December Activity Report

Carl Sagan Center Activity Report December 2017

Carl Sagan Center Activity Report for November 2017
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Where in the Worlds has SETI Institute Been? - Dec 11, 2017 - Jan 1, 2018
A roundup of SETI Institute in the media.
January 03, 2018
Frontier Development Lab
Submit Ideas for the 2018 Frontier Development Lab Summer Workshop
On behalf of the NASA Frontier Development Lab, and our corporate partners,1 we are writing to solicit your input and ideas for research questions for the 2018 FDL Summer Workshop.
January 02, 2018
ufo
Pentagon Studies and SETI
With great ballyhoo, the government has admitted to instigating a secret study of UFOs over the course of about five years, ending in 2012. While this effort did not find any conclusive proof of visitation, it has produced much excitement among those who think that extraterrestrials are in our skies.
December 20, 2017
Oumuamua
Is this mysterious space rock actually an alien spaceship?
It’s in the news because people want to know if it’s a rock or a rocket. The “it” in question is a weirdly oblong asteroid that goes by the barely pronounceable moniker Oumuamua.
December 18, 2017
mars
Life on Mars: If Past Life on Mars Existed, it Co-evolved with the Martian Environment
A new article in Astrobiology, “The Coevolution of Life and Environment on Mars: An Ecosystem Perspective on the Robotic Exploration of Biosignatures,” is available online today and in the January, 2018 issue.
December 18, 2017
jupiter
Where in the Worlds has SETI Institute Been? - Dec 4 – Dec 10, 2017
A roundup of SETI Institute in the media.
December 15, 2017

News and Announcements

  Geminids Meteor shower Dec. 12 -15, 2017
The Geminids should be visible from December 12-15, peaking on the 13th. Additionally, on December 16, the asteroid Phaeton will pass so close to Earth that it will be possible to see it moving between stars.
  CAMS detected unexpected meteor activity from alpha Monocerotids in Nov 2017
  Seeing Pluto With Your Own Eyes From Your Backyard With Unistellar's eVscope
One of the biggest challenges in popular astronomy is finding specific objects in the night sky. Most nebulae, galaxies, and asteroids are invisible to the naked eye, and locating them in the immense vastness of space has frustrated people for centuries.
  POTENTIAL NEW METEOR SHOWER FROM COMET C/2015 D4 (BORISOV)
Peter Jenniskens and Esko Lyytinen report that the dust trail of 700-year comet Borisov, who just passed perihelion in 2014, will be in the Earth's path on 2017 July 29 at 00:22 UT.
  FDL Call for Applications - Planetary Science
The 2017 8-week program is still accepting qualified participants and will run June 26 - August 18, 2017. Applications will be accepted until the closing date of the 19th of May.
  FDL Call for Applications - Data Science
The 2017 8-week program is still accepting qualified participants and will run June 26 - August 18, 2017. Applications will be accepted until the closing date of the 19th of May.
  Moonlet of Saturn, Pan
Everyone has been talking about this new image from Cassini showing a close up of the Saturn moonlet Pan – stunning!
  New class of metal-organic compounds found in meteorites
  Meteors radiating from the constellation of the Little Dipper Dec. 22, 2016
CAMS video cameras recorded an rare outburst of meteors radiating from the constellation the Small Dipper late in the night of December 22, 2016.
  NASA’s New Horizons, IAU Set Pluto Naming Themes
NASA’s New Horizons and the International Astronomical Union (IAU) have announced naming themes for surface features on Pluto and its moons.

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