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Extraterrestrial Contact: How Close To Discovery

From: Eustaquio Andrea Patounas <socex.ufobras.nul>
Date: Sat, 5 Feb 2011 12:35:46 -0200
Archived: Sat, 05 Feb 2011 10:16:14 -0500
Subject: Extraterrestrial Contact: How Close To Discovery


Source: Daily Sundial

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February 04, 2011


Extraterrestrial Contact: How Close To Discovery Are We?
By Christiaan Patterson

It might seem that since humanity=92s technological gismos have
evolved at such a rapid pace, there would be no further interest
in outside worlds. For the collective bunch, this may appear to
be true, however, scientists are feverishly working on contact
with extraterrestrials.

In the January 2011 edition of Scientific American, I stumbled
across an article written by Tim Folger about contacting
civilizations in other galaxies. Curiosity sparked my interest
since questions of =93are we alone in the universe?=94 have plagued
my mind from childhood.

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West
Virginia, houses a 100 meter wide satellite which is the globe=92s
largest steerable dish in existence. It tracks the entire sky
except for five degrees above the horizon that equates to
roughly 170 degrees north to south or east to west.

So far, contact has remained an unfulfilled desire of
astronomers worldwide.

Despite the unsuccessful outreach, astronomers have protocol to
follow if an outside world is ever detected. Would these set
guidelines be followed to a =93T=94 if it happened? An event about
13 years ago put these protocols to the test.

Jill Tarter, director of the search for extraterrestrial
intelligence or SETI, received a signal one morning and used all
protocol to confirm if it was a false alarm or not. Everything
ruled out a mistake so she continued to track the signal. When
the star she believed to be transmitting fell beyond the 5?,
Tarter knew something was suspicious.

It turned out the signal had been coming from a NASA satellite
rather than the outside world. This event gave astronomers a
good idea of what would take place in the occurrence aliens are
detected. In all the excitement that day, word had leaked to the
press and media was flocking to report at lightning speed.

One of the largest challenges and questions that hinder contact
is how to translate such signal into our language. John R.
Elliot, researcher of AI and language structure, devised a
computer program that breaks down an unknown language by
comparing it to about 60 human languages.

ET signal would arrive in a binary system containing zeros and
ones. This would determine the IQ of whatever was transmitting.
Elliot honestly admitted that we may never be able to decipher
an actual message. I=92m not sure I would want to know what an
outside being was trying to communicate

As technology evolves, contacting outside worlds seems to be
more plausible than one may think. In just a few decades, these
astronomers are expecting to view 10 million stars, which
steeply raises the chances of detecting other civilizations.

As much as we want to know the answer to the question that has
been asked for thousands of years, I=92m not sure if we as humans
could comprehend such a notion with an open mind. Panic and fear
are the basic reactions to the unknown. Curiosity and intrigue
would ignite my mind, but I am unsure if they would be mixed
with fear.

Scientists have different views and concerns about attempting to
contact alien life, as do I. Some believe that transmitting
signals to space wouldn=92t be harmful since travel through the
universe is almost impossible.

Others, such as Stephen Hawking, warn that an alien visit could
be dangerous, much in the same way as when Christopher Columbus
came to America: Native Americans were almost wiped out.

This idea that other beings exist outside ourselves both excites
and concerns me. I truly believe that when I look up into the
night sky, somewhere, there are other beings looking back at me
and wondering if I exist. Don=92t be na=EFve to think these
civilizations are not attempting to contact others as well.
Perhaps they already know the answers we still seek. On the
other hand, could they be seeking life forms to harvest?

One day we will receive an answer. Let=92s just hope it derives
from a peaceful civilization.



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