by Harry Pettit December 12, 2017 (dailymail.co.uk)
• Astronomers are set to scan an ‘alien’ comet for signs of extraterrestrial signals.
• The cigar-shaped object, named ‘Oumuamua, sailed past Earth last month.
• The mysterious comet is the first interstellar object seen in the solar system.
• Now a team of alien-hunting scientists led by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner is scanning the object for radio signals.
Astronomers are set to scan an ‘alien’ comet for signs of extraterrestrial technology.
The cigar-shaped asteroid, named ‘Oumuamua by its discoverers, sailed past Earth last month and is the first interstellar object seen in the solar system.
A team of alien-hunting scientists, led by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, will scan the comet this week before it sails beyond the reach of Earth’s telescopes.
They say they are looking for radio signals, claiming the mysterious visitor could be an alien spaceship.
The alien-hunting project will use the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia for its investigation, with the campaign set to begin at 3:00pm ET (8:00pm GMT) on Wednesday.
The telescopes sensitive equipment would would take less than a minute to pick up something as faint as the radio waves from a smartphone, according to the Atlantic.
Milner, the business mogul behind Breakthrough Listen, a $100 million (£75m) search for intelligent extraterrestrial life, received an email about the object last week from one of his chief scientists.
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