Scientists Just Launched a Breakthrough Initiative to Find Intelligent Alien Life

The National Astronomical Observatories of China have partnered with Breakthrough Initiative to find alien life, bringing the largest radio telescope in the world with them — the 488 meter (1,600 foot) FAST telescope. The FAST observatory will seek out extraterrestrial life with the world’s other largest radio telescopes, including the Green Bank Telescope in the U.S. and the Parkes Observatory in Australia.JOINING FORCESEver since the invention of the telescope, we have looked at the stars and wondered, “Are we alone?” Individuals, groups, and governments have since devoted time and resources to finding signs of alien life.Now, China is joining the extraterrestrial hunt in a major way. The National Astronomical Observatories of China (NAOC) has teamed up with Breakthrough Initiatives to bring the world’s largest radio telescope into the search.Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking and Russian businessman Yuri Milner started Breakthrough Initiatives for the sole purpose of finding extraterrestrial life. It has three programs: Starshot, which will send nanocraft space robots to Alpha Centauri; Message, which will design the best platform to communicate with aliens; and Listen, which will use the world’s radio telescopes to catch any signals from alien civilizations.Thanks to the new collaboration with NAOC, Breakthrough Initiatives will get to use the Five-Hundred-Meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) — a 488 meter (1,600 foot) long radio telescope that went online this September. To give you an idea: It’s longer than four football fields.

Source: Scientists Just Launched a Breakthrough Initiative to Find Intelligent Alien Life

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