September 30, 2022
DNA structures; 8 - human body; 9 - Solar system;

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Scientists prepare new coded message for intelligent aliens

Scientists from China, the United Kingdom, the USA and the Netherlands working on the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project have formulated a new coded message called the Beacon in the Galaxy(BITG) to alien civilisations in deep space. According to a research paper published in the preprint database arXiv of Cornell University.

In the journal the scientists claim an updated, binary-coded message has been developed for transmission to extraterrestrial civilisations in the Milky Way galaxy. 

Thirteen slides of the BITG message (“Lighthouse in the Galaxy): 1 – binary codes, decimal system and prime numbers; 2-4 – mathematical operations; 5 – the structure of physical particles; 6 – hydrogen spectrum; 7 – DNA structures; 8 – human body; 9 – Solar system; 10 – continents and oceans; 11 – composition of land and ocean; 12 – wave frequency for feedback; 13 – coordinates of the solar system relative to large star globular clusters

The proposed message includes basic mathematical and physical concepts to establish a universal means of communication followed by information on the biochemical composition of life on Earth, the Solar System’s time-stamped position in the Milky Way relative to known globular clusters, as well as digitized depictions of the Solar System, and Earth’s surface. 

The message concludes with digitized images of the human form, along with an invitation for any receiving intelligences to respond. Calculation of the optimal timing during a given calendar year is specified for potential future transmission from both the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope in China and the SETI Institute’ s Allen Telescope Array in northern California to a selected region of the Milky Way which is more likely to have exoplanets containing water. So far about 5000 of such planets have been discovered by astronomers.

These powerful new beacons, the successors to the Arecibo radio telescope which transmitted the 1974 message is an improvement upon which the new code is based. Though some scientists involved in SETI have warned about broadcasting our existence to unknown life forms who might not be benevolent towards human kind.

This is not the first time a coded signal was sent in to space. In November 1962 from the radar of the Evpatoria Center for Deep Space Communications in the Crimea, three words were broadcast by radio signal in Morse code: “Mir”, “Lenin”, “USSR”. According to scientists, the signal will reach the star HD 131336 in the constellation of Libra after 800 years.

Stephen Hawking the late British theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author had warned in one of his TV series. “A meeting with a more advanced civilization can have the same consequences for us as the arrival of Columbus for the native inhabitants of America. It ended badly for them.”

The authors of BITG disagreed. “It is logical to assume that a species that is sufficiently advanced for space communication is very likely to have achieved a high level of intraspecies cooperation and thus realized the importance of peace and good neighbourliness.”

Before the signal is sent they all agreed that humankind had to agree if they want to be contacted by ET.

Source arxiv.org Cornell University/ AP

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