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The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has announced that it is back in business checking out the new habitable exoplanets recently discovered by NASA's Kepler space telescope to see if they might be home to alien civilisations. The cash needed to restart SETI's efforts has come in part from the US Air Force Space Command, who are interested in using the organisation's detection instruments for "space situational awareness".
AFSPC is exploring opportunities in academia and the commercial sector that could provide suitable cost-effective means for augmenting Space Command's Space Surveillance mission. The Allen Telescope Array (ATA), located in Northern California is one such opportunity. The ATA which is operated by the SETI Institute and its partner, the Radio Astronomy Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley is a radio interferometer dedicated to cutting-edge astronomical research. This array of antennas is optimized to receive and process a very wide portion of the radio spectrum and can observe many areas of the sky at once.
In fact Space Command are much more concerned about tracking satellites in orbit around Earth, and consider that the innovative Allen Array could be handy in picking up transmissions from spacecraft so as to help the existing military Space Surveillance Network keep a handle on where they are.
Both radio waves and light are parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. Radio waves are, in essence, light with a wavelength too long for us to see. Both light and radio waves travel at the speed of light. A particular sort of radio waves from the newly discovered planet could be a very good indication of intelligent life there. Ross
Originally posted by eyespying
I thought it was 600 "light" years away? The SETI telescope uses radio. Not sure what the thinking behind this is. Can someone explain?
Originally posted by TheMindWar
reply to post by ALOSTSOUL
If SETI announces an alien signal found it will be too much of a coincidence for me, lol. The chances of kepler 22b having aliens that have built radio transmitters is astronomical IMO.