The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) in southwest China’s Guizhou Province.
(Image: © NAO/FAST)


Researchers using China’s new Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) telescope — the largest single-dish telescope in the world — are piecing together a technological strategy to carry out a major and sweeping search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) is an international, collaborative affair. SETI scientist Dan Werthimer of the University of California, Berkeley, co-authored a recent paper on China’s SETI program with the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST). He is shown here with other FAST SETI collaborators, including the paper’s lead author, Zhi-Song Zhang, to his left. (Image credit: Dan Werthimer)


What are the consequences of China first claiming they have found other star folk and how would such a Chinese claim be verified? Might there be an unofficial race between nations to declare a signal breakthrough?



For more details, go to my newly posted story:

Ready, SETI, go: Is there a race to contact E.T.?

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