The Ear To The Aliens Plugged. Alien Life Search Funding Cut.

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The Allen Telescope Array (ATA) observatory in California has gone to hibernation due to shortage of funds.  ATA is a joint project of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) program and the Radio Astronomy Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley.

The Telescope Arrray was being used for radio astronomy observations of our galaxy and other galaxies, gamma ray bursts and transient radio sources, and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence .

allen telescope array- seti website

Franck Marchis, who works for SETI and the Radio Astronomy Laboratory writes in his blog that "Since April 15, the observatory is in hibernation. All the equipments have been taken care of to make sure that they do not deteriorate over time. Unfortunately, three members of the Hat Creek Observatory staff have received a lay off notice and one of them is moving to the CARMA observatory, a millimeter wave interferometer."

The ATA observatory is the field of dish-like scopes some 300 miles north of San Francisco.  Among a number goals ATA classifies extragalactic radio sources as active galactic nuclei or starburst galaxies. The ATA observatory telescopes scanned the Universe constantly, in contrast to other similar telescopes that scan only the sky.  Each of the 42 antennas scan different parts of the sky.

According to CNN, the idea for constructing the telescope dishes was conceived in 1997. Four years later, Paul Allen agreed to fund the venture and construction of the initial 42 antennas, located in Northern California's rural Cascade Mountains. He donated $25 million to this project. SETI has said it plans to eventually grow the number of dishes to 350.

Now the search for heavens is waiting for donors return to normalcy.

Sources: Franck Marchis Blog  and CNN

Photo:SETI Institute Website

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