Australia Launches Telescope To Join $100 Million Search For Alien Life

Posted: Nov 9 2016, 10:26am CST | by , Updated: Nov 9 2016, 10:28am CST , in Latest Science News


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Australia Launches Telescope to Join $100 Million Search for Alien Life
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  • Australia Joins Search for Alien Life With New Telescope

The Aussies have joined ranks with the Stephen Hawking-backed project of searching for alien life forms on other planets in the universe.

If the answer to the question that are we alone lies in the far recesses of outer space, then the Australians are going to add their contributory bucket to this ever-flowing river.

The Parkes Radio Telescope joined the search expedition of the Stephen Hawking-backed Breakthrough Listen Project. The main aim is the search for extraterrestrial life forms in the known cosmos.

Also other observatories such as the Green Bank Telescope and the Automated Planet Finder are adding their two cents worth to the admirable effort. Galaxies that lie in the proximity of our Milky Way will be scoured for alien life forms.

The first step this mission, comprising of many sub-missions, will accomplish is a thorough look at the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri. This star could have a planet in its vicinity that harbors signs of life.

What exactly is so extraordinary about Proxima Centauri though? Well, for one thing, it lies very close to our own territory and it has a medium temperature.

A planet that is too hot will have the water on its surface boiling away. As for a world that is too cold, it will have the water frozen in the form of permafrost.

Water is the watchword. Water comprises 70% of all life forms. It is the vital ingredient of life as we know it. Also life is carbon-based in its makeup. Breakthrough Listen is a large-scale project that is the first one of its kind.

The essential questions it asks are: Are we alone? Are there other worlds like our own? Can we make it to other stars that lie in proximity to our region of the universe?

The instruments and contraptions that will be used as a part of the joint project will form the eyes and ears of the planet earth. They will help us in our quest for discovering other possible civilizations in the universe.

In ordinary circumstances, we look for pulsars and fast radio bursts. More than a dozen of these were discovered by the Parkes Telescope. The radio telescope is being fine tuned so that it can pick up multiple signals.

Thus it becomes virtually open to a billion radio stations of sorts (so to say). The search is continuing and will do so for the near future. That is because finding an appropriate answer to the question whether the truth is out there or not is very important.

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