The main research is improving our observational work and developing appropriate tools in order to receive the optimum light from the telescopes for photometry and spectroscopy analysis. The two main areas are outer Solar System small and large bodies, instrumentation and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
The recent observational survey work on the outer Solar System is now focusing on detecting a large planet (Planet X) in the Oort Cloud region. This research identified a statistical clumping in the sky of comets with periods longer than one million years based on many comets. The research hypothesised this could have been caused by a large planet of a few Jupiter masses orbiting the Sun. The search for the ‘Planet’ was carried out over four years using the 0.9m telescope to 22.7 Sloan i band magnitude when using deconvolution image processing. These observations were performed in September and April in order to detect any parallax of a distant object. Previous images were taken using the 1.2m Schmidt telescope at Siding Springs, Australia which resulted in 43 suspect planets down to 21 magnitude The Kingsland 0.9m telescope went down to fainter magnitudes to verify or refute these previous targets. Other survey images in infrared have also been used to possibly identify a target planet. However, further research using other recent survey material is being carried out in the same area where the other suspect planets were found. We are exploring suspect planet(s) in other bands of the spectrum that have been identified with the right characteristics based on expanding the parameters where planets may be orbiting a Brown Dwarf. The distance is expected to be within the outer Oort Cloud, but a mass that has gravitational influence on comets, possibly correlating with inner Solar System crater bombardment. It has become common to find binary systems throughout our galaxy and therefore to have a Brown Dwarf within our Solar System would not be a surprise.
Research is on going in two specific fields:
Widening the scope of new methods of detecting extra-terrestrial civilizations would offer more options within SETI. ETI civilisations may be using quantum superluminal communications as a means to transfer information over vast galactic distances instantaneously outside the electromagnetic spectrum. This possible activity may be by passing current SETI radio methods for detection. Analysis of Kardashev Classes 1 to 2 civilizations may be using faster than light travel and therefore superluminal communications . This means that it opens up the possibility of widening the search capabilities for an early detection. A super luminal communications system is currently been used at SETI Kingsland to widen the possibility of detections and is complimentary to the existing radio/microwave searches. This new system provides not only possible detections but instant two way communications with an ETI civilization. Further research in this area can be studied at the site SETI KINGSLAND.
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