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Calendar, Night&Day We Are Stardust

We Are Stardust

We once knew an astronomy professor who'd say to his students, “You all were once inside stars.” And he wasn't lying. He explained that the universe started off as mostly hydrogen molecules, which gravity pulled together to make stars. The…
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Culture, Stage Only Connect

Only Connect

For almost half a century, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence research movement has spent millions of dollars and at least as many hours ransacking the night sky in search of aliens. Given that the Milky Way is 100,000 light-years across…
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Music, Space Craft

Space Craft

"We're not famous-famous," says Stephen Kay, aka Spesh, of Bay Area dance music production team Jondi and Spesh. DJs and possibly another 100 non-DJ techno specialists are familiar with them, the duo alleges, and so both remain modest, even amidst…
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News, Letters


SETIng the Record Straight I read with interest Matt Smith's recent article ("Heavenly Secrets," April 1) on the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, and was pleased that Mr. Smith captured so much of the excitement of our project. Unfortunately, the article…
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News, Feature

Heavenly Secrets

Keeping Congress Out of Contact During the summer of 1996, a group of Hollywood producers and actors spent a week mingling with scientists at the SETI Institute, a South Bay nonprofit organization dedicated to conducting a systematic radio survey of…
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