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Mark Zuckerberg, Stephen Hawking and Yuri Milner begin $100 million search for alien life

Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg and Stephen Hawking to launch $100 million hunt for aliens

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Physicist Stephen Hawking and Russian entrepreneur Yuri Milner are joining forces in the hunt to make contact with alien life. They will be listening to signals from the planet Proxima B, which is four light years from Earth and is thought to have the right conditions for life much like our very own Earth.

The $100 million (£76 million) project dubbed as “Breakthrough Listen” will use the world’s most powerful telescopes to listen to sounds from potential extra-terrestrial life on Proxima B. The costly scientific mission is being funded by the above world’s richest and intelligent trio.

Proxima b is just four light years from Earth - close enough to be reached by future space missions. Pictured is an artist's impression of the surface of the planet, looking out onto its star and the double star Alpha Centauri
Proxima b is just four light years from Earth – close enough to be reached by future space missions. Pictured is an artist’s impression of the surface of the planet, looking out onto its star and the double star Alpha Centauri

Last month, astronomers found clear evidence that our nearest star, Proxima Centauri, is the sun to another Earth-like world.

“It came only a few months after Stephen Hawking and I, with Mark Zuckerberg’s support, launched our Breakthrough Starshot project, which aims to launch a tiny spacecraft to Alpha Centauri within a generation,” Mr Milner told the Daily Mail.

“At the time, we hoped there was a planet in the Centauri system, but we didn’t know. Now we have a definite target. That makes the mission feel more tangible.”

Thousands of new planets have been discovered before, but unlike the others, scientists say Proxima B is believed to be the closest to our solar system.

While four light years is a long way – more than 25 trillion miles – future generations of super-fast spacecraft could travel there in the next few decades.

Professor Hawking always been certain alien life is out there. He says he is backing the project as he believes that it’s better for us to find them before they find us.

Even though adding we should be cautious of reaching out to extraterrestrial life if we find it, he said: “Gazing at the stars I always imagined there was someone up there looking back. Hawking says during a film, titled ‘Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places’.

“As I grow older I am more convinced than ever that we are not alone.”

This should stop us from looking, Milner says.

“I’ve always been fascinated by the existential questions of life and the universe,” he said.

“It is fundamental to understanding our place in the big scheme of things. You can’t know who you are without having others to compare yourself to.”

“They could well be right. But they could also be wrong.

“Either way the answer would be incredible. We humans are curious beings who like to know the truth. So, why not look?,” he added.

Using the Parkes Observatory in Australia, the Breakthrough Listen team will begin to look for radio emissions that vary from the natural background noise early next month.

The same observatory was used to receive live televised pictures of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969.

“It is difficult to predict how long the search will take, but we know that all the conditions necessary for life to arise on Earth are ubiquitous in the universe,” Andrew Siemion, Director of Berkeley SETI (Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Research Center told the Daily Mail.

The team hopes to avoid false alarm similar signals to the ‘alien’ signals that were picked up by the RATAN-600 radio telescope in Zelenchukskaya, Russia, but they say this could be complex than it sounds.

Andrew Siemion, Director of Berkeley Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence Research Centre, said:
“Terrestrial technology is a challenging problem.

“Our notion of what types of emission are produced by technology is informed by our own technology…our own technology presents a significant interfering background.”

Using the Green Bank Radio Telescope in West Virginia and Lick Observatory’s Automated Planet Finder in California, the Breakthrough Listen team has already collected data on other star systems.

BREAKTHROUGH LISTEN

Breakthrough Listen is a search for intelligent life using two of the world’s most powerful telescopes.

On October 4, the Breakthrough Listen team will use the Parkes Observatory in Australia to look for radio emission that differs from the natural background noise
On October 4, the Breakthrough Listen team will use the Parkes Observatory in Australia to look for radio emission that differs from the natural background noise 

It was launched in January with the aim of scouring one million of the closest stars to Earth for faint signals thrown out into space by intelligent life beyond our own world.

Scientists taking part in the £76 million ($100 million) project are also scanning the very heart of our galaxy along with 100 of the closest galaxies for low power radio transmissions.

Breakthrough Listen will collect data over a 10-year period. 

Search capacity will be 50 times more sensitive, cover 10 times more of the sky, five times more of the radio spectrum, and at speeds 100 times faster. 

