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My feature article on Breakthrough Listen was just published in IEEE Spectrum. Here’s a few interesting things that happened while I was writing it: SETI turned 60, Arecibo collapsed, and a SETI candidate we were investigating was leaked to the press. (There will be more to follow on the last point!)


My colleagues Adam Deller and Chris Flynn have just published a Nature Astronomy article about the upgrades we are doing to Molonglo Observatory Synthesis Telescope. “A cost-efficient overhaul of the 50-year-old Molonglo radio telescope will equip it as a standalone fast radio burst detector and localizer, explain Adam Deller and Chris Flynn.”

Back in March last year, we reported the serendipitous detection of a Fast Radio Burst (FRB 180301) during our Breakthrough Listen observations at the CSIRO Parkes radio telescope in Australia. We are pleased to announce that a preprint of our analysis paper is now available, thanks to our collaboration with the SUPERB FRB team. FRBs are enigmatic radio signals that are incredibly bright and incredibly short lived. They last only for a few milliseconds, but can release more energy in their short life than the…Continue Reading “FRB 180301: Astrophysical, aliens or anthropogenic?”

Today, we are pleased to announce our release of 1 petabyte of Breakthrough Listen data, and two academic papers as submitted to leading astronomy journals. Building on the results we presented in 2017, we have now submitted a more wide-ranging and detailed analysis of 1327 nearby stars — 80% of our nearby star sample. These new results represent the most comprehensive and sensitive radio search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) in history. Further details can be found in our press release, and supporting materials can be…Continue Reading “1327 Star Analysis and Public Data Release”