Allen Telescope Array

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Allen Telescope Array
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The Allen Telescope Array (ATA-42), October 11, 2007.
Alternative namesATA Edit this on Wikidata
Named afterPaul Allen Edit this on Wikidata
Part ofHat Creek Radio Observatory Edit this on Wikidata
Coordinates40°49′04″N 121°28′24″W / 40.8178°N 121.4733°W / 40.8178; -121.4733Coordinates: 40°49′04″N 121°28′24″W / 40.8178°N 121.4733°W / 40.8178; -121.4733 Edit this at Wikidata
OrganizationRadio Astronomy Laboratory
SETI Institute Edit this on Wikidata
Altitude986 m (3,235 ft) Edit this at Wikidata
Wavelength60, 2.7 cm (500, 11,100 MHz)
Telescope styleGregorian telescope
radio interferometer Edit this on Wikidata
Number of telescopes42 Edit this on Wikidata
Diameter6.1 m (20 ft 0 in) Edit this at Wikidata
Secondary diameter2.4 m (7 ft 10 in) Edit this at Wikidata
Collecting area1,227 m2 (13,210 sq ft) Edit this at Wikidata Edit this at Wikidata

The Allen Telescope Array (ATA) was developed by the SETI Institute and the Radio Astronomy Laboratory (RAL) at the University of California, Berkeley to construct a radio interferometer that is dedicated to radio astronomy observations. At the same time, it is also used for the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.[1][2]

The ATA is at the Hat Creek Radio Observatory, 290 miles (470 km) northeast of San Francisco, California. The goal is to have 350 antennas.[3] To start, 42 antennas (ATA-42) were put to work on 11 October 2007.[4][5] However, a lack of money stopped operations in April 2011.[6][7] In August 2011, ATA got short-term funding.[8] In 2012 UC Berkeley quit the project.

It is named after Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft. Its old name was the One Hectare Telescope (1hT).

References[change | change source]

  1. Daniel Terdiman (12 December 2008). "SETI's large-scale telescope scans the skies". CNET News. Archived from the original on 2012-12-24. Retrieved 2008-12-12.
  2. John Johnson, Jr. (1 June 2008). "Aliens get a new switchboard: a SETI radio telescope in Northern California". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-09-29.
  3. "When Will We Find the Extraterrestrials?" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-15. Retrieved 2011-08-30.
  4. Dennis Overbye (11 October 2007). "Stretching the Search for Signs of Life". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-14.
  5. Staff writers (12 October 2007). "Skies to be swept for alien life". BBC News. Retrieved 2007-10-12.
  6. Hardy, Michael. "SETI stops listening for alien signals -". FCW. Archived from the original on 2020-10-20. Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  7. "Status of the Allen Telescope Array" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2011-08-30.
  8. Cook, John (7 August 2011). "Search for ET continues as Paul Allen-backed telescope hits short-term funding goal". Geekwire. Retrieved 2011-08-30.

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