The Dixie Fire in California, which is now over a million hectares (900.000 acres) wide, is approaching the Allen Telescope Array and threatening the Allen Telescope Array (ATA)”s search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI).
If someone says that climate change is going to disturb the search for alien life, people are going to use a series of telescopes which, combined with the wildfires exacerbated by the climate crisis, will use to look between the stars.
ATA is the only facility of its kind whose primary task is to seek for radio signals from alien life.
With floods moving northward in Auroville, ATA Science and Technology Operations Manager Alex Pollack evacuated the plant as a precaution and is struggling to mitigate the threat caused by 42 antennas from the system.
Since the microwave radio signals monitored by the ATA have no impact on the Earth’s atmosphere, the site does not have to be placed at higher altitudes such as peaks or plateaus, as optical reflecting telescopes do.