I came across a news article about aliens, and who doesn’t like to read about aliens or at least the search for them?
The following information is from SciTechDaily.
A radio telescope has recently completed the deepest and broadest search for alien activity. Based in Western Australia, the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) telescope scanned a patch of sky that includes 10 million stars, with the hopes of finding extraterrestrial life. The research was conducted by CSIRO astronomer Dr. Chenoa Tremblay and Professor Steven Tingay of Curtin University node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR).
Dr. Tremblay advised the following:
“The MWA is a unique telescope, with an extraordinarily wide field-of-view that allows us to observe millions of stars simultaneously.”
“We observed the sky around the constellation of Vela for 17 hours, looking more than 100 times broader and deeper than ever before.”
“With this dataset, we found no technosignatures—no sign of intelligent life.”
Professor Tingay continued with the following:
“As Douglas Adams noted in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, ‘space is big, really big’.”
“And even though this was a really big study, the amount of space we looked at was the equivalent of trying to find something in the Earth’s oceans but only searching a volume of water equivalent to a large backyard swimming pool.”
“Since we can’t really assume how possible alien civilizations might utilize technology, we need to search in many different ways. Using radio telescopes, we can explore an eight-dimensional search space.”
“Although there is a long way to go in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, telescopes such as the MWA will continue to push the limits—we have to keep looking.”
The MWA telescope is the precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), which is based in Western Australia and South Africa.
I’m going to keep the conspiracy theories on extraterrestrial life to myself…for now.
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