February 29, 2012
SETI Reaching Out To The Public For Alien Search
Participants are being asked to join in the search for extraterrestrial life using a website that will stream radio frequencies transmitted from the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Allen Telescope Array.
Dr Jillian Tarter, winner of the TED Prize in 2009 and director of the Seti Institute's Center for Seti Research, hopes SETI Live will help build upon the community of scientists and technologists already involved in the research.
"I'm hoping that an army of volunteers can help us deal with these crowded frequency bands that confuse our machines," she announced at the TED conference in Los Angeles. "By doing this in real time, we will have an opportunity to follow up immediately on what our volunteers discover."
The SETI project will be collaborating with Zooniverse, which is home to some of the Internet's largest and most successful citizen science projects.
Scientists have been reaching out to the public more frequently to help collaborate on massive searches.
"Over the last few years, we have learned about the incredible desire of hundreds of thousands of people to take part in scientific research as they've used Zooniverse to classify galaxies, explore the Moon and even to discover planets," Chris Lintott, Zooniverse's principal investigator, said in a press release.
SETI Institute's Allen Telescope Array (ATA) is currently pointed at stars that NASA's Kepler spacecraft has determined to have the best chance of being home to an alien civilization.
The website claims SETI hopes to "empower Earthlings everywhere to become active participants in the ultimate search for cosmic company."
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