I meant to write a good post about this cool article I saw on astro-ph the other day, but alas, I’ve been too busy. Luckily, Universe Today already talked about it! If you are astronomically minded, the paper itself is only 5 pages and worth the read.
Can you imagine how different “Contact” would be if Ellie was staring at Cepheid light curves instead of “listening” through the VLA? Okay, not THAT much different in regards to the overall story, but not as fun for the radio-nerds.