Kalamazoo Astronomical Society General Meeting Looking Up Since 1936 PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT Date: Friday, Mar. 5, 2021 @ 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Location: Held Online via Zoom—see information below From: Joe Comiskey / email@example.com 269-532-6965 (Please do not publish) _________________________________________ N~1: Alone in the Milky Way presented by Dr. Pascal Lee At the heart of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) lies the Drake Equation, a mathematically simple yet fascinatingly enigmatic formula proposed by American astronomer and SETI founder Frank Drake. The Drake Equation provides a way to estimate of the number, N, of advanced civilizations present in our galaxy. Although N is often assumed to be a large number - there would be many civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy - large numbers for N are in apparent conflict with observation, a contradiction known as the Fermi Paradox, named after Italian-American physicist and 1938 Nobel Prize winner Enrico Fermi. Dr. Lee examines the state-of-the-art of our knowledge about each term of the Drake Equation, and reaches the surprising conclusion that N might actually be a very small number, close to 1. We could be IT. The implications of N~1 are profound and will be discussed. About the Speaker: Pascal Lee is chairman of the Mars Institute, senior planetary scientist at the SETI Institute, and director of the NASA Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) at NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, CA. He holds an ME in geology and geophysics from the University of Paris, and a PhD in astronomy and space sciences from Cornell University. He was Joseph Veverka’s last graduate student and Carl Sagan’s last T.A. _________________________________________________________________________ To Register: Held Online via Zoom. Zoom meeting information is obtained as follows: Go to www.kasonline.org Click on the “Activities” Tab on the top left Click on “Schedule of Events” Scroll down to the event and click on “Click here to Register…” For more information please visit our website: www.kasonline.org You can also follow the KAS on Twitter and/or Facebook. Admission is FREE!