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August 3rd 2002
What is SETI/SETI@home? If we assume that our alien neighbours are trying to contact us, we should be looking for them. There are currently several programs that are now looking for the evidence of life elsewhere in the cosmos. Collectively, these programs are called SETI (the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.) SETI@home is a scientific experiment that harnesses the power of hundreds of thousands of Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). You can participate by running a free program that downloads and analyses radio telescope data. There's a small but captivating possibility that your computer will detect the faint murmur of a civilisation beyond Earth.
What does it do?
As shown in the screen shot above, the program analyses data received from deep space by a radio telescope, in this case, Arecibo in Puerto Rico. In fact the very radio observatory that featured in the film Contact! Wow! just think you could be the one that discovers the message from the stars, or HELLO (see fanta)!
Anyway I 've had the SETI programme on my computer for the last month and I find it a fascinating thing to see where it is analysing data from and where it has come from. It hasn't crashed the computer yet, its free and it could lead to the scientific discovery of a lifetime, so what are you waiting for?
To download SETI click here. want to know more first? click here to view SETI frequently asked questions (FAQ's)
Also check out here how SETI actually turned down the offer of a lifetime........................
Now, go ahead and enjoy!
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