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Three of the world’s richest men are hoping to be the first to find alien life. Yuri Milner (centre), Stephen Hawking and Mark Zuckerberg have revealed exclusively to MailOnline that they will be listening in to signals from 'Earth 2.0'Three of the world’s richest men are hoping to be the first to find alien life. Yuri Milner (centre), Stephen Hawking and Mark Zuckerberg have revealed exclusively to MailOnline that they will be listening in to signals from 'Earth 2.0'Three of the world’s richest men are hoping to be the first to find alien life. Yuri Milner (centre), Stephen Hawking and Mark Zuckerberg have revealed exclusively to MailOnline that they will be listening in to signals from 'Earth 2.0'

Three of the world’s richest men are hoping to be the first to find alien life. Yuri Milner (centre), Stephen Hawking and Mark Zuckerberg have revealed exclusively to MailOnline that they will be listening in to signals from ‘Earth 2.0’

Most of the stars are within 16 light years of Earth as per the studies carried out until now by the project.

Breakthrough Listen can collect data over a 10-year period from a network of the world’s most powerful radio and optical telescopes to produce huge, full-sky signal monitoring.

The Milky Way (artist's impression shown top) is around 100,000 light years across. Earth and Proxima b are only 4 light years apart (inset), making them galactic neighbours. Scientists hope we can reach the planet in the next few decades
The Milky Way (artist’s impression shown top) is around 100,000 light years across. Earth and Proxima b are only 4 light years apart (inset), making them galactic neighbours. Scientists hope we can reach the planet in the next few decades

Search capacity is 50 times more sensitive, covers 10 times more of the sky, 5 times more of the radio spectrum, and at speeds 100 times faster.

What would Milner do if we did hear signals from an alien civilisation?

“I will take a bottle of champagne out of the fridge and start thinking about the message back,” he says.

 

Source: The Daily Mail

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  1. Alien is real but it’s different faces and character… Because my grandfather when he was alive their friends is alien…
    Alien means life from other planets.. Species…We are all came from alien bloodline…We are upgraded by Science beauty…If you have God, God is SPIRIT…. Spirit create our father by evolution the father create our mother, by words and land with spirit father and mother make baby the son and daughter… The

  2. Why they wasting money on that when that money could be used to fight terrorism in the country or save our monuments from being tore down??? Or feed the veterans?? Why look for Alien life when they already have proof in Area 51 and in Area 97?? There are many videos of UFO all over from all over the world…. Nasa even has said Alien life does exsist already… Dumbass people

  3. Just leave them alone. They have higher technology than us(UFO), deffinately they know us and may be observing us. If they dont appear means they dont want to approach us now for some reasons (they may not trust us). If we find them out, so what next? We will be nice to them, but Some people on earth may harm them, or vice vesa. So let them be, dont look for them and annoy them…. Just keep them in your imaginary mind. When they think the time come, they will appear….. if they want to.

  4. OK thanks. Get back to me when you don’t have black and white movies or blurry balls flying through the air. I want HD quality in all photography, close-ups of everything you have or don’t bother me. i’m not interested. I also want it on the evening news of every news organization. Then and only then will I pay attention to your findings. Until that happens. Stay off my fb page.

  5. Why they do this? For them, they have a secret purpose, not for us. If they want to do something for us with there money, just feed some homeless people, build shelters for them, be good with poors people because that money you have are.stolen from us, so i dont care even you find something because it dont maters for poor people. Let me tell you something: we have tehnology to go everywhere.in this solar system but we not, why. We CANT, why? Hang on, we need a biological suit for other planets or stars from universe. We are trapted on this Earth with a reason. Our very purpose in this time is to evolve to understand some things, not to blindly bealive or follow others. SEARCH NOT BEALIVE.

  6. With a $100. car rental, they can go into the New Mexico desert with night glasses and see more activty in the sky than the Ventura Freeway. Hook up with Stephen Greer. Done deal. We, are NOT alone.

  7. What a bunch of idiot actors ahh we didnt find alien life till now. But when the actors get together their money, it will be alien life?? ahahahah i have to laught this actors are a bunch of idiots like hollywood and the rest…

  8. Problem solved: give me the 100$ Million fucking dollars.And I’ll draw you a map to S4,Dulce base and Area 51 . fucking idiots.Arent you people supposed to be smart or something??…FAIL

  9. All this faffing on seems to of been going on for ages.
    Look just turn the machines on and get back to us when and if you find something.
    Until then don’t keep coming back with little tidbits of nothing.
    Yes I’m eager to know so it’s doing my head in.

  10. Russia is the leader for space. They were there first, and they made friends with many. The US has failed in its role to be a space power, and since they broke several galactic rules already, the friends (Aliens) we are looking for; are NOT on this planet already…
    They hope to find someone that can defeat the kabal and the Reptillian elites.

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  12. It may cost a whole lot less if the hunt takes place right here on earth, where hybrids, interdimentional, hyperdimensional and extraterrestrial abound.

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