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Largest Data Set in SETI History Released to the Public

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Breakthrough Listen—the astronomical program searching for signs of intelligent life in the Universe—has submitted two publications to leading astrophysics journals, describing the analysis of its first three years of radio observations and the availability of a petabyte of radio and optical telescope data. This represents the largest release of SETI data in the history of its field.

Listen is performing detailed observations of a sample of 1702 (within about 160 light years from Earth) using the Green Bank Radio Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia and CSIRO’s Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia. In addition, exploration of a wide swath of our Galaxy’s disk is underway at Parkes, observations of a one-million-star sample will soon commence at the MeerKAT telescope in South Africa, Lick Observatory’s Automated Planet Finder is being used to search for , and collaborations continue to grow with a number of partner facilities across the globe.

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