New Yorkers were asked to assist in an undertaking that would explore the universe to scavenge evidence that humans may not be alone in the universe.
Professor and astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, along with Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, agreed to help fund the exploration team.
The “Breakthrough Listen,” a 10-year program, will use radio signals to look for “advanced civilizations,” a report from Gazette Tribune says. Headed by Peter Worden from NASA Ames Research Center, the team of scientist will take advantage of radio telescopes to be constructed throughout the world for coordination. The data gathered would be analyzed using super computers housed in homes and offices.
The scientists will organize the data collected and release them to the public, while simultaneously studying the data for possible traces of patterns. Each radio telescope will produce huge data banks which would be available to the public, who through a computer program can sieve “through the cosmic waves together with the most exceptional scientific minds for the minds from another planet.”
The entire process may sound like a piece of cake, but issues arise such as the possibility that radio signals might reach the earth in four years and direct communication may not be available. Another problem is that humans do not have the capacity to respond to signals, if any, from the extra-terrestrial quest.