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Why Aliens might turn to star collecting to save themselves

As galaxies spread apart, extraterrestrials might want to assemble a nuclear "nest egg." 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,…
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 for…
Alien Head with "No Symbol" in red in front of it.

Could We Be Alone in the Cosmos?

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…
Portrait of Janice Bishop in front of lake

Janice Bishop Elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America

Congratulations to Janice Bishop, named 2018 Fellow of the Geological Society of America Janice Bishop, Senior Research Scientist at the SETI Institute was elected as a Fellow to the Geological Society of America (GSA) at the spring GSA Council meeting. According to the GSA website, “GSA members are nominated by existing GSA Fellows in recognition of their distinguished contributions to the…
an 8-mile diameter crater bring infilled by the Medusae Fossae Formation on Mars. Image: European Space Agency

'alien spaceship' on Mars: What some say looks like a crash site is evidence of volcanism, not Vulcans.

Mars has long been everyone's hands-down favorite in the search for extraterrestrial life. It's got rocky landscapes, National Park-worthy canyons, and a general appearance that resembles Arizona stripped of vegetation and convenience stores. It's no wonder then that amateur explorers have spent years in front of their laptops scrutinizing this world for clues to life. The online photos they…

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…

COSPAR 2018: Committee on Space Research

COSPAR's objectives are to promote on an international level scientific research in space, with emphasis on the exchange of results, information and opinions, and to provide a forum, open to all scientists, for the discussion of problems that may affect scientific space research. These objectives are achieved through the organization of Scientific Assemblies, publications and other means. SETI…

Spacefest IX: The Event for Space Enthusiasts

Spacefest is THE event for space enthusiasts of any stripe – Astronomy, Human Space Exploration, Robotic Space Exploration, Commercial Space Development or Space History Enthusiast. For the Professional and Amateur. Pascal Lee, SETI Institute Planetary Scientist: "Humans to Mars: From Vision to Reality" Seth Shostak, SETI Institute Fellow and Senior Scientist: "Light Signals from ET" Other…

Astrobiology Australasia Conference 2018

AAM2018  Talks and posters on current topics in astrobiology will be followed by a three-day field trip to the diverse and spectacular geothermal features of the central North Island’s Taupo Volcanic Zone (2 Ma-present). The TVZ is one of the most active volcanic regions on the planet, complete with its own supervolcano and high geothermal heat flux. Hot springs of varied fluid compositions will…

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…