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  • 'Alien Megastructure' Mystery May Soon Be Solved

    10/28/2015 12:56:27 PM PDT · by ETL · 57 replies ^ | October 28, 2015 | Mike Wall - Senior Writer
    The mystery behind a strangely dimming star could soon be solved. Astronomers around the world are keeping a close eye on the star KIC 8462852, which has dimmed dramatically numerous times over the past few years, dropping in brightness by up to 22 percent. These big dips have spurred speculation that the star may be surrounded by some type of alien megastructure a hypothesis that will be put to the test if and when KIC 8462852 dims again. "As long as one of those events occurs again, we should be able to catch it in the act, and then...
  • The Fermi Paradox

    10/24/2015 1:45:16 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 38 replies
    Wait But Why ^ | Tim Urban
    The Fermi Paradox By Tim Urban Facebook275k Twitter0 Google+0 Pinterest0 Everyone feels something when theyre in a really good starry place on a really good starry night and they look up and see this:Some people stick with the traditional, feeling struck by the epic beauty or blown away by the insane scale of the universe. Personally, I go for the old existential meltdown followed by acting weird for the next half hour. But everyone feels something.Physicist Enrico Fermi felt something tooWhere is everybody?________________A really starry sky seems vastbut all were looking at is our very local neighborhood. On the very...
  • SETI Institute undertakes search for alien signal from Kepler Star KIC 8462852

    10/24/2015 5:31:16 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 13 replies
    PHYS.ORG ^ | October 22, 2015 | Bob King
    "We either caught something shortly after an event like two planets crashing together or alien intelligence," said Dr. Gerald Harp, senior scientist at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, referring to the baffling light variations seen in the Kepler star KIC 8462852. And he and a team from the Institute are working hard at this moment to determine which of the two it is. Beginning last Friday (Oct. 16), the Institute's Allen Telescope Array (ATA) was taken off its normal survey schedule and instead focused on KIC 8462852, one of the 150,000-plus stars studied by NASA's Kepler Mission to...
  • Did Astronomers Find Evidence of an Alien Civilization? Probably Not. But Still Cool.

    10/15/2015 8:55:50 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 30 replies
    Slate ^ | October 14, 2015 | By Phil Plait
    The paper doesnt mention aliens, and it doesnt even imply aliens. Not directly, at least. But the astronomers found a star so odd, with behavior so difficult to explain, that its clear something weird is happening there. And some of the astronomers who did the work are now looking into the idea that what theyve found might (might!) be due to aliens. But dont let this idea run away with you. The scientists involved are being very skeptical and approaching this the right way. The star is called KIC 8462852, and its one of more than a hundred thousand stars...
  • The strange star that has serious scientists talking about an alien megastructure

    10/15/2015 12:04:31 PM PDT · by grundle · 64 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 15, 2015 | Sarah Kaplan
    It was kind of unbelievable that it was real data, said Yale University astronomer Tabetha Boyajian. We were scratching our heads. For any idea that came up there was always something that would argue against it. She was talking to the New Scientist about KIC 8462852, a distant star with a very unusual flickering habit. Something was making the star dim drastically every few years, and she wasnt sure what. Boyajian wrote up a paper on possible explanations for the stars bizarre behavior, and it was published recently in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. But she also...
  • 22 Articles:Commentaries:Hawking's Aliens.The Search for Intelligent ET Life

    09/24/2015 10:14:39 AM PDT · by lbryce · 43 replies ^ | August, 2015 | Various
    22 Articles on Whether Or Not To Search for Extraterrestrial Life. Full Title:Commentaries: Stephen Hawking's Aliens. The Search for Intelligent Extraterrestrial Life. Project Breakthrough Listen Abstract Stephen Hawking and Yuri Milner have launched a $100m search for intelligent alien life beyond solar system; a program focused on listening for radio signals coming from advanced civilizations far beyond the solar system, which, presumably, rely on similar technologies as those of the present civilizations of Earth. The search will be 50 times more sensitive, and cover 10 times more sky, than previous hunts for alien life. According to Stephen Hawking the effort...
  • What Was the WOW Signal?

