Stephen Hawking backs £64million project to listen for alien life

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(Picture: Getty Images) The search for alien life is said to the biggest ever (Picture: Getty Images)

Professor Stephen Hawking is championing a new venture that hopes to discover whether there is life elsewhere in the cosmos.

The 10-year, £64million project, which is believed to the biggest ever search for alien life, will listen for signals broadcast from over a million of the stars closest to Earth.

Speaking at the launch of the venture, which was conceived by the Breakthrough Initiatives group at the Royal Society in London, Professor Hawking said there was ‘no bigger question’ than whether there was life elsewhere in space.

‘Somewhere in the cosmos, perhaps, intelligent life may be watching these lights of ours, aware of what they mean,’ he said.

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Are we alone? Professor Hawking said there was 'no bigger question' (Picture: Getty Images) Are we alone? Professor Hawking said there was ‘no bigger question’ (Picture: Getty Images)

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