Breakthrough Listening is a privately financed SETI research project and part of the Breakthrough Initiatives program . The project was announced on July 20, 2015 by Juri Milner , Stephen Hawking , Frank Drake , Geoffrey Marcy , Ann Druyan and Martin Rees at the Royal Society in London and is supported by Juri Milner with an initial amount of USD 100 million. The radio telescope in Green Bank , the optical telescope Automated Planet Finder of the Lick Observatory in the USA and the Parkes radio telescope in Australia are used to search for signals from possibly existing technical civilizations in space . The project is supposed to last ten years. The aim of the project is to a. Scan a million near-Earth star systems , the hundred nearest galaxies, and the galactic center for evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence. All telescope data obtained are open data , the software used is open source and there is a cooperation with SETI @ home .
So far (as of June 2019) no signals have been found within the scope of this project that suggest an artificial origin.
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