The Signal is Out There. We Just Have to be Ready
"It’s not crazy," Bill Nye tells us, that we could hear radio signals from other civilizations.
Add two more planets to the small but growing list of candidates that might host intelligent life in the universe. Kepler-62 is a sun-like star some 12,000 light years away in the constellation Lyra. Within the Kepler-62 system are two planets that fall within the so-called "Goldilocks Zone," or "the range of distance from a star where the surface temperature of an orbiting planet might be suitable for liquid water," NASA reports.
Of course, scientists do not know whether life does exist on these newfound planets or others, but according to Bill Nye, aka, the Science Guy, there is only one way to find out. We need to open our ears and listen. "It’s not crazy," Nye tells us, that we could hear radio signals from other civilizations. "Perhaps there is another civilization not intentionally trying to get hold of us but sending out signals," he says.
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- Vaughan-Lee explains 6 ways that storytelling can foster empathy and deliver powerful learning experiences.
- Global Oneness Project is a free library of stories—containing short documentaries, photo essays, and essays—that each contain a companion lesson plan and learning activities for students so they can expand their experience of the world.
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- In the three-chaptered video, Tyson speaks about the search for alien life inside and outside of the Goldilocks Zone, why the term "dark matter" should really be called "dark gravity," and how the rotation of the Earth may have been the deciding factor in a football game.
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