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Stephen Hawking's words to be sent into space


Posted on Thursday, 14 June, 2018 | Comment icon 8 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 (8)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by seanjo on 14 June, 2018, 16:21
But, but, Aliens will think we sound like Daleks...with American accents...
Comment icon #2 Posted by Seti42 on 14 June, 2018, 16:59
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 #3 Posted by OverSword on 14 June, 2018, 17:05
Just what I was going to say
Comment icon #4 Posted by Grandpa Greenman on 14 June, 2018, 21:54
That's ok they are sending it to a black hole where nothing ever escapes...   or did they change that?  opps...  
Comment icon #5 Posted by carolinacottontail on 16 June, 2018, 4:05
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 #6 Posted by seanjo on 16 June, 2018, 14:36
At a guess, the black hole in the center of our galaxy is approx.50,000 light years away. the closest we know of is 3000 light years away according to the article..
Comment icon #7 Posted by bison on 16 June, 2018, 16:47
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 #8 Posted by Grandpa Greenman on 16 June, 2018, 21:23
I know that, I was just kidding.     


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