SETI & the Search for ET Signals

Hosted byArt Bell

SETI & the Search for ET Signals

About the show

Seth Shostak, radio astronomer and director of the Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project, spoke about the realities of looking for artificial signals from the universe. Joining Art from the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, he first discussed the differences between the movie "Contact" and the actual search for alien signatures in the radio background noise of outer space. Art heard on the news that SETI had picked up a possible interesting signal, but Shostak said that some of the details had been left out and that it was a false alarm.

Shostak guessed that there should be thousands of advanced civilizations in the universe and that we should be able to pick up radio signals from at least one of them. He also talked about the technical aspects of sending and receiving signals over interstellar distances.

The first hour featured news and Open Lines. Topics included global warming, a "demon face" said to appear between the candidates during the 2000 Democratic presidential debates, and leap years.

Last Night

Columbia River Gorge Phenomena
Columbia River Gorge Phenomena
James Szubski revealed how the electromagnetic environment of the Columbia River Gorge might play a role in people experiencing unusual phenomena. In the first hour, legendary Doors drummer John Densmore reflected on the band's music and legacy.


CoastZone banner
Sign up for our free CoastZone e-newsletter to receive exclusive daily articles.