Where in the Worlds has SETI Institute Been? March 6-21, 2017

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March 6-12, 2017

Meteor Showers

SETI Institute scientist and astronomer Peter Jenniskens shows how meteor showers don’t stay in one place. His findings are based on the study of data from the Cameras for Allsky Meteor Surveillance Systems (CAMS) which has tracked the trajectories of more than 300,000 meteors since 2010.

SETI Institute: Warped Meteor Showers Hit Earth at all Angles

Inverser.com: Astronomers Made a Wicked Cool Animation of Meteor Showers in Space

Space.com: See Earth Fly Through Meteor Showers' Wandering, Warped Paths 

UPI: Study: Position and angles of meteor showers constantly shifts

Pan

New images from Cassini Orbiter show close-ups of the Saturn moonlet Pan. Interestingly, Pan was originally discovered by SETI Institute astronomer, Mark Showalter. 

SETI Institute: Odd-Looking Jewel in Saturn’s Rings

New York Times: Pan, Moon of Saturn, Looks Like a Cosmic Ravioli (or Maybe a Walnut)

Daily Mail: The 'flying saucer' moon of Saturn: Cassini images reveal Pan's strange shape

National Geographic: Here's Our Best Look Yet at Saturn's 'UFO' Moon

Cosmic Diary: The Three Discoveries of Pan

Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors

The SETI Institute recently announced the 2017 and 2018 educators for the Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program aboard NASA’s SOFIA flying observatory. At the end of January several teachers from the previous group spent their flight week aboard SOFIA and have begun to bring their experience back to their classrooms.

SETI Institute: SETI Institute Announces 2017 and 2018 Educators for AAA

Los Angeles Daily News: Back on Earth, Phelan science teacher brings NASA to the classroom

San Jose Mercury News: NASA selects South Bay teachers for flight, training

Quotables

SETI Institute Senior Astronomer and host of the radio show Big Picture Science, Seth Shostak weighted in on fast radio bursts with the Wall Street Journal: About those mysterious fast radio bursts from deep space . . . 

Seth also chatted with KQED Morning News Anchor Brian Watt about space tourism, private space exploration, and the price tag: Moon Travel Must: Have a Big Checkbook 

Upcoming Events

Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series: March 15, 2017, Is Anyone Out There Among the Stars: The Hundred-Million Dollar Breakthrough Listen Project, Dan Werthimer. The Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series is sponsored in part by SETI Institute.

Cambridge Science Festival: April 14-23, 2017, Cambridge, MA. A celebration of science, technology, engineering, math and art. On April 14, Opening Night: Are We Alone? at Harvard University will honor Frank Drake, Chairman Emeritus of SETI Institute and best known for conceiving the Drake Equation. 

Conference on World Affairs: April 14-24, Boulder, CO. A year-round unit of the University of Colorado, this festival of ideas features five days of speakers, performances and music.

SpaceBall: April 22, 2017, San Jose, CA. Held in conjunction with Silicon Valley Comic Con, where SETI Institute will host a booth and participate in panel discussions, SpaceBall will be SETI Institute’s inaugural fundraising gala celebrating space exploration and innovation.

Spacefest: June 8-11, 2017, Tucson, AZ. An annual event that brings the space community together. Pascal Lee and Seth Shostak of SETI Institute will be participating.