ET, is that you? Scientists eye messaging alien worlds 20 light years away

ByDM

Scientists-eye-messaging-alien-worlds-20-light-years-away

Scientists launch plan to beam welcome messages to far-off star systems – and their planets which could bear life

Scientists are making plans to beam messages from Earth out into the universe, effectively cold-calling the solar system to find signs of other life.

Astronomers will transmit signals from radio telescopes to hundreds of other star systems in the hope of making groundbreaking discoveries, according to the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute in California.

Systems within a 20-light year radius of the planet will receive the message if the project is green lit.

“There could be many civilizations out there but if they are all listening and no one is broadcasting then nothing will happen,” said David Black, an astrophysicist and Seti’s chief executive told the Sunday Times.

Drafting such a message would be quite a task and scientists have not yet decided how to go about it just yet. The idea is to transmit regular messages via the radio telescopes.

‘One question is… if we go ahead, what message should we send? Should it be the work of a few scientists or should we involve the whole world, perhaps through the internet?’

The message would have to be detailed enough to provide information about the human race. One idea is to send the entire Wikipedia database.

See also: Mysterious signal from the center of the Perseus Cluster

‘For half a century SETI has been searching for something that we ourselves do not produce: deliberate transmissions towards distant worlds,’ added Douglas A. Vakoch.

The new initiative is scheduled to be discussed at the annual meeting of the American Association of Advancing Science next week.

Despite widespread support for the project, some prominent scientists, including Stephen Hawking, have criticized the idea of inviting alien life to Earth.

Scientists-eye-messaging
Leading scientists have warned against inviting contact with other life species including Stephen Hawking

The physicist is famously convinced of life beyond planet Earth, but has spoken of the dangers of extraterrestrial beings in the past.

‘If aliens do visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans,’ he said in a 2010 documentary.

In 2011, NASA’s Planetary Science Division released a report titled: ‘Would Contact with Extraterrestrials Benefit or Harm Humanity? A Scenario Analysis,’ where they listed several outcomes of what would happen if Earth was indeed discovered by aliens. The three possible scenarios examined were beneficial, neutral, or harmful.

See also: Aliens Might Call These Eight Earth-Like Planets Home

The harmful scenario warned that if aliens ever do ever come to our planet, humans are at risk of simply being crushed, or they might contract new diseases, or face the risk of being enslaved or eaten.

In the report, researchers urged caution when sending out signals about Earth into space, especially those indicating environmental damage to Earth and human biological make-up.

SETI has been trying to detect signs of extra-terrestrial live by monitoring “electromagnetic signals that are indicative of intelligent life” for over thirty years. The institute’s roots go back to 1959 with the Cocconi and Morrison’s publication in Nature titled ‘Searching for Interstellar Communications.’

“For half a century SETI has been searching for something that we ourselves do not produce: Deliberate transmissions towards distant worlds,” director of Interstellar Message Composition at the SETI Institute, Douglas Vakoch, said.

Back in 1974, the Arecibo Radio Telescope was employed to send out the largest beam in human history into space from Puerto Rico. The message consisted of a simple image and was aimed at the globular star cluster M13, which is 21,000 light years away.

SourceDM

Find us here

Get news from the CSGLOBE in your inbox each weekday morning

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors/source and do not necessarily reflect the position of CSGLOBE or its staff.

Paid content

The 10 Biggest Dangers Posed By Future Technology

It’s not easy predicting the future of technology. In the fifties it seemed a pretty much foregone conclusion that by 2015 we would all...

First Ever Human Robots Invented By Japanese Scientists

Japanese professor creates uncanny human-like android robots A professor in Japan has created android robots that make the plot of Will Smith's "I, Robot" possible, and...

Did we discover “Alien technology” and reverse-engineer it?

A lot of people have wondered ever since the first reported UFO crash, if we had come into contact with Alien technology. Highly advanced technology...

What's New Today

Georgia House Votes To Allow Citizens To Abolish Police Departments In The State

The Georgia House backed an effort on Friday to dissolve the Glynn County Police Department and any...

Leaked CDC document contradicts Pence claim that U.S. coronavirus cases ‘have stabilized’

Even as Vice President Mike Pence wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Tuesday that coronavirus...

Five bombshells about Trump from Bolton ‘s book

Excerpts from former national security adviser John Bolton ’s book about his time in the Trump administration...

Don’t Listen to Fox. Here’s What’s Really Going On in Seattle’s Protest Zone.

It seems I live in a city undergoing a “totalitarian takeover” that will lead to “fascist outcomes”...

MOST READ

What Is Agenda 21? Depopulation of 95% of the World By 2030

Most people are unaware that one of the greatest threats to their freedom may be a United Nations program which plans to depopulate 95%...

Complete List of BANKS Owned/Controlled by the Rothschild Family

What’s the significance of having a central bank within a country and why should you concern yourself, your family and colleagues? Central banks are illegally...

Georgia House Votes To Allow Citizens To Abolish Police Departments In The State

The Georgia House backed an effort on Friday to dissolve the Glynn County Police Department and any...

The 10 Biggest Dangers Posed By Future Technology

It’s not easy predicting the future of technology. In the fifties it seemed a pretty much foregone conclusion that by 2015 we would all...

The flying car for all of us

The flying car: TF-X™ TF-X™ is the practical realization of the dream of countless visions of the future; it is designed to be the flying...

A New Comet May Crash In October 2014

A newfound comet is apparently on course to have an exceedingly close call with the planet Mars in October 2014, and there is a...

Massive solar storm barely missed us in 2012

A Solar Storm Almost Threw Earth Over 200 Years Back in Time As we blithely went about our lives on July 23, 2012, we had...

Election Aftershock: World’s Richest People Lose $41 Billion After Trump Win

The victory of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States has something in common with the United Kingdom’s vote to leave...

Assange Just Hammered America’s Hypocrisy of Selective Outrage Over US-Support of Neo-Nazis

Julian Assange, founder of the global transparency group WikiLeaks, took to Twitter to highlight and expose the extreme hypocrisy of the US by contrasting...

TOP 10 PIECES OF MODERN DAY PROPAGANDA IN SOCIETY

Propaganda in modern times has become both easier and harder to detect. It’s easier to detect in the sense that there are more places to...

Farmer Charged, Farm Raided, Animals Seized BECAUSE He Cared For Them Better Than A Factory Farm

Schenectady County, New York – Last month, a family farm in rural New York was raided by police. The owners were cited on a number...