archive: Re: SETI: SN 1999ca in NGC 3120

Re: SETI: SN 1999ca in NGC 3120

Dr. H. Paul Shuch ( (no email) )
Mon, 10 May 1999 19:14:36 -0400

At 02:52 PM 5/10/99 -0800, wrote:

>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?

For the same reason that we use an email list, Walt, instead of visiting
each of our fellow SETIzens in the flesh. One communications attempt (be
it radio or supernova) can reach (potentially) thousands of civilizations.
That's a lot cheaper than thousands of trips, even if they have to drive
over to the one star they're exploding.
H. Paul Shuch, Ph.D., CFII, FBIS
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