JUL 21, 2015 7:17 AM PDT

Stephen Hawking Backs $100M Project to Search for Life in Our Universe

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

The big question that many astronomers ask is, "Is there any other life besides us out there in the universe?"

Although almost anyone will tell you yes because the universe is so vast and there's absolutely no way we could be the only planet with the proper circumstances for life, many others will argue that if there were any advanced alien species out there, they would have contacted us by now.

But who says that aliens are going to be more advanced at all? - Even the slightest hint of bacteria, primitive life, or water would be enough to excite scientists that are dying to know whether there are other planets out there that sustain life.

Yuri Milner, backed by Stephen Hawking, takes the stage to talk about a new $100m project to search for aliens.

World-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking is among the many that wants to learn more and continue exploring the universe for life. Hawking has announced that he will support a $100 million effort for searching for life in the universe funded by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner.

"We believe that life arose spontaneously on Earth, so in an infinite universe there must be other occurrences of life," Hawking explains. "Mankind has a deep need to learn, to explore, to know. It is important for us to know if we are alone in the dark. We are intelligent, we are alive, we must know."

The new initiative that is being called ‘Breakthrough Listen' will involve using some of the largest radio telescopes known to mankind over a 10-year period of time to listen for forms of radio signals in our universe that might be getting transmitted by extraterrestrial life.

"It is sure to bear fruit," Hawking continued. "Experimental astronomy is always worthwhile. If a search of this scale and sophistication finds no evidence of intelligence out there, that is a very interesting result."

This will reportedly be the first time that SETI will have had the significant funding necessary to perform a hardcore search since the 1990s, as CBC points out.

Digital processing equipment will need to be built to handle the large amounts of data that will be picked up by the radio telescope equipment, and the entire project will be open source so that the public can stay updated in real time.

One thing is for sure: Milner and Hawking are determined to find life out there, and it's possible that this decade-long experiment could turn up some results.

Source: CBC

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
JUL 04, 2021
Space & Astronomy
After the Big Bang Came the Cosmic Dawn
JUL 04, 2021
After the Big Bang Came the Cosmic Dawn
It's been estimated that the universe began about 13.8 billion years ago in a violent explosion known as the Big Bang. R ...
JUL 15, 2021
Space & Astronomy
Modern Slavery in Greece Spotted from Space
JUL 15, 2021
Modern Slavery in Greece Spotted from Space
Migrant settlements being exploited for work have been spotted with satellite imagery by researchers led by the Universi ...
SEP 16, 2021
Space & Astronomy
Under Pressure: Physicists Discover New Property of Black Holes and Quantum Gravity
SEP 16, 2021
Under Pressure: Physicists Discover New Property of Black Holes and Quantum Gravity
Two physicists at the University of Sussex have made a startling discovery about black holes: they exert a pressure on t ...
NOV 19, 2021
Space & Astronomy
Space Taco: Nasa grows Hatch Green Chiles in space
NOV 19, 2021
Space Taco: Nasa grows Hatch Green Chiles in space
Now, incredibly, the famous pepper has been grown aboard the International Space Station!!!
DEC 28, 2021
Space & Astronomy
Apollo 17 Moon Samples Illuminates Moon's Evolution
DEC 28, 2021
Apollo 17 Moon Samples Illuminates Moon's Evolution
The Apollo Moon missions not only succeeded in landing the first humans on the surface of our nearest planetary neighbor ...
DEC 31, 2021
Earth & The Environment
Light Pollution - Visible and Invisible Effects on Us and Our Environment
DEC 31, 2021
Light Pollution - Visible and Invisible Effects on Us and Our Environment
Light pollution is a newly recognized source of pollution with many complexities. What is light pollution to one person ...
Loading Comments...