Hello, my name is Dr.Ronald C. Spencer, I am 69 and a Retired Educator and Professional Astronomer. I am retired due to grave illness. I was an Emeritus Member of The American Astronomical Society, and a Member of The Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society , a Member of The American Association Of Variable Stars Observers. I am still a Member of The Astronomical Society Of The Pacific and a Member of The Planetary Society. If you are a young person who dreams of being an Astronomer or Astrophysicist then study hard in school and stay away from drugs and maybe some day you will have contributed to science in a significant way. I take part in SETI at home, and Einstein at home, Cosmology at home, Asteroids at home, World Community Grid, Medical Research to find cures for various diseases and I am also involved in Stardust at Home Research which requires a hands on approach rather than just the donation of computer resources for processing data. I am a member of the Stardust at home Red Team and involved with Stardust at Home Foil Research.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Yes, I believe extraterrestrial life exists. In what form? There could be life forms out there as vast as those on our own Planet. Intelligent? maybe, intellectual giants compared to us. Maybe they will discover us, maybe they have. Maybe we will be the ones to discover life other than what we know now. We might be,"What's for Dinner!" "Ouch!!!" :( Yes we are and should transmit a beacon but give limited information.There are around 200-400 billion stars in our Galaxy (The Milky Way). It is estimated that of these 50 billion of them are G-2 type stars similar to the closest star to Earth (Our Sun). We must certainly not be alone as the math to me at least suggests that the possibilities are there. Remember we are only One Galaxy out of Billions of Galaxies which also have Billions of Stars and Planets. I run SETI@home because it is a worthy project. I wanted to contribute to true science. This program should continue until we have found something or someone intelligent or they have found us. "When we stop learning we become obsolete."