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Northern California wildfires disrupt search for extraterrestrial life
Northern California wildfires disrupt search for extraterrestrial life

Operations at the SETI Institute’s Allen Telescope Array, dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial activity, have been halted after a massive wildfire in Northern California temporarily shut down power. Power was disrupted to the observatory Tuesday after one of two blazes in the region, the Eiler fire, breached Highway 89, burning less than a mile away from antennas in Hat Creek, said Seth Shostak, the institute's senior astronomer and director of SETI research. “It makes the equipment at the observatory very unhappy,” he said. The power outage did affect the institute’s ability to monitor space for extraterrestrial activity, but Shostak said it...

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