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"When the array is again operational we will go back to our exploration of exoplanets," Jill Tarter, director of the Center for SETI Research at the Institute, told Life's Little Mysteries. Unfortunately, HD 85512b is too far south to be targeted by the Allen Telescope Array, SETI's main detector. "We will, however, add those exoplanets reported by [ESO] that are visible to our list of targets. The more planets the better!"
However, that estimate predated the recent boom in exoplanet discoveries. "It was not long ago that we had only wild guesses about the number of stars with planets," said Gerald Harp, an astrophysicist at the SETI Institute. "I believe our earlier guesses were too low -- a large proportion of stars are now believed to host Earth-like planets.
We now know that perhaps 1 percent of stars have planets where biological life may arise. We also know where some of those planets are."
Considering this new information, Harp thinks scientists will have to search only 100,000 stars before detecting alien signals, and that they'll manage to examine that many in the next 15 years. "Fortunately for me, I expect to still be actively pursuing research in 15 years, so I will be around when it happens!" Harp said.
Originally posted by GeorgeH
There is no way the other world brothers (OWB ) could communicate on the band widths we're searching. They would be old and probably dead before they could exchange any quantity of messages. This is just another way of saying, "we looked, but there wasn't any thing there.
If you search you'll find that there have been discussions among experts about how the OWBs could be communicating instantly over light years.
There are also reports of transmissions intercepted on special, exotic bands.
And if you did intercept, what good would it do you, you wouldn't understand their language anyway. Isn't the huge amount of sightings and landings enough for us? When they are ready to communicate, they will.
Originally posted by shamdaddy
Seti might be a waste but i'm guessing it could be the tool the governments use to eventually disclose the truth about aliens. I think there would be a lot less panic if seti said we found a signal and they are reasonably far away than if full blown disclosure was released.
Originally posted by NavalFC
SETI is doomed to failure. Not because the lack of life, but because the conditions for success are so narrow.
Originally posted by Atzil321
I have never been sold on the idea of SETI and their method of looking for ET signals. The idea that advanced civilizations would be communicating across the vastness of space using radio waves is a little absurd. Its much more likely they would use some form of exotic quantum communication.