US astronomers launch search for alien life on 86 planets

Nice, now that we know where some plants actually are it's about time they actually started listening to them instead of random sections of space... although I doubt we will find anything unless a civilization specifically have set up radio beacons as extra-planetary radio broadcast didn't even last long here on Earth as it was mostly just an accident/byproduct of transmitting at high powers until Satellites came along.


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 -- 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 the SETI project, which stands for Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence, launched in the mid 1980s.

Last month the announced it was shuttering a major part of its efforts -- a 50 million dollar project with 42 telescope dishes known as the (ATA) -- due to a five million dollar .


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