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I also take part in , a collaboration between several UK Universities and the Met Office, led by the University of Oxford and funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and the Department of Trade and Industry’s e-Science programme. In the summer of 2004 dramatically increased its processing power by joining forces with the world’s most powerful computer network, SETI@home, the Search For Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, based at the University of California in Berkeley. Scientists from Oxford and Berkeley designed new software that allows to run on the SETI platform called BOINC.

2009 is the International Year of Astronomy

The International Year of Astronomy is a year-long celebration of astronomy, taking place in 2009 to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the first recorded astronomical observations with a telescope by Galileo Galilei and the publication of Johannes Kepler's Astronomia nova in the 17th century.

On 25th September 1608, Hans Lippershey, a young man from Middleburg, travelled to the Hague, the then capital of the Netherlands, to demonstrate one of his inventions to the Dutch government - the telescope. Although Hans was not awarded the patent, Galileo heard of this story and decided to use the "Dutch perspective glass" and point it towards the heavens.

Check out the Canadian IYA2009 listing activities at various Science Centres & celebrations.


I belong to The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Windsor Centre which owns the Hallam Observatory just south of Comber Ont.(Map & Direction).

I takes part in Einstein@Home a program that uses my computer's idle time to search for spinning neutron stars (also called pulsars) using data from the LIGO and GEO gravitational wave detectors. Einstein@Home is a World Year of Physics 2005 project supported by the American Physical Society (APS) and by a number of international organizations.

I also participate in SETI@home (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) a scientific area whose goal is to detect intelligent life outside Earth. One approach, known as radio SETI, uses 305 meter radio telescopes at Arecibo, Puerto Rico to listen for narrow-bandwidth radio signals from space. Such signals are not known to occur naturally, so a detection would provide evidence of extraterrestrial technology. Radio telescope signals consist primarily of noise (from celestial sources and the receiver's electronics) and man-made signals such as TV stations, radar, and satellites. Modern radio SETI projects analyze the data digitally. More computing power enables searches to cover greater frequency ranges with more sensitivity. Radio SETI, therefore, has an insatiable appetite for computing power. Here are my stats and certificates.

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