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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.

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

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We’re already here.

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Mark Zuckerberg, is CIA. They already know about the Aliens.

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Amazing what might be out there!

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Wobble all over causing confusion, magnetic field flipping much more, elephant confused , Wales ocean life for Oil …

Wake up People’s

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#WakeUpAmerica. #WakeUpWorld 😇❤️❤️❤️

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Leave whatevers out there alone…before we get f!#% up.

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They don’t need to go into deep space to search for aliens,they are already here.

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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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Go to Dulce, New Mexico and start digging. You’ll find them.

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I’M RIGHT HERE PAY ME #LASTGLEFT

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Yes I believe they are here. Saw one the other night !!!! High in the sky zoomed around like a burst balloon ❤️❤️❤️

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Do I get paid $100 million now

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I found one

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WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO ? SEND A FRIEND REQUEST ??

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Don’t look up, look around you.

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They are aliens of the extraordinary kind .. lol

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Aliens already know about us, don’t have to search for aliens

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Yummy humans!!!!

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HAHAHAHA

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Hawkings doesn’t rank as a billionaire, like the other two.

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looooool

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Try looking at government first ? ☺

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Good luck with that…

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They do not have to begin searching…another LIE! THEY are already here! WE are being watched! #WakeUpWorld Love to all! ❤️❤️❤️

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We are the aliens, our DNA proves it….I am making simple to understand video about DNA

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Give me the $100mil and I’ll introduce you to some.

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hawking probably just joined the group to sabotage everything

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Take the rest of that off

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Just search your t.v.’s to the History Channel and watch Ancient Aliens…lol

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Its on right now…marathon

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Now you’re talking

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An give us the money

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Shared.

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Hawking? He’s anti contact, why hell is he involved if he thinks they would be detrimental to us?

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