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Are We Alone? SETI Institute Head to Speak at UH Manoa

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April 19, 2013


Dr. Roy Gal

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Does intelligent life exist beyond Earth? If so, how might we find it?

These will be some of the questions discussed at the second Sheraton Waikiki Explorers of the Universe lecture when Dr. Jill Tarter, chair of the SETI Institute, speaks at the UH Manoa Kennedy Theatre on May 3 at 7:30 p.m.

SETI, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, uses the tools of astronomy to systematically look for evidence of technologies produced by distant, alien civilizations.

The SETI Institute uses the Allen Telescope Array to explore the thousands of exoplanets being found by the Kepler spacecraft and ground-based observatories, and to find out whether some of those potentially habitable worlds might actually be inhabited.

If you've seen the movie “Contact,” you are already familiar with some of Dr. Tarter's life and work—she was the inspiration for the main character (Dr. Eleanor “Ellie” Arroway) played by Jodie Foster.

Tickets are free but required, and the supply is limited. Tickets can be obtained online at


Jill Tarter
Dr. Jill Tarter
Credit: © Seth Shostak, SETI


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Founded in 1967, the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa conducts research into galaxies, cosmology, stars, planets, and the sun. Its faculty and staff are also involved in astronomy education, deep space missions, and in the development and management of the observatories on Haleakala and Mauna Kea. The Institute operates facilities on the islands of Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii.