Imagining Planets

Big Picture Science Radio Show - Imagining Planets

Get to know your planetary neighbors. Dive into a mountain lake and trek though the driest desert on Earth with a scientist who’s had not one but two near-death experiences in these extreme environments as she endeavors to learn more about Mars. Lead scientists on the New Horizons mission remember why the nail-biting Pluto flyby almost failed at the last minute. And from Earth-like planets to super Earths and water worlds: a tour of some of Kepler’s most intriguing extrasolar planets.
Read More


Previously Featured

kepler
Could space aliens on hefty super-Earths be trapped by their own gravity?
New paper argues that some extraterrestrials may be struggling to make it off their planets.
May 11, 2018
nova wonder
Are We Alone? PBS’s NOVA Wonders.
On Wednesday, May 9, PBS’s NOVA Wonders will explore humanity’s quest to answer this question.
May 09, 2018
where in the worlds
Where in the Worlds has SETI Institute Been? Apr 23 - 29, 2018
A roundup of what's happening at the SETI Institute
April 23, 2018
explorer
Delve into a Year of Discovery with Explorer
The new issue of Explorer Magazine highlights some of the groundbreaking work that happens at the SETI Institute every day.
May 03, 2018
comets
Comets in the path of Earth
When comets streak across the sky over weeks and months, they make the news. Where do they come from? Where are they going? Could they crash into Earth?
May 03, 2018
saturns rings
New Film In Saturn’s Rings Is Unique Tour of the Universe
In Saturn’s Rings is new documentary film uses millions of images of Earth, the Milky Way and the Moon that were captured by Hubble, Cassini and other NASA space telescopes to offer a grand tour of the universe.
May 03, 2018

News and Announcements

  The International Space Orchestra, the world’s first orchestra composed of space scientists, is releasing a cover of Sigur Rós’ Viðrar Vel Til Loftárása.
As part of the festive season, The International Space Orchestra offer covers of Sigur Rós’ song Viðrar vel til loftárása, produced by Sigur Rós with long-term collaborator musician Alex Somers, and performed by the International Space Orchestra.
  Are the Salad Days for Intelligence Still to Come?
Could it be that Homo sapiens is the first intelligent species in the cosmos? Given the number of planets now known to pepper space, that seems unlikely. Seth Shostak writes about the idea for NBC’s tech/science page.
  Take Me to Your Artist
SETI Institute artists are being inspired by our search for alien life.
  NASA Kepler Visionary Honored By American Association for the Advancement of Science
William J. Borucki, principal investigator for NASA's Kepler mission at the agency's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California, has been named a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
  The Life, The Sea, The Space Viking Sigur Ros (Jónsi, Orri Páll Dýrason, Georg Hólm), the whispering muse in Iceland
The Last part of The Life, The Sea and The Space Viking. Nelly discusses the soundtrack to the expedition The Life, The Sea and the Space Viking with the Icelandic band Sigur Ros.
  Dec 14 - Nathalie Cabrol presents the Sagan Lecture at AGU 2016
On Wednesday December 14, at 10:25 AM PST, Nathalie Cabrol will be presenting this year's Sagan Lecture at the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.
  Arrival: Squid Pro Quo
Who speaks for Earth? If scientists ever succeed in making contact with extraterrestrial beings, who gets to steer the conversation? Indeed, how do we even have a conversation? Despite what Gene Roddenberry told you, any real aliens’ command of English will be meager.
  The Life, The Sea and The Space Viking Dr. Kári Stefánsson at Decode in Iceland, the search for the Viking gene
Part 7 of The Life, The Sea and The Space Viking. Join Nelly as she meets with Kari Stefansson the president and founder of Decode Genetics. Nelly and Kari plot to specify and define the Viking Gene.
  The Life, The Sea and The Space Viking Dr. Jill Tarter and the SETI Institute and research
Part 6 of The Life, The Sea and The Space Viking. Our latest clip enables you to enter Dr. Jill Tarters world of the SETI Institue and research. Jill describes the SETI Institutes search for life on other planets.
  The Life, The Sea and The Space Viking Dr Chris MacKay talking about terraforming
Part 5 of The Life, The Sea and The Space Viking: Chris McKay a research scientist from NASA Ames Research Centre expounds his interest in life on other planets, particularly Mars to Nelly.

Pages