Profile: Felipe Mac-Auliffe

Personal background
Is there anybody out there ?

Maybe yes, maybe not. Anyhow, I'm Felipe Eduardo Mac-Auliffe Prieto, Single,
32 years old (November 24th 1971), living in La Serena, IV region, Chile.

Since I've got memories, I have been an astronomy lover. In fact, all my
life has been closely related to it. I have been working in Astronomy
during the last 14 years, first as a real amateur astronomer at amateur
observatories and now, still as an amateur, but in really big and
professional observatories. In 1993, I was Staff Observer at the Southern
Columbia Millimeter Telescope SCMT, at the Cerro Tololo Interamerican
Observatory. Then, I was resident astronomer for the University of Toronto
Southern Observatory UTSO, at Las Campanas Observatory. In March 1996 I started to work at the biggest radiotelescope
in the southern hemisphere: Swedish ESO Submillimetre Telescope SEST. In September 2003 and after almost 8 years
at the SEST, I join the "Atacama Pathfinder Experiment APEX" team in the Chajnantor plateau at 5000m, near San Pedro de Atacama.

Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Who knows if are we alone or not ? Do you think that life is just an
accident that, for some unkonw reason, took place down here, in our home
planet or, in the other way around, the universe is full of life. Well,
I would like to have a sort of final answer to all of these questions but,
as human being, I have to admit that I'm little bit confused about the
the life out there. So, what's left is to look around and realize that
our planet is just full of life, some of them quite intelligent and, most
of them quite primitive. The keys to find out the final answer are in the
perfect combination of technology and the determination to look for life
out there. Seti@Home is one of the ways to find out these answers and,
who knows, a great way to gather people aiming to find out answers
to one of the most crucial interrogants in the history of this small
third planet of the solar system.
I have spent years of my life working in radioastronomy and, right in
the front of my eyes, I've seen astronomers using this facilities to
look for molecules in the universe. If we look into the Lovas catalogue,
the universe if full of molecules, some of them quite familiar to us and,
most of them, absolutely unknowm. The problem is not about the
materials needed to form life. The problem is to find the right conditions
to get those molecules transformed into something that we might call
life. Let's keep trying and, someday, something will strike our telescopes
and we'll find out the final answers.

Don't waste your CPU with useless screensavers ... Install
Seti@home !!!

Thanks to the Seti@Home crew
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