The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence has received Planetary Society support for many years. The Society has a web page devoted to this topic and you can see "live" results of the Society sponsored Project BETA.
your PC's idle time to look for signals from ET
IF a SETI detection occurs these links are likely to get very busy:
SETI in Australia
The SETI Australia Centre is at the University of Western Sydney, Campbelltown. They have an active search program using the Parkes Radio Telescope and offer academic and public courses related to bioastronomy and astrophysics. They also have an exciting high school package that covers physics, chemistry, microbiology, biology, astronomy and geology (high school teachers take note). UWS is carrying out pioneering work on Optical SETI (link to another site doing this work). During 1997 Carol Oliver from UWS sent us some notes about the Australian SETI project - please consider joining SETI Australia or sponsoring this exciting project.
UWS organised the International SETI Conference at its campus in January 1998. Scientists from 11 countries attended, including SETI pioneer Frank Drake. No announcements of a success but the participants took part in a public relations workshop to help them better deal with the great day - which might not be far away. One sobering estimate from Ray Norris (CSIRO) was that the most probable technological age difference between us and and an ETI is 1.8 billion years! (this is based simply on the typical age of Sun-like stars and does not depend on the actual number of ETI "civilisations" - except that it is a number greater than zero). See the member's comments page for Ray's ideas about life in space (December 1996).
SETI League has some photos of the conference
The Conference Proceedings will be published soon.
The Australia Day (Jan 26 1998) issue of The Sydney Morning Herald had a feature article on the Conference.
The University of NSW has a general education course "Are we alone?"
SETI on the Moon