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Change in venue

MIT Astrophysics Colloquium
Tuesday, February 22, 4PM
34-101 (note the unusual location)
50 Vassar Street
Cambridge, Ma

"SETI: Pulling Signals out of Cosmic Noise"

Jill Tarter
Director, Center for SETI Research; Bernard M. Oliver Chair, SETI Institute

Jill Tarter is the Director of Project Phoenix at the SETI Institute, the worlds most sensitive and comprehensive search for extraterrestrial intelligence. She will discuss both the current status of the search and exciting engineering challenges involved in pushing the limits of telescope and detector technology. If you liked the movie "Contact", then here's your chance to see who Jodi Foster's role was inspired by.

Today, as the Director of Project Phoenix, she listens for radio signals that are either being deliberately beamed our way, or are inadvertently transmitted from another planet. Project Phoenix has targeted about one thousand stars, all within 200 light-years distance.

Jill Tarter has devoted most of her research career to the scientific search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI).
Her PhD thesis dealt with brown dwarfs (a name she coined).

Refreshments will be available prior to the lecture, at 3:30pm in the Marlar Lounge (37-252)

Marie Woods
Administrative Assistant
175 Albany St.
Cambridge, MA. 02139
PH (617)253-4824  FAX (617)253-7014