Tuesday, July 22, 2008

NOVA ScienceNow

Don't forget to watch Seth and Jill Tarter on NOVA's ScienceNOW program Wednesday, July 23rd. Check your local listings for the air time in your area.

Check out that snazzy convertible that Seth is driving!

Watch a preview of the show here - click on the "Watch a preview" link (Seth and Jill are on after the leeches...)

And a dispatch by Seth: "Eavesdropping on E.T."

Friday, July 11, 2008

The Roar of the Aurora

It's the mother of all earthly radio transmissions, a broadcast that's been on the air for billions of years. However, and despite the long run, it's one radio program that you'll probably give a pass: it sounds like Fast-Finger Freddie twisting the shortwave dial at a few hundred RPM.

This cacophony of radio static from Earth is known as Auroral Kilometric Radiation (so-called because the wavelength of the emission is typically kilometers long). AKR is generated when fast-moving particles boil off the Sun, gush into space, and then get manhandled by Earth's magnetic field. The same circumstance accounts for the aurora borealis - those ghostly celestial displays that quietly amuse bored Canadians and insomnious polar bears. ...

Read the rest of Seth's latest article at www.seti.org or at SPACE.com.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Media Frenzy

Ever have a hankering to see what Seth looks like? Now's your chance!

Watch Seth talk about the Stephenville UFO case on Larry King Live, Friday July 11th at 9:00 p.m. EDT, and on NOVA ScienceNOW (also featuring Jill Tarter) on Wednesday, July 23rd. Check your local listings for times.

Check out the SETI Institute's Events Calendar to see where Seth, and other SETI Institute scientists, may be heading next.

Now we just need to get Molly on the screen...

Thursday, July 3, 2008


From our friends at RadioKosmos, who provide a partial Spanish translation of Are We Alone?:


In the XVII anniversary of the Astronomy Area and in behalf of the International Heliophysical Year, we launched the scientific-educative Virtual Program of Solar Observers, PROSOL in Spanish.

Now, a year later, we launch the same program for English speaking people with the name sun@home.

Since the beginning of the "Carl Sagan" Solar Observatory project, we envisioned it to permit the participation of anybody in our continuous program to record and monitor the solar activity.

This program is possible thanks to the images from our H-Alpha and Calcium telescopes that are on real time webcast through @stro tv Observation webpage. At moment, this is the only Worldwide solar observatory with this system. "Anybody can see what we are observing".

So, in this program we welcome the participation of students, teachers, amateur astronomers, and anybody interested in learn and participate in solar observation with this facility.

The dynamics to participate is to register as a candidate to virtual observer telling us the days and times you may observe with our system. This preliminary phase will be to give you a general preparation in solar Astronomy and to test your discipline in observation. This phase will take approximately 4-6 months where the candidates will receive on a daily-basis our Space Weather Report with the balance of solar activity.

If you are selected as a virtual observer, then you will pass to the First Observation Phase, FOP. In this phase you should recognize solar characteristics and phenomena through our telescopes and you will be officially a virtual observer of the "Carl Sagan" Solar Observatory with all the credits by the participation.

In the Second Observation Phase, SOP you will receive a manual where we explain how you could capture images and videos from our signal, and the information to learn the way to process and analyzed them. This is a phase when the virtual observer is very active and will send us a formal observation report.

In the third Observation Phase, TOP is designed for those people that are interested in participated directly in some of the research programs we have in solar physics.

There are several observational programs for public participation, but anyone focused in solar observation where you can learn and have a very active participation.

sun@home webpages with detailed information: http://cosmos.astro.uson.mx/INFORMATICA/observacion/sun@home.htm

sun@home e-mail: prosol@cosmos.astro.uson.mx

Real time webcast of solar observation from Solar Observatory "Carl Sagan": http://cosmos.astro.uson.mx/webtv/index.htm

sun@home in Spanish at http://cosmos.astro.uson.mx/observa/prosol.htm

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Need a Second Life?

Visit the Star Trek Museum in Second Life (http://www.secondlife.com), and experience the show in a new way. You can sit in the outdoor pavilion and listen to the current show while watching a slide show with SETI Institute images (taken by Seth and me) as shown in the first image, or view videos (including Seth and Jill Tarter) on the big screen in the drydock, as pictured in the second image.

We're planning to add more videos soon, so check back at the museum frequently!

And our thanks to the curators of the Star Trek Museum for hosting our stuff, and for all of their help!

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