Human beings have always looked at the heavens and asked: Are we alone? Is there life elsewhere in the universe? What is that life like? Unfortunately, people can’t actually travel to other solar systems. Even the closest stars are too far away to visit.
Today, astrophysicists such as Jill Tarter are looking for other ways to search for extraterrestrial life. Jill is the director of Project Phoenix at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California. SETI stands for “Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.” Twice a year, Jill and her team travel to the mountains of Puerto Rico where they use the world’s largest radio telescope to examine nearby stars. They search the sky, listening for radio signals that, if found and verified, would provide strong evidence that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe.
Author Ellen Jackson and photographer Nic Bishop introduce us to a dedicated scientist and her thrilling, rigorous, and awe-inspiring work in the field.
About the Author
Ellen Jackson is the award-winning author of more than fifty fiction and nonfiction books for children. Like her father, an amateur astronomer, Ellen has been interested in planets, stars, and galaxies since she was a child. She remembers family "star parties," at which neighbors were invited to gaze through her father's telescope at an eclipse of the moon or other astronomical objects.
Nic Bishop, who holds a doctorate in the biological sciences, is the photographer of many acclaimed books for children. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand.Visit his website at: nicbishop.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I learned a lot from this book about how scientists try to find signs of life in the universe. There are all kinds of technology they use and tests that the scientists¿ do it really is amazing. The scientist they followed was also the inspiration for the movie 'Contact'.
Is there life in outer space? Jill Tarter has made it her life's work to find out. This book examines Jill's work with the SETI Institute, an organization that searches for extraterrestrial life. Using powerful computers and massive telescopes, SETI examines radio signals to determine if any of them might come from other planets or stars in space. Jill Tarter thinks there's a great possibility of extraterrestrial life because of the enormous number of stars in our galaxy and other galaxies. Although they haven't yet found any promising signals, who knows what advances in technology will bring? An interesting book for those interested in space.