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SETI's alien search is back online after wildfire threat

SETI's alien search is back online after wildfire threat

August 10, 2014 - Raging wildfires halted operations at the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute’s Allen Telescope Array in Hat Creek, California. SETI uses this array of radio telescopes to listen for incoming radio transmissions that could be communication from extraterrestrial civilizations.

Employees were forced to evacuate the area, and the data network and electricity were reportedly interrupted at the site. SETI senior astronomer Seth Shostak explained to CNN, “We can’t listen when all that is down.” CNN reported that “The blaze came within a mile of the facility . . . on both the east and west.”

Shostak posted regular updates to the SETI Institute’s website during the ordeal. On Thursday, August 7, he reported, “The Eiler fire is now reported as being 40 percent (perimeter) contained. It is no longer threatening the Array.”

SETI scientists were eventually permitted to return to the site. And on Friday, August 8, Shostak posted the following message on Twitter, announcing that the institute’s alien search is back online.

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Wildfires force temporary evacuation of alien hunters' search facility

The wildfire that has consumed more than 31,000 acres in northern California forced the temporary evacuation of a telescope facility used to monitor the skies for extraterrestrial life. CNN reports that the Eiler Fire raging about 200 miles north of Sacramento came within a mile of the SETI Institute's Allen Telescope Array in Hat Creek on...

Fire halts search for alien life

Wildfires raging in Northern California briefly halted the search for extraterrestrial life on Tuesday. The Eiler Fire, burning some 200 miles north of Sacramento, forced employees at the SETI Institute's Allen Telescope Array to evacuate and temporarily shut down all of their computers, Internet and power.

Quest to contact aliens interrupted by wildfires

Wildfires temporarily halt search for aliens

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