Calculating the Odds of Intelligent Alien Life

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What are the odds of finding intelligent life somewhere else in the universe? The Drake equation can help us estimate the answer. Advanced astronomers find that perhaps the biggest determining factor is longevity of civilizations. There may not be many situations where you would want to include this topic, but it makes for fascinating discussion with space science students nonetheless.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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  • Comprehension and discussion questions included
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  • Not a commonly taught topic