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Old Jul 27th 2015, 02:27 AM
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Default Re: Breakthrough Listen

Originally Posted by Michael View Post
Wasn't SETI supposed to do this?
Seti is a part of this. Several directors and researchers of SETI are on the board (if you can call it that) of this project. SETI was always limited in what it could do because it uses data from the Arecibo observatory which is all but fixed in position (see picture) and thus can only observe a rather narrow band of the sky. It's also limited by computational power which is why Seti@home was devised.
Anecdote: I used to run the Seti@Home client on any computer I could get my hands on including the servers of the companies and organizations I worked for I stopped with that when a glitch in the software caused the CPU of one of my home computers to fry though

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