Searching for Alien Megastructures: Hype vs. Reality

Dr. Jason Wright, associate professor of astronomy and astro-physics at Penn State, will tell the story of how he got involved in trying to solve the mystery of "Tabby's Star" and how some "out-of-the-box" speculation on his part had everyone from CBS News to Stephen Colbert asking, "Have researchers discovered an alien MEGASTRUCTURE?" He will also discuss some of the history of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), prospects for fu-ture directions for SETI, and what he really thinks is going on with Tabby's Star.