    09/21/2015 2:45:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 48 replies ^ | Fraser Cain
    In 1977, radio astronomer Jerry Ehman was looking through observation data from the Big Ear Radio Telescope....searching for evidence that alien civilizations might be trying to communicate using radio waves... ... The search generated...nothing but the background radio transmissions of the Universe. But then he saw a data signal so interesting and unique that he circled it and wrote WOW in a red pen... Ehman circled the characters 6EQUJ5, distinguishing them from all the other 1s and 2s on the field of data. What does this code mean? ... Why does it start with a 6 and then end with...
  • Paul Allen gives $13.5 million to search for space aliens

    03/21/2004 7:50:40 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 23 replies · 121+ views
    Paul Allen gives $13.5 million to search for space aliens SEATTLE - Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is giving $13.5 million to research that includes looking for intelligent life in outer space. The contribution announced yesterday brings his total donations to the project to $25 million. It is going for construction of the Allen Telescope Array at a lava bed about 25 miles north of Lassen Peak in northern California. Besides the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, the radio astronomy project is directed at examining quasars, cosmic explosions and the birth of stars for clues to the origin of the universe....
  • Breaking: Discovery of Habitable Earth-Like Planet Announced

    07/23/2015 11:38:14 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 80 replies ^ | 07/23/15 12:20pm | Robin Seemangal
    Breaking: Discovery of ‘Habitable’ Earth-Like Planet Announced The Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute and planet hunters from The National Aeronautics and Space Administration have made a startling discovery while exploring the Milky Way Galaxy By Robin Seemangal | 07/23/15 12:20pm  Comment Artist’s concept depicts the earth-like planet Kepler-452b (NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle) The SETI Institute and NASA have confirmed the discovery of Kepler 452b, the most Earth-like planet ever encountered. Located in the Goldilocks zone of its host star, this planet would have “just the right” conditions to support liquid water and possibly even life. This extraordinary world was spotted by...
  • Scientist warns world to 'think twice before replying to alien signals from outer space'

    07/22/2015 8:36:50 PM PDT · by garjog · 145 replies
    Press Reader ^ | Thursday 23 July 2015 | VICTORIA RICHARDS
    Professor Matthew Bailes said 'the history of weak civilisations contacting more advanced civilisations is not a happy one' "... he warned that making contact with aliens capable of transmitting powerful signals to Earth over tens of thousands of light years could lead humanity into disaster, because they're likely to be so much more advanced."
  • UFO sightings are no laughing matter, group says

    11/12/2007 3:53:44 PM PST · by mdittmar · 502 replies · 1,666+ views
    afp ^ | 11/12/07 | afp
    UFOs may be fodder for comedians and science fiction but there was no joking Monday when a group of pilots and officials demanded the US government reopen an investigation into unidentified flying objects. The 19 former pilots and government officials, who say they have seen UFOs themselves or been involved in probes of strange flying objects, told reporters their questions can no longer be dismissed more than 30 years after the US case was closed."We want the US government to stop perpetuating the myth that all UFOs can be explained away in down-to-earth, conventional terms," said Fife Symington, former governor...
  • The Starship Builders (Speculation on UFO Propulsion methods by Physist)

    03/14/2003 6:19:01 AM PST · by vannrox · 76 replies · 3,906+ views
    Stardrive ^ | FR Post 3-15-03 (Article update 1999) | by Kim Burrafato
    The Starship Builders by Kim Burrafato In UFOs and the New Physics, we discussed some of the daunting problems in applying terrestrial rocket propulsion principles to any hypothetical models of UFO propulsion. A lot has happened since that article?s publication over two years ago. It seems we?re getting almost weekly reports of newly discovered extrasolar planetary systems. What was once highly speculative, is now commonplace. Obviously, our previous estimates of the number of stars with possible planetary systems will be revised dramatically upwards. Then there is the recent announcement from a distinguished British research team, that they also had...
  • Stephen Hawking announces $100 million hunt for alien life

