The Life, the Sea and the Space Viking, Searching for Extremophiles

In the coming weeks, the SETI Institute will release some of the short videos and trailers developed in house at the SETI Institute by our Designer of Experiences Nelly Ben Hayoun as part of the project The Life, the Sea and the Space Viking which deals with the contemporary debates on astrobiology and terraforming. Two areas of expertise developed at the SETI Institute by our world class scientists.

Destinations for Girls in Summer of 2017—Apply Now!

Thw SETI Institute’s STEM Opportunities for Girls:  Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate adventure for individual girls ages 11 and older! Girls make friends from all over the country as they travel with Girl Scouts from different states and pack their bags full of inspiring, life-changing experiences. Current Girl Scouts or any interested girl can contact her local Girl Scout Council to apply. There are 3 Destinations for the total solar eclipse in 2017, plus astronomy camp at the University of Arizona.

MAKING CONTACT: SETI Artists in Residence Program Inaugural Group Show at NUMU Los Gatos thru March 5th, 2017.

by Martin Wilner

This group exhibition features artists from the SETI Artist in Residence (AIR) program, including Danny Bazo, George Bolster, Charles Lindsay, Marko Peljhan, Rachel Sussman, Martin Wilner and Karl Yerkes. Making Contact marks the first SETI AIR group exhibition.

The Life, the Sea and the Space Viking, trailers released

In the coming weeks, the SETI Institute will release some of the short videos and trailers developed in house at the SETI Institute by our Designer of Experiences Nelly Ben Hayoun as part of the project The Life, the Sea and the Space Viking which deals with the contemporary debates on astrobiology and terraforming. Two areas of expertise developed at the SETI Institute by our world class scientists.

Bill Diamond visits El Tatio in Chile

Below are some photos from El Tatio – a geothermal hot spring and geyser source at 4200m in the Atacama desert near San Pedro, Chile.  The site is controlled by native peoples and access for research is limited. But we expect to go back tomorrow after surveying the site today, and be permitted to conduct various measurements and perform different surveys.  We will be mapping the site in high-resolution visible and IR with a drone.  We can map down to a resolution of about 9mm, which should provide incredible detail.

Robust Emergence of diverse planetary systems

Recent observations indicate that super Earths are common whereas gas giants are relatively rare. Based on the sequential core accretion scenario, Dr. Lin will discuss how various physical effects which may lead to the prolific production of super Earths, independent of the mass and metallicity of their host stars, and the marginal occurrence rate of gas giants and its dependence on the host stars' properties.

How galaxies are influenced by the largest structures in the Universe

When viewed at the largest scales, the distribution of galaxies in the Universe resembles a complex, tangled web: an interconnected network of filaments of galaxies that surround vast, empty voids. Simulations and theory have established that filaments – the largest, most densely populated structures in the Universe - have formed in the billions of years after the Big Bang, and serve as conduits for transporting gas into galaxies, which they then turn into stars.