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Second International Optical SETI Conference
San Jose CA, January 1996

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Optical SETI Conference co-chair Dr. Stuart Kingsley of the Columbus Optical SETI Observatory explains why he believes it feasible to detect laser pulses from the stars. SETI League photo. thumbnail

SETI Institute executive director Tom Pierson is flanked by his SETI League counterpart, Dr. H. Paul Shuch, and Project Phoenix scientist Dr. Jill Tarter, at a reception during the Optical SETI Conference. The two SETI organizations are collaborating closely on a number of projects. SETI League photo. thumbnail

Optical astronomer Dr. Geoff Marcy describes the Doppler shift measurement technique he and his colleague, Dr. Paul Butler, use to detect planets orbiting other Sun-like stars. Marcy and Butler have discovered at least three extra-solar planets from the Lick Observatory atop Mount Hamilton, near San Jose, CA. SETI League photo. thumbnail

Optical SETI Conference co-chair Dr. Guillermo Lemarchand of Argentina describes the southern half of the Project Meta (Mega-Channel Extraterrestrial Assay) experiment he conducted in conjunction with Harvard University's Dr. Paul Horowitz. SETI League photo. thumbnail

Visidyne Corporation's Andrew LePage describes his rating system for quantifying the relative merits of various SETI target stars. LePage's work relies heavily upon computer simulations run by England's Martyn Fogg. SETI League photo. thumbnail

Stanford University professor emeritus Dr. Ronald Bracewell describes how more advanced civilizations may set out to detect other intelligent life by launching robotic probes toward worlds such as ours. SETI League photo. thumbnail

Dr. Dan Werthimer of the University of California, Berkeley, discusses results to date from Project SERENDIP (Search for Extraterrestrial Radio Emissions from Nearby Developed Intelligent Populations), which for several years has observed large portions of the sky from the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico. SETI League photo. thumbnail

SETI League executive director Dr. H. Paul Shuch analyzes the communications range of Arecibo, the world's largest radio telescope. His conservative computations produce results somewhat more restrictive than have been achieved by other SETI proponents. SETI League photo. thumbnail

Dr. Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute reports on Project Phoenix, which last year conducted five months of observations from the Parkes radio telescope in Australia. The group surveyed about 200 nearby Sun-like stars which are only visible from the southern hemisphere. No signals likely to be of intelligent extra-terrestrial origin were detected. SETI League photo. thumbnail

SETI League executive director Dr. H. Paul Shuch entertains his colleagues with songs about radioastronomers and radiotelescopes, during a break at the Optical SETI Conference. SETI League photo. thumbnail

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