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METI Scientists Planning to Send Signals to Exoplanet Promixa B
METI Scientists have planned to send radio signals to exoplanet Proxima B. The Messaging Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (METI) team aims to send signals to many other distant planets to make a contact with possible alien life forms on those planets. Astronomers at SETI have been working for the last few years to search for signals from alien worlds. However, they have not received any strong indicators to suggest presence of life forms or advanced civilizations on other planets.
San Francisco based METI was found last year. The organization will host two workshops in 2017, first in Paris and second in St. Louis. METI aims to raise one million USD for funding its research projects and to setup a powerful transmitter at a remote location. METI team plans to send the first message by year 2018. Under the project, METI team plans to send repeated signals to other planets.
Proxima B is the first exoplanet on METI’s list. The exoplanet orbits Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our Solar system. Proxima Centauri is 4.25 light years away from us.
"If we want to start an exchange over the course of many generations, we want to learn and share information," said the president of the METI, Douglas Vakoch said, while announcing plans of the organization.
A report published by Tech Times said, "Stephen Hawking, the famous physicist is also against trying to communicate with alien civilizations as he feels they may be more advanced than humans and is afraid such life forms may underrate humanity as weaklings and seek to conquer."
"We have almost zero idea of whether aliens are likely to be dangerous," physicist Mark Buchanan wrote in journal Nature Physics.
Other experts say it's worth waiting until we're better conversationalists - and, then, use use well-established groups with international consultation.
"Babbling babies are not always appreciated during adult conversation," said Andrew Fraknoi, chair of the astronomy department at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. "Listening and learning is how children become adults, and why not try that for a while?"
Others endorse the effort. "I'd be happy to see this done," said Seth Shostak, senior astronomer with the SETI Institute. "I think there's something to be learned, nothing to be feared, and at least the possibility of discovering something truly revolutionary: We have company nearby."
"By reflecting on how we can communicate what it means to be human to someone who is not human, we view ourselves differently," said METI treasurer Dalia Rawson, a former dancer with Ballet San Jose and now managing director of the Silicon Valley Ballet. "By looking at our bodies, our movements, and our dance through the eyes of an alien, we gain a renewed appreciation of what it means to be uniquely human."
There have been plenty of other efforts to connect with aliens, but they've come in fits and starts. There are no regulations for sending signals into space.