Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 13, 2020

A breakthrough in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence

EarthSky reports

The researchers called their new analytical technique “a milestone in SETI.” One researcher commented: “We now know that fewer than one in 1,600 stars closer than about 330 light years host transmitters just a few times more powerful than the strongest radar we have here on Earth.”

Astronomers at the University of Manchester in the UK said today (September 2, 2020) that they’ve made an analytical breakthrough in the ability to seek and perhaps someday find intelligent extraterrestrial life in our Milky Way galaxy. They said this breakthrough is a “milestone” that could “significantly improve” our chances of finding extraterrestrial intelligence by dramatically expanding the number of stars available for searching. They said that, with their new analytical technique, they’ve increased the number of stars that can be analyzed by more than 200 times and have placed the best limits ever on the prevalence of artificial radio transmitters, dubbed techno-signatures, in the Milky Way.

Read more at A breakthrough in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence | Human World | EarthSky


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