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A new search for more planets at Alpha Centauri

The European Southern Observatory and the billionaire-backed Breakthrough Watch program say they have achieved first light with a new observing instrument designed to spot super-Earths in Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system to our own. The NEAR instrument, which takes … Continue reading

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AI helps SETI sleuths find more radio bursts

Researchers at Breakthrough Listen, a multimillion-dollar campaign to seek out signals from alien civilizations, still don’t know exactly what’s causing repeated bursts of radio waves from an distant galaxy — but thanks to artificial intelligence, they’re keeping closer tabs on the … Continue reading

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The clock’s ticking for effort to identify Martian life

STANFORD, Calif. — NASA has been looking for life on Mars for more than 40 years, but the quest could get a lot more complicated when earthly life arrives en masse, perhaps within the next decade. “There is a ticking clock … Continue reading

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Experts weigh hunt for unearthly life in solar system

STANFORD, Calif. — Are there microbes falling in the snows of Enceladus? Could a drone fly to biological hot spots on Titan? Is life floating in the sulfurous clouds of Venus? All those extraterrestrial locales — plus Mars and Europa — … Continue reading

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Alien-hunters take aim at the star next door

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – A multimillion-dollar campaign to look for evidence of extraterrestrial civilizations has added telescopic observations of the nearest known exoplanet, Proxima Centauri b, to its agenda. Last month’s announcement about the detection of Proxima b caused a sensation because scientists … Continue reading

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