Past Lectures

January 23, 2018
Matija Cuk, and Meg Schwamb
1I/‘Oumuamua, The First known Interstellar Visitor
November 29, 2017
BAER Institute / NASA Ames
Kepler, K2, and Beyond: The Era of Exoplanets Has Arrived!
October 26, 2017
David Grinspoon
The Anthropocene: What Now?
August 16, 2017
SETI REU students
2017 REU Students Lightning Talks
March 14, 2017
Christian Marois
A Journey to Alpha Centauri
March 03, 2017
Dr. Seth Shostak
Cancelled - Some Radical Thoughts on SETI
February 21, 2017
Ruth Murray-Clay
Origins of Structure in Planetary Systems
January 31, 2017
Christopher McKee
How Stars Form
January 23, 2017
Barry Welsh
Exocomets: Now you see them, now you don't
January 10, 2017
Norm Sleep
The Late Veneer and Earth's habitability
December 20, 2016
Dan Kammen
Sustainable Energy Now and in a Livable Future
October 25, 2016
Carver Bierson
The History of the Martian South Polar Cap
October 04, 2016
Eliot Gillum
A Novel Approach to OSETI
September 27, 2016
Giuseppe Etiope
Methane on Mars: potential origin and seepage
September 20, 2016
Leslie Young
Pluto's interacting surface and atmosphere
September 06, 2016
Ann Marie Cody
The Youngest Planets and their Host Stars
August 30, 2016
Guillem Anglada
A Terrestrial Exoplanet at Proxima Centauri
August 23, 2016
Andrew Skemer
Characterizing the Coldest Exoplanets
August 16, 2016
REU students
REU Students Lightning Talks
July 26, 2016
Frank H. Shu
Bringing Nuclear Power to Mars
June 28, 2016
Tuguldur Sukhbold
The Evolution and Explosion of Massive Stars
June 07, 2016
Mark Kasevich
Quantum mechanics at the macroscopic scale
May 03, 2016
Nathalie Cabrol, Seth Shostak, Mark Showalter, Fergal Mullally
When Will We Find Life Beyond Earth?
March 15, 2016
Michael Carroll
On the Shores of Titan's Farthest Sea
March 02, 2016
Stephen Wolfram
SETI and the Computational Universe
February 09, 2016
Jeff Moore
Geology After Pluto
January 26, 2016
Ann-Marie Madigan
The bizarre orbits of minor planets beyond Neptune
January 19, 2016
Peter Jenniskens
Observing the re-entry of space debris WT1190F
November 17, 2015
Eric Stackpole
Connected Exploration
November 10, 2015
Fergal Mullally
Planets Everywhere: The 7th Kepler Planet Catalog
November 03, 2015
Henrique Gomes
Shape dynamics: a relational view of the Universe
October 20, 2015
Leo Blitz
Are Old Galaxies Really Red and Dead?
October 13, 2015
Alexander Tielens
Astrochemistry: putting the astro in astrobiology
August 18, 2015
Research Experience for Undergraduate summer students
REU Students Lightning Talks
August 11, 2015
Howard Zebker
Titan's Oceans observed by CASSINI Radar
June 30, 2015
Michael Busch and Peter Jenniskens
Asteroid Day Special Event
March 31, 2015
Matthew Tiscareno
Saturn's Rings: An accessible Astrophysical Disk
February 17, 2015
David Grinspoon
The Anthropocene Epoch in Cosmic Evolution
February 03, 2015
Pascal Lee
Polar Trek to Mars
January 06, 2015
Ramses Ramirez
The Habitable Zones of Pre-Main-Sequence Stars
December 09, 2014
Claudia J. Alexander
Rosetta: Wild Bounce at comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko
December 02, 2014
Stephen Brecht
Attempts to explain water loss from Mars
November 12, 2014
Klara Anna Capova, David Duner, John Traphagan, Doug Vakoch
Communicating Across the Cosmos: Summary of a Workshop on Interstellar Message Design
October 21, 2014
Laurance Doyle, Lori Marino, Denise Herzing
Summary of Workshop on Interspecies Communication
October 14, 2014
David H. Bromwich
Climate Change and West Antarctica
September 30, 2014
Chao-Lin Kuo
Inflationary Cosmology with BICEPs
September 23, 2014
Silas Beane
Are you living in a simulation?
