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What shall we tell ET?

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SCIENTISTS searching for intelligent life in the vastness of the universe (they’ve long ago given up looking for it in Westminster) are investigating an unexplained radio ‘signal’. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/dec/18/scientists-looking-for-aliens-investigate-radio-beam-from-nearby-star   

It came from the area of Proxima Centauri, the star nearest to our sun at a mere 4.2 light years away, or around 25trillion miles.  

The radio beam is said to be the most intriguing since the so-called ‘Wow! signal’ was detected by an American observatory in 1977. That transmission was so unusual that astronomer Jerry Ehman wrote ‘Wow!’ on the data sheet as he logged it.  

So it’s fascinating to think that, after an earlier study raised the possibility of there being no other advanced life in the whole observable universe https://www.conservativewoman.co.uk/lonely-planet/  (93billion light years from one side to the other), ET may be living just around the cosmological corner.  

Scientists are sceptical. They believe the ‘signal’ may just be interference from some piece of man-made technology or space junk.  

However, if there are intelligent aliens near Proxima Centauri trying to get in touch, we could feasibly have a conversation with them. If we transmitted a radio message now, we’d get an answer back in around eight and half years.  

So, after this locked-down, messed-up, confused, contradictory year here on Planet Earth ending in a cancelled Christmas, what should we say to them? And what is their answer likely to be?  

Whether light-hearted or serious, let us know the message you’d send and what you might hear back.  

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Henry Getley
Henry Getley is a freelance journalist.

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