Profile: Far Star

Personal background
I'm an amateur astronomer and R & D technologist from the Great White North.
I have a small observatory located in north eastern Ontario where I have spent
many nights glued to the eyepiece (at -25 degrees C this actually happens when
your skin sticks to the metal parts of the eyepiece).The skies are dark but in
the summer the bugs are very bad. In the fall the bears are looking for food, so
snacks at the observatory are a bad idea.

I've done a little variable star work and have tracked down and sketched all the
Messier Objects. I'm always on the look out for comets and novae while observing.
I'm also an avid photographer and have recently graduated to digital, which I'm
experimenting with for astro-photography.

Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Of course there is extraterrestrial life! Haven't you watched the X-files?

Given the immensity of the Universe and its incredible age, I see no impediment
to the development of life on millions of worlds. Chemistry is chemistry and
there is no reason for it to be any different on other worlds than it is on
Earth. The right conditions must have occurred millions of time right in our
galaxy. As for intelligent life, capable of commumicating over interstellar
ditances, that may be slightly more difficult. Still, there is no reason why
there shouldn't be hundreds of civilizations capable of this.

Given the diversity of cultures on Earth, one has to ask if these ET
cultures would be able to conceive of the idea of life and civilizations on
other planets. If they can, then would they also develop the idea that
signals from these other worlds might be detectable? Given that survival
requires adaptation to novel situations, there must be an inate sense of
curiosity in any civilization capable of communicating with us.

All we have to do is listen.
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