Thought for the month

“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, author and journalist (1808-1890).

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Help find ET

Are we alone? After 3 years of searching the Breakthrough Listen project notes that “We found no evidence of artificial signals from beyond Earth, but this doesn't mean there isn't intelligent life out there: we may just not have looked in the right place yet, or peered deep enough to detect faint signals”. In sharing its two recent papers and 1 PB of raw observational data the team is encouraging the astronomical community to look afresh with different tools and perspectives. Did they miss something?

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