The SETI project: are we alone?

     Thumbnail OSETI Telescope Primary Mirrorfrom the Planetary Society site:

At the core of our explorations is the quest to know if life exists beyond Earth. The Planetary Society is a leader in the search for life on other worlds, whether intelligent or microbial. Our active projects: SETI Optical Telescope – Looking for laser signals beamed across the vastness of space. SETI Radio Searches – Huge radio dishes sift through nature’s random noise for beacons from other civilizations.

SETI Projects

In 2006, The Planetary Society unveiled the first All-Sky Optical SETI (OSETI) telescope. Funded by The Planetary Society and operated by a Harvard University team, it’s completely dedicated to capturing that one pulse of light that might be a communication.

One faint signal from light-years away could prove we’re not alone in this universe. The Planetary Society is committed to finding that signal — tirelessly surveying the skies with our Southern SETI project and our Optical SETI Telescope. You can be a part of these projects and help us keep the search going.

Arecibo Radio Observatory

One Response to The SETI project: are we alone?

  1. Beth Warstadt June 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    There is no question in my mind that there is more life in the universe than just on Earth. How arrogant can we be to think any other way? But I do question whether or not we can find it, or it find us, for the very reason that Douglas Adams expresses in Hitchhiker’s Guide: “Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the drug store, but that’s just peanuts to space.”

    I also remember with a laugh a letter to the editor I read a long time ago addressed to Carl Sagan: “Have you seen the movie Alien? Will you stop inviting these beings to come on down?”

    Should we keep looking? Absolutely. Will it take a long time? Most likely longer than my lifetime. Should we be more careful? I’d say so.

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