The University 's Lick Observatory, Planet Hunter Team

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As a member that is part of the UC’s Lick Observatory “Planet Hunter Team, I have found a possible planetary system that may contain a planet. From my further research, I discovered that the planet may support life, such as bacteria and plants. After confirming with the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute about intelligent life, I eventually decided to want to discuss intelligent life through a scientific process. I will use the Drake Equation to give us the possibility that intelligent life can emit signals to reveal any existence. The equation is given as N= R* x fp x ne x fl x fi x fc x L. The calculations of each variables will help me understand what is being contributed into calculating the chance of any signals being detected and the calculated result will determined the conclusion of intelligent life existing. Nevertheless, this is just an estimation for the possibility of any life as the Drake Equation may or may not be as reliable as we may expect it to be.
Calculations
Step 1. I know that there are 7 new stars formed yearly in the galaxy, the number of stars is represented by R*. This is the annual rate of star formation that is adaptable for any life. So R* will equal 7 new stars formed every year.
R* = 7 new stars formed every year
Step 2. There is a 100% chance that if there are stars, then there has to exist planetary systems. So, R* = 7 new stars annually and fp = 1/1 relationship between stars and planetary systems or 1. Next, I take 7…
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