Professor believes new telescope will discover alien civilizations within 15 years
The European Space Agency‚Äôs Plato (Planetary Transits and Oscillations of stars) space telescope is scheduled to launch in 2024. And, as the Coventry Telegraph explains, it will ‚Äúhave a field of view 20 times greater than that of the American space agency‚Äôs hugely successful Kepler space telescope.‚ÄĚ
The University of Warwick describes:
Plato is a completely new type of space telescope: it will use an array of telescopes rather than a single lens or mirror. Plato will use top quality cameras, and will have the advantage of observing continuously from space, without the interruption of sunrise, or the blurring caused by the Earth‚Äôs atmosphere. This will allow Plato to discover planets smaller than Earth, and planets at distances from their host stars similar to the Earth-Sun distance. So far, only a few small exoplanets are known at star-planet distances comparable to or greater than Earth‚Äôs. Unlike previous missions, Plato will focus on these planets, which are expected to resemble our own Solar System planets.
So, rather than being one telescope, Plato is actually thirty four telescopes on a single satellite.
Professor Don Pollacco of the University of Warwick is the Science Coordinator for the Plato mission. He states, ‚ÄúPlato will allow the first systematic survey of nearby planets for indications from advanced life forms (as well as slime).‚ÄĚ He continues, ‚ÄúPlato will be a game-changer, allowing many Earth-like planets to be detected and confirmed and their atmospheres examined for signs of life.‚ÄĚ
Pollacco says pollution could be detected when studying these planetary atmospheres, which would suggest the presence of alien civilizations. As the Coventry Telegraph reports, Pollacco explains, ‚ÄúThere are certain things you would not expect to occur naturally, and pollution is the obvious one . . . I‚Äôm talking about various kinds of metals that would not occur in that state in that atmosphere . . . You would have to interpret that as a sign of some kind of civilisation.‚ÄĚ
Pollacco believes that, thanks to advancing space research tools like Plato, the detection of pollution in the atmosphere of an alien world, and thus, the discovery of an alien civilization, will occur in the next fifteen years.
Sources and more information:
Don Pollacco says Plato mission could detect signs of pollution in an Earth-like planet's atmosphere Professor Don Pollacco from the University of Warwick A 1billion European space telescope to be launched in 2024 raises the real prospect of finding an alien civilisation among the stars, an astronomer from the University of Warwick has claimed.
Prof Don Pollacco believes Plato mission could detect signs of pollution in an Earth-like planet's atmosphere Professor Don Pollacco from the University of Warwick A 1billion European space telescope to be launched in 2024 raises the real prospect of finding an alien civilisation among the stars, an astronomer from the University of Warwick has...
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