    07/20/2015 5:36:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Washington Post's Speaking of Science ^ | July 20, 2015 | Rachel Feltman
    On Monday, famed physicist Stephen Hawking and Russian tycoon Yuri Milner held a news conference in London to announce their new project: injecting $100 million and a whole lot of brain power into the search for intelligent extraterrestrial life, an endeavor they're calling Breakthrough Listen. "We believe that life arose spontaneously on Earth," Hawking said at Monday's news conference, "So in an infinite universe, there must be other occurrences of life." Geoffrey Marcy, a University of California, Berkeley, astronomer who found most of our first exoplanets, also spoke at the event as part of the group's brain trust....
  • Russian Entrepreneur Pledges $100 Million in Search for Extraterrestrial Life

    07/20/2015 3:15:30 PM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    .Entrepreneur ^ | July 20, 2015 | Nina Zipkin
    Is there anyone else out there in the universe? The endeavor to answer that eternal question got a serious shot in the arm this week thanks to Russian entrepreneur Yuri Milner. At the Royal Society in London, the billionaire announced the launch of Breakthrough Listen, a 10-year, $100 million initiative to search for signs of extraterrestrial life. Related: The Power of Planning: NASA's Pluto Flyby Was Epic and Amazing Aided by the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope in W. Va., the CSIRO Parkes Telescope in New South Wales, Australia and the Lick Telescope in at the Lick Observatory in...
  • A $100 Million Infusion for SETI Research (two parts: Breakthrough Listen and Breakthrough MESSAGE)

    07/20/2015 5:02:44 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 7/20/15 | Paul Gilster
    A $100 Million Infusion for SETI Researchby Paul Gilster on July 20, 2015 SETI received a much needed boost this morning as Russian entrepreneur Yuri Milner, along with physicist Stephen Hawking and a panel including Frank Drake, Ann Druyan, Martin Rees and Geoff Marcy announced a $100 million pair of initiatives to reinvigorate the search. The first of these, Breakthrough Listen, dramatically upgrades existing search methods, while Breakthrough Message will fund an international competition to create the kind of messages we might one day send to other stars, although the intention is also to provoke the necessary discussion and debate...
  • Search for extraterrestrial intelligence gets a $100-million boost

    07/20/2015 3:24:26 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 23 replies
    Nature ^ | 7/20/15 | Zeeya Merali
    Russian billionaire Yuri Milner announces most comprehensive hunt for alien life.You could say that the silence has been deafening. Since its beginnings more than half a century ago, the dedicated search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) has failed to detect the presence of alien civilizations. But at Londons Royal Society today (20 July), Russian billionaire Yuri Milner announced a shot in the arm for SETI: a US$100-million decadal project to provide the most comprehensive hunt for alien communications so far. The initiative, called Breakthrough Listen, will see radio telescopes at Green Bank in West Virginia, the Parkes Observatory in Australia, and...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- M46 Plus Two

    04/17/2015 10:30:16 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    NASA ^ | April 17, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Galactic or open star clusters are young. These swarms of stars are born together near the plane of the Milky Way, but their numbers steadily dwindle as cluster members are ejected by galactic tides and gravitational interactions. In fact, this bright open cluster, known as M46, is around 300 million years young. It still contains a few hundred stars within a span of 30 light-years or so. Located about 5,000 light-years away toward the constellation Puppis, M46 also seems to contain contradictions to its youthful status. In this pretty starscape, the colorful, circular patch above and right of the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- One-Armed Spiral Galaxy NGC 4725

    04/16/2015 4:56:15 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    NASA ^ | April 16, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: While most spiral galaxies, including our own Milky Way, have two or more spiral arms, NGC 4725 has only one. In this sharp color composite image, the solo spira mirabilis seems to wind from a prominent ring of bluish, newborn star clusters and red tinted star forming regions. The odd galaxy also sports obscuring dust lanes a yellowish central bar structure composed of an older population of stars. NGC 4725 is over 100 thousand light-years across and lies 41 million light-years away in the well-groomed constellation Coma Berenices. Computer simulations of the formation of single spiral arms suggest that...
  • NASA Scientist Believes We're on the Brink of Discovering Aliens

