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22nd of March 2024
A photo of Ron Ekers, taken during the Interstellar Frontiers conference in Perth.
SETI's potential
The Interstellar Frontiers 2024 conference was held recently in Perth and on-line, bringing together researchers interested in the search for extra-terrestrial life. One of the participants was Ron Ekers, captured (literally!) above one evening after dinner with colleagues. Ron has had a long-standing interest in SETI (the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence), from co-authoring A Search for Sharply Pulsed Emissions in 1979, and A Search for Artificial Signals From the Small Magellanic Cloud in 1996, to co-editing the book SETI 2020: A Roadmap for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. At the Interstellar Frontiers meeting, Ron gave a presentation entitled "All-sky transient monitors – terrestrial and lunar far-side", giving a considering on potential locations for future SETI searches. "Potential" is perhaps the key word here, as in the image above Ron appears to have found himself trapped in a 3-D potential well! (Image credit: Tim Galvin)

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