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03/25/2017 at 20:31. Facebook
We were live with SETI Institute Senior Astronomer and host of Big Picture Science Seth Shostak, CEO Bill Diamond, and Trustee Jonathan Knowles Thusday from Singularity University at NASA Ames discussing humanity's "outreach" in the universe.

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03/25/2017 at 17:03. Facebook
Next #SETITalks: Latest Exoplanet Results from NASA's Kepler/K2 Mission

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Speaker: Ian Crossfield, UC Santa Cruz

The all-sky TESS mission will soon revolutionize our view of planets transiting the nearest, brightest stars to the Sun, just as the four-year survey by NASA's Kepler mission transformed our understanding of exoplanet demographics. Using the...
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Latest Exoplanet Results from NASA's Kepler/K2 Mission

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03/25/2017 at 14:06. Facebook
Protostar blazes and reshapes its stellar nursery

This image, taken by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, shows glowing dust inside the protocluster NGC 6334I. Studying this star-forming cloud in the Cat’s Paw Nebula (NGC 6334) with both ALMA and the Submillimeter Array (SMA) in Hawaii astronomers could see that something dramatic had taken place, completely...
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03/24/2017 at 20:31. Facebook
NASA’s Curiosity rover usually keeps its instruments firmly focused on Mars’s ground, zapping grit with its laser or drilling cores in bedrock. But every few days, the SUV-sized robot, like any good dreamer, shifts its sights upward to the clouds.

Well into its fifth year, the rover has now shot more than 500 movies of the clouds above it, including the first ground-based view of martian...
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Mars rover spots clouds shaped by gravity waves

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03/24/2017 at 17:03. Facebook
Save the Date: June 10-11, 2017

The SETI Institute invites all citizen data scientists and technologists to join us as collaborators in our mission to find radio signals from intelligence beyond our solar system.

We are issuing a worldwide, public code challenge and accompanying hackathon for the purpose of expanding our radio telescope signal classification tools using the latest...
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Machine Learning 4 SETI Hackathon! | SETI Institute

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03/24/2017 at 14:06. Facebook
Gullies in Winter Shadow

This is an odd-looking image. It shows gullies during the winter while entirely in the shadow of the crater wall. Illumination comes only from the winter skylight.

We acquire such images because gullies on Mars actively form in the winter when there is carbon dioxide frost on the ground, so we image them in the winter, even though not well illuminated, to look for...
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03/23/2017 at 23:01. Facebook
New Chilean Atacama Desert Observatory --To Probe First Signals of the Big Bang

The silence of an immense desolate land in which to search for reverberations coming from the time at which everything began. The Simons Observatory will be built in the Chilean Atacama desert at an altitude of several thousand meters for the purposes of studying primordial gravitational waves which originated in...
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New Chilean Atacama Desert Observatory --To Probe First Signals of the Big Bang

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03/23/2017 at 21:55. Facebook
We are live with SETI Institute Senior Astronomer and host of Big Picture Science Seth Shostak, CEO Bill Diamond, and Trustee Jonathan Knowles today from Singularity University at NASA Ames discussing humanity's "outreach" in the universe. Join us!

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03/23/2017 at 14:06. Facebook
Looking for something fun and rewarding to do in your spare time? A new citizen-science project has been added to the Zooniverse platform (home of the well-known Galaxy Zoo project and others): Astronomy Rewind.

The Astronomy Rewind project is a collaboration between the American Astronomical Society, the SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System, Astronomy Image Explorer, WorldWide Telescope, and...
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AAS Publishing News: Now You Can Raise Zombie Astrophotos

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03/23/2017 at 11:18. Facebook
E.T. B. Goode? Tune in today at 2:30pm PDT for a Facebook Live chat about Chuck Berry and the Voyager golden record!
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03/22/2017 at 20:31. Facebook
A routine check of the aluminum wheels on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has found two small breaks on the rover's left middle wheel—the latest sign of wear and tear as the rover continues its journey, now approaching the 10-mile (16 kilometer) mark.

The mission's first and second breaks in raised treads, called grousers, appeared in a March 19 image check of the wheels, documenting that these...
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Breaks observed in Mars rover wheel treads

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03/22/2017 at 17:10. Facebook
Are the aliens already Chuck Berry fans?
by Seth Shostak

Long after the last SoundCloud downloads have succumbed to the second law of thermodynamics, and the final music CD has been digested by polycarbonate-eating bacteria, Chuck Berry will still be rocking.

Or rather, his music will. "Johnny B. Goode" is graven onto the Golden Records now being carried ever deeper into the cosmos by the...
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Are the aliens already Chuck Berry fans?

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03/22/2017 at 14:06. Facebook
The Many Faces of Rosetta’s Comet 67P

Images returned from the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission indicate that during its most recent trip through the inner solar system, the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was a very active place – full of growing fractures, collapsing cliffs and massive rolling boulders. Moving material buried some features on the comet’s surface while...
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03/22/2017 at 11:18. Facebook
A Piece of Mars: More Earth-like views of Mars | Lori Fenton's Blog

In a recent post (Dunes in a Colorful Hole), I showed some dunes crawling over layered terrain, with a view that looked a lot like some desert regions of Earth. Here’s another spot on Mars (0.95×1.1 km, 0.59×0.68 mi) showing yet more beautiful layers with dunes filling up the valleys. Part of what makes it seem Earth-like is...
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03/21/2017 at 23:16. Facebook
CHEOPS, or CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite, is a planned space telescope that will focus on bright stars known to host planets. The European Space Agency mission is expected to launch in 2018.

The telescope will figure out the radii for planets in the super-Earth to Neptune mass range by watching the planets transit, or pass across the face of, their host stars. It will do this by doing...
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CHEOPS: Europe's Exoplanet Transit Hunter

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03/21/2017 at 20:31. Facebook
Stop What You’re Doing and Watch This Stunning Video of Mars

To fully appreciate the Martian landscape, one needs dimension and movement. In the video you see here, Finnish filmmaker Jan Fröjdman transformed HiRISE imagery into a dynamic, three-dimensional, overhead view of the Red Planet—no glasses required.

For Fröjdman, creating the flyover effect was like assembling a puzzle. He began by...
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Stop What You’re Doing and Watch This Stunning Video of Mars

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03/21/2017 at 17:03. Facebook
Tickets still available for SpaceBall 2017: An Out of this World Gala

To celebrate Silicon Valley’s enthusiasm for space and passion, for exploration and innovation, the SETI Institute will host an inaugural event, SpaceBall: An Out of the World Gala, on April 22 at the Hilton San Jose. You can be among the first to join us.

SpaceBall will be held in conjunction with Silicon Valley Comic Con...
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03/21/2017 at 14:06. Facebook
Big Picture Science reporter Emma Bentley had a chance to fly on NASA's SOFIA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy mission for this week's show:

If, instead of asking an astronomer “how are stars born?” you ask about where the coolest party is, the answer might surprise you. These get-togethers are thousands of light-years away in dusty nebulae, and it requires a special type of...
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The Coolest Party | SETI Institute

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03/21/2017 at 11:18. Facebook
APOD: 2017 March 21 - Fast Stars and Rogue Planets in the Orion Nebula

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble

Start with the constellation of Orion. Below Orion's belt is a fuzzy area known as the Great Nebula of Orion. In this nebula is a bright star cluster known as the Trapezium, marked by four bright stars near the image center. The newly born stars in the Trapezium and surrounding regions show...
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In this issue of Sky’s Up, SETI senior astronomer Seth Shostak answers 10 Questions about the search for extraterrestrial life.

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Sky's UP Electronic Magazine

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