This is why, this year, we’re sending a signal to a neighbouring Alien Solar System (science video).
METI will send a signal to the Trappist-1 Solar System in October 2022, a system with potentially three Earthlike planets that is just 39 light-years distant.
But, considering how little proof of alien civilisations has been found, do we really want to start broadcasting? What harm may ET pose if they aren’t friendly?
Well folks, buckle up because we’re about to take a wild ride into the unknown! Recently, a group of scientists announced their plans to send a message to the Trappist-1 solar system. This system, located just 39 light-years away, is home to three potentially Earth-like planets, and the scientists believe that it’s the perfect place to start our search for extraterrestrial life. But before we send our messages out into the great unknown, there are a few things we should consider.
First, let’s talk about the odds of finding something. So far, our searches for extraterrestrial life have come up empty. We have found no little green men, no UFOs, and no messages from beyond the stars. So, what are the chances that we’ll find something now? Well, it’s impossible to say for sure, but let’s just say that you should probably hold on to your butts.
And let’s talk about what happens if we find something. Sure, it would be pretty cool to say that we’re not alone in the universe. But what if our new extraterrestrial friends aren’t friendly? They could be violent, they could be indifferent, they could be a bunch of space hippies who just want to hug us to death. We just don’t know. So, before we send out our messages, maybe it’s worth thinking about what kind of response we’re looking for.
Now, let’s talk about the message itself. We’ve been sending out messages into space for decades, and so far, no one has replied. We might be sending the wrong message. Maybe our “Hello from Earth” message is just too boring. Maybe we should spice it up a bit, add some emojis, maybe a meme or two. That way, when an extraterrestrial civilization intercepts our message, they’ll be like, “Wow, these Earthlings are pretty cool!”
But all jokes aside, whether we should send messages out into space is serious. While it’s exciting to think about the possibility of finding life beyond Earth, we should also consider the potential risks. We need more research to understand the potential implications and to ensure that we are taking a responsible approach to communicating with extraterrestrial life.
The idea of sending messages to the Trappist-1 system, or any other system, is an exciting but also a controversial one. While the possibility of finding extraterrestrial life is exciting, we should consider the potential risks and potential implications before broadcasting any signals. We should keep in mind the lack of evidence and proof of extraterrestrial civilizations and weigh the pros and cons before taking any action. For now, we will keep listening, but it’s hard to predict what the outcome would be when we start broadcasting, so let’s just hold tight and enjoy the ride.