Weekly Meeting November 8th!

Exciting news everyone! The New Server should be here on the 15th—one week from today (get excited). That means that SETI@Home will likely be back up within the month.

There was a switch that died this weekend that brought the BOINC website down for a couple of days there, but it’s back up and working now.

In terms of the New visual RFI interface: Soon Matt will have the ability for us to look at 100 or so waterfall plots. The RFI and non-RFI are red and green right now (not ideal for colorblind). What about using Purple and cyan? Just something that is not completely indistinguishable for colorblind people.

Dan and Andrew have recently become involved in Project Dorothy. The goal of Project Dorothy was to get a whole bunch of people all over the world to re-observe Frank Drake’s original observations in honor of their 50th anniversary. There’s about 19 observatories involved, including some college observatories that don’t usually do SETI. The SETI institute is also involved, and will be making observations on the Allen Telescope Array. We are going to participate simply by observing with Arecibo in the manner that we usually do and contribute those observations to this project.

There are a couple of people in other groups involved in Project Dorothy and otherwise that are interested in looking at our data. How easy would it be to share it? We would have to show them how to use/interpret. It would be nice to have a mechanism for giving out our data, since this problem has come up before. The way the SETI institute does it is that they just have raw data that one can download on a website (along with some instructions on how ). It would be nice to post a few hours of the Project Dorothy data for those who want to look at it.

But of course, all of this will have to be put on hold until after the server migration is complete.

After all the server stuff is done, Eric is working on an algorithm that will find and waveform that repeats (high chirp-rate pulses repeated). It would potentially catch things that are outside of our current chirp rates. The theory behind doing this that is that ET is possibly sending a signal that is then repeated and delayed. Basically it’s like looking for an echo in the data. Maybe this will allow us too see something that we haven’t been seeing before?

Thanks for reading, that’s all for this week!