Eamonn Ansbro is an English-born amateur astronomer and professional instrument-maker
who has a special interest in searching for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence
within the Solar System (see SETA and SETV).
Ansbro set up the Kingsland Observatory, near Boyle in County
Roscommon, Ireland, for studies in optical SETI (OSETI) – in particular, to search for near-Earth extraterrestrial
probes and optical signatures possibly associated with earthlight activity at Hessdalen, Norway.
The Kingland equipment includes reflectors of five, sixteen and thirty-six
inches, with the latter two also being fitted with specialized CCD cameras.
Ansbro has over 30 years experience in science and engineering, including
astronomy, meteorology, and industrial optics. He is a Fellow of the Royal
Astronomical Society and a past Vice President of the International Union
of Amateur Astronomers. His scientific accomplishments include discoveries
of a hydrogen envelope around the rings of Saturn (1974), a moonquake (1975), and a nova (1976). In 1981 he founded Optiglas
Ireland Ltd., which developed and manufactured advanced optical systems
that were exported to 15 countries. He has written and published over 40
articles and papers about astronomy and space.1
- Ansbro, E., and Overhauser, C. "SETV: Opportunity for European Initiative
in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence," First European Workshop
on Exo/Astrobiology ESA, Frascati, Italy, 21-23 May, 2001. ESA SP-496,
pp. 285-288. Expanded abstract in Astrobiology 1(2) 2001.