Astronomers will sweep the entire sky for signs of extraterrestrial life for the first time, using 28 giant radio telescopes in an unprecedented hunt for alien civilisations.
The project is a collaboration between the privately-funded Seti Institute and the Very Large Array observatory in New Mexico, one of the world’s most powerful radio observatories.
If funding is secured, Panoseti will comprise two geodesic domes covered in half-metre lenses, giving it the appearance of a giant pair of insect eyes.
“It gives us our first real chance to search for gases given off by life on another planet.
The latest survey, the most comprehensive to date of radio emissions, included the first search of the “Earth transit zone”.
This method of detection has allowed astronomers to identify thousands of exoplanets and determine whether their conditions are potentially habitable.
“Part of being human is wanting to reach out into the unknown and wanting to reach out and make connections.”. »