PUBLISHED: 08:37, Wed, Sep 9, 2020 | UPDATED: 09:12, Wed, Sep 9, 2020
The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is a global effort uniting some of the brightest minds and cutting edge technology. Since the 1960s, astronomers have been listening to space in a wide range of radio frequencies in hopes of detecting an alien signal. And according to the SETI Institute in the US, the search for extraterrestrial life has "barely begun".
The Institute said: "Are we alone in the universe?
"Are there advanced civilizations that we can detect and what would be the societal impact if we do?
"How can we better the odds of making contact? These questions are both fundamental and universal."
However, for astronomers to find evidence of alien life in a distant star system, it has to at the very least match late 20th-century technology sophistication.
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Simple organism and alien civilizations in early stages of development will not have the means to sweep the night skies for radio signals.
Unfortunately, a recently completed telescope survey of some 10 million star systems may have dashed hopes of finding alien life any time soon.
The survey was carried out by the Murchinson Widefield Array (MWA) in the Australian outback.
The radio telescope scanned the skies near the Vela constellation in what has been branded the broadest SETI search yet.
The results of the survey were published this week in Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia.
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The bad news is though, no signs of alien technology were detected in this part of the Universe.
The research was carried out by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) astronomer Dr Chenoa Tremblay and Professor Steven Tingay, from the Curtin University node of the International