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Questions about the project "Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence" dedicated to find signals from extraterrestrial life

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Wouldn't our own EM emissions be hiding the best places to look for signs of intelligent life?

I read that only a narrow band of radio waves are reserved for astronomical observation, and humans emit all sorts of electromagnetic waves, which leads to my question: Could there be signals of ...
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Search of technosignatures (and the reciprocity of SETI) [closed]

Here is a link on the concept of "Earth Transit Zone" (the zone of our sky from where an alien civilization, if any of course, would have the best chance to spot planet Earth): https://...
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Artificial radio waves masked by a star's natural radio waves?

Our civilisation emits radio waves into space. But insofar as the Sun can be modelled as a black body, it is also emitting radio waves into space! For an alien civilisation too far away from us to be ...
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Has SETI searched the solar system for life?

I know SETI is searching the stars for radio signals emitted by advanced alien civilizations, but has SETI searched inside our solar system - particularly moons, planets, and Lagrange points? I would ...
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Would a future Dyson sphere or swarm around our Sun actually be beneficial to people on Earth? [closed]

A Dyson sphere or swarm's function is to harvests most of a star's energy, correct? However, a future Dyson sphere around our Sun would also block the Sun's rays from reaching Earth. Wouldn't it ...
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BLC1 and Proxima Centauri's activity

From Wikipedia BLC1: A paper by other astronomers released 10 days before the news report about BLC1 reports the detection of "a bright, long-duration optical flare, accompanied by a series of ...
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Current best-known Drake Equation values?

Frank Drake's equation is used to estimate $N$ the number of civilizations we might be able to communicate with in our galaxy: $$N = R_\star f_p n_e f_l f_i f_c L$$ where: $R_\star$ is the average ...
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Is the SETI's `needle-sharp at 982.002 megahertz` signal accessible?

In April-May 2019, the Parkes radio telescope, in Australia, received a weird signal while surveying Proxima Centauri. Is this signal available, ideally in some digitalized form? Where could I ...
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How to communicate Fine Structure Constant to aliens? [closed]

Sorry if this is not the right question for this channel, I just need to know and there is no good place to ask. It is said the Fine Structure Constant α is one of the most fundamental constants in ...
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What are the prime challenges in search for extraterrestrial intelligence? [closed]

What have we been able to accomplish so far and what are the prime obstacles that block our sight? My understanding is that Radio Telescopes are the prime tool for the search. I wonder what kind of ...
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Is the pulsar map on the Pioneer/Voyager probes only meaningful for earthlings?

The Pioneer probes brought plaques (and later the Voyagers two golden discs) with a "pulsar map" imprinted on them. The purpose of the map is to make the position of the Sun clear for an ...
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How accurately could late 50s - early 60s humans have mapped the solar system?

What if early SETI investigations had focused on our own solar system, rather than distant stars? Given the technology that existed around the 1950s, how much surveillance would humanity be able to do?...
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Why is the SETI survey limited to only Red Dwarf Stars?

I was going through the official SETI website, when I came across this article on the same website which said : Today, the SETI Institute uses a specially designed instrument for its SETI efforts – ...
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Can concentration of gas in exoplanet atmosphere be found out from wavelength and absorbing radius from spectral data?

I was working on exoplanet spectral data from which I need to infer the concentration of gases. However, the exoplanet spectroscopy data contains only absorption wavelength and absorption radius. Is ...
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Have non-periodic radio signals been analyzed for shannon entropy or put on a Zipf plot?

If aliens did exist, they would probably compress their communications. And they might use a fault tolerant infrastructure like TCP/IP. In either scenario, real communications would not be periodic ...
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Did comets 266P/Christensen or P/2008 Y2 (Gibbs) cause the Wow! signal?

Continuing my fascination with the Wow! signal, I stumbled upon an article from 2016 titled Famous Wow! signal might have been from comets, not aliens. It describes the hypothesis that the signal ...
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Is all of the data from the same program that found the Wow!-signal analyzed?

I just read on Wikipedia that... By 1977, Ehman was working at the SETI project as a volunteer; his job involved analyzing by hand large amounts of data processed by an IBM 1130 computer and ...
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Gamma ray detection for SETI. How far away could we detect an alien nuclear powered rocket?

I suspect our best bet for finding advanced civilisations is to look for gamma rays characteristic of nuclear/antimatter propulsion. If an alien civilisation was using something similar to the Orion ...
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Have we sent radio signals to exoplanets that may be habitable?

I would like to know please whether or not we have sent radio signals to exoplanets that may be habitable. Thanks in advance !
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WOW! signal calculation of point source intensity

The WOW! signal's measurement took the average signal strength over 12-second intervals. The average intensity's peak was just over 30-1 signal to noise, meaning that the 12 second interval had an ...
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Can I pick up alien radio signals from my backyard? [closed]

I would like to know please whether or not I can pick up alien radio signals from my backyard.
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UK groups that investigate extraterrestrial life

What are some UK based groups that research astrobiology, especially the chance of extraterrestrial intelligence?
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Astronomy online degrees

I have a masters degree in computer science and statistics but would like to advance my knowledge in astronomy, ideally in getting some kind of online degree. Does anybody have experience, ...
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What activities of human beings can be detected by aliens 1000 pc away? [duplicate]

Let's suppose they have similar technical level like us now. In radio band, what is our earth like? What signals can be linked to non-natural behaviour? How about optical band and other methods? ...
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What (actually) does "peculiar periodic spectral modulations" refer to in this preprint?

I saw this ArXiv preprint after reading about it in the popular media. I can not even understand the beginning of the introduction (much less the whole paper): INTRODUCTION A Fourier transform ...
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What are the steps I have to follow to join a SETI programme from my location (India)?

I just want to know if I can be part of a SETI project. I have gone through the SETI website, but I still didn't get enough guidance. Apart from installing the BOINC software for letting my machine be ...
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What was the nature of the signal received from the direction of HD164595?

There's been a story in the news recently of a potential SETI candidate signal received from the vicinity of star HD164595. What's the nature of this signal? Is it a single pulse of energy, or does ...
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