Sunday, June 3, 2012

Enhanced SETI in Australia

New way to hear signals from ET's home

An artist's impression of a planet orbiting a Sun-like star
Despite there being no 'intelligent' signal detected coming from Gliese 581, the new technique could prove useful to future SETI projects (Source: M Kornmesser/ESO)
The search for extraterrestrial intelligence has a powerful new tool at its disposal, Australian scientists report.
For the first time, a group led by astronomer Professor Steven Tingay from Curtin University have used a sensitive type of radio telescope, known as a very long baseline interferometer, to listen out for radio signals coming from a distant planet.
For eight hours in June 2007, they trained one of these interferometers - the Australian Long Baseline Array - toward a nearby star known as Gliese 581, which is thought to have two potentially life-sustaining planets orbiting it.
Although the foray drew a blank, the researchers say their approach holds promise for the future. Their report, posted on the pre-press website, is due to be published in The Astronomical Journal.


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