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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

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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 be a 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, even slightly more advanced than ourselves.  If such a civilization meant us harm, we'd probably know it by now. Are we unready 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]


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