    04/08/2015 7:25:12 AM PDT · by McGruff · 160 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 8, 2015 | ALYSSA NEWCOMB
    Not only does NASA's chief scientist believe alien life forms likely exist, but she said the space agency knows where to look and could discover signs of extraterrestrial life within the next decade. Speaking on a panel discussion on Tuesday about water in the universe, NASA's chief scientist Ellen Stofan said she believes the first indications of alien life could come by 2025 -- with more concrete evidence of extraterrestrial life coming in 20 to 30 years.
  • Beyond Fermis Paradox I: A Lunchtime Conversation- Enrico Fermi and Extraterrestrial Intelligence

    04/07/2015 10:29:47 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 66 replies ^ | Paul Patton
    During the walk to the Fuller Lodge, the physicists discussed a recent spate of UFO sightings, and a cartoon in the New Yorker Magazine depicting aliens and a flying saucer. Although the topic of conversation moved on as the group sat down for lunch, Edward Teller recalls in the middle of the conversation, Fermi came out with the quite unexpected question Where is everybody?The result of his question was general laughter because of the strange fact that in spite of Fermis question coming out of the clear blue, everybody around the table seemed to understand at once that he was...
  • Is this ET? Mystery of strange radio bursts from space

    04/01/2015 11:33:55 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies ^ | 04-01-2015 | Staff
    Mysterious radio wave flashes from far outside the galaxy are proving tough for astronomers to explain. Is it pulsars? A spy satellite? Or an alien message? BURSTS of radio waves flashing across the sky seem to follow a mathematical pattern. If the pattern is real, either some strange celestial physics is going on, or the bursts are artificial, produced by human or alien technology. Telescopes have been picking up so-called fast radio bursts (FRBs) since 2001. They last just a few milliseconds and erupt with about as much energy as the sun releases in a month. Ten have...
  • Are we alone? Do we want to know?

    02/28/2015 4:34:21 PM PST · by NRx · 72 replies
    WaPo ^ | 28 Feb 2015 | Joel Achenbach
    ...So began SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, a form of astronomical inquiry that has captured the imaginations of people around the planet but has so far failed to detect a single “hello.” Pick your explanation: They’re not there; they’re too far away; they’re insular and aloof; they’re zoned out on computer games; they’re watching us in mild bemusement and wondering when we’ll grow up. Now some SETI researchers are pushing a more aggressive agenda: Instead of just listening, we would transmit messages, targeting newly discovered planets orbiting distant stars. Through “active SETI,” we’d boldly announce our presence and try...
  • 3 Very Large Objects In Space Flying To Earth

    12/08/2010 2:50:48 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 283 replies · 6+ views ^ | December 8, 2010 | Andrew Wozny
    E.T. does not need to phone home anymore, someone, or something is on its way to earth. SETI Astrophysicist Craig Kasnov has announced the approach to the Earth of 3 very large, very fast moving objects. The length of the "flying saucers" is in the range of tens of kilometers. Landing, according to calculations of scientists, should be in mid-December 2012. Date coincides with the end of the Mayan calendar. A few very large objects rapidly approaching the Earth - says SETI astrophysicist Craig Kasnov. Dont take his word for it you can check it out for yourself. He recommends...
  • Intelligent Aliens Could Be Found by 2040

    02/10/2014 6:28:41 AM PST · by 12th_Monkey · 109 replies ^ | February 10, 2014 | Mike Wall
    The first detection of intelligent extraterrestrial life will likely come within the next quarter-century, a prominent alien hunter predicts. By 2040 or so, astronomers will have scanned enough star systems give themselves a great shot of discovering alien-produced electromagnetic signals, said Seth Shostak of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute in Mountain View, Calif. "I think we'll find E.T. within two dozen years using these sorts of experiments," Shostak said here Thursday (Feb. 6) during a talk at the 2014 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) symposium here at Stanford University "Instead of looking at a few thousand star systems,...
  • Are We Searching for Aliens in the Wrong Place?

