Jupiter via the WWT

Microsoft Research – the WorldWide Telescope (WWT) enables seamless panning and zooming across the night sky, blending terabytes of images, data, and stories from multiple sources over the Internet into a media-rich immersive experience.  WorldWide Telescope is a collaborative effort between Microsoft Research and a variety of academic and governmental agencies. Microsoft Research is making WorldWide Telescope available as a free resource to the astronomy and education community with the hope that it will inspire and empower people to explore and understand the universe as never before.


Lick Observatory - an astronomical observatory, owned and operated by the University of California. It is situated on the summit of Mount Hamilton, in the Diablo Range just east of San Jose.  Lick Observatory was the world’s first permanently occupied mountain-top observatory and has been the site for discovering several moons of Jupiter, as well as a near-earth asteroid, and many extrasolar planets .

Inside the GeoDome

California Academy of Science GeoDome – CAS acquired their GeoDome Theater as part of the Worldviews Network, a project funded in 2010 by a NOAA Environmental Literacy Grant for Informal/Nonformal Education. Through this grant, leading science centers across the US will work with NOAA’s Climate Program Office to create and disseminate new educational modules focused on global and bioregional ecosystems. Nearly 70,000 visitors experienced the GeoDome from December to February at CAS.  Here’s your chance to experience it at SETIcon.

Dr. Dale Andersen, Sr. Research Scientist

“Ask a Scientist” - Got Questions?  This is an informative, entertaining way to interact with some of the top SETI Institute scientists. This is your opportunity to ask all those burning questions that have been keeping you up at night. Come chat about the universe’s most fascinating mysteries!  Dale Andersen is just one of the scientists lined up to answer your questions.  His research interests are with the origin, evolution and distribution of life in the universe and he has been involved with NASA’s Exobiology and Astrobiology programs since the mid 1980’s. His mission is to locate, characterize, and understand environments where physical and chemical conditions approach or exceed the tolerances for life.

Lightsail-1 over Earth

Planetary Society - sponsors projects that will seed innovative space technologies, nurture creative young minds, and be a vital advocate for our future in space.  Their Mission is to …Create a better future by exploring other worlds and understanding our own. Right now they are…
•Scanning the skies for dangerous asteroids,
•Hunting for Earthlike planets,
•Searching for life in the Universe,
•Creating a global network of EarthDials,
•And flying their very own solar sail spacecraft, Lightsail-1.

Future X PRIZE winner?

Google Lunar X PRIZE  - the mission is to bring about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity, thereby inspiring the formation of new industries and the revitalization of markets that are currently stuck due to existing failures or a commonly held belief that a solution is not possible. The foundation addresses the world’s Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prize competitions that stimulate investment in research and development worth far more than the prize itself. It motivates and inspires brilliant innovators from all disciplines to leverage their intellectual and financial capital.


SOFIA – the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy – or SOFIA – is a world-class airborne observatory that complements the Hubble, Spitzer, Herschel and James Webb space telescopes and major Earth-based telescopes. SOFIA’S 2.5-meter (100 inch) diameter reflecting telescope provides astronomers with access to the visible, infrared and sub-millimeter spectrum, with optimized performance in the mid-infrared to sub-millimeter range. During its 20-year expected lifetime it will be capable of “Great Observatory”–class astronomical science.

Kepler 16b - 106 times the mass of Earth

The Kepler Mission - specifically designed to survey a portion of our region of the Milky Way galaxy to discover dozens of Earth-size planets in or near the habitable zone and determine how many of the billions of stars in our galaxy have such planets.  Results from this mission will allow us to place our solar system within the continuum of planetary systems in the Galaxy. Kepler is poised to find planets 30 to 600 times less massive than Jupiter. By a method known as the transit method of planet finding. When Kepler sees a planet pass in front of its parent star it blocks a small fraction of the light from that star.When that happens, it means that the planet is transiting the star. If repeated transits at regular times are seen, a planet has been discovered! A number of members of the Kepler Team will be at SETIcon: Doug Caldwell, Edna DeVore, Jon Jenkins, Geoff Marcy, David Morrison, and Jill Tarter.

Scanning the universe!

SETI Live - part of the TED Prize Wish made by renowned astronomer Jill Tarter, the launch of SETI Live opened the door for anyone to help search for intelligent life on other planets.  For the first time ever, data being received by the Allen Telescope Array in Hat Creek, CA is made public so citizen scientists can scan it for potential signals.

One of the oldest and most respected astronomy societies in the U.S.

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) - founded in 1889 by a group of Northern California professional and amateur astronomers after joining together to view a rare total solar eclipse. The ASP’s earliest purpose was to disseminate astronomical information — a mission which has flourished with astronomers’ inexhaustible exploration of the universe. The ASP has become the largest general astronomy society in the world, with members from over 70 nations.