Question
(a) How far away must you be from a 650-kHz radio station with power 50.0 kW for there to be only one photon per second per square meter? Assume no reflections or absorption, as if you were in deep outer space. (b) Discuss the implications for detecting intelligent life in other solar systems by detecting their radio broadcasts.
1. $0.321 \textrm{ ly}$
2. 0.321 light years is not far in astronomical terms. Alien life would need to transmit at tremendous power in order for their radio transmissions to be detectable. Their radio signal also needs to be stronger than background noise in order to be distinguishable. Therefore it is unlikely that radio tansmissions from alien life will ever be detected.
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