The Search For Aliens Using World’s Biggest Telescope

Breakthrough Listen, the global initiative looking for signs of intelligent life in the Universe, has partnered with the MeerKAT telescope in South Africa, the world’s largest radio telescope array, to search for extraterrestrial signals and alien “technosignatures.”

Breakthrough Listen is the largest ever scientific research program whose goal is to uncover evidence of extraterrestrial civilizations in the Universe.

It announced the launch of a major new program with the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), operator of the MeerKAT telescope. The partners will examine a million individual stars, or 1,000 times the number of targets in any previous search.

Breakthrough Listen’s MeerKAT survey will search for technosignatures in the quietest part of the radio spectrum and hunt for signs of extraterrestrial technology. Because of the deal with SARAO, Listen will be able to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in parallel with other surveys.

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