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What is HARPS?

HARPS is not the same as the mysterious Alaskan installation known as HAARP, which is mentioned in this week's Dreamland. HARPS, located in Chile, stands for High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher and is part of the huge ESO international telescope system, which is searching for new planets. Since it powered up 5 years ago, HARPS has discovered more than 75 new planets in 30 difference solar systems, and recently, they've discovered 32 more. Will some of them have intelligent life?

ESO (European Southern Observatory) has telescopes in 14 countries, including Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.ESO.org quotes astronomer Xavier Bonfils as saying, "By targeting dwarfs [dwarf stars, like our sun] and harnessing the precision of HARPS we have been able to search for exoplanets in the mass and temperature regime of super-Earths, some even close to or inside the habitable zone around the star."

Maybe we'll eventually discover where those Grays are coming from (and if you're a subscriber, you can STILL listen to this incredible Dreamland show!)

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