Planetary Radio • Nov 04, 2013

All-Sky Optical Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

On This Episode

20140828 Paul Horowitz

Paul Horowitz

Astrophysicist for Harvard University

20140828 Curtis Mead

Curtis Mead

Research Assistant, All-Sky Optical SETI

A burst of laser light could let humanity know it is not alone in the universe. Harvard’s Paul Horowitz and Curtis Mead will give us an update on the technological wonder of Optical SETI that watches the entire sky for billionth of a second pulses from the stars. Emily Lakdawalla looks forward to the launch of India’s Mars Orbiter Mission.  Bill Nye has thoughts about a statement by the NASA Administrator, and Bruce Betts doesn’t need a laser to tell us What’s Up in the night sky.

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