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Drake Equation

(estimate of advanced life in the Milky Way)

The Drake Equation is a well-known example of a model to estimate the number of detectable extraterrestrial advanced civilizations in the Galaxy, a number of interest in the field of SETI (Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence). It was formulated by astronomer Frank Drake in 1961. The equation:

N = R* × fp × ne × fl × fi × fc × L