Shelley Wright, an Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of California, San Diego, led the development of the near-infrared optical SETI (NIROSETI) instrument. Wright holds a fiber that emits infrared light for calibration of the detectors.
The Wow! signal was a strong narrowband radio signal detected by Jerry R. Ehman on August while he was working on a SETI project at the Big Ear radio telescope of The Ohio State University, then located at Ohio Wesleyan University’s.
Astronomers have expanded the search for extraterrestrial intelligence into a new realm with detectors tuned to infrared light. Their new instrument has just begun to scour the sky for messages from other worlds.