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For decades, various organizations and agencies, both public and private, have been on the search for signs of extra-terrestrials or life beyond Earth. One ET hunting organization, in particular, is asking the public for help by making their data and research accessible.
As space agencies all over the world continue their quest for space exploration, alien enthusiasts are on the lookout for signs of extra-terrestrial life. Express reports that one organization, Breakthrough Listen, has now made their data available to the public, in the hopes of helping in the lookout for aliens. Billionaire Yuri Milner, who spearheads the organization, stated that they have a lot of data that cannot be handled by a small group of people.
Regarding this move, Milner said, “Now as we are getting a lot of data, we can do real science and, with making this data available to the general public, so can anyone who wants to know the answer to this deep question.” Breakthrough Listen was launched back in 2015, and the organization has constantly scanned the skies for a sign of alien life above.
NASA has also weighed in on the possibility of life beyond Earth. The agency’s Virtual Planetary Laboratory at the University of Washington principal investigator Victoria Meadows has also said that the agency has a number of projects in the works in the search for life outside the planet. But despite the agencies’ and organizations’ determination to look for life outside the planet, many scientists have already warned against this, such as the late Stephen Hawking and Olle Haggstrom.
Previously, a NASA scientist has claimed that aliens may be inhabiting a planet that is orbiting a black hole. Astrophysicist Jeremy Schnittman said that the energy emitted by a black hole could be enough to support life and thus widen the possibilities for humans to search for aliens in space. Schnittman based his research on the film “Interstellar,” which showed that planets that orbited a black hole were able to sustain life, and thus wanted to test whether this was possible.
Schnittman found that accretion disks that are made up of materials that orbit a black hole can potentially allow life to grow and thrive. Depending on the size of the black hole, the friction coming from the disks is large enough to give off a lot of energy, similar to how the Sun gives Earth energy.