The Breakthrough Listen Search for Intelligent Life: Target Selection of Nearby Stars and Galaxies

@article{Isaacson2017TheBL,
  title={The Breakthrough Listen Search for Intelligent Life: Target Selection of Nearby Stars and Galaxies},
  author={Howard T. Isaacson and Andrew P. V. Siemion and Geoffrey W. Marcy and Matt Lebofsky and Danny C. Price and David Macmahon and Steve Croft and David R. DeBoer and Jack Hickish and Dan Werthimer and Sofia Z. Sheikh and Gregory Hellbourg and J. Emilio Enriquez},
  journal={Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific},
  year={2017},
  volume={129}
}
We present the target selection for the Breakthrough Listen search for extraterrestrial intelligence during the first year of observations at the Green Bank Telescope, Parkes Telescope, and Automated Planet Finder. On the way to observing 1,000,000 nearby stars in search of technological signals, we present three main sets of objects we plan to observe in addition to a smaller sample of exotica. We chose the 60 nearest stars, all within 5.1 pc from the Sun. Such nearby stars offer the potential… 

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