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Scientists have just sent out a message an Alien world

Scientists have just sent out a message towards two potentially habitable worlds, and experts hope Aliens will reply.

Astronomers have just sent out a message to TWO potentially habitable alien worlds located 12 light years away. If those two planets are home to an alien civilization, the aliens could respond and the answer would arrive back to earth by 2042.

Another effort in contacting aliens has been made by scientists who have just beamed a message to two planets that according to data, may be capable of sustaining life as we know it.

The message was sent out to GJ273, a red dwarf star located around 12 light years from Earth.

Scientists chose GJ273 as it is believed to be home to two potentially habitable worlds, and is located relatively close to Earth.

The message is part of a project called Sónar Calling, led by the Sónar organization, who sought the help of METI International (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence) and The Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC), as reported by IFLScience.

The GJ273 system. Image Credit: Sonar Calling

In an interview with Space.com, Mr. Douglas Vakoch, president of METI, said:

‘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. 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 to ET carried a scientific and mathematical tutorial, and 33 short musical excerpts created by various artists from the Sonar music festival.

The message was beamed towards the stars in a binary code at two different radio frequencies on October 16, 17 and 18, using the European Incoherent Scatter Scientific Association radio antenna in Tromsø, Norway.

If aliens actually spot our message identify open, and decide to answer, we could receive it by 2042.

And while this may be a revolutionary era for humans, not everyone agrees this is such a good idea.

Professor Stephen Hawkins has heavily criticized scientists for sending out messages into space, saying that it was too risky as we don’t know whether or not aliens are friendly.

Professor Hawking is worried that if aliens see our message, they would be able to trace it back to Earth and may want to conquer and colonize our planet.

Speaking about the dangers of sending out our location in the universe, Professor Hawking compared the arrival of aliens to Earth to the arrival of Columbus in America:

“If aliens visit us, the outcome could be much like when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans.”

But despite these warnings, Mr. Vakoch is convinced that sending a message to the stars, specifically the star GJ273, aka Luyten’s star, isn’t a risk for our civilization.

“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.”

Scientists are planning on sending out another message to aliens in April 2018, at different radio frequencies.


Source: Sónar Calling

Featured image credit: Danielle Futselaar / METI 

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