Allen Telescope Array

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OSIRIS-REx says hello to the ATA!

The Allen Telescope Array (ATA) uses 42 radio dishes to search for radio transmissions from ET. How do we know the system is working? To answer that question, we point the dishes in the direction of a spacecraft we know is transmitting radio signals back to Earth.

A SETI Signal?

A star system 94 light-years away is in the spotlight as a possible candidate for intelligent inhabitants, thanks to the discovery of a radio signal by a group of Russian astronomers.
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IBM Helps ATA Sift Through Cosmic Static

What sort of signals do you expect to find?
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ATA Checks Out Nearby Planetary System

In general, SETI has preferentially swung its antennas in the directions of star systems with known planets, preferably of the potentially habitable variety.  Many of these candidate systems were discovered using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope.  The detailed working of that instrument mandate that
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New Search for Signals from 20,000 Star Systems Begins

MOUNTAIN VIEW – The SETI Institute has inaugurated a greatly expanded hunt for deliberately produced radio signals that would indicate the presence of extraterrestrial intelligence.  Over the course of the next two years, it will scrutinize the vicinities of 20,000 so-called red dwarf stars.
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Could We Really Find E.T.?

Some recent articles in the press convey the impression that our current efforts to find intelligent life beyond Earth are unlikely to succeed simply because our technology is not advanced enough to sense alien signals.
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No Signals from Newest Kepler Planet

A newly discovered planet has been observed with the Allen Telescope Array in a search for radio signals that would betray technically sophisticated inhabitants, but no transmissions have been detected.
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Forest Fires in Vicinity of Allen Telescope Array

Update: August 8, 2:00 pmJon Richards reports that the Array is “up and running.”