|Computing from beautiful, Northern California.|
I have maintained an avid interest in all things astronomical since I was 12 years old and got my first telescope. I just recently built a new computer with modern hardware and operating systems. Felt it was finally time after 6 years. Have to say that the processing power of a multi-core CPU and GPU is impressive. I also have attached to the MilkyWay@Home project because I feel the project is relevant to my interests in astrophotography and the need for up-to-date maps of the galaxy.These projects allows me to contribute my unused CPU cycles on my workstation. SETI@Home lets me vicariously 'view' through the Arecibo radiotelescope and MW puts to good use the datasets coming off the SDSS. The image is of the Horsehead and Flame Nebulas I took with my SBIG ST-2000XM CCD camera through one of my telescopes. I also use a larger SBIG STL-11000M CCD camera and a new astrograph to capture a wider image area.
|Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home|
|1. I heard about SETI@Home from my OS/2 user group newsletters and news sources.|
2. I figured I should use my wasted CPU cycles on my two
OS/2 workstations. The program is also very good for
exercising my workstations in order to test CPU cooling
methodology and monitoring.
I think the project is important because it allows
ordinary citizens make a contribution to science and
hopefully foster a life-long interest in science.
3. As BIG as the universe is, the conditions for life have
to have occurred elsewhere. Benefits-Dangers?.....choose
your favorite 'Hollywood' movie scenario. Transmit our
own signal?...... sure, ....just let me whip out my SOL
sized, louvered, flat screen so I can send out Morse code
light pulses to the rest of the universe. We need MORE
POWER!!! Watch out for that Bulldozer!
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