Hey, You: Help SETI Analyze Space Noise!

Posted by on March 1, 2012

“We’re searching for interesting signals coming from the Kepler Field. Will we find life on another planet?” – SETILive

SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, needs your help.

Every day, radio frequency data from the SETI Allen Telescope Array is sent to Earth. There’s a lot of it, too, and up to this point most of that data has been analyzed by automated systems, searching for anything that might have been broadcast by intelligent life forms.

But automated systems can only cover so much.

SETILive

In hopes of broadening the scope of their project, The SETI Institute has developed an application called SETILive that will allow individuals around the world to contribute in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

How does it work?

Simply head over to the SETILive website, create an account, and away you go. Be sure to read the tutorial, however, so you know just what to look for.

“SETILive is taking the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) directly to you by presenting radio frequency signals LIVE from the SETI Institute’s Allen Telescope Array (ATA) while it’s pointed at stars that, based on Kepler exoplanet discoveries, have the best chances of being home to an alien civilization.

We’ll also be putting you “in the loop” where if enough of you see a potential extraterrestrial (ET) signal in the same data, then within minutes, the ATA will be interrupted and sent back to take a second look. The data you see will be from frequencies where human-made Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) crowds them and we believe the human eye will have a better chance than SETI’s computer algorithms to find ET signals there.”

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