Astronomers at the SETI Institute said a drop in state and federal funds has forced the shutdown of the Allen Telescope Array.
The 42 radio dishes had scanned deep space since 2007 for signals from alien civilizations while also conducting hard scientific research into the structure and origin of the universe
The ATA is not only a powerful tool in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, but also it’s been used to study all sources of intergalactic radio wave sources and has been used to help with the study of black holes and other unexplained phenomena.
The array has been put into hibernation mode – a safe mode. The equipment is unavailable for normal observations but they’re still up and running for “special” observations.
If they’re still up and running for ‘SPECIAL’ observations it might be possible, SETI ATA receiving some signal or other unexplained phenomena.
No one knows for sure what caused this signal. There is a slight possibility that it just might originate from an extraterrestrial intelligence. The bright colors on the blue background indicate that an anomalous signal was received here on Earth by a radio telescope involved in a Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). A search for these signals is ongoing by several groups including volunteer members of the SETI League. Time labels the vertical axis of the above plot, and frequency marks the horizontal axis. Although this strong signal was never positively identified, astronomers have identified in it many attributes characteristic of a more mundane and ultimately terrestrial origin. In this case, a leading possibility is that the signal originates from an unusual modulation between a GPS satellite and an unidentified Earth-based source. Many unusual signals from space remain unidentified. No signal has yet been strong enough or run long enough to be unambiguously identified as originating from an extraterrestrial intelligence.
We wonder why SETI shuts down a few days after the NSA reveal that we have received messages already, it seems unlikely that only the lack of funds led to the sudden shutdown, ( f.e. the U.S. Air Force is interested in using the array to help track space debris) is it that the government has taken control and they don’t want anyone else hearing the signal from ET or maybe a signal from an approaching object?
SETI Institute: http://www.seti.org/
Related article: ufo.blogger-Carl Sagan & SETI UFO/ET Cover-up