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SETI hopes to utilize a new telescope array that is being developed specifically for searching for extraterrestrial life

The Silicon Valley Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute is working alongside the University of California, Berkeley to develop the Allen Telescope Array (ATA) – a specialized radio telescope being created so that the organization's scientists have a dedicated tool to hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence. The construction is being paid for with a $12 million grant from Microsoft's Paul Allen. The ATA should be able to consistently run 24/7, where as other devices used by SETI could only be utilized several times a year.

Additionally, the Search will expand by adding a new center to its portfolio. The Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe will allow SETI to have its own radio-telescope array and facilities to use for research. The Sagan Center will also hopefully give SETI scientists a reliable source of funding.

The SETI@home distributed computing effort currently has over 3 million users worldwide still attempting to detect intelligent life on planets besides Earth.

A number of nations are trying to build the world's largest radio telescope in 2020 in a location that hasn't yet been agreed upon. The Square Kilometer Array will be built in either South Africa or western Australia. Scientists believe it will be able to pick up something like modern day airport radar system signals from millions of stars in Earth's galaxy.





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