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The Rare Earth hypothesis

Ever since the pioneering work of Frank Drake (1930-) in 1960, astronomers have been looking for radio signals from extraterrestrial civilisations and have failed to find anything. 2,524 more words


If We Receive a Message From Aliens, Should We Delete It Without Reading?

Roughly half a century ago, Cornell astronomer Frank Drake conducted Project Ozma, the first systematic SETI survey at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia. 1,193 more words


A Christmas gift from The Science Geek 2017

Christmas is almost upon us. Once again I’m offering my e-books for free during the first five days of December! ¬†Just call me Father Christmas :-). 509 more words

Extraterrestrial Life

The discovery of pulsars 1967

In 1967 Jocelyn Bell, a 24-year-old student from Cambridge University, was doing the research for her PhD.

She was using a radio telescope to study radio waves emitted from compact astronomical objects known as quasars, and when she analysed the data she had collected, she noticed a signal which appeared to pulse on and off every 1.3 seconds. 1,756 more words


Krypton, Earth, and the Drake Equation

One of the most captivating parts of Superman, is his mythology. Granted, his origin bears a striking similarity to biblical and mythological figures. It provides a fascinating background in which to base a truly wonderful superhero. 727 more words

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Voyager 40th anniversary

Nearly 40 years ago, on 20 August 1977, the Voyager 2 space probe was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a mission to study the Solar System’s four outermost planets. 1,493 more words