Friday, January 19, 2018
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Alien hunters send message to nearby system


Posted on Friday, 17 November, 2017 | Comment icon 12 comments

Is someone out there listening ? Image Credit: CC BY 3.0 John Masterson, CSIRO
Astronomers are hoping to one day establish contact with an advanced extraterrestrial civilization.
The target of the message, a red dwarf system known as GJ 273 (or Luyten's star), lies 12.36 light years from Earth and is home to at least one planet that is thought to be capable of supporting life.

It was sent by METI (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence) International, a non-profit organization that hopes to establish a system for sending thousands of similar messages over the coming years.

"It is a prototype for what I think we would most likely need to do 100 times, or 1,000 times, or 1 million times," said METI president Douglas Vakoch. "To me, the big success of the project will come if, 25 years from now, there's someone who remembers to look [for a response]."

"If we could accomplish that, that would be a radical shift of perspective."

The message itself, which was sent last month, contains 33 short musical compositions as well as scientific and mathematical 'tutorials' aimed at any potential alien scientists who might be listening.

In response to concerns over what would happen if the recipients were hostile, Vakoch said:

"It's really hard to imagine a scenario in which a civilization around Luyten's star could have the capacity to come to Earth and threaten us, and yet they're not able to pick up our leakage radiation."

Source: Scientific American | Comments (12)

Tags: SETI, Extraterrestrial

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by Tatetopa on 18 November, 2017, 19:40
This is rippling out from the SETI community into the science community and the public.and causing a lot of heated discussion. If you want to do some background reading check out the Fermi Paradox. The story goes that at lunch one day with a bunch of other physicists at Los Alamos Enrico Fermi said, "Where are they?" He was referring tho the fact that if life is so prevalent in the universe, why haven't we seen any indication. There are a lot of answers that have been worked out to the Fermi paradox, it makes interesting reading. Most of the bases have been covered from: " there is nobody ... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by third_eye on 18 November, 2017, 22:46
[ E X A C T L Y ] ~
Comment icon #5 Posted by bison on 19 November, 2017, 17:44
Sending or not sending a radio message to nearby stars seems to bea moot point. We've been doing so inadvertently for decades. Our radio, television, and especially radar signals could make us very conspicuous to a nearby civilization in space, evenslightly more advanced than ourselves. If such a civilization meant us harm, we'd probably know it by now. Are weunready for contact with our extraterrestrial neighbors? Who's to say, really? Is a baby ready to be born, from its own point of view? probably not. Never-the-less, there comes a time for it to be born into a larger world. Such contac... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by The Silver Thong on 19 November, 2017, 17:54
Can I buy you a beer, nope your dead.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Kurzweil on 19 November, 2017, 22:34
Comment icon #8 Posted by Hawkin on 19 November, 2017, 23:42
Comment icon #9 Posted by jbondo on 30 November, 2017, 18:11
Another example of scientists placing their own projects over humanity. This is like saying, "hey, anyone who is capable of traveling to earth, come and take it from us!" I recently watched the movie, 'The Fifth Wave'. It was a chilling example of what an alien race might do. People expect them to come zooming in with lasers, but odds are, they will first plant some forward observers (probably hybrids from all the genetic testing they've done), then they'll use a bio-weapon. Those who survive the initial germ, will be attacked with a different germ How many people would really be immune to sev... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Nuclear Wessel on 30 November, 2017, 19:39
Not necessarily. I mean, what if we managed to contact a civilization that had technology much more advanced than our own and they were helpful? What if they have somehow trumped the FTL travel problem? They could potentially help mankind so much.
Comment icon #11 Posted by jbondo on 8 December, 2017, 19:19
What if.....Logic and good sense would tell us that the risk is far too great to roll the dice and hope they wouldn't just stomp us like ants, or turn us into slaves. Weighing the risk/reward, I'm inclined to think, I'd rather develop at a pace our civilization can handle. We've already proven that given a platform like social media, we treat each other like absolute garbage. In fact, technology is probably far too fast for the average person. It's like taking a 5 yr old to Toys R Us.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Nuclear Wessel on 8 December, 2017, 19:30
How is the risk far too great, exactly? I'm somewhat curious as to what you mean, because we don't even know if life exists elsewhere in the universe (beyond Earth, of course) period. We don't know if they will be hostile, nor do we know that they would be interested in helping us. Why would they stomp us like ants, or "turn us into slaves"? Quite frankly, this stance that you have on the matter is fascinating. I'm certain that if technologies were introduced to us and reverse-engineered, civilization would adjust to the advancements accordingly. I don't think that social media has anything to... [More]


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Mini nuclear reactors could be used on Mars
1-19-2018
The Kilopower project has developed a type of miniature nuclear fission reactor for use on other worlds.
Drone saves swimmers in world-first rescue
1-18-2018
A new lifesaving drone has already proven its worth after rescuing two swimmers off the coast of Australia.
Man claims 'aliens' delayed his tax return
1-18-2018
British tax authorities have released a list of some of the most ridiculous reasons for late tax returns.
Extreme weather tops 2018's global threats list
1-17-2018
1,000 risk management experts from around the world have outlined this year's top man-made threats.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Brian Cox talks to Buzz Aldrin
Posted 1-18-2018 | 1 comment
Professor Brian Cox discusses space travel with legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
 
Typing vs handwriting
Posted 1-16-2018 | 2 comments
Is typing on a computer better or worse for your memory then writing on paper ?
 
Can coding help avoid job automation ?
Posted 1-12-2018 | 0 comments
Taking up coding and technical skills to avoid automation may be counter-productive.
 
Dinosaur death match
Posted 1-8-2018 | 0 comments
A look at how various dinosaurs might have fared against the predators of their day.
 
Best records of 2017
Posted 1-4-2018 | 0 comments
A look back at some of the most bizarre and amazing world records of the last year.
 
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
Strange feeling
1-18-2018 | Different places
 
Unexplained voices
1-18-2018 | United States
 
First college apartment
12-31-2017 | Daytona Beach, FL
 
The night my niece was murdered
12-19-2017 | Delhi, Louisiana
 
Mysterious Headlights
12-10-2017 | Morgan County, Alabama
 
Possibly a child ghost
12-10-2017 | Edgewater, Maryland
 
True story about black-eyed kids
12-10-2017 | Portland oregon
 
Alien or paranormal encounter ?
12-10-2017 | United States
 
Ouija board experience
12-10-2017 | Ohio
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