Monday, July 20, 2015

Billionaire investor Yuri Milner says he will spend $100 million renting massive telescopes to search for life on other planets

yuri milner  Are we alone in the universe?

Billionaire investor Yuri Milner believes it is the most important question.

He also believes not enough is being done to answer it, and he has decided to help.

On Monday at The Royal Society in London, Milner announced that he would spend $100 million over the next 10 years funding the search for extraterrestrial life.

His plan is called "Breakthrough Listen." It will employ 25 people, two humongous radio telescopes, and a third telescope sensitive to laser communication coming from the galaxy around us.

Milner will rent the telescopes out and point them at likely homes for life all around the cosmos. Teams of researchers will process the results. Milner's teams will share their data, and their software, with the world so amateurs can help.

One telescope is in the Northern Hemisphere. It's called the Green Bank Telescope. It's in West Virginia. It's so sensitive that Federal law prohibits the use of cellphones within 100 miles of it.

This is what it looks like:

Green Bank Telescope 

The telescope's surface area is 2.3 acres. It is longer than a football field across its width. 

The other telescope is on the other side of the globe in Australia. It's called the Parkes Telescope. It's only slightly smaller, with a 64-meter diameter.

1 comment:

  1. Can he just feed the homeless instead with that money? We are not alone.


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