Outreach

artist Danielle Futselaar's image of a Dyson Sphere

Why Aliens might turn to star collecting to save themselves

It’s often said that the search for aliens is too parochial — that our continuing efforts to locate cosmic radio broadcasts or laser beams are really just quests for analogs of ourselves. Why so? Well, these efforts presume that extraterrestrials have enough curiosity to reach out to others in the galaxy, or at least send messages skyward for their own purposes (perhaps as a galaxy-wide newscast…

World Premiere: The Sound of Science

National Sawdust presents the World Premiere of Golden Hornet’s The Sound of Science, an evening-length concert presenting eight brand-new pieces of music by seven celebrated international composers. Written for amplified cello and electronics, all pieces will be performed by world-renowned cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, long time member of Kronos Quartet, cellist for John Zorn, Philip Glass, Laurie…

Planning Missions to Mars and Beyond

Margaret Race is a biologist and environmental ecologist who works with NASA and the SETI Institute. Her focus is planetary protection and science policy--avoiding cross-contamination of planets and moons during space missions in our solar system. Dr. Race will join us at Newark Library for a talk and program that the entire family can enjoy. Come learn what goes into planning missions to Mars…
orbital view of the south polar cap on Mars, where scientists using radar may have found a buried watery reservoir

SETI Institute in the news July 19 - July 25, 2018

Liquid Water on Mars? New Evidence of Underground Lake Exciting data has been reported in the journal Science, revealing that radar scans of Mars indicate the presence of liquid salt water a mile beneath the surface of the red planet’s southern pole. The presence of the underground lake still needs to be confirmed, but it’s promising news for astrobiologists hoping to locate environments that…

Wired 25 Anniversary Festival

Wired Magazine is celebrating its 25th anniversary in San Francisco with four days of events honoring ideas, innovations, and icons. Jill Tarter, co-founder of the SETI Institute, will take part in the festival and present "The 21st Century: The Century of Biology on Earth and Beyond." NOTE: Ticket purchase is required For more information, visit https://xp.wired.com
Mars

Mars is Ready for its Close-Up

Want to go to Mars? You may have to book a seat and wait a few years (or more). But here’s the good news: Mars is coming to you. Or at least, it’s getting closer to you … closer than it’s been since 2003. This is simply a consequence of the fact that Earth and Mars are on orbital racetracks around the Sun, and while the Red Planet paces down the course at 15 miles per second, Earth – which…
Rapunzel Whale Image over planet in water image

SETI Institute Activity Report April – June 2018

Download our full report HERE The work of the SETI Institute is focused in three areas: scientific research, education and public outreach. Home to more than 80 scientists, the SETI Institute conducts public and privately-funded research across a wide spectrum of physical and biological sciences. Research and expeditions are conducted in six primary areas: astronomy and astrophysics; exoplanets…

Inspiring the Next Generation of Explorers – Education programs at the SETI Institute

SETI Talks are presented by the SETI Institute and SRI International. The SETI Institute is known for its world-class, cutting edge scientific research but we also have a passion as science ambassadors to inspire young STEM learners and engage the general public. Education and public outreach are part of our mission and that’s why the Center for Education is one of the three centers of the SETI…
SETI Institute and Frontier Development Lab

NASA FDL Leverages Public/Private Partnership to Push New Boundaries of Space Science with Artificial Intelligence

(Mountain View, CA, June 26, 2018) The NASA Frontier Development Lab (FDL) has announced it will apply artificial intelligence (AI) to four key space challenges. FDL is an AI/machine learning research accelerator powered by a public/private partnership between NASA, the SETI Institute, commercial leaders in AI, and pioneers in the private space industry. Entering its third year, FDL is building…

WorldCon 76: World Science Fiction Convention

WorldCon is the annual convention of the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS). It was first held in 1939 and, after a hiatus during WWII, has been held continuously since 1946. Events will include panel discussions, writing workshops, lectures, games, music, and more.Michael Busch, SETI Institute scientist, and Andrew Fraknoi, member of the SETI institute Board of Trustees, will participate in a…