Astronomy Department Research Project

Breakthrough Listen Initiative


Visiting Scholars:

Graduate Students:

Additional Members:

Barb Hoversten (Administration)
Matt Lebofsky (Information Systems Analyst)
Sofia Sheikh (UPenn Grad Student)
Nate Tellis (Staff Scientist)

Project Description

Lead: Andrew Siemion

The Breakthrough Listen Initiative, funded by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, is the most powerful, comprehensive and intensive scientific search ever undertaken for signs of intelligent life beyond Earth. The project is using the Green Bank radio telescope in West Virginia and the Parkes Telescope in Australia to search for radio transmissions from advanced civilizations.  In addition, the Automated Planet Finder at Lick Observatory is being used to search for optical laser transmissions from other technological civilizations.

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    Breakthrough Listen Initiative

Project Videos

Berkeley SETI Research Center highlights