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“Breakthrough Listen” launch will help to search aliens across million of stars

Breakthrough Listen will be using the Parkes radio telescope in New South Wales, Australia to scan millions of stars in the Milky Way’s galactic plane for the next 60 days.

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Breakthrough Listen, which is a $100 million project is specially designed to search all the potential signals from the intelligent extraterrestrial life. This project is stated to an important project as it will take less time in searching the life in cosmos at a great speed.

“Breakthrough Listen” launch will help to search aliens across million of stars
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Stephen Hawking, who is the famed physicist, was convinced about the existence of the aliens. Before his death in March 2018, he supported the project Breakthrough Listen which was also backed by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to collect data about the presence of aliens in outer space.

Breakthrough Listen will be using the Parkes radio telescope in New South Wales, Australia to scan millions of stars in the Milky Way’s galactic plane for the next 60 days. This will take some time, but the new upgrade done on the famous Austrailian telescope will make the job easier.

The hardware upgrade that has occurred for the CSIRO telescope is called as “The Dish”. It is equipped with a high-powered receiver which will allow the researchers to “eavesdrop” while searching. The receiver will be using 13 beams to observe the large pieces of sky.

Danny Price who is the Parkes project scientist of University of California, Berkeley, said, “With these new capabilities we are scanning our galaxy in unprecedented detail. 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.”

The instrument will be using radio surveys to distinguish between human-made signals and “signals of interest”, as per scientists. The campaign will search the space at a speed of about 130 gigabits per second, a bandwidth that only your laptop could dream about. The new multibeam receiver will help in distinguish between the human-made and extraterrestrial signals along with high speed and vast scope of searching the galaxy.

According to Stephen Hawking, he said before his death, “The idea that we are alone in the universe seems to be completely implausible and arrogant…considering the number of planets and stars that we know exist, it’s extremely unlikely that we are the only form of evolved life. Despite the supposed high likelihood of aliens being somewhere in the universe, we have yet to find any evidence of their existence at this point.”

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