Jill Tarter Video: From Searching For Aliens To Helping Hollywood Stars, And Back Again

by Elizabeth Howell June 12, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Imagine you’re a researcher at a cocktail party. You meet Carl Sagan (Carl Sagan!) and he hands you a┬ánovel. And it turns out that you are the inspiration for the major character in that book. What was SETI researcher Jill Tarter’s […]

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Jill Tarter Explains in 30 Seconds Why We’re Searching for Aliens

by Nancy Atkinson June 5, 2014

After nearly four decades of of listening for for signs of life in the cosmos, astronomer Jill Tarter is one of a handful of true experts on the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). And since 1995 we’ve known for certain there are other planets out there; the goal now is to find one that’s habitable. […]

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Will We Find Alien Life Within 20 Years? You Can Bet On It.

by Jason Major May 28, 2014

During a hearing last week before the U.S. House Science and Technology Committee SETI scientists Seth Shostak and Dan Werthimer asserted that solid evidence for extraterrestrial life in our galaxy — or, at the very least, solid evidence for a definitive lack of it — will come within the next two decades. It’s a bold […]

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Are we Ready for Contact?

by Shannon Hall May 6, 2014

A common criticism of science is its quick decision to experiment, without thinking about whether or not it should. While many argue that philosophical implications do not belong within the realm of science, others argue that scientists should absolutely consider the broader implications of their results. Now, neuro-psychologist Gabriel G. de la Torre from the […]

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Kepler Has Found the First Earth-Sized Exoplanet in a Habitable Zone!

by Jason Major April 17, 2014

It’s truly a “eureka” moment for Kepler scientists: the first rocky Earth-sized world has been found in a star’s habitable “Goldilocks” zone, the narrow belt where liquid water could readily exist on a planet’s surface without freezing solid or boiling away. And while it’s much too soon to tell if this really is a “twin […]

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