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Which country will be first to contact ET ?

Posted on Monday, 25 May, 2020 | Comment icon 39 comments

China may be in an ideal position to lead the search for signs of alien life. Image Credit: NAO / FAST
It looks as though China may be about to take the lead in the global effort to detect an alien signal.
When we think of what a first contact situation might be like, we tend to imagine either a global collaborative effort, or the stereotypical 'UFO landing on the White House lawn' type scenario.

The same perception of global collaboration is true when it comes to listening out for alien signals - something SETI has been attempting to do for years.

But what if one country was to independently succeed and chose not to share with everyone else ?

China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST), which went operational earlier this year, is the largest filled-aperture radio telescope on Earth.

With the country's vast resources at their disposal, Chinese scientists and engineers are currently working on plans for a major new search for signs that we are not alone in the universe.

But would China be willing to share such a monumental discovery ?
"FAST is a leap forward for Asia's presence in radio astronomy and possibly in SETI," author Michael Michaud told in a recent interview.

"Indeed, the Chinese now can be major players in SETI if the nation chooses to be."

"Most scientific fields had been dominated by Americans and other Westerners since the end of World War II. China is now catching up with, and in some areas surpassing, Western achievements."

Not only can China receive signals using the new telescope, but it can also transmit them as well.

What would happen if it was to make first contact with an extraterrestrial civilization ?

These questions are, of course, entirely hypothetical and it is highly unlikely that China - or anyone else for that matter - will be talking to ET anytime soon.

Nonetheless, such considerations open up the question of exactly who, in the event of first contact, an advanced alien race would actually choose to communicate with.

Source: Live Science | Comments (39)

Tags: SETI

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #30 Posted by openozy on 28 May, 2020, 1:53
I just hope they land on Pitcairn Island near NZ.If the aliens don't get eaten they will be in for a serious anal exam from the extremely tightly bred Fletcher Cristian descendants lol.
Comment icon #31 Posted by the13bats on 28 May, 2020, 2:02
I wonder would pitcairn welcome a visit from a big orange bloke with odd hair? Any guess how many descendents are there?
Comment icon #32 Posted by openozy on 28 May, 2020, 5:29
I'll book him a flight,after he goes camping on the Chattooga river(from Deliverence the movie).I think there re only 50 people live on Pitcairn.The worst place to get shipwrecked, lol.I think old matey would fit right in(seriously).The locals may be able to make fibreglass canoes from his locks and finally escape lol.
Comment icon #33 Posted by Hazzard on 28 May, 2020, 20:37
I agree... and I also hope that if the day comes they will contact real scientists, not politicians or the religious nutbags.
Comment icon #34 Posted by Cookie Monster on 29 May, 2020, 15:14
Someone must stop China, if they give the aliens Coronavirus we are done for!
Comment icon #35 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats on 30 May, 2020, 2:56
The aliens will come to Australia for a holiday because everyone else does as well.
Comment icon #36 Posted by cerberusxp on 31 May, 2020, 14:03
Officially or un-officially not going to happen by radio telescope. Unless they convert to digital spread spectrum and or subspace faster than light communication.
Comment icon #37 Posted by Bendy Demon on 31 May, 2020, 14:40
Why are we so concerned with contacting other beings when we can't even converse with our own kind without threats of violence, force or treating others as inferior because of skin color or because they hold different philosophical beliefs? Also..why assume that anyone who looks different from us is automatically either violent/evil and bent on domination and war or some glowing beings filled with love and light that shoot rainbows out of their ears.
Comment icon #38 Posted by joc on 31 May, 2020, 17:21
I think it is best to just assume that all other entities in the cosmos are Borg...leave them alone!   
Comment icon #39 Posted by XenoFish on 31 May, 2020, 17:30
Maybe they've watched enough of our movies and said to themselves, "Best not go there."

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