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The Cradle of Life: A Cosmic Search for Ourselves

proto-planetary disk of dust and gas swirling around a newly formed star

Artist’s conception of a proto-planetary disk of dust and gas swirling around a newly formed star, beginning the process of coalescence into planets. Credit: University of Copenhagen/Lars Buchhave

By Carol Oliver & Ian Morrison

The SKA will have an unprecedented capability to listen for traces of any advanced civilisations within 1000 light years of Earth, which encompasses hundreds of thousands of solar systems.

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