Monday, October 25, 2010

Searching for Extraterrestrial Life

SETI will likely not succeed. The interval when a civilization uses radio waves is quite small compared to the life span of a civilization. It is far more likely that exoplanet hunters will find an advanced civilization before SETI does. Think about it. With the recent paper on planetary orbital engineering where planets are moved into favorable orbits, what would the implications be to any exoplanet astronomer? If I saw two or more planets in the same or very close orbits within the habitable region of a solar system, I'd know that chances are they didn't get there by themselves. It would be very cool if Kepler or a Kepler like mission actually found a solar system where the planets have been moved by intelligent beings. Such a system would last a very long time provided the orbital solutions were properly calculated.

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