SETI researcher Jill Tarter

TED Prize for SETI Researcher

The presitigious “TED” conference (Technology, Entertainment, Design) has awarded one of its three annual grants to a SETI researcher:

Astronomer Jill Tarter is Director of the SETI Institute’s Center for SETI Research, and also holder of the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI. She has devoted her career to hunting for signs of sentient beings elsewhere, and almost all aspects of this field have been affected by her work.

Jill led for Project Phoenix, a decade-long SETI scrutiny of about 750 nearby star systems, using telescopes in Australia, West Virginia and Puerto Rico. While no clearly extraterrestrial signal was found, this project was the most comprehensive targeted search for artificially generated cosmic signals ever undertaken.

So, umm, anybody wanna volunteer to tell her that she’s looking in the wrong place?

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