Where in the Worlds has SETI Institute Been? March 27 - April 2, 2017

Meteor Showers

A review of the interactive website that shows the major meteor streams orbiting the Sun. The site includes 12 major meteor showers and the data comes from NASA’s Cameras for Allsky Meteor Surveillance (CAMS) and SETI Institute astronomer Peter Jenniskens. Users can select which meteor shower path to view, or view all at once. CAMS is attempting to confirm 300+ meteor showers on the International Astronomical Union Working list that still need verification. More than 300,000 meteoroid trajectories have been recorded since 2010.

Daily Mail: The stunning ‘shooting stars’ interactive graphic that reveals the path of every major meteor shower
SETI Institute: Warped meteor showers hit Earth at all angles


Coverage continued of the Project for Exploration Science Pathfinder Research for Enhancing Solar System Observations (Project ESPRESSO) which was awarded a $5 million contract to develop tools and methods for exploring the solar system. The SETI Institute is part of the  Project ESPRESSO team, which is led by the Southwest Research Institute.

Parabolic Arc: SwRI-led Team Selected for NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute

SOFIA/Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors

Stacey Shrewsbury, who is the lead flight director for the Challenger Learning Center at Heartland Community College, was profiled as one of the recent participants in the SETI Institute’s SOFIA/Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program. The program prepares teachers for flights onboard NASA’s flying observatory. Shrewsbury was part of the 2016 program. The SETI Institute recently announced the educators who will be participating in the program in 2017 and 2018.

SETI Institute: SETI Institute Announces 2017 and 2018 Educators for the Airborne Astronomy Program Aboard NASA’s SOFIA Flying Observatory

Herald & Review: Challenger Learning Center director inspired by flights

Big Picture Science

The March 27, 2017 broadcast of the SETI Institute radio show, Big Picture Science, Shell on Earth, explores the evolution of marine shells, such as oysters.  Also the story of animals that lost their shells, including squids, as well as Earth's geologic tectonic shell.

This week's show is an encore of Winging It, and examines the future of flight.


CostcoConnection explored the question, Are we ready for extraterrestrial contact? SETI Institute Senior Astronomer and host of Big Picture Science, Seth Shotstak, weighed in.

On The Leaders Podcast, Seth chats with Michael Menkin, a former NASA engineer, in The Royal Science Rumble.

In a Seattle PI article, Coolest thing about theory of fast radio bursts powering starships

Seth is quoted, saying, "Unfortunately, there is a problem with postulating that these intriguing radio sources are the result of someone, rather than something. There's no limit to your imagination. You can cook up an alien explanation for just about any sort of signal you discover. Extraterrestrials have been given credit for pulsars, quasars, and lots of other odd celestial behavior. But while extraterrestrials are easy to profile, they are — and should be — hard to convict. There's not been a single case in which aliens were proven responsible for any new cosmic mystery."


  • Cambridge Science Festival: April 14-23, 2017, Cambridge, MA. A celebration of science, technology, engineering, math and art. On April 14, Opening Night: Are We Alone? at Harvard University will honor Frank Drake, Chairman Emeritus of SETI Institute and best known for conceiving the Drake Equation.  Seth Shostak will be on the panel.
  • Conference on World Affairs: April 10-14, Boulder, CO. A year-round unit of the University of Colorado, this festival of ideas features five days of speakers, performances and music. Seth Shostak will participate on eight different panels during the Conference.
  • University of Washingotn Astrobioloogy Colloquium: April 18, 2017, Seattle, WA SETI Institute scientist Pablo Sabrón will present, Missions to Planetary Analogys: Science and Technology that Enable Robotic Planetary Exploration.
  • SpacetimeLabs Webinar: April 19, 2017 8:00AM PDT Seth Shostak will participate in this webinar for scientists, researchers, and science communicators about improving public outreach efforts. The cost is $39.
  • SpaceBall: April 22, 2017, San Jose, CA. Held in conjunction with Silicon Valley Comic Con, where SETI Institute will host a booth hold talks, and participate in panel discussions, SpaceBall will be SETI Institute’s inaugural fundraising gala celebrating space exploration and innovation. Tickets can be purchased here.
  • AbSciCon: April 24-28, 2017, Mesa, AZ The theme of this year’s conference organized by the astrobiology community is Diverse Life and its Detection on Different Worlds. SETI Institute scientists have had 32 abstracts accepted, including 11 oral presentations.
  • Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival: April 28-May 6, 2017. This week-long science festival will feature Jill Tarter, trustee and Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI at the SETI Institute.
  • IAA Planetary Defense Conference: May 15-19, 2017, Tokyo, Japan This bi-annual conference brings together world experts to discuss the threat to Earth posed by asteroids and comets and actions that might be taken to deflect a threatening object.  SETI Institute scientist Michael Busch will attend.
  • Spacefest: June 8-11, 2017, Tucson, AZ. An annual event that brings the space community together. Pascal Lee and Seth Shostak of SETI Institute will be speaking.
  • Machine Learning 4 SETI Hackathon, June 10-11, San Francisco, CA The SETI Institute invites all citizen data scientists and technologists to join us as collaborators in our mission to find radio signals from intelligence beyond our solar system.