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Tag: Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures

Is Anyone out There: The Hundred-Million Dollar “Breakthrough: Listen” Project

This Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture features Dan Werthimer of the University of California, who talk about the possibility of other intelligent life in the universe and how we might detect signals from an alien civilization. Dr. Werthimer describes current and future projects searching for such signals, including the new $100-million Breakthrough Prize Foundation Listen project. …

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Chris Impey: Our Future in Space

This Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture features Dr. Chris Impey from the University of Arizona. He reviews humanity’s amazing achievements until today and outlines our future in space. Decades after we last set foot on the Moon, and several years after the Space Shuttle was retired, space activity is finally leaving the doldrums. Permanent bases on …

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SVAstronomyLectures: Finding a New Earth: Exoplanets and the Habitable Zone

Dr. Stephen Kane (San Francisco State University) Over 1500 new planetary systems have been discovered, many of which include planets quite different from those in our own Solar System. A key step towards finding “Earth 2.0” will be to identify rocky planets that occupy the “Habitable Zone” of their stars. Dr. Kane describes what the …

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SVAstronomyLectures: Report from the Planetary Frontier: The Latest from New Horizons at Pluto

On July 14, 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft flew 7,800 mi above the surface of Pluto and sent back fascinating images of the dwarf planet and its large (and intriguing) moon Charon. Many of the images show unexpected beauty and complexity on Pluto’s surface. While the data are still coming in from the encounter, Dr. …

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Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures: Innumerable Globes Like This One: The Search for Life Beyond the Solar System

Dr. Tori Hoehler (NASA Ames Research Ctr.) Our Galaxy probably hosts billions of planetary systems. But how many of those globes are like the Earth and how can we determine whether life has taken hold there, too? In this talk, Dr. Hoehler discusses the science of searching for life beyond our immediate neighborhood, and how …

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Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures: Carolyn Porco | The Epic Story of the Cassini Mission to Saturn

Since 2004, Cassini has been exploring the giant planet Saturn, its magnificent ring system, and its intriguing moons. Dr. Porco shows us many of the magnificent mission images and explain the findings from both the main orbiter and the probe that landed on Titan, Saturn’s biggest moon. She also discusses the geysers on the moon …

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Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures: Jeffrey Bennett: 100 Years of Einstein’s Relativity

2015 marks the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s completion of his General Theory of Relativity, the comprehensive theory of space, time, and gravity. To celebrate this, Silicon Valley Astronomy lectures has invited Dr. Bennett to explain the basic ideas of Einstein’s work (both the special and general theories) in everyday language and shows how Einstein’s remarkable …

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Lloyd Knox: Images of the Infant Universe

Dr. Lloyd Knox (University of California, Davis) Professor Knox leads the U.S. team determining the basic characteristics of the cosmos from the data recently acquired by the European Space Agency’s Planck satellite. He shows the detailed images of the sky obtained by Planck, pictures made from light that has been traveling our way for nearly …

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Caleb Scharf: The Copernicus Complex | Are We Special in the Cosmos?

Is humanity on Earth special or unexceptional? Extraordinary discoveries in astronomy and biology have revealed a universe filled with endlessly diverse planetary systems, and a picture of life as a phenomenon intimately linked with the most fundamental aspects of physics. But just where these discoveries will lead us is not yet clear. We may need …

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Seth Shostak: The Search for Intelligent Life Among the Stars – New Strategies

In this talk hosted by the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures, Dr. Seth Shostak talks about the search for intelligent life in the universe. A half-century ago, astronomers began trying to “eavesdrop” for radio messages from nearby star systems. Today, SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) researchers continue to point their telescopes at individual stars, on the …

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