Sunday, December 11, 2011

Frank Drake Talk


Here is Frank Drake pointing up at aliens.  

On Friday my family went to a talk by Dr. Frank Drake at Foothill College.  He talked about the possible ways to communicate with intelligent beings on Kepler 22b,  probably an Earthlike planet that is 600 light years away.  He told us how SETI (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence) gets its data.  Also he talked about how we are transmitting less total radio power out from our planet and how it will change the likelihood of aliens finding us.  Of course, he explained the Drake Equation.  It was a little bit inspiring for me to start running things like SETI@home on my computer.


Here is a cool video that shows all the planets that the Kepler telescope has confirmed as of February.
http://www.kepler.nasa.gov/images/videos/orrery810px.mov


This is what the electrical radiation looks like coming from Earth over time.  

This is how we can communicate with aliens using a gravitational lens.  

Here me and my sister are with Frank Drake