Press Releases

June 09, 2014
Planet Bonanza Hints at Worlds Similar to Our Own (Press Release)
For planet hunters, this has been a bountiful year. A team of astronomers at the SETI Institute and NASA Ames Research Center have used data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope to uncover 715 new exoplanets.
April 17, 2014
Press Release - First Discovery of an Earth-sized Planet in the Habitable Zone
For the first time, an Earth-sized planet has been found in the habitable zone of its star. This discovery not only proves the existence of worlds that might be similar to our own, but will undoubtedly shape future investigations of exoplanets that could have terrestrial surface environments.
April 09, 2014
David Black Selected as President and CEO at SETI Institute
The SETI Institute has announced the selection of Dr. David Black as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Black, who is President and CEO Emeritus of the Universities Space Research Association and Visiting Scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, is a widely recognized researcher in the fields of star and planet formation, and the search for exoplanets.
February 27, 2014
Distant Asteroid Revealed to be a Complex Mini Geological World
After 8 years of observations, scientists from the SETI Institute have found an exotic orbit for the largest Trojan asteroid, (624) Hektor — the only one known to possess a moon.
January 07, 2014
World’s Most Powerful Planet Finder Turns its Eye to the Sky - Gemini Planet Imager Obtains First Light Images -
After nearly a decade of development, construction, and testing, the world’s most advanced instrument for directly imaging and analyzing planets around other stars is pointing skyward and collecting light from distant worlds.
January 07, 2014
El Espectrógrafo y Captador de Imágenes más poderoso del Mundo mira al cielo: la Primera Luz del Captador de Imágenes de Planetas de Gemini
After nearly a decade of development, construction, and testing, the world’s most advanced instrument for directly imaging and analyzing planets around other stars is pointing skyward and collecting light from distant worlds.
December 16, 2013
Novel instrument able to probe close binary stars may one day image exoplanets
A new instrument that combines two high-resolution telescope techniques – adaptive optics and interferometry – has for the first time distinguished and studied the individual stars in a nearby binary star system, demonstrating promise for eventually picking out planets around other stars.
November 06, 2013
Meteor Astronomer Peter Jenniskens Participates in Chelyabinsk Meteor Impact Investigation
Peter Jenniskens and international scientists for the first time have gathered a detailed understanding of the effects on Earth from a small asteroid impact.
November 04, 2013
NASA Kepler Results Usher in a New Era of Astronomy
The Kepler team announces 833 new candidate planets. Ten of these candidates are less than twice the size of Earth and orbit in their sun's habitable zone.
October 08, 2013
Archival Hubble Images Reveal Neptune's “Lost” Inner Moon
SETI Institute Senior Scientist Mark Showalter announces that Neptune’s tiny, innermost moon, Naiad, has now been seen for the first time since it was discovered by Voyager’s cameras in 1989.
October 07, 2013
Telescopes Large and Small Team Up to Study Triple Asteroid
Combining observations from the world’s largest telescopes with small telescopes used by amateur astronomers, a team of astronomers led by Franck Marchis, senior research scientist at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute, discovered that the large main-belt asteroid (87) Sylvia has a complex interior, probably linked to the way the multiple system was formed.
October 07, 2013
Scholastic, Mars Institute and SETI Institute Take Flight with the Launch of New Nonfiction Book “MISSION: MARS”
In celebration of World Space Week, whose theme this year is Mars exploration, Scholastic announces the North American release of MISSION: MARS, a new nonfiction children’s book for readers in grades 4 through 6* (ages 9–12) by scientist Dr. Pascal Lee.

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