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SETI search shows no signs of intell. life


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#1    Render

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:35 AM

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The exoplanets of greatest interest show no sign of intelligent civilisations–so far.

The discovery of an ever-growing number of potentially habitable exoplanets brings an extra spiciness to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. For the first time, astronomers can direct the search towards these likely planets rather than aiming in hope towards the stars.
Today, Jill Tarter, from the SETI Institute and of Contact fame, along with a group of buddies, reveal the results of their first directed search, carried out between February and April 2011.
These guys pointed the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia at 86 stars hosting exoplanets discovered by the Kepler space telescope. They chose their targets because they had exoplanets in the Goldilocks zone, had five or more exoplanets or had super Earths with relatively long orbits.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:39 AM

only 86 stars?? thats alot but theres thousands and maybe more Stars waiting to be found :su


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:03 AM

There may be life,but not as we know it,but supposing you were on an Alien planet able to recieve radio signals,would you reply instantly or wait to see what the other guys were up to.One day we shall get a signal back, then what happens ?.Peace in their language might mean total elimination.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:05 AM

so many stars to check.. it could also be.. the planets we are looking could have advance tech that no longer uses radio waves..

the signals we are looking for could have already passed us during our very early years.. who knows., still it is interesting :)


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:03 PM

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SETI search shows no signs of intell. life

I could've told you that.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:29 PM

86 down and only roughly 1 septillion to go!


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:31 PM

View PostSweetpumper, on 11 February 2013 - 04:03 PM, said:

I could've told you that.

Maybe we should just all sit on our butts, and wait for ET to come to us (like the woo woos do) and tell us that nukes are bad toys. Take care of the planet.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:37 PM

View PostIron_Lotus, on 11 February 2013 - 04:29 PM, said:

86 down and only roughly 1 septillion to go!
Yeah I agree

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:44 PM

The equipment we are using could be so dated to them, they may not be able to receive it. I know my mobile phone will not ring if someone tried to send it smoke signals.

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:45 PM

And 86 out of how many millions?
They may well be pointed at the wrong part of the haystack.

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:46 PM

View Postfreetoroam, on 11 February 2013 - 04:45 PM, said:

And 86 out of how many millions?
They may well be pointed at the wrong part of the haystack.

a fewww more than a million ;)


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:08 PM

View Postfreetoroam, on 11 February 2013 - 04:44 PM, said:

The equipment we are using could be so dated to them, they may not be able to receive it. I know my mobile phone will not ring if someone tried to send it smoke signals.

Then what do you think we should use.... Quantum entanglement..... Subspace communication!!?

We can only use what we know and have.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:18 PM

View PostDBunker, on 11 February 2013 - 05:08 PM, said:

Then what do you think we should use.... Quantum entanglement..... Subspace communication!!?

We can only use what we know and have.
How would I know? I was only pointing out that it may be dated, it may even be too advanced for them....or they do not use the same kind of communication systems as us, so it would be useless.....there may just be plants, or insects on  there, or fish or dinosaurs, apes or dogs, anything but human.....hence until we keep trying with other forms of communications we may just be wasting an awful lot of billions.
The system we are using is man made, so unless they have the same mindset as us, its useless.
The only way we will really know is by landing on one of them,,,,but that is still a long way off.

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:27 PM

I've said it before, and I'll say it again.  If there's intelligent life out there, then it's so scarce that the possibility of detecting a signal is next to none.

Given Drake's equation, SETI should have gotten a "hit" the very first time they fired up.  Sure, they wouldn't all be using "primitive" radio signals to communicate.  But let's say only .001 percent of the possible civilizations out there use exactly what we use.  There are literally trillions upon trillions upon trillions of stars in the universe.  The majority likely have planets.

The entire dial should have been lit up as soon as SETI turned on.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:30 PM

Let me put it a better way.  Only about once every 500 years or so do we witness a supernova event in our galaxy......but scientists study the phenomenon every single day.  Several times.

That should give you a hint.

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