SETI Talks - Do ETs Watch Us? What Do They See?

SETI Talks

Tags: SETI Talks, SETI

Time: Wednesday, Apr 19, 2023 -

Location: Mountain View, CA and Online

We are excited to bring SETI Talks in person to the SETI Institute! You can attend either in person or online.

Let’s assume that extra-terrestrial civilizations exist in our galaxy. Like us, they are conducting their own SETI research to find us, see us and study us. What would they see? What methods could they use to learn about us? What technologies have they invented to see and listen to us. And finally, what information will they get from our civilization.

Join us for a thought-provoking discussion on the possibility of extraterrestrial civilizations observing our own planet. Our panel of experts, Seth Shostak Senior researcher at the SETI Institute and Paul Dalba,  research scientist at the SETI Institute and 51 Pegasi b Fellow of the Heising-Simons Foundation, will present the latest research and theories on this fascinating topic.

Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your knowledge and engage in scientific discourse. Molly Bentley, Executive Producer and co-host at Big Picture Science will moderate this conversation.

This talk will be in person at the SETI Institute (limited space available) and online. 

If you are attending this talk in person, please note the SETI Institute’s COVID policy:

  • Anyone visiting the SETI Institute must be fully vaccinated and updated against COVID-19 or have an approved accommodation or state exemption
  • All visitors must complete the SETI Institute’s COVID Declaration Form upon arrival; forms will be available at check-in
  • Anyone who has traveled via plane, either domestically or internationally, within 72 hours of their visit to the SETI Institute is requested to take an at-home COVID test that is negative before coming to the SETI Institute
  • Masking is encouraged, but not required; masks are available upon request



Paul Dalba

Paul Dalba is a research scientist at the SETI Institute and a 51 Pegasi b Fellow of the Heising-Simons Foundation. He is the PI of the Giant Outer Transiting Exoplanet Mass (GOT 'EM) Survey, a program at Keck Observatory and Lick Observatory to measure the masses and interior compositions of giant exoplanets and also an astronomer for the citizen science program of Unistellar.

Seth Shostak

Seth Shostak is the Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California. Inspired by a book about the solar system he read at the age of ten, he began his career with a degree in physics from Princeton University and a PhD in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology. He has published four books, nearly 300 popular articles on astronomy, technology, film and television and gives frequent talks to both young and adult audiences.