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UK to join the hunt for alien signals

Posted on Monday, 8 July, 2013 | Comment icon 20 comments

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British astronomers from 11 institutions have set up a new network to help search for signs of ET.

Sir Martin Rees will be acting as patron of the group which is looking for around 1M a year in funding to support listening time on radio telescopes. With enough resources the group hopes to be able to make a significant contribution towards the search for extraterrestrial signals and to the development of new techniques for finding evidence of alien life.

"If we had one part in 200 - half a percent of the money that goes into astronomy at the moment - we could make an amazing difference. We would become comparable with the American effort," said co-ordinator Alan Penny. "I don't know whether [aliens] are out there, but I'm desperate to find out."

"British scientists are to make a concerted effort to look for alien life among the stars."

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Comment icon #11 Posted by badeskov on 11 July, 2013, 19:07
Except my laser dots. Light is also radio waves, albeit at a different frequency. And that is being looked for too, but has the problem that it cannot penetrate clouds. Cheers, Badeskov
Comment icon #12 Posted by the L on 11 July, 2013, 19:09
So we cant use anything except radio waves?
Comment icon #13 Posted by badeskov on 11 July, 2013, 19:10
So we cant use anything except radio waves? What do you suggest using? Cheers, Badeskov
Comment icon #14 Posted by Sweetpumper on 11 July, 2013, 19:19
Smoke signals will work just as well.
Comment icon #15 Posted by seeder on 11 July, 2013, 19:21
What do you suggest using? Cheers, Badeskov Mork calling Orson? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdz4dCMGbbw
Comment icon #16 Posted by the L on 11 July, 2013, 19:22
What do you suggest using? Cheers, Badeskov Nothing. Just Im surprised. I probably ask wrong questions. But thats usual for me when we discuss physics. Didnt know that.
Comment icon #17 Posted by badeskov on 11 July, 2013, 19:38
Nothing. Just Im surprised. I probably ask wrong questions. But thats usual for me when we discuss physics. Didnt know that. Ok, no problem :-) the thing is that radio waves at certain frequencies can pass through our atmosphere unhindered, where most other frequencies cannot. Unfortunately, that is all that we really know how to look for now. Cheers, Badeskov
Comment icon #18 Posted by the L on 11 July, 2013, 19:41
But is it possible that clouds on other planet would not allow our radio waves to pass? What about sending in another frequencies for example from moon?
Comment icon #19 Posted by psyche101 on 12 July, 2013, 5:40
Smoke signals will work just as well. Worked for Tesla I suppose..... Didn't he claims to get telepathic signals from Venus? When he was ripped of his nut on pot.
Comment icon #20 Posted by DONTEATUS on 13 July, 2013, 18:47
Way too much Information there psyche101 ! Good Old Tesla was on High voltage Indeed ! ANd most likely what ever white powder was in vouge at the time !

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