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.
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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

  ISO International Space Orchestra - 17500 people were there!
Blending space science, planet-poking and bluegrass-playing spacecraft operators, the world’s first orchestra composed of space scientists – the International Space Orchestra (ISO) - is coming together to perform as the supporting act to Sigur Rós at the Hollywood Bowl
  Meteor passes near to Allen Telescope Array
SETI Institute astronomer Peter Jenniskens notes that a very bright meteor, a so-called fireball, was seen in the vicinity of the Allen Telescope Array on Thursday, September 15 at about 7:48 pm local time.
  The International Space Orchestra perform with Sigur Rós at the Hollywood Bowl on Sept. 24th
The International Space Orchestra will perform with Sigur Rós at the Hollywood Bowl on Sept. 24th. To celebrate the event the SETI Institute, Icelandic band Sigur Rós and Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios are running a competition to win one of 25 signed patches.
  SETI Institute is Hiring - Executive Assistant
The SETI Institute is seeking an Executive Assistant to provide high level administrative support to the President/CEO, and the Management team.
  Orbiter Detects Changing Climate on Early Mars
The early Martian climate remains hotly debated by scientists because the surface mineralogy and morphology indicate abundant liquid water was present, while atmospheric modeling is challenged to create conditions supportive of liquid water on the surface of early Mars.
  Let’s be careful about this “SETI” signal
Several readers have contacted me recently about reports that a group of international astronomers have detected a strong signal coming from a distant star that could be a sign of a high-technology civilization.
  Hear me now? 'Strong signal' from sun-like star sparks alien speculation - CNN news
An international team of researchers is now examining the radio signal and its star, HD 164595 -- described in a paper by Italian astronomer Claudio Maccone and others as a "strong candidate for SETI" -- in the hopes of determining its origin.
  SETI is hopeful yet skeptical that Russians found aliens - SETI Talks in Aug 30, 2016
The world of astronomy lit up in the past couple of days with a report that Russian astronomers may have received a signal from a distant star.
  September 24, 2016 - International Space Orchestra and Sigur Ros
Blending space science, planet-poking and bluegrass-playing spacecraft operators, the world’s first orchestra composed of space scientists – the International Space Orchestra (ISO) - is coming together to perform as the supporting act to Sigur Rós at the Hollywood Bowl on 24th September 2016, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
  Aliens on Line 1
We thought we had found E.T.

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