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Sir Ulli
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Post Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2006 2:37 pm   Post subject: SETI Optical Telescope Reply with quote Back to top  

The first-ever Optical SETI Dedicated Observatory, funded by The Planetary Society, is due to open in April, 2006!

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High on a wooded ridge in Harvard, Massachusetts an odd-looking structure has sprung up recently. Appearing from a distance like a small work shed, a closer inspection reveals some unusual features, including a retractable roof and a large side window with a sliding screen. A look inside is even more puzzling, for there, bolted to the ground, one finds a large elongated object, made of metal bars and mirrors. This strange object, that looks like nothing at all, represents one of the most ambitious SETI projects ever undertaken: an optical telescope dedicated exclusively to the search for extraterrestrial life. In April of 2006 it will point its giant mirror at the sky, and begin a systematic search for light signals from an alien civilization.

The new observatory is one of the largest SETI projects ever sponsored by The Planetary Society. Since its founding, the Society has been a leading advocate of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, supporting a wide variety of searches, making use of different approaches. Most of these - and the largest ones - were radio SETI projects such as BETA, SERENDIP, and, of course, SETI@home. Now, after decades of listening, The Planetary Society has turned its eyes to the skies to scan for possible light signals. "We have been listening for alien signals for decades,"said Louis Friedman, Executive Director of the Planetary Society; "it's time we started to watch for signals as well,"

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http://planetary.org/programs/projects/seti_optical_searches/

that looks Very interestink

Sir Ulli

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Post Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2006 3:59 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top  

Thanks for the link.

Unfortunatly I have not been to the Planetary Society website in some time. I like the new look.

Interestingly the Lick Observatory, in conjunction with UCSC (UC Santa Cruz) also provides some OSETI (Optical SETI) experiments. But the Lick experiments are sending out laser-light.

http://seti.ucolick.org/optical/ (also see: http://seti.ssl.berkeley.edu/opticalseti/).

Perhaps someone out there will detect the Lick Observatory "transimissions."

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