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FWD: (UASR) SETI met optische telescopen

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  • Frits Westra
    Posted by : Terry W. Colvin21-January-1999New search to discover alien life forms
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 23, 1999
      Posted by : "Terry W. Colvin" <fortean@...>

      21-January-1999
      < http://www.independent.ie/1999/20/w28o.shtml >

      New search to discover alien life forms
      By JOHN von RADOWITZ A NEW search for aliens is to begin which will look
      rather than listen for signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence.
      All attempts so far at searching for evidence of alien civilisations has
      relied on scouring the airwaves for radio messages. But a new venture about
      to get under way in America will use optical telescopes to scan the skies
      for light signals.
      Two optical SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) projects will
      be based at the University of California, Berkeley, and one at the Harvard
      University and Smithsonian Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
      Louis Friedman, executive director of the Planetary Society which is
      sponsoring the searches, said: ``We have been listening for alien signals
      for decades; it's time we started to watch for signals as well.''
      One of the Berkeley projects will look for very short pulses of light from
      nearby stars similar to the Sun, as well as from a few globular clusters
      and galaxies.
      Using Berkeley's 30-inch automated telescope, it will search for light
      pulses as short as a billionth of a second.
      The other Berkeley team will look for steady, extremely narrow band laser
      pulses.
      The Harvard scientists have built a special detector attached to a 61-inch
      optical telescope. It will tap into the light being studied by astronomers
      measuring the speed of 2,500 nearby Sun-like stars.
      Searching for narrowband laser pulse signals from ETs was first suggested
      by Nobel Prize winner Charles Townes.
      --
      Terry W. Colvin, Sierra Vista, Arizona (USA) < fortean@... >
      Home Page: http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Shadowlands/8832
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      Posted by : "Terry W. Colvin" <fortean@...>

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