• search
For Quick Alerts
For Daily Alerts

Aliens in no mood to response to SETI right now

By Super Admin

London, August 19 (ANI): The SETI (Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence) telescope has produced its first scientific results, but unfortunately it's still waiting for a response from the aliens.

The project, called the Allen Telescope Array (ATA) after benefactor and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, went live in 2007.

It was designed to scan for broadcasts from alien civilizations with more consistency and a wider field of view than any previous effort.

Run jointly by the SETI Institute and the University of California, Berkeley, from a site in northern California, the ATA is ultimately intended to comprise 350 dishes.

But, even with its current complement of 42, it has an impressively wide field of view. It uses relatively small, 6-metre dishes that together can take in five square degrees of sky at a time - a box as wide as 10 full moons.

"At any one moment, you look into a very large piece of the sky," said Jill Tarter, director of the SETI Institute. "At 350 (telescopes), the ATA just blows any other survey telescope out of the water. Even at 42, it's interesting," she told New Scientist.

According to Joeri van Leeuwen, an ATA team member who presented the project's first results at a conference in the Netherlands in June, "You can see entire galaxies within one shot."

One question the ATA aims to answer is a mystery of missing gas.

Star-forming regions don't seem to have enough molecular gas to keep up the star-formation rates we observe.

Some researchers think atomic hydrogen might make up the difference.

ATA team members have searched for it in four groups of galaxies so far, but have not yet found any new intergalactic gas, deepening the mystery.

"This paper was our first science paper, so we've answered some questions, but we're finding new questions again. This paper really shows that our setup is working, we have all the algorithms working, and we could easily upgrade to a more powerful system still," van Leeuwen said.

Such surveys do not distract from the search for aliens, which - if they exist and are attempting to communicate - may send out broadcasts at wavelengths not commonly emitted by astrophysical objects. (ANI)

For Daily Alerts
Get Instant News Updates
Notification Settings X
Time Settings
Clear Notification X
Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
Settings X
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more