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In search of an alien galactic Internet

Posted on Thursday, 25 July, 2013 | Comment icon 32 comments | News tip by: bison


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Astronomer Geoff Marcy has received new funding to support his search for extraterrestrial civilizations.

Having discovered most of the first extrasolar planets, Marcy is no stranger to seeking out alien worlds. Having been awarded $200,000 by the Templeton Foundation to fund his search for extraterrestrial life, he hopes to use the world's largest telescope, the Keck Observatory in Hawaii, to find evidence of a sophisticated alien communications network.

The concept is based off of the realization that traditional radio communications simply wouldn't cut it on a galactic level and that attempts to listen out for such signals from an alien civilization are predominantly futile.

"The universe is simply too large for there not to be another intelligent civilization out there," said Marcy. "Really, the proper question is: 'How far away is our nearest intelligent neighbour?' They could be 10 light-years, 100 light-years, a million light-years or more. We have no idea."

"In the field of planet hunting, Geoff Marcy is a star."

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Comment icon #23 Posted by psyche101 on 11 November, 2013, 7:45
I hear ya psyche101 ! If E.T would of been here like some of these so-called x-purts or I should say AAA guys specially the ones that have scammed there ways onto to the Airwaves! Just to mention that All these Aliens helped us out Is Insane ! We have on the other hand sent out probes,our little calling cards to points out there ! And we always leave evidence of our world& type`s of tech level ! Yet there has been not a piece of hardware left for us to Inspect ? I find that quite unrealistic ! E.T. would of come and built the great Stone temples and such,and not even leave one cutting tool... [More]
Comment icon #24 Posted by sinewave on 12 November, 2013, 1:11
They don't need to look out that far. I understand he spends a fair amount of time looking at the sky. If they were here he would probably know.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Sweetpumper on 12 November, 2013, 15:55
I understand he spends a fair amount of time looking at the sky. If they were here he would probably know. And then you'd take his word for it, I'm sure.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Sky Scanner on 12 November, 2013, 17:09
I understand he spends a fair amount of time looking at the sky. If they were here he would probably know. I'm not sure I follow that thought! The man is a legend in planet hunting (if not the best), how does that equate to "If they were here he would probably know"? after all, he couldn't be looking any further away from here if he tried.
Comment icon #27 Posted by psyche101 on 12 November, 2013, 22:45
I'm not sure I follow that thought! The man is a legend in planet hunting (if not the best), how does that equate to "If they were here he would probably know"? after all, he couldn't be looking any further away from here if he tried. I expect considering his passion, and his position with the resources available to him, that he would probably have the most extensive network on the planet in this regard?
Comment icon #28 Posted by 1963 on 12 November, 2013, 23:17
Very good read. I can't help but wonder if are internet has already become a "Exonet". Considering that on the internet you can be talking to anyone/anything through animity. And if Aliens truly are visiting our planet in the form of UFOs it is very possible they have already connected are World Wide Web to the rest of the Galaxy. Of course you are correct!....[ps..has anyone here ever seen Badeskov, Hazzard and Dbunker up close? ] .. Cheers.
Comment icon #29 Posted by sinewave on 13 November, 2013, 0:29
And then you'd take his word for it, I'm sure. I am not sure he has said anything either way but assuming he has, don't ET believers accept most UFO accounts as the truth?
Comment icon #30 Posted by sinewave on 13 November, 2013, 0:36
I'm not sure I follow that thought! The man is a legend in planet hunting (if not the best), how does that equate to "If they were here he would probably know"? after all, he couldn't be looking any further away from here if he tried. I was responding to the assertion of another poster that there are ET ships around our planet and that he does not have to peer across interstellar space to see them. The spirit of my remark was that considering how much time he (and others like him) spend looking at the sky, if alien ships are here, he would probably would have seen them by now.
Comment icon #31 Posted by psyche101 on 13 November, 2013, 0:41
I am not sure he has said anything either way but assuming he has, don't ET believers accept most UFO accounts as the truth? I also would expect that if he did make such a claim, that it would not be just a claim, but supported by evidence. He would be able to show us exactly why he thinks what he does, we would not have to rely on interpretation or imagination. Hard Data would be a nice change to the field.
Comment icon #32 Posted by Sky Scanner on 13 November, 2013, 6:54
I was responding to the assertion of another poster that there are ET ships around our planet and that he does not have to peer across interstellar space to see them. The spirit of my remark was that considering how much time he (and others like him) spend looking at the sky, if alien ships are here, he would probably would have seen them by now. Ah, I should have scrolled further back to see the lead up to that remark.


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