SETI Head to Speak, Nov. 14, 2006

SOCORRO, N.M., Nov. 14, 2006 -- Ever wanted to have a conversation with ET? The head of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence program (SETI) speaks at New Mexico Tech on Monday, Nov. 20 on the prospects for doing exactly that.

Dr. Seth Shostak of SETI will address the question “When Will We Discover the Extraterrestrials?" The lecture is on Monday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. in Macey Center on the New Mexico Tech campus. It is free and open to the public.

According to Dr. Shostak, “The scientific hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence is now into its fifth decade, and we still haven't uncovered a confirmed peep from any cosmic company. Could this mean that finding aliens, even if they exist, is a project for the ages – one that might take centuries or longer?”

He plans to discuss new technologies being used in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). He maintains that there is good reason to expect that success might not be far off – that we might find evidence of sophisticated civilizations within a few decades.

The lecture is the Harlow Shapley Lecture, sponsored by the American Astronomical Society (AAS).The lectureship is a program of two day visits by professional astronomers to college campuses who bring the excitement of modern astronomy and astrophysics to colleges of all types. This is a well-known series and it is a feather in Tech’s cap to have a Harlow Shapley lecturer come to campus.