There’s a New SETI Tool that Helps Keep Track of Alien Searches

"We can't know where to look for evidence tomorrow if we don't know where we have already looked."

“We can’t know where to look for evidence tomorrow if we don’t know where we have already looked.”

Answering the question of whether or not we are alone in the universe could have huge implications for our way of life.

Astronomers continue searching the universe for signs of intelligent alien life. (Free-Photos / Pixabay)

As of now, and officially speaking, aliens don’t exist, despite the fact that some astronomers think otherwise.

And since we still have not met our cosmic neighbors (if they are out there) experts around the world are searching the universe for alien civilizations.

Now, a noted astronomer from the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute (SETI) has launched a new tool that aims to help researchers keep track of results while searching for E.T.

The co-founder of the institute, Jil Tarter, the woman who inspired the character Ellie Arroway in the Carl Sagan novel “Contact” has launched a new online tool dubbed Technosearch, which features a massive database where all of SETI searches for aliens between 1960 and present day are published.

The database can be accessed here.

The launch of the database was announced in January, and during the presentation, SETI representatives said they hope the entire SETI community will work together as one, helping keep the Technosearch accurate and up to date.

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“I started keeping this search archive when I was a graduate student,” Tarter said in the statement.

“Some of the original papers were presented at conferences or appear in obscure journals that are difficult for newcomers to the SETI field to access. I’m delighted that we now have a tool that can be used by the entire community and a methodology for keeping it current.”

The tool was developed with the help from Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) interns. The students worked under Jason Wright, an astronomer and planet hunter at Penn State University.

According to Andrew Garcia, a former REU student, the new toolwill help take SETI to the next level.

“I’ve become convinced that Technosearch will become an important instrument for astronomers and amateurs interested in exploring the cosmos for indications of other technological civilizations,” Garcia said in the statement.

“We can’t know where to look for evidence tomorrow if we don’t know where we have already looked.”

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