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Stephen Hawking's words to be sent into space

June 14, 2018 | Comment icon 6 comments



Hawking's words will be broadcast in to deep space. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Lwp Kommunikacio / Flickr
The words of the much missed astrophysicist will be beamed towards the nearest black hole on Friday.
Set to a new composition by the composer Vangelis, the recording, which has been described by Hawking's family as a "message of peace and hope", will be sent via satellite following a special thanksgiving service that is set to be attended by over 1,000 people.

"[The music is a] beautiful and symbolic gesture that creates a link between our father's presence on this planet, his wish to go into space and his explorations of the universe in his mind," said the late physicist's daughter Lucy.
"The broadcast will be beamed towards the nearest black hole, 1A 0620-00, which lives in a binary system with a fairly ordinary orange dwarf star. It is a message of peace and hope, about unity and the need for us to live together in harmony on this planet."

Hawking died on March 14th at the age of 76.

His ashes will be interred next to those of legendary scientists Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.

Source: BBC News | Comments (6)



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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Seti42 4 years ago
Didn't Hawking say (several times) we shouldn't be beaming messages out into space, as he felt that attempting to draw alien attention wouldn't end well for us?
Comment icon #2 Posted by OverSword 4 years ago
Just what I was going to say
Comment icon #3 Posted by Grandpa Greenman 4 years ago
That's ok they are sending it to a black hole where nothing ever escapes...   or did they change that?  opps...  
Comment icon #4 Posted by carolinacottontail 4 years ago
Isn't there a Black Hole at the center of our galaxy?  Whats wrong with that one???  Or is the one his message is beaming to closer??  Don'tknow!  
Comment icon #5 Posted by bison 4 years ago
That black hole is 3300 to 3500 light years away. The memorial signal will reach a great many other stars and planets before it gets there. This is especially so, since this black hole lies along the plane of our galaxy, maximizing the number of stars that the radio beam will reach.   
Comment icon #6 Posted by Grandpa Greenman 4 years ago
I know that, I was just kidding.     


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