So now the Breakthrough Listen project has announced that it has started a survey of an enormous number of stars located in the plane of our galaxy, using a recently-upgraded CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope (Parkes) in New South Wales, Australia.
Stephen Hawking believed there is intelligent alien life. Data compiled during those hours will later be archived and analyzed for signals stemming from extraterrestrial technology.
In addition to signal scanning, over the next decade, the project aims to search over 1 million stars closest to the sun, and the 100 galaxies closest to our own Milky Way Galaxy.More news: Albion's final game of the season at Liverpool chosen for live TV
On Monday, Breakthrough Listen project revealed the launch of an expanded survey of stars in the Milky Way with the installation of a multibeam receiver on the Parkes Radio Telescope. But now, the telescope has been equipped with a multibeam receiver, an instrument, which features 13 beams and is capable of recording data from a bigger portion of the sky.
In the course of the Breakthrough Listen program to search for alien life signals, it is anticipated that 100 petabytes of data will be gathered and processed to filter out signals which come from the Earth or from other natural and common phenomena in the Universe. The new digital instrumentation was installed by scientists and engineers from the University of California, Berkeley SETI Research Center (BSRC).
'With these new capabilities, we are scanning our galaxy in unprecedented detail, ' said Danny Price, Parkes Project Scientist with the Breakthrough Listen project at UC Berkeley. The observations will cover a region around the Galactic Center, one of the densest neighborhoods in the galaxy containing a supermassive black hole surrounded by tens of millions of stars.More news: NRA Seizes On Schneiderman Abuse Allegations To Push For Female Gun Ownership
"By trawling through these huge datasets for signatures of technological civilizations, we hope to uncover evidence that our planet, among the hundreds of billions in our galaxy, is not the only where intelligent life has arisen", he added.
The upgrades should also help scientists be able to distinguish between human-made signals, such as satellites and airplanes, and signals with extraterrestrial origins.
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According to the experts with Breakthrough Listen, the discovery confirmed the source is in a newly active state, and marks the first time FRBs have been detected at higher frequencies.