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SETI Breakthrough Listen

A $100 million project to expand the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) over a period of 10 years was announced in London on July 20, 2015. Funded by Yuri Milner a Russian entrepreneur and physicist, the Breakthrough Listen project will have access to two of the world’s most powerful telescopes – the 100 Meter Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, USA and the 64-metre Parkes Telescope in New South Wales, Australia. The search will cover 10 times more of the sky than previous SETI programs, will be 50 times more sensitive, and scan at least 5 times more radio spectrum 100 times faster. In addition to the radio search, the Automated Planet Finder Telescope at Lick Observatory in California, USA, will undertake world’s deepest and broadest search for extraterrestrial optical laser communications.(. . More)