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New message beamed into space invites aliens to visit Kentucky

By T.K. Randall
January 17, 2024 · Comment icon 9 comments
An astronomer looks through a telescope.
No sign of aliens in Kentucky so far... Image Credit: YouTube / Visit LEX
A rather unusual tourism campaign for Lexington, Kentucky has involved scientists sending a message into deep space.
Not content with appealing to human visitors, the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau has decided to attract tourists from a little further afield with its latest advertising campaign.

According to a press release, scientists have used lasers to beam a message toward the TRAPPIST-1 system which is home to several potentially habitable worlds situated over 40 light years away.

"It was quite the team effort," said Dr. Robert Lodder - a computing engineer and astrobiologist with SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence).

"We brought together experts in engineering, linguistics, digital media, philosophy, and science fiction to design, debate, and transmit this message."

The message itself contains everything from photographs of Lexington to recordings of local musicians.
"We included imagery representing the elements of life, our iconic Lexington rolling hills, and the molecular structure for water, bourbon, and even dopamine...because Lexington is fun!" said linguistics expert Dr. Andrew Byrd.

Of course, given that the TRAPPIST-1 system is 40 light-years away, it will take 40 years for the message to actually get there (and at least another 40 years to get a response).

If aliens do show up in the future and make a bee-line for Kentucky, however, perhaps it will have achieved its intended purpose.

"We believe Lexington is the best place on Earth," said VisitLEX President Mary Quinn Ramer.

"It's the ideal location for extraterrestrial travelers to begin exploring our world."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Hawken 4 months ago
Comment icon #2 Posted by MrsGently 4 months ago
OMG!? It works! I can dress up as ALIEN!™ and I just found my dream destination! Lexington, my 'spirit hometown'! I love this so much!   nobody is asking but just in case anybody could wonder, kinda that outfit, not sure if I'd put on ears?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Cho Jinn 4 months ago
Would travel from the Pleiades for some 23-year Pappy Van Winkle.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Resume 4 months ago
You might have to.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Sojo 4 months ago
They can use KFC as bait!
Comment icon #6 Posted by Nosy.Matters 4 months ago
KFC as bait --so , maybe they'd be good to eat?!!?!? /r
Comment icon #7 Posted by Hazzard 3 months ago
Now that would be some funny **** ? The aliens finaly decided to show up... and some hillbillys ate them all.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Unusual Tournament 3 months ago
What about the bulge in the crotch ?
Comment icon #9 Posted by MrsGently 3 months ago
that is where I hide my       snub nose

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