Public Star Night – Friday December 14, 2018 – Scott Kindt – The Science behind SETI

Our speaker for this evening is our LTO Board Member and Science and Astronomy Teacher at Berthoud High School Scott Kindt. The title of his talk will be “The Science behind our Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence”.

Is intelligent alien life widespread throughout the cosmos or are we alone? This question has been debated for centuries.  With the discovery and application of radio telescopes, astronomers have found a tool that can be used to look for other intelligent civilizations in our galaxy.  SETI is the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence and has been an ongoing endeavor by astronomers for the past fifty years.

The scientific community and general public often view the topic of extraterrestrials through a different lens.  Our guest speaker Scott Kindt will discuss the science behind SETI along with how scientist and the general public view the UFO phenomena.

Scott Kindt is an avid astrophotographer and has been teaching Physics and Astronomy at Berthoud High School for the past 24 years.  As an experienced Sky observer, Scott will offer some insight to many of the unexplained phenomena that eye witnesses have observed along with an alternative view as to what these events may or may not be.

Weather permitting after the presentation, visitors will be invited to look through our large telescope at various celestial objects. Public star nights are usually held the third Friday of each month, except July, when we are closed for annual maintenance.

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