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Intelligent ways to search for extraterrestrial intelligence

8 Mar 2021, 18:12 UTC
Intelligent ways to search for extraterrestrial intelligence
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Title: Concepts for future missions to search for technosignaturesAuthors: Hector Socas-Navarro, Jacob Haqq-Misra, Jason T. Wright, Ravi Kopparapu, James Benford, Ross Davis, and the TechnoClimes 2020 workshop participantsFirst Author’s Institution: Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias & Universidad de La Laguna, La Laguna, Tenerife, SpainStatus: Submitted to Acta AstronauticaHow will we ultimately determine whether or not we are alone in the universe? Although the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has been active since the mid-twentieth century, our methods of searching could be in need of some modern innovations. Incredible as it may seem, some astronomers are on the hunt for technosignatures—signs of industry or technology due to the presence of other civilizations in the universe. In fact, as NASA considers investing more focus into the search for technosignatures, two workshops have recently been organized on the subject: the NASA Technosignatures Workshop in September 2018 and the NASA-sponsored TechnoClimes 2020 workshop in August of last year. Attendees of the latter workshop came together to author the article at the center of today’s astrobite, which reviews some of their key conclusions about the future of technosignature research.Whereas there are certainly synergistic opportunities to look for signs of life within the datasets of missions ...

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