A group of scientists wants to start sending messages to planets in other solar systems in hopes of talking to aliens.

If all goes as planned the first transmitter for phoning ET is supposed to be up and running by 2018, The Christian Post reported. A group called Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence or METI hopes to buy or build a deep-space transmitter powerful enough to reach other solar systems.

The first message would be sent to Proxima B which orbits the dwarf star Proxima Centauri; the closest star to our Solar System. That means would take five years for the message to reach Proxima B, The Daily Mail reported. So the aliens would not hear it until 2023; when President Trump might be in the third year of his second term, provided he gets reelected.

No Response for Five Years

Any alien response would not be received until 2028 at the earliest, when Trump’s successor might be seeking reelection. That is unless the aliens possess a starship with warp drive or hyperspace capability; or some other means of travel such as a TARDIS.

Messaging aliens is necessary because civilized beings might not want to talk unless we actually call them, METI President Douglas Vakoch told The San Jose Mercury News. Vakoch hopes the message would be the start of a beautiful friendship but he admitted his organization lacks the money.

METI is trying to raise $1 million to buy a laser or radio transmitter powerful enough to beam mathematical data to Proxima B, The Mercury News reported. The transmitter would be set up in a remote area here on Earth.

The METI effort is supposed to be a compliment to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) which has been listening for ET’s phone call for decades. SETI has not received a message yet; even though humans have been sending radio signals into space for over a century.

Is Messaging ET a Good Idea?

Not everybody thinks sending a message to ET is a good idea. The world’s most famous physicist; Stephen Hawking, is among those who think that the aliens might not be friendly.

“Meeting an advanced civilization could be like Native Americans encountering Columbus,” Hawking said in his new documentary series Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places. “That didn’t turn out so well.”

Hawking has long postulated that advanced aliens might turn out to be a band of marauding space pirates looking for new worlds to plunder. Another possibility is that the aliens might know all about us and simply don’t care.

No matter who is right it there are plenty of planets for METI to try and contact. The Kepler Space Telescope has confirmed the existence of around 2,950 exoplanets – worlds outside our solar system.

Although there’s a lot of work to be done before the message is sent. METI’s scientists have not figured out what medium to use to phone ET; laser or radio, and what message to send him. So far they’re arguing about a sequence of numbers, the Periodic Table of the elements or Game Theory. One has to wonder what aliens would make of that or if they would even pay attention.

 

 

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