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All Photos @SethShostak @NASAWebb cost taxpayers $10 billion. But are the beautiful photos worth it? After all, this instrument cost 10 times the estimated value of the Mona Lisa. To which I would respond that future generations will be glad we spent it. Astronomers from @warwickuni reveal a new phenomenon dubbed the “rocking shadow” effect that describes how discs in forming planetary systems are oriented, and how they move around their host star. The effect also gives clues as to how they might evolve.
Big news! Penn State is moving into Planetary Science in a big way. First step was consolidating our PS and related faculty under a new unit, CPEST:… Next step: Open rank tenure-track hire in planetary science! Details here:…
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#PPOD: @NASANewHorizons captured this high-resolution enhanced color view of Pluto's big moon #Charon just before closest approach on July 14, 2015. The image combines blue, red and infrared images. Credit: @NASA @JHUAPL @SwRI Image processing: @JPMajor
The poster I presented yesterday at #spieastro. Citizen Science Astronomy with a Network of Small Telescopes: The Launch and Deployment of #JWST followed up by @Unistellar citizen scientists and processed/analysed by @SETIInstitute researchers. #citizenastronomy
Retweeted by The SETI Institute A Dance of Galaxies: Perhaps the most dramatic of the first #JWST images is the cosmic dance of Stephan’s Quintet, a group of galaxies, each containing billions of stars, that are drawn together by gravity at speeds of a million miles an hour. Astronomers at @MIT and universities across Canada and the United States have detected a strange and persistent radio signal from a far-off galaxy that appears to be flashing with surprising regularity. The signal is classified as a fast radio burst.
#PPOD: This planetary nebula is revealed in all of its glory in the new #JWST image (upper left box). The high-res image reveals a magnificent edge-on galaxy poking through the volutes of red gas. @shasta721 extracted that section of the image. Credit: @NASA @esa @csa_asc @stsci
VIDEO: @DouzeParsecs À la recherche de la vie extraterrestre avec le SETI Hello there... Bon les gars, les Aliens sont là, quelque part! Maintenant, faut les trouver... Et comment on fait? L'astrophysicien et planétologue @AllPlanets nous explique!!
After this talk, come to the USS Hornet on Saturday July 23 to see Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute in person! #usshornet #usshornetmusem #NASA #Apollo11…
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Next #SETITalks: Jul 20, 3:00PM PDT To discuss the potential of @NASAWebb and its complex instruments, we invited two researchers from the @spacescienceins - Christine Chen and John Stansberry - as well as Andy Skemer from @ucsc. Hosted by @AllPlanets.
We talk with a scientist who has seen the future… in film. Grab a bowl of popcorn and join us in contemplating Hollywood’s view of humanity’s future. Listen to @BiPiSci:
#PPOD: The Elephant Trunk Nebula is a concentration of interstellar gas and dust within the much larger ionized gas region IC 1396 located in the constellation Cepheus, about 2,400 light years away from Earth. Credit: @NASA Sign up for enews:
EXPLORING CAVES ON THE MOON & MARS Here's the video of my Jul 9, 2022 talk on Caves on the Moon and Mars, and how we will explore them in the future: @MarsInstitute @SETIInstitute @HMP @NASAAmes @nss #Caves #Caving #Speleology #Artemis #Tintin #Bonestell
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#SETITalks VIDEO: You submitted your questions. Now our team has answered them. Featuring: @PaulDalba, @zupanska, and @Chenoachem. Hosted by SETI Institute planetary astronomer @AllPlanets. #AMA #AskUsAnything
Hey @NASASolarSystem, ready for your close-up? As part of Webb’s prep for science, we tested how the telescope tracks solar system objects like Jupiter. Webb worked better than expected, and even caught Jupiter’s moon Europa:…
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Next #SETILive: TODAY, 2:30 PM PDT Join SETI Institute’s Deputy Director, Carl Sagan Center, Simon Steel, and scientist Richard Cartwright to hear about how @NASAWebb will be making observations, and discoveries, much closer to home. WATCH LIVE:
Part of our mission is to understand the workings of life, including metabolism and its waste products. This week’s episode of @BiPiSci is “Flush with Excitement:”
#PPOD: Many details of #Saturn appear clearly in this infrared image taken by NASA's @CassiniSaturn back in 2014. Bands of clouds show great structure, including long stretching storms. Credit: @NASA Cassini mission @NASAJPL @Caltech @spacescienceins Processing: Maksim Kakitsev
VIDEO: @LikaG_Helio traces her journey from being a young girl looking at the night sky to becoming an astrophysicist, mission designer, instrument builder, and the Lead Program Scientist for NASA's Living With a Star initiative. #WomenInSTEM
Good morning, #SciPy2022! It’s nice to be here! I’m excited to learn more about your projects here. If you want to discover more about the GPU accelerated DSP used by the Allen Telescope Array, I’ll be presenting a poster today from 6 PM to 7 PM CST.
