South Korea goes SETI

The Gwacheon National Science Museum said its brand new 7.2-meter telescope, to be activated this month, will be used to search for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence.

Local astronomers are analyzing radio signals detected by the telescope, which is now under a test run, according to Lee Kang-hwan, who will head the museum’s SETI (search for extra-terrestrial intelligence) program.

The telescope’s targets will include the Milky Way and about 250 planetary systems, Lee said.

"Our radio telescope is one of the first instruments of its kind specializing in finding indications of alien life,’’ Lee said.

"There’ve been consistent efforts in several countries to search for radio signals produced by extra-terrestrial life, but no substantial results have been reported. Science needs more research in this area, and we are glad to be part of the process,’’ he said.

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