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Change in venue
MIT Astrophysics Colloquium
Tuesday, February 22, 4PM
34-101 (note the unusual location)
50 Vassar Street
"SETI: Pulling Signals out of Cosmic Noise"
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)
175 Albany St.
Cambridge, MA. 02139
PH (617)253-4824 FAX (617)253-7014