You may remember my posting about the SETI observatory that is in Boquete.
Today, I received the following from a CC Reader related to a BCP meeting with a speaker on SETI.
I thought you might be interested in posting this on Chiriqui Chatter.
Too bad I will miss it but maybe someone can go pro it or record for YouTube!
“Boquete BCP, Tuesday, Feb. 16 — The presentation will be given by Ben Schuetz; a retired physicist/engineer and resident of Boquete since 2007. Everyone knows what SETI is, but few know about the Optical Search for Extraterrestrials (OSETI), i.e. searching for laser signals from ETI. The presentation will include discussions about the current rate and state of exoplanet discoveries, why after 50 years we haven’t found anything, the problems of searching, laser facts, small observatory viability and what will happen when a signal is discovered. The observatory on Volcancito Rd. is dedicated to optical SETI and became operational in 2010. It has been under continuous development ever since. Last year, a larger telescope was installed that doubled the system’s sensitivity. The Boquete Optical SETI Observatory has a number of innovative features that help achieve sensitivities found only at larger observatories. During November of last year the observatory participated in a cooperative effort with SETI International, SETI Institute and the Allen Telescope Array observing a star that exhibits singularly peculiar behavior that could be related to ETI. This too will be a topic for discussion and copies of the joint paper will be available to those interested. Prospective attendees are encouraged to visit: http://www.optical-seti.org for additional information.”