September 16, 2014
Jennifer Heldmann
Mars: Periglacial morphology and ice stability
September 02, 2014
Joseph D. Lykken
The Higgs Boson and the Fate of the Universe
August 19, 2014
SETI Institute/NSF REU Students Final Talks
August 05, 2014
Reinhard Genzel
Our Galactic Center
June 10, 2014
Jim Hartle
The Quantum Origin of The Universe
May 27, 2014
Richard Carrigan
A Search for Dyson Spheres using IRAS
May 20, 2014
Ioana Cozmuta
Microgravity, the future of innovation
May 06, 2014
Tony Zee
The Cepheid Galactic Internet
April 29, 2014
David Schlegel
Dark Energy from the Largest Galaxy Maps
April 22, 2014
Marc Weidenbaum and Edward Frenkel
Greater than the Sum, a SETI Artist In Residence Special Event
March 25, 2014
David Stevenson
Why SuperEarths are not Earthlike
March 18, 2014
Tony Dobrovolskis
Patterns of Sunlight on Extra-Solar Planets
March 04, 2014
Vytas SunSpiral
Refactoring Space Exploration with Soft Machines
February 18, 2014
Marusa Bradac
Bullet Galaxies and Dark Matter
February 04, 2014
Amaresh Kollipara, Christopher Horgan, Mark Bunger
Private Funding Opportunities for Space Research
January 28, 2014
Alfonso Davila
How to search for life in the solar system
December 17, 2013
John Baez
Life's Struggle to Survive
October 08, 2013
Joe Polchinsky
Black Holes, Quantum Mechanics and Firewalls
September 17, 2013
David Des Marais
Marine microbial mats and our early biosphere
September 10, 2013
John Lewis
To The Asteroids - and Beyond!
August 20, 2013
Steve Warren
Ocean Surfaces on Snowball Earth
July 23, 2013
Paul De Carli
Free Samples from Mars
July 16, 2013
Tamara McDunn
Atmospheric Polar Warming at Mars
June 24, 2013
Lee Smolin
The Evolution of the Laws of Physics
June 11, 2013
Jon Jenkins
The Once and Future Kepler
May 07, 2013
Peter Jenniskens
Postcards from Chelyabinsk
April 23, 2013
Claudio Maccone, IAA
A new book on Mathematical SETI
March 12, 2013
Robert Laughlin
A Different Universe
February 22, 2013
Guy Consolmagno
Adventures of a Vatican Astronomer
February 08, 2013
Danny Bazo
Robots, Embodiment, and Mediated Virtuality
December 11, 2012
David Morrison, NASA Ames Research Center. Ed Krupp, Griffith Observatory, Southern California. Andrew Fraknoi, Foothill College
Why the World Will Still Be Here After December 21st.
December 04, 2012
Ashwin Vasavada
NASA's Curiosity Rover: Four Months on Mars
November 27, 2012
Sara Walker
The Algorithmic Origins of Life
November 13, 2012
Kevin Arrigo
Climate Change Impacts in the Arctic Ocean
November 01, 2012
Nathalie Cabrol
Planetary Lake Lander
October 10, 2012
Britney Schmidt
Europa's Great Lakes
October 03, 2012
Chris Fassnacht
Exploring the Dark Side of the Universe
September 12, 2012
John Spencer
Ice on the Move: From Io to Pluto
July 25, 2012
Andrei Linde
Life in the Multiverse
May 23, 2012
David Morrison
Astrobiology at the Carl Sagan Center
May 16, 2012
Francois Forget
The Climates of the Planet Mars
March 14, 2012
Larry Esposito
A Post-Equinox View of Saturn's Rings
March 07, 2012
Paul Davies
How To Build A Time Machine
February 24, 2012
Jan Cami
Space Buckyballs
February 17, 2012
Alexander Westphal
Inflation and the Landscape of String Theory
February 01, 2012
Uma Gorti
Dispersal of Protoplanetary Disks
January 04, 2012
Jack Lissauer
Rotation of a Moonless Earth - Who needs a Moon?
November 16, 2011
Mike Wong
Jupiter Picture of the Day
November 02, 2011
John Stillwell
ET Math: How Different Could It Be?
October 26, 2011
Friedemann Freund
Living with a Star - dangerously
October 12, 2011
Ramakrishna Nemani
Earth science collaborative for ecological forecasting
October 05, 2011
Laurance Doyle
Detecting Circumbinary Planets
September 28, 2011
Robert West
Cassini/Huygens results for the Titan Haze
September 21, 2011
Abhishek Tripathi
SpaceX and the Dragon Spacecraft
September 07, 2011
Barry Muhlfelder
Gravity Probe B: The Relativity Gyroscope Experiment
August 31, 2011
Lance Dixon
Do We Need String Theory to Quantize Gravity?
August 15, 2011
Leslie Sage
How to publish a paper in Nature
August 03, 2011
Scot Rafkin, Southwest Research Institute
Rethinking the General Circulation of the Atmosphere of Mars
July 13, 2011
Kevin Zahnle
Is there methane on Mars?
June 22, 2011
Richard Russo
Laser Plasma Spectrochemistry
May 25, 2011
Bill McKinnon
Why Can't Mimas Be More Like Enceladus?
