No aliens yet? We'll just have to try harder, space watchers say
Results are in for the most comprehensive scanning of the skies for aliens ever, but it's far from over.
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"We scoured thousands of hours of observations of nearby stars, across billions of frequency channels," Breakthrough Listen project scientist Danny Price said Wednesday in a statement. "We found no evidence of artificial signals from beyond Earth, but this doesn't mean there isn't intelligent life out there: we may just not have looked in the right place yet, or peered deep enough to detect faint signals."
Although the new results contain no alien broadcasts, Breakthrough Listen claims this still amounts to the "most comprehensive and sensitive radio search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) in history."
Alien believers should definitely stay tuned because the initiative is just getting started.
In the near future, it plans to present results for higher frequencies, more signal types and a sample of a full million stars with the help of the MeerKAT telescope in South Africa.
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