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heartbeat star
Astronomers Pumped by ‘Heartbeat Stars’
They’re called “heartbeat stars”, but not because they expand and contract. In fact, they’re double star systems in which one star has a highly elongated orbit similar to that of a comet.
salar grande
Hello from Salar Grande
Follow Dr. Nathalie Cabrol as she explores extraordinary landscapes and planetary analogs in Chile.
hot planet
They May Be Small, but They’re Hot
The first planet found around a normal star other than the Sun was 51 Peg b, which was soon dubbed a “hot Jupiter.”
simba summit
Aiming High! The Search for Biosignatures on Mars Starts High on Earth
Nathalie Cabrol and her astrobiology team are headed to the Chilean Andes to investigate Mars-on-Earth
rosetta signal
Rosetta's Target: Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
As Rosetta crashed into comet 67p, it dipped below the horizon for the last time as seen from the Allen Telescope Array(ATA) ... I've used its signal a lot over the years to test our receiving system.
FAST telescope
World’s Biggest Radio Ear
It’s now the biggest single-dish radio telescope on Earth. Settled down in the bumpy karst of China’s Guizhou province, about 1200 miles southwest of Beijing, this newest instrument for studying the heavens is very similar in design to the famed Arecibo dish, renown both for its science accomplishments and its performance in two popular films, “Contact” and “Goldeneye.”
comet 67p
Comet 67p
It may look like a boulder that someone has decorated with blobs of plaster of Paris, but this is two-mile wide comet 67P.
Report of the SETI Institute August 2016
Activity Report of the SETI Institute August 2016
With the fall breezes beginning their appearances here in Mountain View, our Summer Interns have gone back to school after impressing us with their summer projects. However, SETI Institute scientists are still keeping busy. They continue to unravel more puzzles about our local celestial neighbors, as well as other worlds many light-years away. Every day, researchers at the SETI Institute are expanding both our knowledge and understanding in the quest to find life beyond Earth.
OSIRIS-REx says hello to the ATA!
The ATA uses 42 radio dishes to search for radio transmissions from ET. How do we know the system is working?
Osiris Rex September 06, 2016
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is slated to launch from Cape Canaveral on Thursday, September 8th. Its mission is to rendezvous with asteroid Bennu in 2018, take a sample from its surface, and return that sample to Earth in 2023.