Russian Billionaire Yuri Milner, Stephen Hawking Back $100M Hunt For Extraterrestrial Life

Leading researchers have secured time on two of the world’s most
powerful telescopes in the US and Australia to scan the Milky Way and
neighbouring galaxies for radio emissions that betray the existence of
life elsewhere. The search will be 50 times more sensitive, and cover 10
times more sky, than previous hunts for alien life.

The Green
Bank Observatory in West Virginia, the largest steerable telescope on
the planet, and the Parkes Observatory in New South Wales, are
contracted to lead the unprecedented search that will start in January
2016. In tandem, the Lick Observatory in California will perform the
most comprehensive search for optical laser transmissions beamed from
other planets.

Operators have signed agreements that hand the
scientists thousands of hours of telescope time per year to eavesdrop on
planets that orbit the million stars closest to Earth and the 100
nearest galaxies. The telescopes will scan the centre of the Milky Way
and the entire length of the galactic plane.

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