    02/03/2014 11:06:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Discovery News ^ | February 3, 2014 | Ian O'Neill
    Earth may be a nice and cozy place for life as we know it to evolve, but is it really the best place for life to thrive? Probably not, say two researchers. In fact, Earth may be one of the more extreme examples of a habitable world where life was lucky to survive. The search for extraterrestrial life is fraught with uncertainly. Faced with a seemingly infinite Universe and an assumption that life beyond our planet is an inevitability, we focus on nooks and crannies that have similar habitable environments to Earth and exoplanets that resemble our world orbiting stars...
  • The Bill Arrives for Cosmology's Free Lunch (NASA Should Be Islam's PR Firm)

    01/20/2014 7:16:54 PM PST · by lbryce · 3 replies
    Evolutionary News and Views ^ | January 20, 2014 | Denyse O'Leary
    ID theorists say that information is the foundation of the universe. Others say matter is. Our choice of who to believe will shape our future. First, suppose the materialists are right. If materialism (naturalism) is simply true, because everything comes down to matter in the end, what future might we expect? Stephen Hawking insists in a recent interview that "Science will win." If we take his current non-realist views seriously, science as we have known it is finished and there is nothing to win. That doesn't mean, of course, that everything shuts down. Some projects will continue as if immortal...
  • Silence in the skybut why?

    08/26/2013 4:29:42 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 170 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 8/25/13
    ( Scientists as eminent as Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan have long believed that humans will one day colonise the universe. But how easy would it be, why would we want to, and why haven't we seen any evidence of other life forms making their own bids for universal domination? A new paper by Dr Stuart Armstrong and Dr Anders Sandberg from Oxford University's Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) attempts to answer these questions. To be published in the August/September edition of the journal Acta Astronautica, the paper takes as its starting point the Fermi paradox the discrepancy between...
  • Cosmic 'lighthouses' could reveal alien life

    08/21/2013 11:02:40 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 25 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/21/13 | Nick Collins
    Aliens may be trying to communicate with Earth by flashing blinking lasers towards our planet like a cosmic lighthouse, astronomers believe.Laser scientists at the Vienna University of Technology are searching for faint but repetitive light signals from the distant reaches of space, in the hope of identifying signals sent out by extraterrestrials, according to Astrobiology Magazine. Because of their ability to transmit signals over vast distances, lasers have long been considered a possible means of contact by alien species. But while astronomers have searched tens of thousands of stars for laser signals in the past without identifying any...
  • Disingenuous Transparency Versus Ingenious Opacity

    07/13/2013 5:45:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin ^ | July 13, 2013 | John Ransom
    Yes, the most transparently opportunistic administration is becoming more transparent every day. In the midst of negotiations for a free-trade agreement between Europe and the U.S., the NSA Papers, made transparent by Edward Snowden, reveal that America has been spying on allies as well as enemies. Yeah I know. Obama has a hard time telling the difference between U.S. allies and U.S. enemies. Hence hes arming our allies, er, enemies, Al Qaida, in Syria; hes being flexible for Vladimir Putin, the Russian dictator, er, president; helping the Venezuelan government wing disguised as an oil company, our ally, er, enemy; and...
  • UK astronomers to co-ordinate their search for alien signals

    07/06/2013 6:55:57 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    bbc ^ | 5 July 2013 Last updated at 12:01 ET | Jonathan Amos
    Academics from 11 institutions have set up a network to co-ordinate their Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (Seti). The English Astronomer Royal, Sir Martin Rees, will act as patron. The group is asking funding agencies for a small - about 1m a year - sum of money to support listening time on radio telescopes and for data analysis. It would also help pay for research that considered new ways to try to find aliens. Currently, most Seti work is done in the US and is funded largely through private donation.
  • Where Are All the Aliens?

