Podcaster: Beth Johnson, Franck Marchis, and Simon Steel (alternate hosts); Guest: Ariel Waldman

Title: SETI Live – Unveiling the Future of Amateur Astronomy: Unistellar’s ODYSSEY Telescope

Organization: SETI Institute



Join us for an exclusive SETI Live event, as we take a first look at the next-generation telescope from Unistellar – the ODYSSEY.

First introduced in 2017 with their eVscope, Unistellar has been a prominent collaborator with the SETI Institute since 2019. eVscopes have been used by schools, colleges, and the public to observe exoplanets, supernovae, and asteroids in a truly global network that continues to grow.

Dr. Simon Steel, Deputy Director of the Carl Sagan Center, and Dr. Franck Marchis, Co-founder of Unistellar and citizen science director at the SETI Institute, will talk about the technology of the new telescope, insights on how such a telescope is beta tested, and how the ODYSSEY will dramatically impact citizen and amateur astronomer’s contribution to cutting edge scientific research. We’ll take a tour of this beautiful instrument, inside and out, and look at some early results and images. (Recorded 10 January 2024.)

Bio: Beth Johnson is a communications specialist and social media manager with a degree in physics and master’s work in planetary science. She specializes in meteor showers, icy moons, and anything with volcanoes.

Franck Marchis is a senior planetary astronomer and chair of the exoplanet group at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute and Chief Scientific Officer and Founder at Unistellar. He has dedicated his work to the study of our solar system, specifically the search for asteroids with moons, using mainly ground-based telescopes equipped with adaptive optics.

Simon Steel is Deputy Director of the Carl Sagan Center for Research at the SETI Institute. As an observational astrophysicist, he specialized in optical spectrophotometry, with an interest in the star formation histories of galaxies.

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