SETI

artist Danielle Futselaar's image of a Dyson Sphere

Why Aliens might turn to star collecting to save themselves

It’s often said that the search for aliens is too parochial — that our continuing efforts to locate cosmic radio broadcasts or laser beams are really just quests for analogs of ourselves. Why so? Well, these efforts presume that extraterrestrials have enough curiosity to reach out to others in the galaxy, or at least send messages skyward for their own purposes (perhaps as a galaxy-wide newscast…
Andrew Siemion

Andrew Siemion Elected as Member to International Academy of Astronautics

Congratulations to Andrew Siemion!   The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) has elected its 2018 new Academicians, including the SETI Institute's Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI Research, Andrew Siemion. Siemion is named as a Corresponding Member on Basic Sciences. Founded in 1960, the IAA is a non-governmental organization whose goals are to "foster the development of astronautics…

World Premiere: The Sound of Science

National Sawdust presents the World Premiere of Golden Hornet’s The Sound of Science, an evening-length concert presenting eight brand-new pieces of music by seven celebrated international composers. Written for amplified cello and electronics, all pieces will be performed by world-renowned cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, long time member of Kronos Quartet, cellist for John Zorn, Philip Glass, Laurie…
Alien Head with "No Symbol" in red in front of it.

Could We Be Alone in the Cosmos?

It’s something people tell me all the time, and usually in hushed tones: “with a trillion planets out there, we really can’t be the only intelligent beings in the galaxy.” In other words, given the enormous amount of real estate in space, aliens are sure to exist. I don’t dispute this straightforward idea because, after all, it underpins the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). But…
Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

How can you tell if that ET story is real? St Andrews scientists revise the Rio Scale for alien encounters

July 24, Mountain View, CA -- A team of international researchers, led by scientists from the University of St Andrews and the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, redefines alien detection scale. What are the consequences for the human race if we encountered extraterrestrial intelligence? If you see a story about aliens on TV or online, how excited should you be? A new study, published…

Another Pale Blue Dot: The SETI Institute’s Search for Exoplanets

Speaker: Dr. Franck Marchis, Senior Planetary Astronomer, SETI Institute. In only two decades, we've gone from the mere speculation about planets beyond our solar system ("exoplanets") to being able to observe them through a variety of methods. Dr. Franck Marchis, Planetary Astronomer and chair of the exoplanet group at the SETI Institute, will discuss new and sophisticated projects which aim to…
Enrico Fermi

If extraterrestrials are out there, why haven't we found them?

"Where is everybody?" For those who want to understand why we haven’t found any space aliens, the Fermi Paradox is as popular as cheeseburgers. First proposed by physicist Enrico Fermi in 1950, this perennial head-scratcher rests on the idea that it would take only a few tens of millions of years for an advanced civilization to colonize the Milky Way — leaving their mark on every last star…

AlienCon 2018: Explore the Unexplained

AlienCon 2018 brings together all those seeking the truth about the extraterrestrial existence throughout history and will feature thought-provoking original programming, celebrity appearances, exhibits and more. Seth Shostak, SETI Institute Fellow and Senior Astronomer will be a presenter, giving several talks: “Why Space?”, “What is Astrobiology?”, and “What is SETI?” Other speakers will…

SkeptiCal Con 2018: Northern California's Science Skepticism Conference

SkeptiCal is the Northern California conference of science and skepticism, a day-long event with speakers and discussions on critical thinking. Seth Shostak, SETI Institute Fellow and Senior Astronomer will be one of the featured speakers, asking "Are We Being Visited by Beings from Beyond Earth?" Other speakers will include: Yvette “SciBabe” d’Entremont – Everything is Killing You: A…

Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series: Will the 21st Century be the Time We Discover Life Beyond Earth?

This Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series event has passed, but a video of the lecture can be found here. Dr. Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute will give a free, illustrated, non-technical talk. Dr. Tarter is one of the great scientific pioneers of our time, leading the effort to search for signals from civilizations among the stars. To celebrate the publication of Sarah Scoles’ recent…