    06/20/2013 5:24:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 79 replies ^ | June 20, 2013 | Fraser Cain on
    As far as we know, Earth is the only place in the Universe where life has arisen, let alone developed an intelligent civilization. This baffling contradiction is known as the Fermi Paradox, first described in 1950 by the physicist Enrico Fermi. Scientists have been trying to resolve this mystery for decades, listening for radio signals from other worlds. Weve only sampled a fraction of the radio spectrum, and so far, we havent detected anything that could be a signal from an intelligent species. How can we explain this?
  • SETIs Colossus (Huge 77-meter infrared telescope)

    05/31/2013 5:41:01 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 23 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 5/31/13 | Paul Gilster
    SETI’s Colossus by Paul Gilster on May 31, 2013 For the most part, the focus of SETI since Project Ozma has been directed at intercepting signals deliberately sent our way. It doesn’t have to be so, of course, because extraneous signals from a civilization going about its business would also be profoundly interesting, and even a civilization not much more advanced than ours might be throwing off powerful evidence of its existence through the planetary radars it uses to detect potential impactors in its own system. Whether or not the Ohio State WOW! signal was a SETI detection remains unresolved,...
  • The Best Way to Find Aliens: Look for Their Solar Power Plants

    10/04/2012 9:46:47 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 43 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 10/4/12 | Ross Andersen
    A team of astronomers is now looking for Dyson Spheres, massive star-scale solar power plants that extraterrestrial hunters hope alien civilizations employIn 1960, mathematician, physicist, and all-around genius Freeman Dyson predicted that every civilization in the Universe eventually runs out of energy on its home planet, provided it survives long enough to do so. Dyson argued that this event constitutes a major hurdle in a civilization's evolution, and that all those who leap over it do so in precisely the same way: they build a massive collector of starlight, a shell of solar panels to surround their home star. Astronomers...
  • Is SETI at risk of downloading a malicious virus from outer space?

    07/11/2012 2:09:03 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 45 replies
    io9 ^ | 6/27/12 | George Dvorsky
    We take it for granted that the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) is a safe endeavor. Seriously, what could possibly go wrong with passively searching for interstellar radio signals? Unfortunately, the answer is quite a lot - especially if the incoming signal contains something malicious, like a computer virus or Trojan horse. And according to the experts, this isn't just idle speculation the threat is very real. So, just how concerned do we need to be? To get a better sense of this possibility, we spoke to two experts on the matter: Andrew Siemion, a PhD candidate in astronomy...
  • Possible alien message to get reply from humanity

    06/26/2012 9:48:24 AM PDT · by Sopater · 78 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 26, 2012 | Natalie Wolchover
    If there's something you'd like to say to aliens, now's your chance. The Wow! signal, a mysterious radio transmission detected in 1977 that may or may not have come from extraterrestrials, is finally getting a response from humanity. Anyone can contribute his or her two cents or 140 characters, to be exact to the cosmic reply via Twitter. All tweets composed between 8 p.m. EDT Friday (June 29) and 3 a.m. EDT Saturday (June 30) tagged with the hashtag #ChasingUFOs will be rolled into a single message, according to the National Geographic Channel, which is timing the Twitter...
  • SETI Astronomer Jill Tarter Retiring After 35-Year Alien Hunt

    05/23/2012 4:26:04 AM PDT · by iowamark · 59 replies ^ | 22 May 2012 | Mike Wall
    Astronomer Jill Tarter, the inspiration for heroine Ellie Arroway in the novel and movie "Contact," is retiring after spending 35 years scanning the heavens for signals from intelligent aliens. Tarter is stepping down as the director of the Center for SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Research at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., the organization's officials announced today (May 22). But rather than go lie on a beach somewhere,Tarter will continue to devote herself to the search for E.T. She's shifting into a full-time fundraising role for the SETI Institute, which had to shut down a set of alien-hunting...
  • SETI Live: How You Can Help Find Alien Civilizations on Your PC

    03/10/2012 11:59:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Mashable Tech ^ | March 1, 2012 | Peter Pachal
    Got some spare time today? How about putting aside that game of Bejeweled Blitz and instead lend a hand in what could be the most important discovery of all time? Its no joke the people behind the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project have partnered with TED (Technology Entertainment Design) to create a website where anyone can log on and start searching for aliens. Called SETI Live, the new project reduces the hunt for intelligent life on other planets to a kind of game sort of a mix between Foursquare and Wheres Waldo. Once you log on and...
  • First Look at Kepler SETI Candidate Signals

