SETI Institute in the News

An artist's depiction of the many Earth-like planets that might exist over the course of the universe's history.

SETI Institute in the news October 4 - October 10, 2018

The Ascent of Astrobiology The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine brought together a panel of experts to discuss the field of astrobiology and its priorities going forward.
Technicians lift the mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope using a crane at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The telescope’s 18-segmented gold mirror is specially designed to capture infrared light from the first galaxies that formed in the early universe. Laura Betz/AP

SETI Institute in the news September 27 - October 3, 2018

James Webb Space Telescope: A New Eye on the Sky Excitement for the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) hasn’t abated despite numerous delays and scientists in the field of extraterrestrial detection are especially eager to test its capabilities.
Illustration of a Dyson Sphere by Danielle Futselaar, originally for METI International,

SETI Institute in the news September 20 - September 26, 2018

SETI Institute Scientists Present at NASA Technosignatures Workshop In the decades since NASA’s funding for the search for extraterrestrial intelligence was cut off by Congress, the SETI Institute took on the important work of seeking to answer the question: Are we
Jill Tarter Portrait, Photograph by Michelle Groskopf

SETI Institute in the news September 13 - September 19, 2018

Joining Forces for Science: Jill Tarter and Margaret Turnbull Jill Tarter, cofounder of the SETI Institute and Chair Emeritus for SETI Research, was named as one of Wired Magazine’s 25th anniversary Icons; she in turn was asked to nominate someone “who wil
Robot - Breakthrough Listen by Danielle Futselaar

SETI Institute in the news September 6 - September 12, 2018

SETI Scientists Detect Mysterious Radio Bursts with Help from AI Breakthrough Listen, a program to search for intelligent extraterrestrial communications, recently announced exciting results in an effort to apply machine learning to the challenge of sign
Andrew Siemion with Drex

SETI Institute in the news August 30 - September 5, 2018

Andrew Siemion on The Shift Andrew Siemion, who was appointed as the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI Research at the SETI Institute in April, appeared on The Shift with Drex, a Canadian radio talk show.
Illustration of Man's life span on Mars.

SETI Institute in the news August 23 - August 29, 2018

Martian Evolution? Researchers and the public are increasingly tantalized by the possibility that life, or at least evidence of past life, might be detected on Mars.
Lake Henshaw occultation group

SETI Institute in the news August 16 - August 22, 2018

Unistellar’s eVscope Offers a Rare Glimpse of Pluto SETI Institute senior research scientist Franck Marchis was joined by Mat Kaplan, host of the Planetary Society’s Planetary Radio, on a stargazing trip to observe Pluto’s occultation.
Perseids Meteor Shower

SETI Institute in the news August 9 - August 15, 2018

Shooting Stars: New Sky Surveillance System Observes Perseid Meteor Shower A new meteor video surveillance system has been activated at Meteor Crater in the northern Arizona desert.
Image of the grey and white Super Moon against a black background

SETI Institute in the news August 2 - August 8, 2018

Planetary Protection: the Moon and Beyond How “clean” is the moon? Although early manned missions to the moon took strict measures to prevent backwards contamination (the introduction of harmful extraterrestrial organisms to Earth), our moon proved to be lifeless.