14 December Science 8–Letter from the earth to an intelligent alien

  • Mindful moment.
  • Previous class–questions?
  • Preview today’s blog.
  • Prepare DSN entry. Copy and paste url for today’s blogpost. Write anticipatory statements for each item in the DSN entry for today.
  • Questions (from the Sun-Moon-Earth system; from today’s plan)
  • Share and read anticipatory statements.
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Spend some quiet moments thinking. What do you find special about the earth? What do you think your parents found special? Your grandparents? Your great grandparents? And so on? What do you think your children (or your nieces and nephews or your friends’ children) will find special? Their children?

Now assume it is your privilege and responsibility to craft a letter from earth that will be sent to an “extraterrestrial intelligence.” What would you say? What would you include? Take 10 minutes to brainstorm by yourself and 20 minutes to compose your letter. Assume that it can be translated into a “language” that would be understood by the ET Intelligent being. You may indicate additional information you would like to include but let us limit it to 1 gigabyte. <https://lowdown.carphonewarehouse.com/how-to/data-test-how-much-is-1gb/29283/>.

Upload your letter into your DSN entry for today. AND upload to:


This activity will serve as a bridge into our big topics for spring semester:

Earth Systems/Earth Cycles and Human Impact on the Earth

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Themes for today and next week:

  • What is special about the Earth?
  • Science and Astronomy in popular culture
  • The question of extra-terrestrial life and extra-terrestrial intelligence
  • 1st contact in science fiction and in history
  • Science and Society
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Remember to upload material (excerpts from your writing, photos and sketches with captions/explanations, video links (accessible by everyone)) to this folder for parent newsletter #2. Start with Chemical reaction summative through Astronomy scale model, Sun Earth Moon Model, extraterrestrial intelligence. You need to be represented in the newsletter: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1eUDDiBpks6wN0IWB5iu0gAHAVbL-4Qlr?usp=sharing

Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence


The Golden Record






Chris Hadfield (astronaut) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Hadfield

Major Tom by Peter Schilling https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Schilling


Kim Boekbinder https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Boekbinder

The Sky Is Calling  https://kimboekbinder.bandcamp.com/album/the-sky-is-calling-2

The Drake Equation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_equation

Frank Drake first contact: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmfC51FstIg

Listen to Boekbinder’s Stellar Alchemy and relate to the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram (Stellar Evolution)


Carl Sagan




Contact—audio book


Contact explained



First contact movies


Neil deGrasse Tyson





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