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天文学家将扫荡整个天空来寻找外星生命的迹象

Astronomers to sweep entire sky for signs of extraterrestrial life

Astronomers will sweep the entire sky for signs of extraterrestrial life for the first time, using 28 giant radio telescopes in an unprecedented hunt for alien civilisations.

天文学家将首次用28个巨型射电望远镜扫视整个天空来寻找外星生命的迹象,然而这是一次前所未有的外星文明探索。

The project is a collaboration between the privately-funded Seti Institute and the Very Large Array observatory in New Mexico, one of the world’s most powerful radio observatories. Gaining real-time access to all the data gathered by VLA is considered a major coup for scientists hunting extraterrestrial lifeforms and an indication that the field has “gone mainstream”.

这个项目是由私人资助的Seti研究所和位于新墨西哥州的超大型阵列天文台合作的,是新墨西哥州是世界上最强大的无线电天文台之一,获得VLA收集的所有数据的实时访问权被认为是科学家们寻找外星生命形式的一个重大突破,这表明该领域已经“成为主流”。

“Determining whether we are alone in the universe as technologically capable life is among the most compelling questions in science, and [our] telescopes can play a major role in answering it,” said Tony Beasley, director of The National Radio Astronomy Observatory, which runs the VLA.

运行VLA的国家射电天文台主任Tony Beasley说:“科学中最引人注目的问题之一是——确定我们是否在宇宙中是唯一具有技术能力的生命,而(我们的)望远镜可以在回答这个问题上发挥重要作用。”

Read more at The Guardian

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