The hunt for alien life is one of the most daunting tasks that can be approached by a scientific team, as the chances to find something significant are quite low despite the use of advanced technology.
A team of astronomers harnessed the Murchison Widefield Array Radio Telescope, which is located in Western Australia, to take a closer look at what could be found in a nearby constellation. The telescope surveyed the target area in an attempt to track down notable low-frequency radio emissions.
The presence of such signatures could infer that a star system includes a planet where intelligent alien life with a blooming technology is present. For the purpose of the study, the team surveyed a constellation which is known under the name of Vela. More than 10 million star systems can be found within the constellation.
One of the most important traits of MWA is represented by the fact that the telescope has a massive field-of-view, which allows researchers to observe millions of stars at the same time. The region across the Vela constellation was observed for more than 17 hours, but the results are quite disappointing.
No signs of life
Despite the depth of the survey, the researchers didn’t manage to find a single technosignature, which means that there are no signs which would infer the presence of intelligent life in the area. However, it is important to take into account that only a small region of space was surveyed.
The search for intelligent alien life will continue as the development of new technology will make the the task easier for future surveys. Six known exoplanets were also observed, but the results remained negative. It was also concluded that there that searches for extraterrestrial life remain a complex and complicated objective.
A paper was published in a scientific journal.