posted on Jul, 5 2013 @ 12:08 PM
The newly formed UK Seti Network has announced its intention to join the search for Extraterrestrial life using the newly updated Jodrell Bank radio
telescope which has been linked via fibre optics with six other telescopes across England known as eMerlin .
The group is looking for £1 million funding for the project and has appointed Astronomer Royal Prof Sir Martin Rees as patron which I believe will
almost guarantee they reach that target , either from Government funding or Philanthropic donations .
Jodrell Bank is also the management HQ for the soon to be built next-generation radio observatory known as the Square Kilometre Array which will be
built in South Africa and Australia and will have incredible power , adding to the tools to be used for the search .
UK Seti Research Network (UKSRN) co-ordinator Alan Penny said there was important expertise in Britain keen to play its part. "If we had one part
in 200 - half a percent of the money that goes into astronomy at the moment - we could make an amazing difference.
We would become comparable with the American effort," the University of St Andrews researcher told BBC News. "I don't know whether [aliens] are out
there, but I'm desperate to find out. It's quite possible that we're alone in the Universe. And think about the implications of that: if we're alone
in the Universe then the whole purpose in the Universe is in us. If we're not alone, that's interesting in a very different way."
"You could do serendipitous searches. So if the telescopes were studying quasars, for example, we could piggy-back off that and analyse the data
to look for a different type of signal - not the natural astrophysical signal that the quasar astronomer was interested in, but something in the noise
that one might imagine could be associated with aliens. This approach would get you Seti research almost for free," the Jodrell associate director
I think this is great news and with the tools at our disposal could make a real contribution to the search and maybe even bring the breakthrough we've
all been waiting for
UK SETI Research Network
edit on 5-7-2013 by gortex because: (no reason given)