Interview with Jill Tarter

By Phil Plait | February 18, 2008 5:29 pm

While I was at the January 2008 meeting of the AAS, I stopped by the SETI booth and chatted with Dr. Jill Tarter. SETI received a very healthy dose of money from Paul Allen to build 350 radio dishes so they can monitor the sky for alien signals. She talks a bit about the array in the interview:

As I note in the video notes, I wanted to edit out her slip of the tongue about Mike Griffin, but I couldn’t because there was no place to splice the footage. Oh well, it’ll be here for all eternity, I suppose.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Cool stuff, Science, Video Blog

Comments (7)

  1. bjswift

    I was at the ATA booth on Friday talking to Jack Welch and got to catch up with him, but now I’m bummed that I didn’t get to chat with Jill!

  2. bjswift

    Interesting note about the handout in the video: that image of the Andromeda Galaxy was produced with ONE pointing of the ATA!

  3. Max Fagin

    Isn’t Jill Tarter supposed to be who Ellie Arroway from Contact was based on?

  4. Max Fagin

    Oops, never mind maybe I should watch the clip before posting. Sorry :)

  5. Off-topic: Don’t forget about Wednesday night’s lunar eclipse! (Thursday morning for a lot o’ them funny-talkin’ foreigners on the other side of the Atlantic.)

  6. Chip

    I attended her lecture recently in Sacramento. The Q&A session that followed was interesting as she answered audience questions with clarity and imagination.

  7. Irishman

    Starr/Greg, write better and then it won’t matter what Phil writes people will still read your stuff.


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