Credit: Breakthrough Listen

 

 

Spoiler alert: Don’t be heart-broken in learning how tough “radio-waving” between civilizations truly is!

News travel’s fast, even at the lickety-split speed of light. Back in December, great attention was paid to a report that a mysterious radio signal appeared to have come from Proxima Centauri – the closest star system to us, just a scant 4.2 light-years away. It’s known to be accompanied by at least two planets.

Parkes radio telescope is an icon of Australian science, and one part of the Australia Telescope National Facility.
Credit: Parkes Radio Telescope/Australia Telescope National Facility

I recently talked with Simon Peter “Pete” Worden, Chairman of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation and Executive Director of the foundation’s Breakthrough Initiatives about signals from the great beyond, ET “technosignatures” — signs of technology developed by advanced alien civilizations — and the protocols for announcing any such discovery, as well as the latest on the prospect for life on Venus – another study effort being undertaken by Breakthrough Initiatives.

Go to my new Space.com story at:

“E.T. signal from Proxima Centauri? A conversation with Breakthrough Initiatives’ Pete Worden” at:

https://www.space.com/proxima-centauri-signal-breakthrough-listen-pete-worden-interview

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