Imagine sifting through the cosmic din in hopes of finding a faint signal indicating advanced life in the galaxy. This is a reality for the astronomers at SETI who diligently wait for that signal to come through. Seth Shostak, senior astronomer with SETI, explains the process of searching for extraterrestrial intelligence and what its discovery could mean for all of us in this interview with George Noory.
Seth Shostak developed an interest in extraterrestrial life at the tender age of ten, when he first picked up a book about the solar system. Now he is the Senior Astronomer for SETI and is responsible for much of the outreach activities of the institute. He also edits the newsletter, oversees the web site, gives talks and writes magazine articles and books about SETI.