Audio recordings of twelve public lectures by noted astronomers are now available as free MP3 downloads at the web
site of the nonprofit Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP):
These talks were recorded at Foothill College
in the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series. They are made available to the public through the kind
support of a donor with a strong interest in education who wishes to remain anonymous. Each hour-long lecture on some exciting
development in our study of the universe is followed by an extensive question and answer period, in which the speaker gives
further details and personal glimpses about the topics under discussion.
Among the talks now available are:
Dr. Jill Tarter (SETI Institute): "Better Searches for Signals from Extra-terrestrial Civilizations"
* Dr. Geoff Marcy (U. of California, Berkeley):
"Hunting for Earth-like Planets Among the Stars"
* Dr. David Morrison (NASA Ames Research Center): "Asteroid Impacts and the Evolution of Life on Earth"
* Dr. David Grinspoon (Denver Museum of
Nature & Science): "Climate Catastrophes in the Solar System"
* Dr. Bruce Margon (University of California, Santa Cruz): "Results from the Hubble Space Telescope"
* Dr. Dale Cruikshank (NASA Ames): "The
Planet Pluto: Maligned but Not Forgotten"
Dr. Alex Filippenko (University of California, Berkeley): "Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe"
* Dr. Frank Drake (SETI Institute): "Estimating
the Chances of Life Out There"
few talks are also available as video files (instructions can be found on the same page.)
These lectures are co-sponsored by:
+ NASA's Ames Research Center
+ The SETI Institute
+ The Foothill College Astronomy Program The Astronomical Society of the