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The Drake equation for alien intelligence is more important than ever

Spiral galaxy M74 taken by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. (Image: ESA/Webb, NASA & CSA, J. Lee and the PHANGS-JWST team., CC BY-NC-ND)

This article was originally published on Conversation (opens in a new tab). The publication posted an article on Space.com Expert Voices: Evaluation and Understanding.

How many intelligent civilizations must there be in our galaxy right now? In 1961, the American astrophysicist Frank Drake, who passed away on September 2 at the age of 92 came up with equation to estimate this (opens in a new tab). Drake’s equation, starting at a point in his career when he was “too naive to be nervous” (as he later put it), became famous and bears his name.

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