SETI: Astronomy as a Contact Sport
A conversation with Jill Tarter

SETI astronomer Jill Tarter discusses her life-long passion for the science of detecting signals of possible extra-terrestrial life.

About Jill Tarter:

Jill Cornell Tarter is an American astronomer and the outgoing Director of the Center for SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Research, currently holding the Bernard M. Oliver Chair at the SETI Institute.

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by Carl Sagan

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Video Chapters

Introduction (00:00)

Chapter 1: What is SETI? (1:37)

Chapter 2: SETI History (6:07)

Chapter 3: Galaxies, Exoplanets and Raisin Bran Commercials (14:29)

Chapter 4: Fermi’s Paradox: Why Aren’t They Here? (21:09)

Chapter 5: An Extraterrestrial Agenda: The Drake Equation (25:02)

Chapter 6: The Benefits of Scientific Serendipity (30:04)

Chapter 7: Engaging the Public and Changing Our Perspective (33:01)

Chapter 8: Being Special and Religious Adaptability (41:41)

Chapter 9: Outreach and Interdisciplinarity (45:06)

Credits (1:02:52)