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A presentation to accompany a talk on astronomy and the search for extra terrestrial intelligence.

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  1. 1. SETI @ 50 SETI The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence journey
  2. 2. SETI @ 50 Always Exploring... Learning... Teaching... Just a little bit about me -I am Ok – that's more than enough!
  3. 3. SETI @ 50 ? Dr. Frank Drake 1930- Green Bank West Virginia, USA
  4. 4. SETI @ 50 Officially “born” in 1960 Originally Drake and a scientifc cohort of 11 Capitalized on new and emerging technologies Rallying point was optimism of space age and...
  5. 5. SETI @ 50 The Drake Equation: The Drake Equation gives the number of intelligent civilizations able to communicate within our own galaxy.
  6. 6. SETI @ 50 The Drake equation states that: where: N = the number of civilizations in our galaxy with which communication might be possible; and- R* = the average rate of star formation per year in our galaxy fp = the fraction of those stars that have planets ne = the average number of planets that can potentially support life per star that has planets fℓ = the fraction of the above that actually go on to develop life at some point fi = the fraction of the above that actually go on to develop intelligent life fc = the fraction of civilizations that develop a technology that releases detectable signs of their existence into space L = the length of time such civilizations release detectable signals into space. interactive...
  7. 7. SETI @ 50 Why the Search? Because we can! Ontology: from Homo Sapiens to Homo Celesti Evolutionary mandate Good Science Speciesism Paradigm Shifting
  8. 8. SETI @ 50 NOW! The best of all possible worlds in all wavelengths!
  9. 9. SETI @ 50 The Dark Side....
  10. 10. SETI @ 50 The Lighter Side....
  11. 11. SETI @ 50 & The Earnest Side...
  12. 12. SETI @ 50 The Far Side....
  13. 13. SETI @ 50 Future trends, developments: Extending reach due to technology Continuing discovery of other worlds The Time/Space advantage :
  14. 14. SETI @ 50 How can you aid the Search? : Contribute CPU processing time via SETI @ Home and BOINC Build or buy a telescope and use it! Keep looking up! Support SETI Organizations Copyright 2010 Sean Thomas Moroney