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We will send a message to space describing the environmental difficulties we face

This year’s broadcast will be the second interstellar message sent by METI International.

Wireless signal designed for Draw the attention of extraterrestrial life to the Earth’s climate crisis It will be transmitted by the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system in October 2022. But the task is not so simple.

We will send a message to space describing the environmental difficulties we face – Credits: Willa Wei / Flickr

The biggest challenge for interstellar communication is to establish common ground “.

Douglas Vakoch, President of METI International

How do we make sure we understand?

We have no idea about the language. that can be employed by these still imaginary beings. To what extent can they understand or even identify these signals as messages?

to solve this problem , The message will begin with the periodic table of the elements. Since chemical elements are universal, the chances of identifying these bases are high according to METI. This content will create a “middle ground” so that the sequel has a chance to decode it.

Describing herself as “kind of uncertain about his future”

Douglas Vakoch, is convinced that sending a message about our current environmental situation can happen Attract the attention of these other intelligenceswhich are presumably more developed, in a positive way.

By giving aliens insight into a species’ uncertain mindset about its future, but always ready to reach out, we can provide unique insights into a civilization long left behind. Vakoch said. ” Our frank self-reflection may be intriguing enough to elicit a response. »

METI International

This year’s broadcast will be the second interstellar message sent by METI International. METI stands for Messages of Extraterrestrial Intelligence, unlike SETI, which focuses on a more passive search for extraterrestrial intelligence. It is a group of scientists, sociologists, historians, anthropologists, and artists who have come together with a common belief that humanity would benefit from broadcasting messages to the stars rather than just waiting to receive a message from aliens.

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Reckless move?

This initiative, like all those that consist in sending information about us into space, is open to discussion. SETI and many researchers consider these communications to pose a potential risk to humans. We don’t know the reaction of another potentially hostile civilization that has information about us.

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But Vacoch is assured.

Foreigners who receive our message will not be surprised to hear about our climate crisis [car] They’ve had decades to watch our fate from afar. »

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