SETI & Technosignatures


By Keith Cowing
Status Report
December 29, 2023
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FAST telescope

Since the commencement of the first SETI observation in 2019, China’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence program has garnered momentum through domestic support and international collaborations. Several observations targeting exoplanets and nearby stars have been conducted with the FAST.

In 2023, the introduction of the Far Neighbour Project (FNP) marks a substantial leap forward, driven by the remarkable sensitivity of the FAST telescope and some of the novel observational techniques. The FNP seeks to methodically detect technosignatures from celestial bodies, including nearby stars, exoplanetary systems, Milky Way globular clusters, and more.

This paper provides an overview of the progress achieved by SETI in China and offers insights into the distinct phases comprising the FNP. Additionally, it underscores the significance of this project’s advancement and its potential contributions to the field.

Tong-Jie Zhang, Bo-Lun Huang, Jian-Kang Li, Zhen-Zhao Tao, Xiao-Hang Luan, Zhi-Song Zhang, Yu-Chen Wang

Comments: Submitted for publication in Journal of Physics: Conference Series (HAPP 10th Anniversary Commemorative Volume). Invited talk online discussion panel on “Searching for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Over a Century” at the Centre for the History and Philosophy of Physics (HAPP) at the University of Oxford on Saturday 27th November 2021

Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP); Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM)
Cite as: arXiv:2312.16847 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:2312.16847v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
Submission history
From: Bolun Huang
[v1] Thu, 28 Dec 2023 06:28:16 UTC (1,636 KB)

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