Breakthrough Listen: The truth is out there
A scientific programme recently discovered radio bursts from a source in a galaxy about three billion light years away from Earth. What does that mean for us?
The search for extraterrestrial life (ET) has fascinated man for centuries, certainly since Copernicus established that the Earth was not the centre of the universe. But the hunt moved beyond conjecture and theorizing only in the 20th century, as we came to understand the universe better, and even travelled out into space. One recent initiative is the Breakthrough Listen project, launched two years ago by Russian tech investor Yuri Milner and cosmologist Stephen Hawking, which plans to survey one million stars, the galactic plane and 100 neighbouring galaxies in the search for intelligent life.