Friday, May 13, 2011

Alien Contact, Alien News, Extraterrestrial, Extraterrestrial Life, SETI Needs Your Help Searching for Aliens

US astronomers launch search for alien life on 86 planets, Now they want your help searching for alien life!

SETI is on hold but they still need your help! 
The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has launched a contest with Gamify to get the general public involved in the search for alien signals. SETI, best known for the giant radio dishes and telescopes that provide it interstellar data that could be from an extraterrestrial source, needs help analyzing the signal data coming from the Allen Telescope Array (ATA) and other sources. The ATA is in hibernation, but it's expected to be operational again sometime this summer, and it has already collected a massive amount of data that needs to be analyzed and that is where you come in! 

What is SETI@home? 

SETI@home is a scientific experiment that uses Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). You can participate by running a free program that downloads and analyzes radio telescope data.

Links below to FAQ & signing up for search, Article Source, Story on Gamify working with SETI.

WASHINGTON — A massive radio telescope in rural West Virginia has begun listening for signs of alien life on 86 possible Earth-like planets, US astronomers said Friday.
The giant dish began this week pointing toward each of the 86 planets -- culled from a list of 1,235 possible planets identified by NASA's Kepler space telescope -- and will gather 24 hours of data on each one.
"It's not absolutely certain that all of these stars have habitable planetary systems, but they're very good places to look for ET," said University of California, Berkeley, graduate student Andrew Siemion.
The mission is part of the SETI project, which stands for Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence, launched in the mid 1980s.
Last month the SETI Institute announced it was shuttering a major part of its efforts -- a 50 million dollar project with 42 telescope dishes known as the Alien Telescope Array (ATA) -- due to a budget shortfall.
Astronomers hope the Green Bank Telescope, a previous incarnation of which was felled in a windstorm in 1988, will provide targeted information about potential life-supporting planets, even if on a smaller scale.
"We've picked out the planets with nice temperatures -- between zero and 100 degrees Celsius -- because they are a lot more likely to harbor life," said physicist Dan Werthimer, a veteran SETI researcher.
The project will likely take a year, and will be helped by a team of one million at-home astronomers, known as SETI@home users, who will help process the data on personal computers.

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FAQ and how to sign up for SETI @ home
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