Stephen Hawking and billionaire Yuri Milner-backed Breakthrough Listen is an initiative that is dedicated to exploring extraterrestrial signals in the universe in search of life beyond Earth. A team of researchers from Breakthrough Listen have now released its first results after analysing three 5-minute observations of 692 stars.
The researchers found 11 "strange" signals during their study. However, none of these signals are believed to be extraterrestrial life. The team has submitted the analysis paper, which they hope will act as a "launch pad" for future investigations.
Breakthrough Listen has been gathering data with the Green Bank Radio Telescope in West Virginia, Lick Observatory’s Automated Planet Finder on Mt Hamilton in California and the Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia, reported DailyMail.
The project, led by researchers based in California scans billions of radio channels in search for intelligent source outside our solar system.
The latest findings will be discussed at the Breakthrough Discuss conference tomorrow.
"With the submission of this paper, the first scientific results from Breakthrough Listen are now available for the world to review," said Dr Andrew Siemion of BSRC. "Although the search has not yet detected a convincing signal from extraterrestrial intelligence, these are early days. The work that has been completed so far provides a launch pad for deeper and more comprehensive analysis to come," he added.