Russian billionaire, Yuri Milner, vowed to spend $100 million on the “biggest ever” attempt to locate extraterrestrial beings. However, he won’t be doing it alone as Professor Stephen Hawking has agreed to join him.

Hawking and Milner plan to investigate, in unprecedented detail, the one million stars that are closest to Earth. They also plan to have telescopes peer deep into the center of the Milky Way galaxy.

“We believe that life arose spontaneously on Earth so in an infinite universe there must be other occurrences of life,” Hawking said.

Hawking went on to say:

Somewhere in the cosmos, perhaps, intelligent life may be watching these lights of ours aware of what they mean. Or do our lights wander a lifeless cosmos, unseen beacons announcing that here on our rock, the universe discovered its existence?

Either way, there is no bigger question. It is time to commit to finding the answer to search for life beyond Earth. The Breakthrough Initiatives are making that commitment. We are life, we are intelligent, we must know.

The men’s search for alien life is the “biggest scientific search ever undertaken” and it will involve two of the world’s most powerful telescopes throughout their 10 year quest. However, their mission will cover a larger area of space than anything previously done. Additionally, a resolution 50 times greater than anything used before will be used to zero in on areas of interest.