May 18, 2011
Alexander Rose
Construction on the 10,000 Year Clock Begins
March 15, 2011
Scott Hubbard (Stanford and SETI) and Dale Cruikshank (NASA Ames)
Planetary Science Decadal Survey Rollout Town Hall Meeting
March 02, 2011
Lori Fenton
Sand Seas in the Solar System
February 23, 2011
Rob French
The Evolution of Saturn's F Ring
February 17, 2011
Michael A'Hearn
EPOXI and Comet 103P/Hartley 2
January 26, 2011
Francis Nimm
Geophysical evidence for an ocean on Titan
October 27, 2010
Seth Shostak
New Search Strategies for SETI
October 20, 2010
Chung-Pei Ma
Dark Matter: The Other Universe
October 13, 2010
Nick Woolf
A New look at what Life is and how it began
October 06, 2010
Margarita Marinova
The Mars dichotomy: Brought to you by a mega impact
September 22, 2010
Chris McKay
Titan: Past, Present and Future
September 15, 2010
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From the Earth to Mars: Lessons for Mars Science and Exploration from the Haughton-Mars Project, Devon Island, High Arctic
August 04, 2010
Ralph Lorenz
Titan Unveiled
July 14, 2010
Mark Krumholz
Understanding the Star Formation Rate
June 30, 2010
Peter Jenniskens
The Hayabusa Re-entry Observation Campaign
April 21, 2010
Jeff Moore
Titan: Outer-Planet Moon of Mystery
April 07, 2010
Harry Jones
Starship Life Support
March 31, 2010
David Jewitt
Primordial Ice Reservoirs of the Solar System
February 24, 2010
Carol Stoker
The Habitability of the Phoenix Landing Site
February 03, 2010
Laurance Doyle
Mongolian and other Historic Solar Eclipses
November 18, 2009
Linda Spilker
The Rings of Saturn as seen by Cassini CIRS
October 28, 2009
Elmar Fuchs
The Inner Structure of a Floating Water Bridge
October 21, 2009
Tony Colaprete, Jennifer Heldmann and Diane Wooden
Special Panel: LCROSS Mission - the first results of the impact
October 07, 2009
Nathan Bramall, NASA Ames Space Science Division
Detecting Organics using Fluorescence Spectroscopy
September 02, 2009
Natalie Batalha
Kepler's First Peek
August 19, 2009
Michael Carr
Mars: The water story and prospects for life
August 12, 2009
Dave Brain
Atmospheric Escape and Aurora on Mars
August 05, 2009
Kevin Zahnle
Earth after the Moon-forming Impact
July 08, 2009
Peter Jenniskens
The impact and recovery of asteroid 2008 TC3
June 24, 2009
Robert Lillis
Death of the Martian Dynamo
June 10, 2009
Mikhail Kreslavsky
Geological record of recent climate change on Mars
May 27, 2009
Robert Landis
NEOs Ho!! The Asteroid Option
April 22, 2009
Tom Abel
First Things in the Universe
April 15, 2009
Jasper Halekas
The Dynamic Lunar Environment
March 18, 2009
Richard Muller
Discovery of Strong Cycles in Fossil Diversity
March 04, 2009
Ross A. Beyer
Google Earth, now with Mars!
February 11, 2009
Margaret Race, Rocco Mancinelli and Workshop Participants
Developing a Roadmap of Astrobiology Societal Issues
February 04, 2009
JoAnne Hewett
The Hunt for Hidden Dimensions
January 07, 2009
David Morrison
Mission to a Potentially Threatening Asteroid
December 10, 2008
Special Panel: Pete Worden, Pavel Podvig and Will Marshall
Nuclear Weapons and Space Weapons
December 03, 2008
David Hinson
The Weather on Mars
November 12, 2008
Eugene Lally
How Spaceflight Was Born
October 29, 2008
Dr. Jack Lissauer
Giant Planet Formation
October 22, 2008
Dr. Sachindev Shenoy
MIPSGAL: MIPS/Spitzer Survey of the Galactic Plane
October 08, 2008
Greg Laughlin
The Galactic Planetary Census
October 01, 2008
Dr. Jeff Cuzzi (NASA Ames), Dr. Mark Showalter (SETI Institute) and Dr. Stuart Pilorz (JPL/SETI Institute)
What's hot in Saturn's Rings?
September 24, 2008
Prof. Roger Blandford
Black Holes: End of Time or a New Beginning?
September 10, 2008
Professor Charles Townes, UC Berkeley (1964 Nobel Prize winner for Physics for the invention of the laser)
Science in my life, and the unpredictability of discovery
August 22, 2008
Professor Lynn Cominsky
Exploring the Extreme Universe with GLAST
June 11, 2008
Prof. Donald A. Glaser, UC Berkeley (Nobel Prize in Physics, 1960 for the invention of the "bubble chamber")
The Role of Cortical Noise in Brain Function
May 28, 2008
William S. Marshall
An Insider's View of NASA Ames Lunar Skunkworks
May 07, 2008
Rusty Schweickart and Ed Lu
The NEO Challenge: Technology and Politics
April 11, 2008
Claudio Maccone
The Statistical Drake Equation
March 19, 2008
Tori Hoehler
The Energetics of Habitability
January 18, 2008
Francis Nimmo
Geodynamics of Icy Satellites