Roper Mountain Astronomers

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    • October 21, 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Virtual Meeting. Link to join the meeting will be sent when you register for the event. Links will be on the bottom of your confirmation email.
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    Making Contact:    Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence


    Abstract: 


    For anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and wondered, "Are we alone?"  A brilliant examination of the science behind the search for extraterrestrial intelligence and its pioneer, Jill Tarter, the inspiration for the main character in Carl Sagan's Contact.


    Jill Tarter is a pioneer, an innovator, an adventurer, and a controversial force. At a time when women weren’t encouraged to do much outside the home, Tarter ventured as far out as she could—into the three-Kelvin cold of deep space. And she hasn’t stopped investigating a subject that takes and takes without giving much back.

    Today, her computer's screensaver is just the text “SO…ARE WE ALONE?” This question keeps her up at night. In some ways, this is the question that keep us all up at night. We have all spent dark hours wondering about our place in it all, pondering our "aloneness," both terrestrial and cosmic. Tarter’s life and her work are not just a quest to understand life in the universe: they are a quest to understand our lives within the universe. No one has told that story, her story, until now.

    It all began with gazing into the night sky. All those stars were just distant suns—were any of them someone else's sun? Diving into the science, philosophy, and politics of SETI—searching for extraterrestrial intelligence—Sarah Scoles reveals the fascinating figure at the center of the final frontier of scientific investigation. This is the perfect book for anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and wondered if we are alone in the universe.



    Speaker:  


    Sarah Scoles is a science writer whose work has appeared in The AtlanticSlateSmithsonian, the Washington PostScientific AmericanPopular ScienceDiscoverNew ScientistAeon, and Wired. A former editor at Astronomy magazine, Scoles worked at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, the location of the first-ever SETI project.


    Sarah Scoles is a currently a freelance science journalist and lives in Denver.   


Past events

September 16, 2021 How galaxies are influenced in the Universe
August 19, 2021 The Formation of Planets: Progress, Problems, and Prospects
June 17, 2021 Lucy and Europa Clipper: The Next NASA Missions to Jupiter's Orbit
May 20, 2021 Arne Henden-Variable Stars and minor planet astrometry
April 15, 2021 Alan Sturgis -Nasa Engineer
March 18, 2021 March Meeting: PLUTO OUR DISTANT COUSIN
February 18, 2021 The Human Cosmos
January 21, 2021 Planet Patrol: A NASA Citizen Science Program to Discover New Exoplanets
January 16, 2021 Star Party-Jan is cancelled due to Covid-19 risk
December 17, 2020 The Latest Gravitational Wave Events
November 19, 2020 November Club Meeting: Long Period Variable (LPV) Stars in Globular Clusters
November 13, 2020 Under One Sky 2020 Global Conference-International Dark Sky
October 15, 2020 David Moffett-Strange Stellar Remnants
October 01, 2020 Galileo and the Science Deniers
September 17, 2020 Virtual Tour of the World Largest Meteorite Collection
August 20, 2020 Josh Palmer - Planetary and ISS Photography
July 16, 2020 Club Monthly Meeting - July
June 18, 2020 June Monthly Club Meeting
May 21, 2020 May Club Monthly Meeting
April 24, 2020 Livestream Star Party - Whipple Observatory
April 23, 2020 April Club Monthly Meeting- Will be on-line
April 23, 2020 Southern Star Astronomy Convention - Canceled
April 19, 2020 International Dark Sky Week
April 18, 2020 Star Party April-Canceled
March 21, 2020 The March Star Party is canceled
March 19, 2020 March Club Monthly Meeting is Cancelled
March 04, 2020 Special Presentation : MONSTERS IN THE COSMIC SEA
February 22, 2020 Star Party February
February 20, 2020 February Club Monthly Meeting -- Canceled due to weather
February 10, 2020 Seeds in Space
January 25, 2020 Star Party
January 21, 2020 Project Artemis-Forward to the Moon
January 16, 2020 January Club Monthly Meeting
November 23, 2019 Star Party
November 21, 2019 November RMA Club Meeting
November 14, 2019 November RMA Board Meeting
October 05, 2019 Star Party Rain Date
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