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#PPOD: Located in Ophiuchus and rarely imaged, LDN 43 is a dark nebula consisting of very dense material blocking light from the background stars. Two cometary nebulae are found inside the dark nebula area, which looks like a flying bat. Credit: Mark Hanson and Mike Selby
Next #SETITalks event: Jul 20, 2022 3:00PM PDT To discuss the potential of @NASAWebb and its complex instruments, we invited two researchers from the @spacescienceins: Christine Chen and John Stansberry. This discussion will be moderated by @AllPlanets.
ICYMI: The wait is over! The 1st JWST Image Revealed! The amount of sky this image portrays can be covered by a sand grain held at arm's length. The history of the universe in a grain of sand, with the sweeping cosmic beach yet to be discovered. Today’s first images and spectra from @NASAWebb reveal the capabilities of all four of Webb’s state-of-the-art scientific instruments and confirm that the observations ahead will revolutionise our understanding of the cosmos and our own origins.
#PPOD: A #JunoCam view of Jupiter's folded filamentary regions (FFRs) at the south pole as processed by Seán Doran, based on earlier processing by Gerald Eichstädt, using custom software. Taken during @NASAJuno's perijove 6. Credit: @NASA @SwRI #MSSS Gerald Eichstädt @_TheSeaning @NExSSManyWorlds Reports From Inside the Sun's Corona At a four-day conference at @JHUAPL late last month, scores of scientists described the results of their early observations and analyses of the measurements and images coming from the Parker Probe.
And if you want a high-resolution version of this image:… This first image from @NASAWebb is the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the distant universe to date. Known as Webb’s First Deep Field, this image of galaxy cluster SMACS 0723 is overflowing with detail. Credit: @NASA @esa @csa_asc and @stsci #JWST
Happening Now: President Biden and Vice President Harris receive a briefing from NASA officials and preview the first images from the Webb Space Telescope – the highest-resolution images of the infrared universe ever captured.…
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The first galaxies have already developed Kardashev Type III civilizations in the time we've been waiting
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Are you listening to the NASA hold music while waiting for the #JWST image? How are you surviving the delay?
Delayed a half an hour to 5:30 pm ET. We're watching and waiting...…
Did you miss last month's live #SETITalks AMA event? You submitted your questions, and we answered them. To get early access to the video, click here: Featuring: @Paul_Dalba, @zupanska, and @Chenoachem. Hosted by @AllPlanets.
Happy 25th Anniversary to the movie "Contact"! We are thrilled that this amazing movie continues to inspire. cc: @jilltarter @SashaSagan…
Toilets date to the Victorian era, but billions still don’t have them. And what useful compounds do we needlessly flush down the toilet? Also, do you know where your cat has placed his bare bottom? This @BiPiSci is “Flush with Excitement.” Listen here:
We know the targets of #JWST's first images and one of them is Carina Nebula. This picture of Carina Nebula was taken by David Hein (Australia)🙏. More info on@NASAWebbb's targets ->…Qf
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#PPOD: On September 13, 2017, the venerable and much-loved @CassiniSaturn captured this final portrait of Saturn and its main ring system, before plummeting to fiery destruction in the planet's hazy atmosphere just 48 hours later. Credit: @NASA @NASAJPL @Caltech @spacescienceins
Are you ready to see the first images of @NASAWebb ? We are getting really close! Check this link to the #countdown ->… #JWST #Space #NASA
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About to address the NASA/DOE Frontier Development Lab at SETI — bridging from Apollo to SpaceX. They research AI for space exploration, climate adaptation and energy futures: I closed with my favorite passage from Chaiken's book on the dream of Apollo…
Retweeted by The SETI Institute This month we are introducing not only a new artist to the SETI AIR program but also a new AIR division: the affiliate program. @danieladepaulis’ project “A Signal in Space” is a great example of an affiliate project nearly ready to launch. #SciArt
#PPOD: Above the Clouds The crescent Moon and Venus set above an ocean of clouds, taken from La Palma, Canary Islands back in 2018. Credit: @BabakTafreshi Get updates on all our work by signing up for our enews:
Next #SETITalks event: Jul 20, 2022 3:00PM PDT To discuss the potential of @NASAWebb and its complex instruments, we invited two researchers from the @spacescienceins: Christine Chen and John Stansberry. This discussion will be moderated by @AllPlanets.
Part of our mission is to understand the evolution of intelligence, and that may be linked to our bipedal stance. This week’s episode of @BiPiSci is “Feet Don’t Fail Me:”
LOCAL EVENT: Friday, Jul 15, 2022 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Join the SETI Institute and @OfficialEVC for a special panel discussion to take a look at the JWST's first images and what they represent, and take a deep dive into what we can expect from @NASAWebb!
Next #SETILive: TODAY, 10AM PDT Meet @danieladepaulis, the newest member of our Artist in Residence program. Daniela is a media artist and a licensed radio operator and radio telescope operator at @radiotelescoop in the Netherlands. WATCH LIVE: #SETIAIR
#PPOD: This gorgeous photos shows the Pleiades (M45) star cluster rising over Half Dome in the Yosemite National Park in California. Full of hot, young blue stars, this cluster is moving through a dust cloud, which creates the beautiful nebulosity seen here. Credit: @dheeranet
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