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SETI SEARCH BEGINS ANEW | Radioaficion Ham Radio



SETI SEARCH BEGINS ANEWResearchers have once again undertaken the search for intelligent life on other planets. After lying dormant for more than seven months, radio telescopes run by the SETI Institute have once again begun listening for radio signals from the many alien planet candidates discovered by NASA's Kepler space telescope. Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather Butera-Howell, KB3TZD, is here with the details:

S-E-T-I or SETI is an acronym that stands for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. On Monday December 5th, Jill Tarter, who is the director of the Center for SETI Research at the SETI Institute announced that the group has begun re-observing the Kepler worlds using a ground-based radio telescope system.
SETI's Allen Telescope Array or A-T-A is a set of 42 dish type antennas located about 300 miles northeast of San Francisco, California. It began scanning the heavens for electromagnetic signals that could betray the presence of an intelligent alien civilization back in 2007. In January of 2011 the SETI team started training the Allen array on the 54 planet candidates Kepler had detected what is described by astronomers as the first habitable zone to date. Then it was shut down due to budgetary constraints.

Once funds became available, SETI researchers reactivated the Allen Telescope and have begun using Kepler's discoveries to guide its activities. The Kepler space telescope was placed on-orbit in March

2009. Its mission is to hunt for Earth-size planets in their parent stars' habitable zone.   That would position such planets at just the right range of distances from their home star where liquid water and
perhaps life as we know could exist.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Heather Butera-Howell, KB3TZD, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

SETI and ham radio have had a long association with one another going back several decades. (

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