Great Britain is about to launch an analogue SETI





Until recently, Americans were almost a monopoly in the field aimed at the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. For this purpose, a program was launched SETI , bringing together a variety of projects and activities that focus on the search for alien life forms , with thousands of radio transmitters and radio telescopes around the world. And so, not wanting to stay on the sidelines, the UK is planning to build its own network to find, research, and communication capabilities to potential extraterrestrial living forms. The first meeting, which discussed the issues of building such a network, took place on 5 July at St Andrews University in Scotland.

British network to find extraterrestrial life UKSRN (UK SETI Research Network) will combine academics and scientists from 11 different institutions, which will be engaged in a variety of research projects.

“We hope that our network will surpass the expectations of the astronomical community of Great Britain, which has repeatedly voiced in favor of the construction of the project analog SETI», – says the coordinator UKSRN, Dr Alan Penny.

Recently, under the patronage of the British SETI was isolated multi-element chain e-MERLIN, consisting of a set of radio telescopes located throughout the UK. It also includes a radio telescope and Lovell, who from 1998 to 2003 was engaged in search of potential extraterrestrial radio signals and the project was part of Project Phoenix.

Collection of data derived from space is not so cheap and simple exercise, as it may seem at first glance. First, it takes a special and rather expensive high-tech equipment, and secondly, there is often a problem of defining the very sources of these signals: perhaps they really sends extraterrestrial intelligence, and maybe your neighbor or a microwave oven, if we talk quite so simple.

By contrast, modern radio telescopes, such as, for example, e-MERLIN, able to more accurately analyze the information. And the use of Lovell telescope in the network promises, according to scientists, in fact, determine to which of the received signal is unique and has never been found.

But what to do if a signal of extraterrestrial life, scientists still find and adopt? Given the fact that not all of the ancient texts found even on this earth, has not yet been deciphered how humanity is going to translate the messages received from outer space? This problem should be (or at least hopes) to solve UKSRN. Dr. John Elliott of Leeds Metropolitan University believes that the development of the method of transfer of extraterrestrial messages will help us to the knowledge of their own human abilities:

“If you look at the outer trappings of apparent at first glance arbitrary sounds and symbols, we can” see “in itself a language machine: its structure, terms, and evolutionary forces and trade-offs that shape it. If we learn to understand these structures, we will be able to gather from the data that the information picture, which was conceived by the author of this message. ”

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