If “the truth is out there,” Australia is going to help find it.
On Tuesday, the Parkes radio telescope in western New South Wales joined the Stephen Hawking-backed Breakthrough Listen project, which scours the universe for alien life.
Along with the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia and the Automated Planet Finder at Lick Observatory in California, the telescope will help survey galaxies close to our own for extraterrestrials.
Its first task on Monday night? Taking a look at the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri that could have a promising planet in its orbit.