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When Aliens Attack

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on the 19 May, 2011

When they come, will they come in peace? Find out tonight in When Aliens Attack, kicking off the Sci-Fi Season on Discovery Channel and Discovery Science.

There are approximately 100 sextillion stars in the universe – and that’s a very large number, and a very conservative estimate. Around these stars are an incalculable number of planets.

The Drake Equation, devised by astronomer and astrophysicist Frank Drake, is used to calculate how many extra-terrestrial civilizations are just in our galaxy, the Milky Way – never mind the others 100 or so billion.

When Aliens Attack sees some of the world’s top scientists coming up with a scientifically plausible model of what an alien invasion would look like, addressing such questions as: What would the aliens be like? How would they get here? What kind of weapons would they use? How would alien wars unfold?

The experts are really big hitters in the fields of astrophysics, astrobiology, astronomy, theoretical physics and military theory. People like, Lynn Rothschild, Astrobiologist at the Nasa Ames Research Center; Gibor Basri, Professor of Astronomy at the University of California – Berkeley; Michio Kaku, Professor of Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York; and Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute.

Starting with Drake’s Equation the group of scientists try to map out exactly what would happen if the Earth was to be attacked – and most importantly how mankind would fight back against these hostile invaders from the stars.

Related Links:

Visit the Sci-Fi Season site.

Sci-Fi videos galore!

More about the British Library’s Out of this World: Science Fiction, but not as you know it exhibition.


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