The Dutch parlement has been the first to formally confirm participation in the assembly of the largest radio telescope the world has has ever known. The massive telescope might give us another opportunity to find out if we are alone in the universe!
Look up on any clear night and if you’re lucky you may be able to see part of the Milky Way stretching across the sky. For many thousands of years that was all people could see of our galaxy, though today light pollution means even that view is now fading for many naked-eye observers. Even for astronomers, much of our galaxy is obscured from view in the visible light spectrum, including the galactic centre.