Telescopes We Use

SETI at Berkeley gets data for its various projects from telescopes that span from Puerto Rico to Hawaii. Click the links below for information on some of the telescopes we use. Wondering how a radio telescope works?

Arecibo Observatory

305m Radio Telescope

Located near the city of Arecibo in Puerto Rico, the observatory is run by the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) and the University Space Research Association (USRA) with funding provided by the National Science Foundation. We gather data at Arecibo for both the SETI@Home and SERENDIP experiments, and we also use Arecibo to follow up on candidates identified in optical SETI experiments. Details....

Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope

100m x 110m Radio Telescope

The Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope is the largest fully steerable telescope on the planet. Commissioned in 2001, the GBT offers continuous frequency coverage between 100 MHz and 100 GHz with very low noise receivers. The GBT is located in a rural part of West Virginia at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's (NRAO's) Green Bank Observatory Details....

Keck Observatory

Twin 10m Telescopes

Keck Observatory maintains the world's largest optical and infrared telescopes atop Mauna Kea in Hawai'i. Management comes jointly from the University of California and Caltech. The telescopes, with the ability to detect the equivalent of a candle flame on the surface of the Moon, provide data for Optical SETI. Details....

Leuschner Observatory

30-Inch Telescope

The student observatory in Lafayette, California, operated by the UC Berkeley Undergraduate Astronomy Lab, maintains the 30-inch telescope we use for Optical SETI. Details....

Lick Observatory

1m and 3m Telescopes

Lick Observatory is a Multi-campus Research Unit of the University of California. It is located on Mt. Hamilton, east of San Jose, and it contains 1m and 3m telescopes used by the Optical Seti project. Details....