So it seems after 20 years of searching the skies and galaxies for extraterrestrial beings the search is over, or at least with the active gaining of data from the various radio telescopes the guys and gals from [email protected] have utilized over the years.
The programme is not stopping but simply not going to collect any more astronomical data after March 31st 2020, Boo, (insert sad alien face here) …what they are doing is going to be concentrating on processing the sheer mass of data they have collected, much of the long time data has been processed by volunteers with the [email protected] screensaver and data processor that utilises distributed computing, the information collected is split up into small chunks and processed by idle computers looking for patterns in data that could indicate life from the stars and beyond.
There was the WOW finding and several other patterns have been found from the radio telescope data that has been received. It has been hard at times for [email protected] over the years due to a lack of funding but they battled through and are still continuing on their mission, the story is very much not over.
In a statement the project leaders said the reason for the “hibernation” was due to them being “at the point of diminishing returns”, by this they mean the data aquired is less than has been processed in the past.
So much information has been processed and now the time is to sift through it including data that has been flagged for further review in an eventual aim to come to some sort of conclusion about whether or not they may or may not be alien life out there.
“We need to focus on completing the back-end analysis of the results we already have,” and with that publishing a “scientific journal paper”.
Oddly and ironically they will be using Artificial Intelligence to sift through the data to look for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.
Whatever the outcome we should all hail the people as [email protected] for the amazing work they have done over the 21 years of the project and we can look forward to the data provided in time to come.