Press Releases

FDL group photo June 30, 2016
Frontier Development Lab is a six-week long research accelerator, championed by NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist and hosted at the SETI Institute, that engages young researchers from around the world to take on one of the truly existential threats to our species.
Water on Mars May 26, 2016
A science team led by Adrian Brown of the SETI Institute has measured the seasonal changes in Mars northern ice cap, and finds a net deposition each year that’s slightly more than the thickness of a human hair.
Ancient Bedrock May 23, 2016
Recently discovered evidence of carbonates beneath the surface of Mars points to a warmer and wetter environment in that planet’s past. The presence of liquid water could have fostered the emergence of life.
Allen Telescope Array March 30, 2016
New Search for Signals from 20,000 Star Systems Begins
The SETI Institute has inaugurated a greatly expanded hunt for deliberately produced radio signals that would indicate the presence of extraterrestrial intelligence. Over the course of the next two years, it will scrutinize the vicinities of 20,000 so-called red dwarf stars.
Ithaca Chasm on Saturn's moon Tethys March 24, 2016
Moons of Saturn May Be Younger Than the Dinosaurs
New research suggests that some of Saturn’s icy moons, as well as its famous rings, might be modern adornments. Their dramatic birth may have taken place a mere hundred million years ago, more recent than the reign of many dinosaurs.
Pluto March 17, 2016
Pluto Reveals More Secrets
Eight months after its encounter with the New Horizons spacecraft, Pluto continues to surprise the scientists who study this distant world. A March 18 special issue of Science features articles on the continuing analysis of Pluto and its satellites.
SETI Institute technical consulting March 02, 2016
SETI Institute Offers Technical Consulting Services
“Our scientists and engineers are recognized leaders in characterizing research problems, and developing the means to solve them,” says Bill Diamond, President and CEO of the SETI Institute. “Their wide-ranging expertise can be highly valuable for commercial and academic projects outside the Institute, and we’re keen to establish such relationships.”
New Year's Eve Meteor Shower February 23, 2016
Surprise Meteor Shower on New Year's Eve
A new network of video surveillance cameras in New Zealand has detected a surprise meteor shower on New Year's Eve. The shower is called the Volantids, named after the constellation Volans, the flying fish, from which the meteoroids appear to stream towards us.
Seth Shostak December 16, 2015
Winner of Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization announced
Wonderfest, the 18-year-old Bay Area Beacon of Science, announced today that astronomer Seth Shostak has won the 2015 Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization.
Rogue Exoplanet December 01, 2015
Exiled exoplanet possibly kicked out of star's local neighborhood
Gemini Planet Imager H Band Observation November 12, 2015
Gemini Planet Imager Exoplanet Survey -- One Year Into The Survey
“This very large survey is observing 600 young stars to look for two things: giant planets orbiting them and debris disks. In our first year, we have already found what GPI was designed to discover -- a young Jupiter in orbit around a nearby star,”
Charon detail connecting lines November 09, 2015
Pluto’s Moons Spinning Wildly
Most of the familiar moons in the solar system orbit their planets deferentially, with one side always facing their host worlds. This situation is akin to horses on a carousel, with one flank perpetually facing the central axis. But these tranquil conditions don’t apply to Pluto’s small moons.