little green men is a documentary film about high school students searching for pulsars (a certain type of collapsed star) using radio astronomy data from West Virginia's Green Bank Telescope through the Pulsar Search Collaboratory (PSC).

Why little green men? No, our film isn’t about aliens, although Frank Drake did begin his search for extra-terrestrial life (now known as SETI) at Green Bank. "Little Green Men,", or LGM-1, was the 'nickname' first given to an unknown radio signal discovered in 1967, by Jocelyn Bell, then a graduate student at Cambridge. Once it became clear that the signal was not an alien communication, but rather radio waves emitted by a collapsed star, the name 'pulsar' was created to describe this newly discovered stellar object.

So far our students have discovered seven pulsars, including two rotating radio transients (RRATs), which are unusual pulsars with very sporadic emission. Our first discoverer - who was 15 at the time - even got invited to the White House. You can see him with President and Mrs. Obama in the preview.

The Pulsar Search Collaboratory is a National Science Foundation funded collaboration between West Virginia University and the NRAO’s Green Bank Telescope.

little green men is generously funded by the National Science Foundation DRL CRPA program (award #1137082), West Virginia University College of Arts and Sciences, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and NASA's West Virginia Space Grant Consortium.