POLL: Should We Be Trying To Contact Alien Life?

E.T. Phone Home, Or Text.

Antennas of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), on the Chajnantor Plateau in the Chilean Andes. The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, two companion galaxies to our own Milky Way galaxy, can be seen as bright smudges in the night sky, in the centre of the photograph. Image io9 Gizmodo

METI (Messaging Extra Terrestrial Intelligence), a company based in San Francisco is planning on attempting contact with possible alien life on Proxima b, an exoplanet 4.25 light years away, by 2018. 

They need to earn $1million before their deadline in order to continuously beam signals from earth until a reply comes back, which could take generations. The message itself will be a mathematical communiqué – as maths is considered a universal language.

In a similar experiments, NASA broadcast The Beatles tune ‘Across The Universe’ to the North Star in 2008 to celebrate their 50th birthday, and last year researchers thought they heard a ‘strong signal’ coming from deep space that could belong to an alien source. It came from the star HD164595, which is 95 light-years away. 

The METI scientists have some pretty powerful naysayers, including physicist Steven Hawking. He thinks it’s a risky plan considering we don’t know what we could find. It could just be the biggest mistake we ever make. 

 

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Proxima b

 

‘We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet,’ Hawking said in 2010. He has compared meeting aliens to Christopher Columbus meeting Native Americans: ‘That didn’t turn out so well’, reports NBC News.

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