In the search for a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ life, astronomers have used the MWA telescope to explore nearly 10 million star systems. Scientists have suggested that signs of a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ technology will indicate the presence of e̳x̳t̳r̳a̳t̳e̳r̳r̳e̳s̳t̳r̳i̳a̳l̳ life.
The researchers decided to study more closely the likelihood of the presence of a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ life than has been done before. They looked for powerful radio emissions in space, as some of them may indicate the presence of intelligent life. Scientists have observed the region around the constellation Vela, which contains about 195 stars.
It turned out that existing technologies do not yet allow exploring this part of space. Therefore, it will not be possible to detect traces of a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ life even if they were present.
The MWA telescope is unique in that it has an extremely wide field of view, allowing astrophysicists to observe millions of star systems simultaneously.
Despite the fact that a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ life has not yet been discovered, scientists at Curtin University at ICRAR do not consider it a failure. According to Professor Stephen Tingey, all efforts to find e̳x̳t̳r̳a̳t̳e̳r̳r̳e̳s̳t̳r̳i̳a̳l̳ life are like trying to find intelligent life in the depths of the Earth’s oceans.
“This is an incredibly difficult task, but we believe that sooner or later we will succeed”, said researcher at Curtin University.