SETI Institute Hangouts (Video Chats)

WISE telescope
September 19, 2013
Searching for Kardashev Type II and III Civilizations with WISE
A discussion of the potential use of the WISE telescope to detect extraterrestrial super-civilizations that acquire a large energy supply by building a mega-structure to harvest the energy of their star ("Dyson Sphere") or entire galaxy. With Freeman Dyson, Jason Wright, Matt Povich, Jill Tarter, and Franck Marchis.

August 13, 2013
An Update about Pluto on the Eve of New Horizons' Exploration
In 2015, the NASA New Horizons spacecraft will fly by the dwarf planet Pluto and its complex system of satellites. In this hangout, we discuss perspectives on this flyby and the predictions made by planetary scientists who attended the Pluto conference in July 2013.

REU 2013
August 07, 2013
SETI Institute Interns: The Inside Story
A live Hangout On-Air to meet and discuss with four students (Frank Garcia, Jean-Baptiste Ruffio, Debbie Hernandez, and Danielle Young Smith) currently interning at the SETI Institute.

July 30, 2013
An update on Gemini Planet Imager from the TMT Science Forum
A live hangout ON-Air with SETI Institute's Senior Researcher Franck Marchis, Bruce Macintosh, principal investigator of the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI = "Gee"-pi) from Laurence Livermore National Laboratory and UC Santa Cruz, and Christian Marois, astronomer at the National Research Council in Canada.

Surface of Mars
July 10, 2013
Shaping the surface of Mars
A live hangout ON-Air with SETI Institute postdoctoral fellow Simone Silvestro and SETI Institute planetary scientists Lori Fenton and Adrian Brown for a discussion of the erosion process on the surface of Mars. Moderated by Franck Marchis, Planetary Astronomer at the SETI Institute.

July 02, 2013
Announcing the new names of Pluto's smallest known moons
A SETI Institute Hangout with Mark Showalter (Senior Researcher at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute), Nadia Drake (, and Alan Boyle (MSNBC) about how the new names of Pluto's smallest known moons were selected, why William Shatner's choice, Vulcan, was not one of the final names, how the IAU decides which names to accept, and future naming opportunities.

Planetary Lake Lander
May 24, 2013
Exploration of the Titan Lakes
A SETI Institute Hangout with Nathalie Cabrol (Senior Researcher at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute), Liam Pedersen (Senior Robotics Scientist at Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley / NASA Ames Research Center), and Leslie E. Bebout (Microbial Ecologist at NASA Ames) on the exploration of the Titan Lakes.

Starship Symposium
May 22, 2013
Are we ready to build a spaceship to explore nearby stars?
A SETI Institute video hangout with Gregory Benford (science fiction author) and Jill Tarter (Bernard Oliver Chair at the SETI Institute) on the Starship Century Symposium. This symposium, coordinated by the new Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination in collaboration with Gregory and James Benford, aims at presenting ideas from science and science fiction.

International Space Orchestra
May 16, 2013
Ground-Control: An Opera in Space - (The International Space Orchestra) where space scientists become space musicians
Video chat about the International Space Orchestra moderated by Franck Marchis with Nelly Ben Hayoun, Janice Bishop, and John Cumbers.

Dolphins and ATA
April 17, 2013
What Can the Communication Skills of Dolphins Teach Us About ET?
Video chat with Wild Dolphin Project's Denise Herzing and SETI Institute Scientists Laurance Doyle, Gerry Harp, and Franck Marchis.