    01/05/2012 9:20:42 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 24 replies
    We've started searching our Kepler SETI observations and our analyses have generated some of our first candidate signals. Each of the signals below is shown in a pair of plots, one from an observation of Kepler Object of Interest (KOI) 817 and one from an observation of KOI-812. During an observation, we alternated between targets to enable us to rule out signals seen coming from two different places in the sky. If we see a signal coming from multiple positions on the sky, it is very likely to be interference.What do these plots represent? These are plots of electromagnetic...
  • Extraterrestrial Intelligence and the Search for God

    11/08/2011 4:22:38 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | November 2011 issue | Tom Bethell
    A week doesn't go by without the announcement of new planets. "Week Brings Hail of Planets" was just the most recent report. It capped a week of "new findings about worlds beyond our own solar system," according to the Wall Street Journal. The latest marvel, 200 light years distant from Earth, has two suns. The reporter quoted John Knoll of Industrial Light & Magic as saying that this shows "science is stranger than fiction." Actually, science fiction started this whole ball rolling, but that's another story. The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) has gone on for more than 50 years....
  • White House denies making contact with aliens - but says it hasn't given up hope

    11/06/2011 5:28:20 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Nov.6, 2011 | Lydia Warren
    The White House has said there is no sign of aliens but it is still looking. Staff were responding to a petition that accused the government of covering up contact with life beyond Earth. Phil Larson, from the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, officially denied knowledge of alien life and denied they had withheld information from the public. He promised scientists are still on the search for extraterrestrial life. 'The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human...
  • SETI is back on the air (This time without your tax dollars)

    08/14/2011 5:03:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/14/2011 | Jazz Shaw
    Back in April we told you about the shuttering of the Allen Array and the difficulties that E.T. would have phoning home. Well, if you happen to be in touch with the lovable alien, let him know to load up a few more minutes on his long distance card because SETI is back, on the strength of private donations. Forty-two radio telescope dishes near Mount Shasta will again start listening for sounds of intelligent life in the universe this fall after donors — including actress Jodie Foster — came up with more than $200,000 to save the Mountain View-based SETI...
  • Blue Stragglers in the Galactic Bulge (a sign of ETI, as in SETI?)

    05/30/2011 12:01:07 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 9 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 5/30/11 | Paul Gilster
    ‘Blue Stragglers’ in the Galactic Bulge by Paul Gilster on May 30, 2011 I’m fascinated by how much the exoplanet hunt is telling us about celestial objects other than planets. The other day we looked at some of the stellar spinoffs from the Kepler mission, including the unusual pulsations of the star HD 187091, now known to be not one star but two. But the examples run well beyond Kepler. Back in 2006, a survey called the Sagittarius Window Eclipsing Extrasolar Planet Search (SWEEPS) used Hubble data to study 180,000 stars in the galaxy’s central bulge, the object being...
  • US astronomers launch search for alien life on 86 planets

    05/14/2011 9:41:28 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 14 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 5/14/11 | Kerry Sheridan
    A massive radio telescope in rural West Virginia has begun listening for signs of alien life on 86 possible Earth-like planets, US astronomers said Friday.The giant dish began this week pointing toward each of the 86 planets -- culled from a list of 1,235 possible planets identified by NASA's Kepler space telescope -- and will gather 24 hours of data on each one. "It's not absolutely certain that all of these stars have habitable planetary systems, but they're very good places to look for ET," said University of California at Berkeley graduate student Andrew Siemion. The mission is part of...
  • Alien search telescope is shelved. Funding for SETI Observatory cut to one tenth former level.

