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They could detect a 100 watt laser (the energy of a normal household bulb) from 25 trillion miles away. Listen combines these instruments with innovative software and data analysis techniques. The initiative will span 10 years and commit a total of $100,000,000.
has released its 11 events ranked highest for significance as well as summary data analysis results. It is considered unlikely that any of these signals originate from artificial extraterrestrial sources, but the search continues.
They are 50 times more sensitive than existing telescopes dedicated to the search for intelligence.
originally posted by: 4N0M4LY
Meh, its nice to see this all happening. We all know space is vast and infinite. Lets say this is all true and we do recieve a message from a star system estimated at least 100 light years away. The time it would take to decipher it and to determine a way of sending it could take years or decades, not to mention the time it takes to send any kind of reply signal through space using our current limited technology.
Need a visual? Here is a youtube video explaining why getting a message from an ET source is inevitably futile for now.
The big boys - NASA, ESA, JAXA, CNSA, SETI, etc... would have some serious egg on their faces if an upstart operation created in 2015 and funded by Russian Oligarch managed to discover the Space Brothers before them wouldn't they?
The confirmation does sound nice but the question is what does it change for us? How big of an impact and how long the impact will last on society?
originally posted by: ManBehindTheMask
a reply to: Springer
Bar none, the private sector consistently does things better than gov organizations.......