archive: SETI: SN 1999ca in NGC 3120

SETI: SN 1999ca in NGC 3120
Mon, 10 May 1999 14:52:38 -0800

Hello Colin,

It always amazes me that people could hypothesize that a
technical ET civilization could explode a star for the purpose
of signalling others and yet not be able to drive over for a

Let us think about this for a moment.

If ET had decided to pop a star, (squeeze it? Stick a
super-mega-fusion star popping bomb in it) would it be their
own star? Probably not. So, they would have to drive to another
star. Must transport the bomb (or what ever device one
uses to pop a star) to the target star. Of course since most
stars are very-far-apart, they must have some advanced
technology just to transport the star-popper, true? If they can
travel to another star for the purpose of popping it (explode
it) to send a signal, then maybe they don't really need to send
a signal, but rather they can do the ET Star-Trek thing, "Go
where no LGM has gone before", i.e. visit. So why pop a star
when one can visit?

Walt Williams, 99.05.10


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Date: Sun, 9 May 1999 20:01:05 +0100
From: Colin Crook <>
Subject: Re: SETI [ASTRO] SN 1999ca in NGC 3120

***you wrote***
*The concept is to beam signals in the direction away
*from a supernova event, in the hope that astronomers
*would be observing what is usually the brightest object
*in the galaxy and suddenly detect the artificial signals
*in the process.

*One would hope, though, that there aren't ETI who
*deliberately cause stars to explode in order to get
*the attention of others in the galaxy.

They (the ETI) would probably say "why not?" How heavy would it
weigh on their conscience if they explode an uninhabited star
with little or no potential interest to them and in so-by doing
it, create a bright point of light in the sky.Sure they might
lose a star forever,but if they could be certain of Contact,
Would it be worth it to them? Would the amount of information
they could gain justify the loss of a star? Its kind-of spooky
when you think about it...

"So many radio emissions, So few dishes"
Colin Crook
Regional Coordinator For Scotland
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