Press Releases

October 07, 2014
Fingerprints of Life on Mars
NASA’s Astrobiology Institute (NAI) announced that the SETI Institute has been selected as a new member of the NAI for a 5-year research program, “Changing Planetary Environments and the Fingerprints of Life.”
September 11, 2014
SETI Institute Game Jam Challenges Developers to Riff on the Search for Life in the Universe
The SETI Institute, the world’s only organization dedicated to researching the origin and nature of life in the universe, has today announced SETI-JAM, the first game development jam to utilize SETI Institute research findings, data, and input from key scientists.
September 08, 2014
Moonlets Created and Destroyed in a Ring of Saturn
There is an ongoing drama in the Saturnian ring system that causes small moons to be born and then destroyed on time scales that are but an eyeblink in the history of the solar system. SETI Institute scientists Robert French and Mark Showalter have examined photos made by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft of Saturn’s F ring, and compared them to 30 year-old pictures made by the Voyager mission. They think they understand why the photos seem so different: There is a never-ending process that both produces and destroys small moons.
August 28, 2014
How Can We Find Tiny Particles In Exoplanet Atmospheres?
Hard though it may be to believe, SETI Institute scientist Adrian Brown has worked out a scheme for finding particles ten times smaller than the width of a human hair, even at many light-years distance. They can do this by observing a blue tint in the light from far-off objects.
July 30, 2014
SETI Institute To Support Scientific Research At NASA Ames
The SETI Institute has been chosen as a key partner to support scientific and technical mission and project services at NASA Ames Research Center.
July 22, 2014
New Meteor Shower "Just A Memory" Of What Once Was There
On that evening, Jenniskens’ research team took to the skies in a Beechcraft King Air 90 aircraft, a flight sponsored by the SETI Institute, and in little over two hours detected 21 Camelopardalids, predominantly faint meteors.
July 08, 2014
Press Release - Record Levels of Solar Ultraviolet Measured in South America
A team of researchers in the U.S. and Germany has measured the highest level of ultraviolet radiation ever recorded on the Earth’s surface.
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.