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Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Why do you run SETI@home?
The project may help to solve the secrets of life.
What are your views about this project?
Given the age of the Universe and the countless star systems we cannot be alone in this huge cosmos. I think intelligent life like ours are plentiful throughout the cosmos, separated and isolated by the huge interstellar distances and vast time-frames.
Making contact with them is seriously hindered by the huge distances of separation which very likely reduces any artificial radio signals to background noise, especially those terrestrial transmission leakages not intended to be broadcast to outer space, assuming that ET's broadcast their radio and TV like we do here on earth.
There are endless combinations and possibilities of distance, time and length of existence of ET civilizations, the transmission length, power and intention of radio transmissions, the earth and target planet rotations and the monitored direction of the sky all affect the chances of contact.
Instead of examining a particular spot of the sky a few minutes and then move on to the next, a continuous listening and let the rotation of earth do the scanning might significantly increase the chances of signal detection since any propagating signal might be easily missed.