The SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute in California announced in April what it hopes to be a temporary suspension of its efforts to find intelligent signals from outer space. Federal and state budget cutbacks caused a reduction in the use of the Allen Telescope Array in northern California, leaving astronomers who search for extraterrestrial intelligence to ask for public donations to get the array up and running again.
Instead of searching the heavens for other solar systems that might contain ET signals, scientists are scanning 86 specific planets with the world's largest steerable telescope, the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Radio Telescope in West Virginia.
These extrasolar planets are on the short list of more than 1,200 candidate planets discovered by NASA's Kepler spacecraft.
Only a handful of planets found by Kepler are considered to exist in what's called the Goldilocks zone, a region of space close enough to their home suns where life may have formed.
After the 86 possible planets are scanned, the data will be offered to about a million people who are signed on to the SETI@home project, which allows them to help process SETI information using their home computers.
But there must be something else that SETI is keeping from the public. Do they have another doomsday tale that they're not telling us? Well they better hurry up finding a suitable planet then.
Original article from AOL.