LITTLE FERRY, NJ.., November, 2000 -- The SETI League, Inc., nonprofit leaders in a global Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, has achieved a significant milestone with the registration of its one hundredth amateur radio telescope, now under construction in northern New Jersey. Part of the planned Project Argus network of 5000 such instruments worldwide, this telescope brings the grass-roots science group a little closer to its eventual goal of being able to see in all directions at once, so that no part of the sky shall evade our gaze.
The newest addition to the Project Argus network is being built by SETI League member Tom Hutter. Like the 99 other telescopes it is joining, this instrument will scan the skies 24 hours per day, in search of our cosmic companions. Hutter, a retired fire captain, admits to having no formal electronics or radio astronomy background. He considers construction of his Project Argus station a learning experience. "There are people who say we are all alone in the Universe," comments Hutter, "and others who say we're not. Everyone wants to know, so let's do the experiment and find out!"
The SETI League's radio telescopes are constructed by individual members out of discarded satellite TV dish antennas, along with sensitive microwave receivers and powerful home computers. Traditionally, radio telescopes are used to study the structure of the universe, by analyzing microwave radiation emitted by natural astrophysical phenomena. In the SETI application, it is artificial radiation from other technological civilizations that the telescopes seek to identify.
SETI scientists seek to determine through microwave and optical measurements whether humankind is alone in the universe. Since Congress terminated NASA's SETI funding in 1993, The SETI League and other scientific groups have been attempting to privatize the research. Experimenters interested in participating in the search for intelligent alien life, or citizens wishing to help support it, should email to join_at_setileague_dot_org, check the SETI League Web site at http://www.setileague.org/, send a fax to +1 (201) 641-1771, or contact The SETI League, Inc. membership hotline at +1 (800) TAU-SETI. Be sure to provide us with a postal address to which we will mail further information. The SETI League, Inc. is a membership-supported, non-profit [501(c)(3)], educational and scientific corporation dedicated to the electromagnetic Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.
P.S. Tearsheets are always appreciated. Thank you.
entire website copyright © The SETI League, Inc.
this page last updated 30 November 2002
Top of Page