Press Releases

Sounds of space November 03, 2014
Workshop Ponders Challenges of Communicating Across the Cosmos
The SETI Institute will convene the international workshop “Communicating Across the Cosmos: How Can We Make Ourselves Understood by Other Civilizations in the Galaxy?" on November 10-11, 2014, at its headquarters in Mountain View, California.
Asteroid Hackathon October 24, 2014
SETI institute Seeks Citizen Scientists to Help Save the World; Partners with NASA and Other Organizations to Host Asteroid Hackathon Saturday, Oct. 25
Event part of NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge; SETI-Led Hackathons and Game Jams Connect Leading Scientists, Data Sets, and Citizens to Tackle Complex Challenges
Fingerprints of Life - NASA Astrobiology Institute 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.”
Drake Equation 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.
Saturn's F Ring 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.
Protoplanetary Disk 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.
NASA FILMSS 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.
Camelopardalid meteor recording 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.
Licancabur volcano 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.
Exoplanets 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.
Kepler 186f 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.