Profile: dinwitty

Personal background
Grew up with landing on the moon, moonwalks, Neil Armstrong,abeen interested in astronomy as an interest.aAs a kid I remember the first spaceshots as the space race geared up.a( I could fill this page, but being brief 8-} )aaaa
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
1. We are discovering life in the strangest places on our own planet.aIf it can happen here, it can surely happen elsewhere. aAs far as intelligent life as we know it here, the odds are too good not to have it happen. Discovering a new life is always a cultural shock, asaearly missionaries and settlers meandered and found peoplesain a different culture than what we are used to. Extra-terrestrialwise,ait might be intelligent, animalistic, or simply microbial.aIt might be survivable on a totally different aura than we might expect, aSETI is one way to figure it out, but another life form may have found a totally different way to communicate, which may be what we would have to figure outaany alternative communcation ways.aWe seem to be looking in the radio spectrum, but how about light, or other electromagnetic means, or how does gravitational manipulation be possible?aIs the SETI project spectrum broad enough to find everything?aa2. We have been transmitting beacons since the dawn of Radio. a star 100 light years away might pick us up.aThe beacon should be sent in many methods possible so the reciever might have a clue how to interpret it. aThe SETI is looking at a narrow band of the sky, but with known stars maximum 100 light years away, we should focus on them for signs of intelligent life.aa3. Something for my computers to do while I work, sleep, etc.aKnowing I am participating in this important project in some form.aWhether my computer finds a life, or doesnt, will just help show the uniqueness here on planet earth.aa
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