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Monday, April 4, 2011

Cheshire is centre of search for aliens - 4th Apr 2011

BRITAIN is set to lead the search for alien life after being chosen as the base for the world's biggest collection of radio telescopes.

Jodrell Bank Observatory has been placed at the heart of a new £1.3billion project to investigate the mysteries of space.

The site, near Macclesfield, Cheshire, will be the HQ for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project. It is a network of 3,000 radio telescopes run by what will be the largest supercomputer on Earth.

The telescopes - which can "hear" far into space - are likely to be in either South Africa or Australia.

Scientists hope SKA could reveal the birth of galaxies, the mysteries of dark energy and search for signals from alien civilisations.

The project got its name because the telescopes will get their data from "collecting areas" of one square kilometre.

Scientist Joseph Lazio said: "Only with enough metal on the ground, as SKA will provide, do you get to the point where you can hope to detect an Earth-like planet."

UFO expert Nick Pope said: "It's great that the UK might be the country that makes the greatest discovery of all time." Source