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Australian telescope joins the hunt for ET

Posted on Wednesday, 9 November, 2016 | Comment icon 11 comments

Is there anyone out there ? Image Credit: CC BY 3.0 John Masterson, CSIRO
The Parkes radio telescope has been turned towards our nearest neighbor to listen out for signs of life.
Situated only 4.2 light-years away, Proxima b, an Earth-sized extrasolar world in orbit around our nearest neighbor Proxima Centauri, is one of the most promising places to look for alien life.

Now the Breakthrough Listen initiative, which was launched last year by Russian entrepreneur Yuri Milner and world-famous physicist Professor Stephen Hawking, is turning telescopes towards the planet in an effort to look for signs of an intelligent extraterrestrial civilization.

Australia's Parkes radio telescope has this week become the latest to join the hunt.
"The chances of any particular planet hosting intelligent life-forms are probably minuscule," said Dr Andrew Siemion, director of the University of California SETI Research Center.

"But once we knew there was a planet right next door, we had to ask the question, and it was a fitting first observation for Parkes."

"To find a civilisation just 4.2 light years away would change everything."

Source: Sky News | Comments (11)

Tags: Telescope, Extraterrestrial

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by seeder on 9 November, 2016, 15:18
and if its a planet filled with animal life....tree's, plants etc.... we wont ever get an answer... But thats life too...
Comment icon #3 Posted by paperdyer on 9 November, 2016, 18:44
Or we could get a "Go away, we don't want any!"
Comment icon #4 Posted by AdealJustice on 9 November, 2016, 21:42
fingers crossed :P
Comment icon #5 Posted by brlesq1 on 9 November, 2016, 23:52
They may like Justin Bieber. Who knows? Maybe we could export him.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Kurzweil on 10 November, 2016, 6:40
I'd rather they heard early van Halen or the Who.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Barkinghorse on 10 November, 2016, 7:55
Signal takes 4.5 years to reach them, their reply takes 4.5 years to reach us. Every time we chat to them, 9 years passes between questions and answers.
Comment icon #8 Posted by paperdyer on 11 November, 2016, 20:01
Don't forget about Miley, too.
Comment icon #9 Posted by P.Nomenon on 12 November, 2016, 6:46
Comment icon #10 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 12 November, 2016, 12:27
Why do you want to make them our enemies ? 
Comment icon #11 Posted by getreal1951 on 15 November, 2016, 22:08
Look no further than the tip of your nose,if you are searching for ET.

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