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

  Proxima Centauri b: Have we just found Earth’s cousin right on our doorstep?
What began as a tantalizing rumor has just become an astonishing fact. Today a group of thirty-one scientists, led by Guillem Anglada-Escude at the Queen Mary University of London, UK, announced the discovery of a terrestrial exoplanet orbiting Proxima Centauri.
  SETI Institute is Hiring - Research Assistant
The Research Assistant will be assisting in a variety of projects related to planetary science, Mars exploration and astrobiology. This may include sample preparation and documentation, as well as measurement and analysis of visible/near-infrared reflectance spectra.
  Susan Mullally's Talk - "Kepler’s Heartbeat Stars: When Binary Stars Get Funky" on 16 August 2016
A new talk will be in 16 August 2016, Tuesday, 7:45 PM, Presidio Observation Post, Building 211. "Kepler’s Heartbeat Stars: When Binary Stars Get Funky" by Susan Mullally, PhD, SETI Institute, NASA Ames
  SETI Institute is Hiring - Research Assistant 2016
The Research Assistant will be assisting in a variety of projects related to planetary science, Mars exploration and astrobiology.
  Perseid Meteor Shower This Week May Develop Outburst - August 11th and 12th
This Thursday and Friday, there will be one of the best annual meteor showers you and your family can watch – the Perseids.
  Outburst of July gamma Draconids
Peter Jenniskens reports that the CAMS meteor shower survey stations in the Netherlands noticed unusually strong activity from the normally weak July gamma Draconids meteor shower (IAU shower number 184) in the night of July 27/28.
  Happy Anniversary, New Horizons
New Horizons flashed by Pluto one year ago, and uncovered an unexpected world of glaciers and plains.
  Evergreen Middle School Students present HiRISE Mars Research at Ames!
On May 25th, 2016, a group of sixteen 7th and 8th grade students from Evergreen Middle School in Cottonwood, CA, visited Ames Research Center to present the results of their year-long Mars research projects.
  Senior Scientist Cristina Dalle Ore will be at TEDx Bergamo, Italy
What is TEDx? The TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences.
  Watch Nathalie Cabrol: Alien Hunter on CCTV show Full Frame
Exploration, whatever its focus, is limitless, multi-facetted, and exquisitely complex. The understanding of how and why planets evolve, whether they could have hosted habitats for life, how climate change impacts their habitability - and for Earth, its biodiversity - are questions that need to be addressed through a synergetic approach by looking at many different and complementary angles simultaneously.

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