    05/06/2011 8:27:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    BBC ^ | 04/27/2011
    A monitoring system for potential extra-terrestrial communication has been shelved due to budget cuts. The Allen Telescope Array (ATA) in California has been mothballed, according to the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (Seti) Institute. Funding for the observatory, which hosts the ATA, has been cut to one-tenth its former level. The Seti Institute was established in 1984 to look for life beyond Earth. The telescopes, at the Hat Creek Radio Observatory north of San Francisco, California, have a number of science goals, including searching for radio signals from intelligent life in the Universe. "Effective this week, the ATA has been placed...
  • SETI Institute suspends search for aliens

    04/25/2011 7:58:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 44 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 4/25/11 | Lisa M. Krieger
    If E.T. phones earth, he'll get a "disconnect" signal. Lacking the money to pay its operating expenses, Mountain View's SETI Institute has pulled the plug on the renowned Allen Telescope Array, a field of radio dishes popularized in the Jodie Foster film "Contact" that scans the skies for signals from extraterrestrial civilizations. In an April 22 letter to donors, SETI Institute CEO Tom Pierson explained that last week the array was put into "hibernation," safe but non-functioning, due to inadequate government support. The timing couldn't be worse, say SETI scientists. After millenniums of musings, this spring astronomers announced...
  • An Anomalous SETI Signal

    02/09/2011 11:52:43 AM PST · by The Comedian · 65 replies · 1+ views
    NASA ^ | Feb. 6, 2011 | SETI/NASA
    Explanation: No one knows for sure what caused this signal. There is a slight possibility that it just might originate from an extraterrestrial intelligence. The bright colors on the blue background indicate that an anomalous signal was received here on Earth by a radio telescope involved in a Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). A search for these signals is ongoing by several groups including volunteer members of the SETI League. Time labels the vertical axis of the above plot, and frequency marks the horizontal axis. Although this strong signal was never positively identified, astronomers have identified in it many...
  • SETI: The Red Giant Factor

    10/04/2010 9:41:09 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 8 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 9/29/10 | Paul Gilster
    The ‘slow boat’ to Centauri concept we’ve discussed before in these pages envisions generation ships, vessels that take thousands of years to cross to their destination. And based on current thinking, that’s about the best we could manage with the propulsion systems currently in our inventory. Specifically, a solar sail making a close solar pass (a ‘sundiver’ maneuver) could get us up to 500 or 600 kilometers per second (0.002c), making a 2000-year journey to the nearest star possible. It’s hard to imagine under what circumstances such a mission might be launched.But let’s think long-term, as Greg Matloff (New York...
  • spotted 'mysterious pulse of light' from direction of newly-discovered '2nd Earth' two years ago

    10/01/2010 3:22:54 AM PDT · by tlb · 128 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 1st October 2010 | Niall Firth
    An astronomer picked up a mysterious pulse of light coming from the direction of the newly discovered Earth-like planet almost two years ago, it has emerged. Dr Ragbir Bhathal, a scientist at the University of Western Sydney, picked up the odd signal in December 2008, long before it was announced that the star Gliese 581 has habitable planets in orbit around it. Dr Bhathal had been sweeping the skies when he discovered a 'suspicious' signal from an area of the galaxy that holds the newly-discovered Gliese 581g. The remarkable coincidence adds another layer of mystery to the announcement last night...
  • SETI switching search to galactic Artificial Intelligence arrays could bring about end of humanity

    09/21/2010 6:09:15 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 55 replies
    Texarrakis ^ | 9/20/10
    Seth Shostak, a top astronomer at SETI has recently suggested that instead of trying to listen for standard transmissions from advanced alien biological lifeforms like ourselves, we should probably be listening for AI transmissions. This is based on our own experience, we as humans developed radio transmissions only a short while ago, considering the length of time our civilization has been advancing. And if we're any indication of the general route technologically capable life evolves, the galaxy is probably full of sentient AI collectives, not biological lifeforms. In an interview with the BBC, Dr Shostak said:"If you look at the...
  • Poul Andersons Answer to Fermi

    08/30/2010 6:56:20 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 34 replies
    Centauri-Dreams ^ | 8/30/10 | Paul Gilster
    Enrico Fermi’s paradox has occupied us more than occasionally in these pages, and for good reason. ‘Where are they,’ asked Fermi, acknowledging an obvious fact: Even if it takes one or two million years for a civilization to develop and use interstellar travel, that is but a blip in terms of the 13.7 billion year age of the universe. Von Neumann probes designed to study other stellar systems and reproduce, moving outward in an ever expanding wave of exploration, could easily have spread across the galaxy long before our ancestors thought of building the pyramids. Where are they indeed. Kelvin...