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Do Aliens Exist? Seth Shostak on Space Exploration | FURTHER: Episode 1

FURTHER is an original series exploring the intersection of science and humanity.

In the wake of Kepler-452b, Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer at SETI Research weighs in on the potential for alien life.

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You just gota beleive....pretty sure they created mankind....wish they would abduct me and get me out of here......lol
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Keck Observatory: Fossil Star Clusters Reveal Their Age

Using a new age-dating method and the W. M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea, measurements show that ancient star clusters – called globular clusters – are actually slightly younger than previously thought.

“We now think that globular clusters formed alongside galaxies rather than significantly before them,” research team leader, Professor Duncan Forbes of Swinburne University of Technology said.

Image Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO and A. Romanowsky

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This is really cool!
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Meet three scientists behind the Pluto mission

Shortly after the July 14 flyby of Pluto and its moons, PBS Newshour spoke with three members of the New Horizons mission team: Alice Bowman, the mission operations manager, and Cathy Olkin and Kimberly Ennico-Smith, deputy project scientists. We asked them about working on a deep space mission, their reaction to the first round of Pluto images and how to pronounce the name for Pluto’s largest moon, Charon.

Image Credit: Megan Hickey

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Big Picture Science Radio Show (Rewind): Are You Sure You're Sure?

You know what you know. But you probably don’t know what you don’t know. Few of us do. Scientists say we’re spectacularly incompetent at recognizing our own incompetency, and that sometimes leads to trouble. Listen to how you might be wrong and not know it.

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APOD: 2015 July 27 - Milky Way and Aurora over Antarctica

It has been one of the better skies of this long night. In parts of Antarctica, not only is it winter, but the Sun can spend weeks below the horizon. At China's Zhongshan Station, people sometimes venture out into the cold to photograph a spectacular night sky. The featured image from one such outing was taken in mid-July, just before the end of this polar night.

Image Credit & Copyright: LI Hang

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#SETITalks: Kepler 138b, A Mars size planet in a Tug of War

Jason Rowe, Senior Research Scientist at the SETI Institute

Jason gives an overview of the Kepler 138 system, the Kepler Mission in general, transit-timing-variations, in particular the gravitational tug-of-war, and mass-radius relationships.

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Mystery at Misfits Flat

An amateur has discovered a trove of meteorites on Misfits Flat dry lake in Nevada. No meteorites had been found at this tiny lakebed before. In an unusual twist, at least some of those turn out to have fallen less than 300 years ago.

The discovery came to light when Scott Harlan, a resident of Salinas, California, visited SETI Institute meteor astronomer Peter Jenniskens, and presented him with a new meteorite find.

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Must have been hiding, maybe strong wind revealed them.
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Bright Basin on Tethys

With the expanded range of colors visible to Cassini's cameras, differences in materials and their textures become apparent that are subtle or unseen in natural color views. Here, the giant impact basin Odysseus on Saturn's moon Tethys stands out brightly from the rest of the illuminated icy crescent. This distinct coloration may result from differences in either the composition or structure of the terrain exposed by the giant impact.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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Hiding in Plain Sight: Undergraduates Discover the Densest Galaxies Known

Two undergraduates at San José State University have discovered two galaxies that are the densest known. Similar to ordinary globular star clusters but a hundred to a thousand times brighter, the new systems have properties intermediate in size and luminosity between galaxies and star clusters.

Image Credit: A. Romanowsky (SJSU), Subaru, Hubble Legacy Archive

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#SETITalks: Imaging a habitable planet at Alpha Centauri with a small space telescope

Speaker: Ruslan Belikov, NASA Ames Research Center

Dr. Belikov will describe the challenges involved with direct imaging of Alpha Centauri planetary systems with a small telescope and how new technologies currently being developed can solve them. He will also show examples of small coronagraphic mission concepts currently being developed to take advantage of this opportunity, and in particular a mission concept called “ACESat: Alpha Centauri Exoplanet Sattellite” submitted to NASA’s small Explorer (SMEX) program in December of 2014.

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Tides: Crash Course Astronomy #8 with Phil Plait

In this episode, Phil explores the world of tides! What is the relationship between tides and gravity? How do planets and their moons become tidally locked? What would happen if you were 300km tall? Important questions.

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tides go in, tides go out - never a miscommunication...
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Kepler-452b: What It Would Be Like to Live On Earth's 'Cousin'

Living on the newfound world would still be an alien experience. Kepler-452 is 60 percent wider than Earth and probably about five times more massive, so its surface gravity is considerably stronger than the pull people are used to here.

Kepler-452b's star is apparently older than the sun — 6 billion years, compared to 4.5 billion years. It's thus in a more energetic phase of its life cycle than the sun is; indeed, the star is about 10 percent larger and 20 percent brighter than Earth's sun.

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A group of pioneers magically transported to the surface of Kepler-452b would instantly realize they weren't on their home planet anymore; they'd feel this truth in their bones and muscles, thanks to the increased surface gravity.
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Mc bandit hope yes I know it's not possible I'm sorry I had too much beer that night :)
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Our mission is to explore, understand and explain the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe.
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We believe we are conducting the most profound search in human history — to know our beginnings and our place among the stars.

The SETI Institute is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to scientific research, education and public outreach.

The Institute comprises 3 centers, the Center for SETI Research, the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe and the Center for Education and Public Outreach.

Founded in November 1984, the SETI Institute began operations on February 1, 1985. Today it employs over 120 scientists, educators and support staff. Research at the Institute is anchored by two centers. Dr. Gerry Harp leads the Center for SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Research and  Dr. David Morrison is the Director for the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe. Edna DeVore leads our Center for Education and Public Outreach.