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Saturday, 13 May 2017

The Universe in 101 words: Did ET phone us?

Above: The Atacama large milimeter array. They're not among the telescopes involved if I'm honest, but they have cooler publicity shots, so...

Probably not... but right now it's 'the jury's still out' rather than 'no'. 

That's because the Breakthrough Listen project has been using Australian and U.S. radio telescopes to hunt for signals from other star systems. It's backed by Yuri Milner, a Russian billionaire who's put $100 million toward the 10-year project - and, over two years, Breakthrough Listen have identified 11 signals thar are worthy of a closer look.

You won't need that tinfoil fedora just yet though: The team think these are probably just odd natural signals. But with unsolved mysteries like 'Tabby's star' out there never say never... 

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Above: The view from the International Space Station, live. Because why not?

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