SETI bioastro: An article on the Allen Telescope Array (ATA) from the Los Angeles Times

From: LARRY KLAES (ljk4_at_msn.com)
Date: Tue Jun 03 2008 - 09:00:20 PDT

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    An article on ATA from the Los Angeles Times:

    An array at Hat Creek near Mt. Shasta points an ear to the
    cosmos. If E.T. tries to phone on any of 10 billion channels,
    Earth will be ready to listen.

    By John Johnson Jr., Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

    June 1, 2008

    HAT CREEK, CALIF. In this remote volcanic valley near Mt. Shasta, 42
    telescope dishes have sprouted amid the soaring ponderosa pines, listening
    for a voice from space.

    Every few seconds the 20-foot-wide dishes, scattered over dozens of acres,
    pirouette in perfect synchronicity, like dancers practicing their pas de
    deux before opening night.

    Rick Forster, a slight, 59-year-old astronomer with the long beard of a man
    who has spent years in the solitude of the forest, said that after
    fine-tuning the dishes over the next few weeks to function as a single,
    giant ear, the real show will begin: listening for E.T.

    The Hat Creek Radio Observatory will be the biggest radio telescope in the
    world specifically designed to search for extraterrestrial intelligence when
    the full 350-dish array is completed in the next few years.

    Its nuts to think were alone, said Forster. He works with the SETI
    Institute and UC Berkeley, which are jointly installing the array.

    Its just a matter of looking in the right direction, at the right time, at
    the right frequency, with the right algorithm, he said.

    Full article here, plus some nice photographs with it:

    http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-seti1-2008jun01,0,2394909.story


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