing 600 young stars to look for two things: giant planets orbiting them and debris disks. In our first year, we have already found what GPI was designed to discover -- a young Jupiter in orbit around a nearby star,”
charon November 09, 2015
Pluto’s Moons Spinning Wildly
Most of the familiar moons in the solar system orbit their planets deferentially, with one side always facing their host worlds. This situation is akin to horses on a carousel, with one flank perpetually facing the central axis. But these tranquil conditions don’t apply to Pluto’s small moons.
ATA November 05, 2015
Looking For Deliberate Radio Signals From KIC 8462852
Could there be intelligent life in the star system KIC 8462852?
girl scouts October 29, 2015
SETI Institute to Lead New STEM Project with Girl Scouts: “Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts”
NASA’s Science Mission Directorate selected “Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts” as a new, 5-year space science education program that will bring together Girl Scouts with scientists, engineers and educators at NASA and beyond.
Bill Borucki October 07, 2015
WILLIAM BORUCKI RECEIVES SETI INSTITUTE’S 2015 DRAKE AWARD
On October 15, the SETI Institute will award the 2015 Frank Drake Award for Innovation in SETI and Astrobiology Research to William Borucki, who was the Principal Investigator for NASA’s Kepler mission.
beta pictoris b September 16, 2015
Watching an Exoplanet in Motion Around a Distant Star
In a major breakthrough for exoplanet discovery and exploration, the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) is proving to be one of most powerful and effective instruments ever invented for directly imaging planets in orbit around other stars.
Enceladus ocean September 15, 2015
SATURN’S MOON ENCELADUS HOSTS A GLOBAL OCEAN
Every square inch of Saturn’s small moon Enceladus overlies a potentially habitable ocean. Observations of Enceladus’ slight wobble as it orbits Saturn can only be explained if the outer crust floats freely from the inner core, according to scientists studying images taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.
Nathalie Cabrol August 18, 2015
NATHALIE CABROL TO LEAD CARL SAGAN CENTER AT SETI INSTITUTE
The SETI Institute announces the appointment of Nathalie Cabrol as the lead for its multidisciplinary research programs into the nature and distribution of life beyond Earth. She will head the Institute’s Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe.
51 Eri August 13, 2015
NEW INSTRUMENT IMAGES A YOUNG COUSIN OF JUPITER
Using a powerful new imaging device, astronomers have espied a Jupiter-like exoplanet 100 light-years distant in the constellation of Eridanus.
Kepler 452b July 23, 2015
NEW KEPLER EXOPLANET CATALOG INCLUDES TERRESTRIAL SIZED WORLD ORBITING COUSIN OF THE SUN
Scientists analyzing four years of data from NASA’s Kepler mission have released a new catalog of exoplanet candidates. The catalog adds more than 500 new possible planets to the 4,175 already found by the famed space-based telescope.

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