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Jason T. Wright: A WISE search for large extraterrestrial civilizations

 This artist's concept shows the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE spacecraft, in its orbit around Earth. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

This artist’s concept shows the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE spacecraft, in its orbit around Earth. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Speaker: Jason T. Wright, Penn. State University
Slides: astro.psu.edu

The WISE all-sky mid-infrared survey has dramatically improved our ability to detect alien civilizations and to distinguish them from “natural” astrophysical sources.

Wright discuss his team’s efforts to identify so called candidate Type II civilizations in the Milky Way and Type III civilizations throughout the low-redshift universe.

Because the scope and assumptions of this approach are complementary to those of telecommunication SETI, a null result has the potential to rule out broad classes of proposed resolutions to the Fermi-Hart Paradox, particularly those that invoke organization of advanced alien species across the Milky Way.