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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Hat Creek Radio Observatory



a panoramic view made of three images, click to enlarge.




















My route took me to Hat Creek today and I got to see this place, quite fascinating.

Thanks to the far-sighted benevolence of technologists Paul Allen (co-founder of Microsoft) and Nathan Myhrvold (former Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft), a new telescope is being constructed that will allow a targeted SETI search to proceed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The new instrument, appropriately called the Allen Telescope Array, known formerly as the One Hectare Telescope, or 1hT, is a joint effort by the SETI Institute and the University of California, Berkeley. Because of its novel construction - an array of inexpensive antennas - it can be simultaneously used for both SETI and cutting-edge radio astronomy research. It is being built at the existing Hat Creek Radio Observatory, run by the Radio Astronomy Lab at Berkeley, and located in the Cascade Mountains just north of Lassen Peak (California).

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