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The Public Can Now Join Scientists in their Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Astronomers of Adler Planetarium introduced an internet site that enables anybody having a computer to be a part in the search for possible alien radio signals. The site is (link) - SETI is an institution that stands for Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence.

Computers can keep track radio signals gathered by a California-based array of radio telescopes. However experts feel the computers cannot filter perfectly the detailed array of signals - a lot of which are simply interference created by satellites and mobile handsets - and human beings may be more likely to recognize what could be indications of extraterrestrial life.

The leader of the project and Adler astronomer Chris Lintott said mankind has this special capability to get all types of complex signals, even when it is noisy. He took as an example of talking to a person in a crowded room. He stated that the program is to look for signals from extraterrestrial civilizations in a manner that has not been performed before, which is to let human brains to check at data as it gets off the telescope live.

The radio signals show up on the website as patterns, anything from a range of dots to a spaghetti-like swirl of solid and broken lines. The website offers a guide on how to distinguish normal interference signals from strange signals that might be worth for an investigation. If a person recognizes anything interesting, that individual can tag it on their Web browser.

The telescope moves around every 3 minutes. However if a particular quantity of individuals - for now it is around 10 -mark similar signal, the telescope will be moved back to re-examine the location where the signal originated.

Lintott said that the project is what true alien searching looks like. He added that the pictures are not as appealing and it is not as fascinating as a flying saucer landing at your gateway, but it is true science. (c) 2012