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SETI releases the 1st results of search for alien signals

Posted on: June 12, 2009

After years of preparation and testing, the SETI Institute has released the first results from a search for alien signals that uses the $50 million, 42-dish Allen Telescope Array. You didn’t hear about it? Maybe that’s because none of the thousands of signals picked up so far has rung an alarm bell.

Nevertheless, the fully functioning system represents the latest, greatest leap in the nearly 50-year-long search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI.

The Allen Telescope Array was conceived more than eight years ago, and it’s been two years since the system’s switches were flipped on in a remote valley near Mount Shasta in Northern California. Scientists have been tinkering with the equipment and testing the software since then. Finally, on May 28, astronomers kicked off regular rounds of SETI surveys, seven hours a day, roughly four to five times a week, according to Peter Backus, the SETI Institute’s manager of observing programs.Read More.

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