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Director of the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute publishes a Carl Sagan Biographical Memoir

David Morrison, director of the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute, has written a biographical memoir of Carl Sagan (1934-1996), founder of the modern disciplines of planetary science and exobiology. Morrison’s piece has been published in Biographical Memoirs, an online ...

Act now! Save Your Science from Sequestration

An important message  We are asking YOU, the US-based SETI Institute Fans,  our followers on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to help us save science from sequestration. Send a FAX or write a letter and even send a tweet to your members of ...

Kepler Planet-Hunter is Healthy and Back!

I mentioned in my previous post the detection of an issue on the Kepler spacecraft which pushed the engineering team to put the space telescope in safe mode for 10 days. The Kepler team announced today that science operation was reinitiated ...

A Lecture at UC-Berkeley on Science and Ethical Dilemmas in the Blogosphere

On November 26 2012, I gave a lecture at a UC-Berkeley for the course "Ethics for Astronomers" led by Paul Kalas, Professor in this university and colleague of mine for several years. I think this kind of courses is extremely ...

Fragments of the daylight meteor found in California

It all started on Sunday Morning April 22 at 7:51am PDT, when several people located in the Northern California and Reno areas reported seeing a bright fireball visible in daylight. The American Meteor Society compiled a list of 121 visual observations ...

Talk about SpaceX and the Dragon Spacecraft at SETI Institute

Join us for the ninth SETI Institute Evening Distinguished Speaker Talk Wednesday night  at 7.00pm at the SETI Institute Headquarters at 189 Bernardo Ave, Mountain View. Abhishek Tripathi, lead for the Dragon to ISS Integration at SpaceX, will give a ...

NASA MESSENGER: Mercury has an orbiter (37 yrs after Venus)

I mentioned in previous posts in my blog significant results obtained by MESSENGER, the NASA Discovery mission  which had three flybys with the inner planet Mercury. Today after a successful orbit insertion on March 18, the spacecraft delivered its first ...

FIRST@LICK: Mounting of the prototype

As I mentioned previously,  the FIRST fibered-imager prototype was rebuilt and tested successfully in the lab at Lick Observatory. On July 22, we were therefore ready to mount it on the top of the adaptive optics of the Shane-3m telescope.The ...

FIRST@LICK: Bring the reinforcement!

I mentioned in this blog that the FIRST instrument is the result of collaborations between several engineers & astronomers from everywhere in the world. On July 20, I went to the San Jose Airport near SETI Institute to meet in ...

SETI Institute Anniversary 2/6: Its Majesty Mars: the Red Planet

If you are lucky and the sky is clear tonight, search for a red bright object in the Cancri constellation (Cancer), not too far from the stars Castor and Pollux in the Gemini constellation. As you may have already ...